Setting up a new tank

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  1. Sally Price-Smith

    Sally Price-Smith

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    We are renovating a house would like to build in a marine aquarium. I believe this requires that we have a seperate tank/sump nearly as large as the tank to house filters, etc. We would like to put this in a seperate room about 5 meters from the tank position. We are about to tile floor so I urgently need to lay in pipes before tiling. Can you advise what size pipes are required and what material would be suitable?
    Thanks
    Sally
     
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    A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA, Sally! I am very pleased that you found us, and joined the forum!
    Great to have you on-board!

    To answer your question - I would advise that you do not PERMANENTLY box the piping/plumbing in. Rather drill through the wall, and run the piping on the outside of the house. Otherwise, you MIGHT just get problems with leaks, blockages, etc - and then you need to work on the plumbing.

    The project sounds absolutely great.
    The piping generically used for marines tank, in this type of fashion that you want to use it for, are either 32mm or 50mm...

    Can you or your better halve possibly supply us with a Google SketchUp drawing of what you are planning to EXACTLY?

    What are the sizes of the tank and sump you envisaging using?

    The sump SHOULD be as big as possible, as this is your main filtration area. This is also the place where you hide away as much equipment as possible.

    Another thing you should think of, if you want to "build in" your tank, is to leave space for plumbing, electrical conduits for electrical wiring, and you should leave space for decent lighting fittings....

    Please have a look at this tank - Sean Koekemoer did a DIY tank build in his house, and the result was absolutely amazing.
    Sean's Concrete tank Photos - Supersized Tanks

    Also - BEFORE you build in a permanent fixture, perhaps you should ask as many questions as possible, that we can determine what goal you exactly want to achieve.

    Do you want to keep a FULLY BLOWN SPS/LPS/soft-coral reef-tank with fish?
    Or fish only?
    Or mostly LPS corals?
    Or mostly SPS corals?
    Soft-corals and fish?

    Please have a read through our other "New Members" threads, as well as "Members tanks and setups" threads.....

    Then ask as many questions as you can.
    As many questions as it would take to make you the BEST reefer you CAN BE!

    Good luck with your journey!
    And please don't be a stranger now, you hear!
     
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    Welcome to MASA. Let us know what you intend doing regarding the size tank maybe a diagram or two and wee will help you along
     
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    welcome to masa
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    Sally welcome to masa
     
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    hi sally to simplify this for you it all depends on one thing,how big is this tank?
    I'm assuming its quite big so i would suggest you lay 2x50mm pvc pipes the blue ones available from most pool shops as drainage.(i recommend two so that blockages can be sorted without any real problems occurring)

    then as a return pipe onto which your return pump will push water i suggest you use a 32mm pipe again either pool grade

    OR
    HDPE HIGH PRESSURE black pipe(class 10 not class 6 etc!)) that uses compression fittings,these are quite reliable as they provide almost every household with mainline water.they will not spring a leak if you use the proper fittings even under extreme pressure which your system will not reach.
    again use at least 2 of the 50mm pipes as drainage to sump and one by 32mm as return pump line.

    bigger is also acceptable for the drain pipes....

    hope this helps:)
     
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    HI Sally, welcome to Massa.
    that sounds like a great addition to the house. What size tank are you looking at doing and is it going onto a permanant base or onto a movable stand?
     
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    Welcome Sally :wave2: and good luck :thumbup:
     
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    lol true indeed, but i blame Kelly for that!
     
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    WELCOME SALLY
     
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    Welcome sally and good luck with the build :)
     
  15. Sally Price-Smith

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    Sally Fish Tank Planning

    I am attaching a diagram, I am now now thinking about running pipes over the ceiling which would be more accessible but is pumping up and over a problem?
    Also have put some pics in my photos, any advice greatfuly received. Sally


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    wwelcome sally sounds like an awesome project

    my thoughts...running the pipes under tile might create a porb in the long run ie if you pick up a leake etc etc, as for having it above ( i take it through the ceiling) creating that amount of head would require a biggish pump

    your idea sounds awesome but i would re-think the architectual design in terms where to put the engine room

    no way you can put it outside & cover the pipes ?
     
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