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Old 08-06-2013, 06:08 PM
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Hey guys!

Thought i'd post my build thread here and share my tank from the ground up with y'all. What was anticipated to be a simple tank setup, became a huge basement rennovation!

Here was the basic plan of the tank from AutoCad:



Its gunna be a 40"x40"x24" with bean animal overflow, as well as 2 returns on the sides that will be mounted on the euro brace if I decide to go that path (might decide on rimless). This will be 3 sided starfire glass.

Equipment as of now:

- Custom DIY Led's from my old tank
- Neptune Apex Controller to run my lights
- BK Mini 200
- Eheim 1262 for Return

Still need to get:

- Still deciding on Tunze Vs Ecotech powerheads (Had noise issues with my last vortech's)

- Lots of dry rock
- Designing Sump in the next few days.
- Dead sand (I do not want live sand)

Well thats all for now. Will update once I have some progress.

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Well here is the plan for now. And ive decided to extend the tank to 48" as it would probably look better (took goffebeans advise and used tape to see how everything would fit together. Realized it would look much better as a 48" x 35" x 24") Thanks for the tip!

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Well Just got back to Hong Kong from Korea.

Hectic trip. Level 10 typhoon landing scared the crap outta the passengers on the plane I was on and then waited 3 hours for a taxi due to the weather. On the way back to the hotel, we passed by 5 fallen trees and dodged many more branches at 3am...crazy night.

Anyhow! here are the photos of the tank.

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Well, just got the tank in my garage and will probably finish staining the stand today. Not sure if we are going to rip out the carpet yet so the tank will stay in the garage for now until we have decided.

Here are the goods:


Before the stand was finished


After the stand is finished. Just need to add doors. Still deciding one what style of doors I want =[



This tank was damn heavy! Not sure how we going to get it to the basement!
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Alright! So I have decided to rip out the old carpet and install laminate instead as the carpet is quite old (10~ 12 years).

Here are the pic's anyways!




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Well, I just ripped out the trim today, and these black spots are really scaring me. As I will be spending most of my days in the basement, I am afraid that this is mould, and will become a problem if not dealt with.





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Well, after pulling out the drywall, we saw that the back of the drywall had mould too. Mostly near the bottom, but we took care of it. Took it all out and replaced everything.

Here are the pics!

This was before the drywall:


Put a heater to the wall to try and kill any leftover residual mould spores.


This is after




Also got my old LED's remounted and rewired everything. Works well with my apex now. Tried it out with sunrise/sunset. Still working for the code for clouds and such.

Here it is!:
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Hey Guys!

It has been a while since my last update due to the newest member of our family! Her name is Pom Pom! (originally from cheer-leading pom pom's but then realized that she is also a pomeranian =.=

Anyhow, Here are the pics!





As for the tank, we just moved it into our basement. Just filled it up for the first time since it arrived in summer. Super Excited.



The Green walls in my room really screwing up the colours, but here is the tank! Going to get the plumbing and sump done by the end of the week hopefully!
Gunna add the doors and the trimming for the stand too!
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Well today was very productive. I managed to pick up the majority of the plumbing and got together the return and ordered the acrylic sheets for my DIY sump.

Anyhow here is a pic of the back of my tank. It is not yet complete but soon will be. Need to pick up a few things that I forgot tomorrow.


Guess it doesnt really show too much since its so close to the wall =-p
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Picked up 4 tunze 6105 and set up the apex as well!

Here are some pics with the lights off:







Just waiting on the ro saddle to set up the ro system in the wall behind the tank.

Already ran leak checks and all for the plumbing. Will get cycling asap!
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