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This has been a dreamproject since 2011.

Now there is no way back!
The glass arrived today, so we have to pull through with this project from now on.
I yet have to detemine whether is will glue it as one single tank or as 3 part segmented tank for redundancy.

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monday, september 6, 2021 we made a start building the first tank segment.
With the help of Leon and Tim we made preparations and glued the tank together.
Now waiting for the glue to cure before placing the braces.

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Tuesday 7sept21 17:20

Just finished placing the braces on tank1
I had a little help from my son, we placed them together within a half hour.
The prepartions however took a little bit longer. Three glasstrips were 2mm oversized and did not fit, so i had to cut them myself. The terpentine to fill the glass cutter was used up, so i had to go out for a new bottle.
After that cutting the glas was easy peasy.
Next time i will use 5-6mm tolerance for the braces

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Wednesday, september 8, 2021

#panoramareef section1 into final position

Clamps removed from tank1 + extra kit on braces

Moved 140 liter development tank to diningroom

My friend Stefan came and together we move tank1 into it's final position.

Cleared the stand for section 2+3 as preparation to extend this stand with 1 meter.


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Friday, september 10, 2021 - completion of section1

Planning the drill holes to connect tank1 to section2. Also planning the optional overflow.

Glued in a vertical brace to protect drillholes against forces from the front panel.

Bolted stand of section 1 to the wall.

Rewired and placed new poweroutlet for the airco unit.

- Next job: extend section 2 stand from 4 to 5 meter.


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Saturday we didn't feel like it, so we didn't work on the panoramareef.
Sunday, September 12, 2021 - #panoramareef section2 stand finished
The day started with cutting away the excess silicone sealant from aquarium1.
The stand of section2 was bolted to the back wall, after which it was extended from 4 to 5 metres. For this, the KHD setup of the 1200L reef had to be moved and an end support had to be made.
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Sunday, september 11, 2021 - moving the #butterflyreef
There was no enough space to build the #panoramareef tanksection2, so the butterflyreef needed to move.
All the electric wiring of the #DSRreef1200 was in the cabinet below, so that needed rewiring.
The tank was emptied down to 10cm, moved , refilled, replumbed and rewired to make it operational again.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Removed the wall unit to make room for a 120x100 pallet box that will serve as a temporary storage for coral and fish from the #EZ550HYB system. This is going out and in its place comes the old 1200litre tank which I will probably set up as a primary fish tank. The idea is to use less lighting than is normally required for a reef aquarium, so keeping this tank is not a big expense. I wonder how long I will be able to keep this up...

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Wednesday, 15 September 2021 #Panoramareef - drilling 4 holes. Today the diamond glass drills finally arrived. I was waiting to be able to continue. First I had to make a drilling template from plywood and mount it in the right place. To allow fish to swim back and forth from section1 to section2, I made two 100mm holes to connect the aquariums. For this, I had to drill four 100mm holes in 10mm glass. It took me 2 hours because I was too careful. Once I got the hang of it, it was 10-15 minutes per hole.

After alignment, I drilled the end of section 2 flat on the table

The next step is to prepare the glass to seal section 2.


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Looking very good. I would love to see tanks everywhere LOL
Me too.... LOL....



Thursday, September 16, 2021 - #panoramareef section2/3 fitting and measuring....
The rear, side, and bottom panels have been , sanded, cleaned, dried, and put in place.
Since this is made up of more than 5 panels, everything does need to fit together properly before we can begin to seal the tank
There will be some fitting pieces (stabilizers) to be cut, but we'll do that in between.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - #panoramareef fixing section2/3 Today my son finally had time to join me in placing the glass panels. Section2/3 with capacity 2200 liters is glued and is still waiting for the placement of the bracing

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Glen, this is such a great build. Looking forward to your updates.

Im visiting my brother in Amsterdam next year June, would love to visit and view your tank.
 
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