Sweetnsour's 114L Hex nano bank breaker

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  1. sweetnsour

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    Hi everyone

    So the bug i guess has bitten harder than expected, today i flushed out my freshwater hex tank and have decided that its time to convert it to Marine.

    tank specs are : 114L
    60cm (h) x 25cm (w) panels on each side x6 obviously

    i have removed the top as it was mirror and the shiny bit have come off which looks terrible.

    i also painted the mirrors on each panel at the top as they were also peeling so to say.

    i used normal suede pva as i think it will look much much better once dry.

    im pretty sure its not aquarium safe but hey it on the outside and i not too worried should it peel off ill just paint it again.

    here are the two pics i took about an hour ago.

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  3. Neil H

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    has a hell of a lot of potential, just make sure there was no copper based medicine used in the tank !
     
  4. Tony

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    Nice one SS. Does it have a sump?
     
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    I like the fern next to the tank.
     
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    Thanks Neil still along way to go, what potential may i ask are you refering too? sorry if im picking your brain, im still confused what sort of system to run ie: overflow with maybe a made up sump, or just go the easier route with a hang on skimmer
     
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    thanks Tony

    unfortunately not, this tank is abit old so to say.
     
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    Plastic :thumbup:
     
  9. Neil H

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    i dont like a hang on skimmer, but that is a personal choice .....

    as a thought ... why not drill the tank and have a sump, run a DT DSB, and house the skimmer etc under the tank ?

    maybe drill the tank with 20mm holes and run a cls ?
     
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    Hey Sweetnsour,

    Paint shouldn't peel,If it does give me a shout,I work for Plascon boet,I will sort you out!

    I am also thinking of converting my 1.5 tank from fresh to salt water.

    Just busy setting up my first marine tank,1.2x500x500.

    Regards
    Bullett
     
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    most people say that too, i was just thinking in terms of the shortest route, i have thought of maybe adding an overflow box to the back and then drilling holes for it to go down to a sump maybe but im a bit worried as i dont really have the space to have sump on the floor at the back or even inside the cabinet for that matter, also another thing is that the cabinet has no steel frame and having a sump in there may damage the wood.

    ive heard about adding fans low down at the bottom of the cabinet blowing dry air inward and having another hole at the top releasing the moist warm air so it not really out of the option just more work to have a sump built in a hex.
     
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    HAHAHAHA thanks man keen eye, i doubt its acually for this application but should it peel i know its my fault. i did paint it directly onto mirror with out any primer of sorts so ya i wont be too surprized HAHA.

    have you started a thread? yeah man marine is the way to go and ive only been into it now for about 2 months ROFL and im already doing my second. yet alone all the other freash water tanks in the house that im planning to convert aswell.

    keen to see how your setup looks ;)
     
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    Man, you've got it BAD... Welcome to the club :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

    Instead of drilling, you could just cut the back pane about 30mm - 50mm lower than the other panes, and install a weir-type overflow. This will probably be easier, and less risky than drilling, and you will have the advantage of skimming the water surface, which will improve gas exchange AND remove more proteins, etc. for export through your skimmer.

    I would suggest that you line the inside of the stand with glass fibre to make it waterproof, and install a sump below the tank.

    Hennie
     
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    Great looking tank, good luck!
     
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    good luck dude, once you start marines its very hard to pack up. this is such an addiction!!
     
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    Nice looking tank...
     
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    Yea dude this tank is gonna be a stunner
    What your plans for this baby....
     
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    Yip,Tobes posted my pictues for me and started a thread "Bulletts Marine Tank". Check it out,see what you think.

    Regards
    Bullett
     
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    sup peeps ok so here a bit of an update, ive been looking at the HOB skimmers and have got quotations for the following models

    boyu DT2520 rated @ 1600lph
    boyu DT2524 rated @ 2400lph
    and have been offered a reef octopus bh1000 rated 90 gallons(same as Kryofrozen's)

    All prices vary from R636 to R1000, so im a bit confused as which one to get, what you reefers think?
     
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    thanks to all the peeps above yeah im pretty much eating, work and sleeping marine's at the moment
     
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    Sweetnsour,

    Just an idea :

    You have a reasonable water volume and a nice depth of 60cm.
    IMO ,you could make a pretty wicked SPS tank out of this .
    Central LR , stacked with SPS all round. Some Plating Monti's at the bottom , Pocillopora and Acro towards the top etc.

    Build a small stand next to the tank and plumb in a mineral mud refugium.
    You can run a hang-on or small in tank skimmer and then you're cooking.

    Lighting wise : Do a 150W MH pendant with 14K globe and run the tank open top or DIY a canopy for the MH.

    Have a look at this link. Great little SPS tank . The tank is slightly larger than yours, but IMO I think you should be able to do just fine with your water volume.

    PodRod - Featured Reef Profiles - Nano-Reef.com

    Just a thought ;)
     
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