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Old 06-15-2010, 06:32 AM
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Hi there, I have finally plucked up the courage to show off my little project. Hopefully nobody will fall asleep while viewing this thread!!!!

We decided to develop our basement and suddenly all sorts of thoughts started to magically appear in my head(tanks, tanks, tanks).

I work from home and the general idea was to put a big TV/play room in the basement as well as an office so that I could hide away while working. It struck me that it would be nice to have a view in the office and I started putting ideas down on paper.

Finally after receiving the appropriate planning permission from the relevant authorities i.e. calgary city, wife etc the work commenced.

The idea was to create a tank that was visible from both the office as well as the tv room. Plans were drawn up and the framing began:





The long support was made of 3 x (6x2") nailed together so that there was complete open access to the sump etc from the office side.




The TV side was simply made of 2x4" with a 12" gap:


Dimensions for the tank are 84" long x 18" wide by 22" deep. The 2 viewing panels are made of starphire glass. The bottom is 3/4" thick as there will be 5 holes for the closed loop with OM4. The tank is eurobraced.

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Old 06-15-2010, 07:15 AM
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Ooh! Fun! Can't wait to see where this goes. Jumping aboard!
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:14 PM
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Its about time . Now hurry up and post the rest of those pictures
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:21 PM
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Hey this sounds great! You haven't mentioned any of the dimension on the tank yet or what kind of equipment you're planning to use.

Love to see these build threads.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:25 PM
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Going to be following this one
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:27 PM
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Following along as well..

Mark, look at the text under his pics for tank dims...
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:14 PM
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Thanks for reading, equipment is one of the tough decisions, below is a list of the planned equipment, I say planned because like a magpie I have a tendency for shiny things....

Reeflo Dart for a closed loop
OM4 for closed loop
2 x MP40
ETSS 900XR downdarft skimmer with collection canister
Panworld pump - 1000gph for skimmer
Homemade T5 lighting unit - 8 bulbs across and 8' long
Aquacontroller junior
Calcium reactor
Kalkwasser reactor
Marineland MJ3000 return pump
Media reactor for Rowaphos
Other minor bits and pieces

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Old 06-16-2010, 06:10 AM
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The next stage was to get the tank in....





And then a little insulation.....





An inspection by the site manager!!!





And then some drywall and a few coats of paint.





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Old 06-16-2010, 06:15 AM
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One of the most death defying tricks I have seen in a long time was watching the guys bring the tank in to the house and down the stairs into the basement, they managed to get in in without damaging anything so fair play to them although I imagine their backs will need early retirement if they carry on like that, then again maybe I am just a big girl who needs to man up!

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Old 06-16-2010, 06:28 AM
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Looks Great Steve!

Always great to see a fellow countryman's tank! How did you make out without the skimmer over the weekend?

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