Stand Height

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  1. Manic

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm getting a new tank in a few days time, it's 900mm x 900mm x 600mm (High). I'm going to make the stand out of square tube. The only thing I can't decide on is how high to make the stand. I really like the look of idol marines cubes, where the tank is at eye level, but I think for a tank this size it is going to make it difficult to work on. Anyone got any suggestions?
     
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    Hi Manic - these dimensions sounds ok. What size square tubing are you using?
     
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    Hi

    What we do is measure the CUSTOMER / OWNER (distance from their arm pit to the ground) MINUS the tank hight = Stand hight

    M2C
     
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    my tank is 600 high and sits on a 900 high stand, the ajustable feet makes the tank sit at about 930mm, it looks great at the location where it is but i have to use a 2-step ladder for almost everything.
    Advantage is lots of head room for your sump area and being able to view bottom of tank without much effort.
    I would suggest around 750 - 800 high stand - similar to kitchen cabinet height, if you are tall a bit heigher would not be problem, maybe wait for the tank and put it on a normal table and see if you can reach the bottom corners..
     
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    Mine is 900 high.. very nice to view, but need a step every time I need to work in the tank..

    Keep Well.

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    I'm going to be using 38mm x 38mm x 3mm (Wall Thickness). Should be very strong as my other tanks only use 2mm wall thickness tubing.

    That is a really good idea. Now just to go measure myself. Thanks

    I like it when you can see directly into the tank without leaning over to see other places. The ladder thing must get irritating though.
     
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    I don't know about the step thing. Just now the step ladder slips and all of a sudden you lying on the floor in a pool of water with your favourite fish flopping on your living room floor next to you.
     
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    Manic, just remember to take into account the equipment .... for example a TS2 is say 50cm high, and your sump is say 35cm high... make the stand 55cm and you should be fine..... wrong.... remember to take into account getting the skimmer into the sump and getting it out for repairs, also remember to make enough space for the skimmer cup to come off withough tilting the whole skimmer ..... take your time to plan this, coz you can change it later ....

    who is building the stand for you?
     
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    I'll take that all into account. Actually reminds me to look up possible skimmers to see there heights.

    I'm building the stand myself. My dad owns an engineering company, so it works out a lot cheaper. I think for 18m of the square tube it was only around R500 which a lot cheaper than if I got someone to build it for me.
     
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    cool man, i need a stand built in the near future and i am dreading that cost.
     
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    Let me know and I can try make one for you for cheaper. I'll post pics of the stand I build and you can let me know what you think.
     
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    Mine is 850 high and i still gotta use a ladder to work properly in the tank.
     
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    My cabinet is 900mm high.The company who built it asked me "do you want to bend down and look at it,or use a steppy?" Plus 900mm is roughly lazy boy chair hight.What beter way to end a long day than in your favourite chair,a cold one in hand and your pride and joy at eye level???
     
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    My thoughts exactly :)
     
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    Adding on to EVO

    It depends first on where in the house will your tank stand?
    Will you mostly sit in your coach watching the tank, (just to get up every 5 minutes to stick your hands into the water :)) Or is the tank in a walk pass or standing area.

    How will you and visitors see the tank...

    Next, adding onto NeilH, make sure of your skimmer. That is a 500l system (or about)
    So a TS2 might work, but make sure that you can remove a full cup.

    Lastly, you do not want to bump your head every time you stick your head into the sump.
     
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    I'm pretty sure I'm going to use this skimmer:

    Reef Octopus Extreme Series OCTX-160

    OCTX-160
    230x170x530mm
    In-Sump PSK-2500 Pin-Wheel Skimmer w/ Bubble Plate (160mm Diameter)
    1 x PSK-2500
    1,500l

    So the skimmer is 530mm high and apparently it only needs a little height above the collection cup to be removed (Something like 10mm if I remember correctly)

    I leaning towards making the stand 900mm high...
     
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    I'm sure this skimmer is only rated to 1200L though but the aquarium depot website says 1500L.
     
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    That skimmer only needs 13mm clearance at the top to remove the collection cup.
     
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    thanks mate, appreciate the offer......
     
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    Just to throw a spanna in the works, make sure for 1. (as above) enough room to get skimmer cup out! 2. The more head height you allow the longer your return pipe = the bigger the return pump you need.

    Maybe raise the bottom horizontal tubing off the ground by 350 thus allowing 550 for skimmer. Just a thought...
     
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