Tjippi's Shallow Reef

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  1. tjiPPi

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    I finally made the time to start my reef tank build and progress thread.

    But before I start: thanks to everyone who does detail build threads and asks questions / gives advice. Every time I go onto the forums to read I learn something new.:1:

    OK, now for the good stuff...


    A friend and I started to design our reef tanks towards the end of last year and this is the specs that I decided on:


    Type: Shallow, Rimless
    Size: 1400(L) x 700(W) x 450(H)
    (The height was due to a couple of shallow rimless tanks with minimal scaping that caught my attention and thus served as inspiration)
    Glass: 12mm base, rest is 10mm with sides and front = low iron glass
    Stand height: +-900
    Lighting: LEDs
    Return pump: 3500l/h (running a scrubber directly from the overflow)


    I decided to go the DIY route and do as much as possible myself. Also, the main goal throughout the whole planning phase was to keep the design as simple as possible as well as energy efficient.


    I drew some models in a CAD app and came up with the following:
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    I started to build the stand and the result after many hours of sweat:
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    Next up was the tank itself. I ordered the glass and Max98 helped me to build it.
    The result:
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    So another week of cutting and gluing pipes went by which brings us to tonight:
    (btw: I would never have though that doing the plumbing for the tank was such a mission (hard work))
    Here is the tank with the plumbing sorted at about 90% - BUT ready for a FW test.
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    I still need to build the scrubber and ATU, but that didn’t stop me from doing the FW test::p
    Now this was a stressful time – filling the tank. I must have checked all the siliconed edges about 10 000 times.

    \tjippi runs off to check for leaks one more time...

    OK, it’s not leaking.:thumbup: Back to the build...
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    Everything looks good thus far. I only had one small leak in the plumbing (a secondary tap used to control the level of water in the overflow) which was sorted out very quickly. Luckily it dripped into the sump and not on the floor.
    I still need to fit some 45degree bends onto the returns (blue pipes in last photo) to keep the water from splashing and to direct the flow a bit.

    I’ve order the LEDs and they are on their way. I should have them in about 2 weeks’ time. In the meantime I’ll post some models of what I planned in terms of the lighting. The pendant has been built but hasn’t been hanged yet.

    Tomorrow I will try to complete the scrubber and add it to the setup to test and maybe add some pics of the LED pendant as it stands now.
    I also need to clean the silicone marks off the glass as well.

    [FONT=&quot]BTW: excuse the bad lighting in the photos. The tiredness got the better of me (and the photos).:blush:[/FONT]
     
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  3. gaboon

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    Looking good bro. Have you decided what corals you want to keep?
     
  4. Nsteyn

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    Looks like a very neey build. Keep it up!
     
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    very neat diy , how come you didn't galvanise the stand or is it painted in hammerite ?
     
  6. maxisoft

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    Looking good there.... :thumbup:
     
  7. toppdogg

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    looking good dude
    nice DIY :thumbup:
    tagging
     
  8. clinton stanford

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    looking good so far;)
     
  9. tjiPPi

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    Thanks!

    It has been painted. Hopefully the rust will stay away:whistling:

    Well, I don't really have a list yet. I will probably start with some zoas and maybe a small leather. Oh and I like the pulsing xenias as well. I will start with some softies and later on a couple of SPS.
     
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    Lovely build you have there.....Awesome Diy skills you have
     
  11. tjiPPi

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    Thanks
     
  12. jaquesdp08

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    Looking great man, will be a good build.. Cant wait for my shallow tank to be finished
     
  13. crispin

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    lovely looking tank, well done so far.
     
  14. tjiPPi

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    Update time.....

    During the FW test I saw that the silicone attaching the right hand side glass pane to the front one started to form tiny white “bubbles” :eek:. It was because I pressed the 2 glass panes too tightly together when we siliconed it, forcing out most of the silicone...So I took the pane off and re-siliconed it with a more than generous amount of silicone, taking care not to apply too much pressure on the 2 panes.

    Over the past week I’ve finished the ATS and 99.9% the plumbing. I still have to put the 50mm emergency overflow pipe in that goes into the tank. The one I have is a tad short. Also have to put the clear plastic pipe from the small tap into the sump. I’ve also added the scrubber to the system.

    The frame for the Led pendant has also been hung from the ceiling and the glass of the DT has been cleaned properly of the excess silicone.
    And lastly, the DIY rocks have found a home in my tank. (Will try to upload pics tonight)

    I will do a second FW test this week and should receive the Led drivers by Thursday and the Leds maybe Friday but most probably early next week.:thumbup:

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    Reef Octopus NW-150
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  15. Nsteyn

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    Nice scrubber!
     
  16. robertkukla

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    nice DIY :thumbup:
     
  17. keyaam

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    Nice Build. I like the shallow approach
     
  18. archiecrain

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    You are the Diy King!! very neat Scrubber
     
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    the scrubber looks amazing :) .. Great DIY.. Awesome skimmer you have there :yeahdude:
     
  20. dallasg

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    very cool setup, going to be a stunner!

    love the ATS
     
  21. student

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    nice! you chose the exact dimensions as my new tank, great minds in tell u;)
     
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