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

    I tried to fix the stand to the joists where possible to add further structural support. Where the joists were not square to the stand I had to add small noggins to pack the uprights. This is the reason the front to back depth ended up being 52" instead of the planned 48"...nevermind.

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    more construction pics

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    Once the stand was completed I painted everything below floorboard level with a water proof paint.

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    and then started to add the floorboards back in.

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    Finally I painted the remaining wood with the paint

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    Once the stand was finished i lined the underside of it with 6mm mdf. The storage under the tank will be home to our daughter's toys and i didnt like the idea of the inside top of her toy cupboard being the underside of the tank!

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    Next came the plywood base. I used 18mm thick exterior ply. Because of the size of the tank I had to get 10ft x 5ft sheets.

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    The ply is screwed down to the stand at 3" intervals.

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    After what seemed an age and a huge amount of screws we had the base of our tank. Over 40 square feet of it.

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    Great build, this will be stunning when it is completed.
    Here is a similar build using ply and FG

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGRFLZErAWg]YouTube - ‪1500 Gallon aquarium/fish tank build. 8 weeks in under 3 mins. NEW VERSION‬‏[/ame]
     
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    Pretty gobsmacked really...........it's gonna be an amazing aquarium when it's finished!!

    Curious - Any idea what the running costs will be?.... (that 80amp cable got me wondering!!)
     
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    Thanks Whipitup

    We have worked it out to be approximately £265 per month in electricity. That is based on the sticker wattage and we all know how wrong they can be sometimes.

    We are looking into solar power at the moment with a battery store. When we get some quotes we will be able to see if its viable.
     
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    New toy, remote screen for GHL

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    I want this to be set into the wall next to the tank so i can get some info with a quick glance tank side.

    So I ran the cable from the fish room to where I want the screen, chiseled out the brick wall and lined it with plasterboard ready for the final skim.

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    Next was the provision for sockets above the tank. These will accomodate light ballasts for both MH and T5, moonlights, OM 4 way and pc fans.

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    With the sockets being above quite a large expanse of water we will use baby proofing caps to seal any unused socket to prevent moisture build up

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    :eek:
     
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    wow love your attention to deal, hope the best on your build your almost getting there!
    And wounded £265 a month on the leccy!!!
    Blimey that is a price whoop!!
     
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    The plug socket for the PC fans will be controlled via the ghl temp probe and will turn on at a certain temperature.

    We bought 5 large pc fans and wired them to a 12v transformer

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    265 a month

    double :eek::eek:
     
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    TBH when first planning the tank we expected it to be double that!...I was pleasantly surprised at £265 per month. However there will be other costs for example if we are to to a 10% water change per week it will be over one bucket of salt per week that we burn through.
     
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    Through this cavity wall is where the garage and the fish room is.

    The drain plumbing is 2.5" (63mm) and the closed loop feed manifold plumbing is 3" (75mm) so we needed a lot of quite large holes through this wall.

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    We felt we had a couple of choices.
    1) We could acro the wall, add an rsj for support and remove a course or two of bricks enough to feed the plumbing through the wall.
    2) We could drill large cores through the bricks, maintaining the loadbearing properties of the wall.

    We chose the later.(and regretted it!!)

    We bought a couple of 5" diamond tipped core drill bits

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    And an extension arbour for the sds drill so we could drill straight through the cavity.

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    part way through a hole

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    3 holes down, a total of 10 required, remember these are cavity walls too so 10 holes is actually 20 cores.

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    On the whole it wasnt too bad, taking about 15 mins per hole. However every now and then we would hit a brick that was a different make up to the rest, almost like an engineering brick. When we came across these bricks it added about 2 hours to the drilling of the core.
     
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    Thanks Bulldog. usually on forums this is the part where I should say " dont tell my husband" lol. Luckily for me Matt is very much involved with the tank.
     
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