toppdoggs new 1.6m build

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  1. toppdogg

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    hey guys
    so been planning an new tank build for a while now and here goes

    DT 1600mm(L) x 600mm (H) x 700mm (D)
    sump 1200mm (L) x 450mm (H) x 450 (D)
    giving total water volume of around 900ltrs
    lighting 2 x venture 150w DE MH 20k
    2 x 900mm T8 attanics (planning to upgrade to T% soon)
    2 x 600mm T8 attanics (planning to upgrade to T5 soon)
    2 x blue led downlights for moonlights
    1 x D.I.Y skimmer with lifetech AP3500 pump with needle wheel mod
    1 x resun CL300 chiller with resun 2500 pump
    1 x jagar 300w heater
    6 x sun sun 3000ltr pumps for circulation
    also going to run DSB in sump
    will be setting up at new house as i am moving soon owner is a friend
    going to let cycle for 3 months before i do the change over
    let me know what you guys think
    here are some pics
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    waiting for silicone to dry
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    overflow
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    overflow box being built
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    some live stock
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    overflow box installed
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    bracing
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    FTS with fresh water no leaks:yeahdude:
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    just another FTS
     
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  3. aslam

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    Great diy skills,looking great.
     
  4. riyadhessa

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    Tank is looking very nice...like the metal stand, are you gonna have the stand galvanized or painted...Oh just one more question, what is the height of the metal stand...?
     
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    toppdogg

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    thanks for comments stand has been painted since that pic stand height is 700mm from ground
     
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    Looks awesome dude.

    Since you have Euro Bracing, why dont you do away with the front to back braces at the top? This will allow better light penetration.

    In terms of your lighting, why are you going for 20K's as you main source of lighting? It will cause your tank to look too blue + you are adding on actinics.
    My suggestion with the MH's is go either 10 or 14K, this will balance out the colour aswell as assist in stimulating growth.
    Oh yes, and my choice will be 3* 150W MH's. Two would be sufficient on a 1.2 meter tank. :)
     
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    I see another builder in you (looking at all the tools etc IN THE BACKGROUND)...LoL

    WELL DONE ON A NICE SYSTEM, AND A VERY CUTE LITTLE GIRL
     
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    very nice and neat build toppdogg
     
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    Nice build there. I see you have your first fish in the tank already;)
     
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    WOW Topdogg! That tank build looks super awesome man! I like your 1st life-stock! Too sweet! ;)
     
  12. shane

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    Great job thereToppdogg,
    Tank is looking good, hope to see it in action soon.
     
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  14. Atilla

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    looking good so far dude:thumbup:
     
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    toppdogg

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    thanks guys will have it cycling by next weekend not looking forward to collecting NSW tho lotsa work coming all part of the game
     
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    Hey Toppdogg,
    Speak nicely to Mekaeel and I am sure he will send his assistant down to help you load salt water.
    Come on Mek, help a fellow reefer out please:thumbup:
     
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    Very nice setup Toppdogg, cool DIY man! Good luck with your project further :)
     
  18. clinton stanford

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    looking great there toppdogg:thumbup: nice DIY.going to be a awesome tank man;)
     
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    Very nice start. Two questions: Can you remove the skimmer for maintainance? Have you made durso standpipes inside your overflow?
     
  20. Pugsly

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    looking fantastic Toppdogg! Great DIY skills you have there!
    shame collecting water like that is not great! but once it is done it will be all worth it! And unlike us vaalies!!!!!!! you don't have to buy it!

    Will you be able to remove the skimmer cup for cleaning etc under that stand? Looks a bit tight.
     
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    awsome buddy
     

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