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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"

    Whatever floats your boat...thankyou for sharing lol
     
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    HystericalHysterical

    My wife isn't surprised at my comment! She aint pleased at the ideas going through my head which she reads so well!! :lol::lol:

    You could really have a boat floating in there!:clap:
     
  3. Matt@Epo

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    two holes were for the extractor fans. 2 linline fans, one will extract air from above the tank and one will pull in air from outside.

    Both fans will be controlled by a humidity probe.

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    There is more ducting to add so that the inlet of one is away from the outlet of the other. We also need to add an inline carbon filter for the air being pulled from outside.

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    battening out the first wall

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    Once battened out we were able to add the first sheet of ply

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    We have been speaking with GRP lining services regarding the fibreglassing of the tank. These boys are at the top of their game with some stunning koi ponds in their portfolio.

    They were kind enough to send through a sample of their fibreglass.

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    you will notice the foam on the back side. This foam massively reduces the heat loss from koi ponds when applied under the fibreglass. However in this instance we decided against it as we prefer the structural integrity that applying the fibreglass and resin directly to plywood will have.

    What impressed us the most with the sample grp sent us was the finish and the thickness of their product, a 4 layer, 3mm thick finished product. The last layer of fibreglass is very fine and then on top of that the final layer of special resin is painted on.

    Initially we had concerns that the fibreglass would look like the underside of a bath, quite rough and non reflective. The sample put to rest all of our concerns.
     
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    battoning out the remaining walls

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    you may notice on a couple of pics around the edges of the wood a sort of foam. This is gorilla glue. We used this on every joint and it is very very good. It comes in liquid form but expands and is very strong and completely water proof.

    Like I said its very good but for the love of all that is good and pure dont get it on your hands!

    We ordered about 1ltr of the stuff and it came with a pair of cheap plastic disposable gloves. Matt being a bloke decicided that they were not needed to simply apply wood glue and instantly discarded them. He is now free to commit countless crimes as the only thing that removed the brown stains from all over his hands was sand paper removing all trace of any fingerprints.
     
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    last ones for tonight, applying a further sheet of plywood to the back wall really started to add a sense of scale to this tank.

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    wow some tank this looks like its going to be stunning
     
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    Really readable write up and a great project. Looking forward to the finished article Big Thumbs Up
     
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    Thanks for the generous comments guys, very much appreciated.

    I have just noticed that this thread has 5 stars too!!..I dont quite know how that works, if we need to thank lots of people or just one member. Anyway however it works and who ever was involved, thankyou, we are really flattered.

    On with the show

    We kind of missed a step with the photos, before we were able to start work on the top and front frame work we needed to cut the piece of ply that would make the inner front face. We simply cut it and leaned it against the back wall. If we had waited until after the front and top was done we would have never got it in!

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    The rear of the top frame is fixed to the brick with heavyweight anchor bolts. The center bracebar is fixed to the rear top frame via 2 x 6" coach bolts.

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    The upper front frame is constructed from 2 pieces of timber. The first is 3"x2" and will form the upper bracing for the glass to push against. The 2nd is 6"x2" and is fastened to the first piece to form a sort of rotated "L" cross-section. The centre brace is fixed from the rear frame to the 6x2 timber.
     
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    It's coming on nicely. It's going to be an amazing system!
     
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    you getting some ideas for your display martin ;)
    ps has tank come yet :) think this tank would squeeze into my room ;)
     
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    Thanks Martin.
     
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    Underside shot of the front top bracing. You can see the "L" shape plus the centre brace coming in from the right.

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    In this pic you can see the gorilla glue expanding out of the joints. We used the glue on all joints coupled with screws.

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    Our 4 year old daughter struggling to reach the top of the tank

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    The lower front bracing consists of two 2"x3" pieces of timber, screwed, glued and doweled together with 2"x6" noggins.

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    The bottom of the tank will be 12" from the bottom of the glass. This will make cleaning the glass easier ( no sand to get in the way ) and also allows for an in-tank DSB.

    Begining to take shape. You can see the hole for the glass and how the tank expands away from the viewer to each corner. I hope that the hidden areas prove to make the tank feel bigger than it is as fish can swim in and out from view. Plus they will be invaluable at hiding pipework.

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    A little more progress

    We pinned the previously cut piece of plywood to the inside front of the tank so we could cut the hole for the glass.

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    Matt took this pic whilst sat for 5 mins inside the tank planning the best course of action. It was pretty peacefull in there apparently. ( I dont know if I was supposed to be offended by that?)

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  17. Clearwater

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    Nice Tank Thread Jan lots of detail

    How do you propose to mount the 600 kg of Live Rock,
    have you considered a reef clean system under the LR
    I think its helps enormously with Detritus
    you could do rock towers with the putty
     
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    What's the reef clean system?
     
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    Gobsmacked,

    This thread is insane!! Not only you (or someone) has amazing 3d graphic skills, but DIY skills to match!!

    Fantastic build look forward to seeing it evolve :clap::clap::clap:

    Loving the lighting rig animation Big Thumbs Up
     
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