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Featured my 5x2x2 and a bit build :)

Discussion in 'Large Tanks (101gal+)' started by warby, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. warby

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    im sure i started a thread on this but cant find it.....anyways

    the original plan was a brand new 4x2x2 and to make my own stand until i was in my lfs and they where selling there old display tank (long story) which is a 5x2x27tall with sump/pipework and cabinet (which is knackered). i had a 4ft tank stand fully built waiting for me to order the tank sump pipework e.t.c..

    i was second in the que for the tank as someone else wanted it but they decided against itso i got a phone call on the saturday all they wanted was £100 and it needed moving by sunday. so i had to rip appart my original stand to extend it 12inches so i could fit this tank on, most of it was done by the sunday.

    picked the tank up with a few scratches in quite a few of which i polished out using cerium oxide and a felt buffing pad.

    and finally this saturday it will be getting wet :) :) cant wait now. already got 200L of salted water made just need about 200L more.

    will add some pics from tapatalk soon as its too much effort to put them on pc then upload them to here lol.

    Equipment:
    lighting: IT2120 pro reef v2
    return pump: jebao DCT 8000
    flow: 2xwp25's and 1xwp10 (from old tank may need more though)
    skimmer: picked up a tmc reef skim 1500 (new cone model) ridiculously cheap brand new.
    dosing: jebao DP-4 for now might need to look at calc reactor
    tmc bio react
    phos reactor
     
  2. warby

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    A few pictures from original plan to now,

    finished 4x2x2 stand
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    altered the stand to suit the 5ft tank (not screwed or glued there that why it dosent look straight)
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    5ft tank now in the garage on the stand that came with it
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    stained the extention parts
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    new door and trim made and stained
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    pipe work done including unions and ball valves
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    made a start on the pelmet
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    pelmet made just needed holes cutting for return pipes e.t.c.
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    decided to reseal the inside of the tank as some of the silicone had been caught a few to many times with the scraper blade.
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  3. warby

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    pelmet made and stained
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    fan holes cut and fans fitted.....1blowing fresh air in and 1 sucking warm air out
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    pelmet fitted and stained (just to see what it looked like)
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    reinforced the floor for the tank(decking on the bottom as its trated, then 6x3 ontop of that then 6x3 posts then 6x2 across the joists
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    test fill after the reseal (left the silicone for a week to dry)
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    new IT2120 pro reef v2
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    over the tank to see if there where any more scratches while the tank was full.
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    any question or comments fire away :)

    [MENTION=21336]merser[/MENTION] jamie keep an eye out for updates on saturday....if there arnt any something has gone badly wrong and iv been shot by the missus for destroying something lmao!!
     
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  4. CEECH

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    Very very very nice my friend great start to the thread. You may have lost this thread after going back from the upgrade.
    Really looking forward to seeing this setup allot of hard work gone into this build :)
     
  5. warby

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    Stage 1 complete
    From this:


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    To this in just over 15 mins

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    Got settee, table and spinny chair thingy to move before help turns up tomorrow
     
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    Looking very nice there.
     
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    Yo warby looking good so far mate 15 mins what did you do throw army at it , like the colour of the stain as well sets it off nice , just to wait till Moro for more pictures Big Thumbs Up
     
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    Looking good warby, all that hard work, sweat and trouble sleeping nights have paid off... :)
     
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    Cheers guys it's been a long time coming started doing the stand in June! Its been hard work But it will be well worth it. Just hope everything goes smoothly.

    And nope me and her step dad moved it. It took about 2-3mins to drain (using jebao dc8000) then squirt some washing up liquid on the laminate to make it slide and just used brute force to move it haha.....just measure between tank and side board there is 4ft9inches it could be interesting trying to get the stand somewhere near without draining the tank again haha. I suppose it could go slanted the put the tank on then slide it back into position
     
  10. CEECH

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    Good luck buddy ☺
     
  11. warby

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    Upgrade done! Not enough rock in there believe it or not there is between 60 and 70kg in there..... i had my little helper when i wad filling it up, the jebao dct 8000 had no trouble pumping 425L of water from the garage 30m away. Iv got to say it's bloody big haha. Got a bit of a rats nest from the jebao wires as there way too long but I'll sort that tomorrow I'm absolutely knackered now haha...... some pictures

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    Very nice ☺ the hard work has paid off. Looking forward to seeing this tank take shape
     
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    Nicely done matey! Looked a smooth transition from one to the other, you nearly made it look easy!! lol
     
  14. warby

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    Cheers matey
    It was far from easy it took about 8-9hours total.
    And last night I managed to crack my sump!!
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    Could've been worse! It could have happened to the main display! A bit of sticky stuff & it'll be as good as new (nearly!!!!).
     
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    Got sump back up and running, ordering new tank today for pick up Wednesday and put baffles in my self to make it faster otherwise it would be an extra week as the guy would have to take drawings round e.t.c.

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  17. Andi

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    See!!!!! You'd hardly notice! If you shut your eyes & looked the other way!!!!!!! lol. Nowt' wrong with a 'rustic' sump!
     
  18. warby

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    Haha new sump will be here Wednesday :)
     
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    Well, it's Thursday. Did your new sump arrive safely?

    Anything to update on your tank & how things are in their new home & more importantly under new lighting?

    Great stand you made & with reinforcing the flooring

    Like how you roped in the young one to help you out. I bet she loved helping
     
  20. warby

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    Yeah the tank arrived I siliconed the baffles in myself did that last night. Swapping over the sumps on saturday. I'm impressed with the new lights but some corals arnt there a bit brown but they could just be acclimating or how ever you spell it haha.
    And the little one always help out she loves the tank and anything I'm doing with it she wants to help :)
    The stand was a pita and so was the reinforcing but ahh well. It's done now.

    The fish are loving there new home never seen then out as much.
    Iv added 4chromis a goldrim tang and a porky puffer (puffer is for the missus she's wanted one for 3 years so now iv got a decent tank I thought I'd better keep her happy)

    Also added some more sps corals as the tank was looking a bit bare.... pics:
    New fish and corals:
    Goldrim
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    chromis
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    Puffer
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    Strawberry shortcake acro
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    Unknown acro 1??
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    Unknown acro 2??
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    Unknown acro 3?? (Only put in today..green base to yellow then to blue at the tips)
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    Unknown acro 4?? (Only put in today white base with purple tips)
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    New sump: impressed with quality as it was only 3days from order to delivery.
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