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Featured The Epo Putty Tank 8000 litres

Discussion in 'Large Tanks (101gal+)' started by [email protected], Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Matt@Epo

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    Hi All

    We joined Salty Box tp promote Epo Putty, to get hobbyists using it and to help out with tips and tricks etc. However we are first and foremost hobbyists and would like to be as much a part of the forum as possible. So here is our tank thread.

    I have been planning this for approximately 2 years. If truth be told I dont think it needed that amount of planning but life constantly got in the way of me actually making a start. So I should correct that statement: I have been planning it for 5 months and daydreaming about the opportunity to start it for 19 months!

    I will try to quickly get you up to speed with where I am at the moment but I think it is important to start at the begining to show how the current design evolved over time and why i made the decisions I did.

    The 10ft tank will be residing in my dining room, it will span one wall.

    Below is my first design, swiss cheese. With 3 seperate CL systems, multiple drains and feeds it was going to have too many holes for my liking so I soon abandoned this idea.

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    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012
  2. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

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  3. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    Below is a floor plan of the proposed design

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    The idea was that the drains would leave the tank, go through the cavity brick wall to the outside. They would then drop to ground level, travel the 6ft to the garage, go through the garage wall and into the sump...easy eh?

    This to me seemed to over complicate what is essentially a simple principle. Winters can get pretty cold here...summers can be pretty nippy too!! So I had concerns about sufficently insulating the pipes. Although the water would be moving it would still have the opportunity to chill slightly and so I would be using more watts to keep it at a steady 25/26 degrees.

    I decided to have the garage extended to meet the house and allow for the pipes to pass through the cavity wall straight into the garage/fish room.

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  4. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    Having had the garage extended I could then take the pipework through the cavity wall on the left of the tank to an overflow box that was sat in the garage.

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  5. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    Next I started to plan the lighting.

    I bought 4 x lumenarcIII reflectors and 6 coral vue ballasts.
    The ballasts were made up of 4 x 250w and 2 x 400w.

    I plan to set the tank up with 2x400w centrally with a 250w either side.

    In the future if i chose to I can drop the 400w centrally and replace with 250's ( this was the reasoning behind buying the extra two ballasts)

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    I wanted to be able to rotate the lights rather than have the conventional "straight down" lighting.

    I wanted to be able to rotate the lights away from the front glass and light the tank more like a stage.

    So I set about trying to figure out a gimbal sort of arrangement for the lumenarc reflectors.

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    Out of all the planning the lighting gave me the most headaches and therefore the lighting rig constantly changed...more about that later.

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  6. Wilson

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    Best tank thread i have seen i think. Keep it going lol.
     
  7. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    The next issue to address was flow and how to get lots of it!

    Personally I am not a fan of powerheads especially in a 5000ltr display so I chose to opt of closed loops, several of them.

    The return from the sump will be 32000lph and will be delivered back to the tank via a calfo loop.

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    50% of the nozzels will be directed across the waters surface and 50% down towards the reef.

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  8. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    Thanks Wilson999888, thats very kind!, loads more to come!
     
  9. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    I had the good fortune to visit David Saxby and spend some time with him discussing flow, his tank is stunning and I would have been foolish to not take on board his thoughts on flow and closed loops.

    So I simply stole his ideas and designs [​IMG]

    These are early drawings and things have moved on a little from this design. There will be 4 seperate closed loop systems totalling 64000lph. Each fed from a seperate 16000lph laguna pump.

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    The idea behind it was that I can turn a couple of the pumps off for quieter/gentle night time flow but still not have any dead spots.

    One of the pumps will feed an OM 4 way with revolutions.

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    There will be a single revolution in each corner.

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  10. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    You will notice that no holes are drilled in the tank to feed the closed loops back. This was another suggestion from David Saxby, by limiting the amount of holes in a tank limits the amount of things that can go wrong....maybe not today, not tomorrow but someday.
     
  11. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    Speaking to a friend and fellow reefer one day and discussing my plans he asked me if i had explored a fibreglass tank?

    I hadn't...I hadn't even heard of a fibreglass tank other than those at public displays. So I spent some time reading every thread I could find relating to fibreglass tanks.
     
  12. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    to cut a long story short it turned out that a fibreglass tank would suit my requirements pretty well.
    With only a single viewing pane of glass and with the tank surrounded on 3 sides by brick walls there was no need to pay for glass that wouldnt be needed.

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    The end goal

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  13. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    A plus point of the fibre glass route is that I can have more tank than the viewing panel shows.

    I like the idea of fish swimming into view from the left or right, also the sand bed will be well away from the glass.

    I have allowed for 12" of tank below the glass so could have a 6" DSB in the tank and still have 6" of clearance before the glass....no more algae build up that is difficult to scrape off!

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  14. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    My proposed filtration might take a little explaining, I hope the drawings help but as things have altered a little from the time of drawing them they may get a little confusing.

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    This view shows inside the extension I had built to join the garage with the house. This is the first section of the filtration.

    There will be 3 x 63 mm drains from the tank, one of which will gravity feed a deltec 3070 skimmer.

    The other two pipes will feed into a 600ltr plastic vat

    The first 600ltr vat will be a sort of sediment tank. There will be 300 micron filter socks that the pipes will drain into.

    As you can see from the drawing this vat can be isolated. i will be able to drain it via a ball valve under its base, refill will fresh RO, heat and salt and then add it back onto the system. This will be how I foresee me doing water changes.
     
  15. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

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    Looking back towards the rest of the filtration.
    After the sediment tank some of the flow will break off to a 500ltr glass tank which will be home for an algae turf scrubber or mangroves ( I havent decided yet)

    The rest of the flow will continue to the next 600ltr vat that will be a cryptic zone.

    The cryptic zone will have bulkheads that will feed a deltec nitrate reactor, calcium reactor and phosphate reactor. All the reactors will feed into the 600ltr vat below the cryptic zone.

    Following on from the cryptic zone will be a series of small glass tanks that will be breeder and frag tanks.

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  16. Lee09

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    Wow great tank thread and excellent computer skills!! Looking forward to updated pics


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  17. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    The cryptic tank and breeder and frag tanks aswell as the reactors will feed into the 600ltr DSB vat. The DSB flow will pass the 400ltr RO top up that will feed a kalk stirrer (blue vat in the drawings) and into the 600ltr return section.

    The return pump will be 2 x 16000lph laguna pump and before returning to the display will pass through a 400w UV and a TMC commercial filter canister

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    Pic of the UV.

    The filtration will terminate as a calfo loop on the display tank
     
  18. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    Thanks Lee, glad to have you along for the ride!
     
  19. jrob3rts

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    This is so cool. Such a custom build.
     
  20. Matt@Epo

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    Re: The Epo Putty Tank, 120"x52"x52"

    This drawing is of an older arrangement but you can see the gravity fed Deltec Skimmer. I initially thought I would gravity feed it from the sediment tank, however i will be directly feeding it from the tank now. The 3070 requires about 6000lph.

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