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Starting a new thread to document the progress of a new set up.

Tank was given by a nice reefer (thanks!!). In return, I bought over his equipment.

 

Its a nice sized tank - 5 x 2.5 x 2, 15mm glass, chengal wood stand. The physical condition of the tank wasn't great and took it as part of the fun to fix it during free time on the weekends. Some pictures :

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Upon closer inspection, there are several large patches of scratches in the middle (viewing area)

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Ordered some Cerium Oxide - a compound commonly used in the industry to polish glass

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Mix into a paste

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Marked the areas with bad scratches with masking tape

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Climbed into the tank & polished out the scratches. I'd say 90% of the bad scratches are gone. I didn't bother to remove the scratches from areas which were not easily seen.

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Did the usual process of cleaning the rocks

Bleach, soak, scrub the rocks for a day or so :

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Then rinse with tap water / anti chlorine a couple of time. Having a large open bucket like this 120L one from ikea is great

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Having some water movement should improve the efficiency to remove the bleach. Soaked the rocks in tap water for a few days.

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Let the rocks dry, then vinegar soak for 15min. 

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Original plumbing was the 'traditional' overflow with one drain & 1 return. These type of plumbing is known to be noisy. Hence it was converted into a Herbie overflow instead.

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Noticed that the original fittings used had a potential issue.

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Only 1-2 threads were engaged when this was fit through the bottom of the tank. High risk of loosening -> risks of leaks.

 

This was a 3/4" pipe and I could not find fittings with longer threads. Got a external threaded pipe & made a bulkhead with longer threads.

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Cut out a gasket from a sheet of EPDM rubber. To be used between the bulkhead & glass (instead of using silicon sealant)

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Drainage piping done

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Nice setup!! Camping here.

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Display Tank : 48" x 22" x 22" Bean Animal CTC overflow box design, custom built by Aquarium Iwarna.

Sump : 37" x 20" x 18" inspired by Royal Exclusiv Dream box & Trigger Systems Tideline Series sump designs, custom built by Aquarium Iwarna.

Lightings : Inled R80 x 3 with 2  x Illumagic Vitamini Super Actinic LED Striplight Bars.

Chiller : Dalkin 1hp compressor with build-in drop coil.

Skimmer : Skimz Octa SC205i Protein Skimmer.

FR : H2Ocean FMR75 Fluidised Media Reactor with Hailea HX-2500 (Feeder Pump) running Rowaphos.

CR : Skimz Monzter E Series CM122 Calcium Reactor.

Main Return Pump : SICCE Syncra ADV 9.0 & Jebao ACQ-10000 Water Pump.

Wavemaker : Maxspect Jump MJ-GF4K, Jebao SLW-30M & SLW-20M Wave Pump.

Water Top Up: Reef Octopus ATO.

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6 minutes ago, Kelvin Ang said:

Do tank bo jio loh .

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Its a 2nd hand tank lei.

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Someone commented separately that the tank looked so new. In actual fact, this was what it was like initially when tank was moved on 7th July

 

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The gate valve is quite heavy & not located directly underneath the bulkhead. I was worried it'll compress the gasket unevenly over time. Hence the pipes were secured with a scrap piece of aluminum profile

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Omg. Can Really can see alot of effort and hard work go into the restoration of the tank and setup.

Thanks for sharing, alot of reefer will benefit from your share here as always.

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23 hours ago, Sherilyn91 said:

Swee.. Looking forward to see the end product..


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Tank progress quite slow. I will make it to your place one of these days. 

 

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15 hours ago, dsam said:

Dun mind the questions,

Can share the specs of the gate valve, slip on x NPT thread?

From Hai Cheong?

Is the dark grey pipe sch 80 type?

That's a Spears gate valve. 1" slip fitment. Yes, I got Hai Cheong to order for me but they applied a very high mark up :(

Nevermind...just 1 piece.

 

The dark gray pipe is some leftover schedule 80 1.5" pipe i had left from my previous tank project. Hence, everything upstream is upsized to minimize losses.

Schedule 80 is absolutely unnecessary for our tanks. It was a newbie error made the last time.

 

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On 9/6/2016 at 8:10 AM, Jason Ng said:

Yes. Great info. Thanks for sharing. Can tell where u get the piping stuff. Thanks

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Most of my piping stuff are from Hai Cheong Plastic (Located at 11 Kallang Place).

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Alternatively, you can get a good selection at Madpetz or good neighbourhood hardware shops.

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Thanks for the reply. Wonder if you compare the cost with BRS? Yea, Sch 80 is always a pain to construct with compatibility issue. But their Sch 80 bulkhead is very solid.

Watching your Part 3 closely. Your tank thread always gives lots of inspiration and ideas to us. Great job!

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On 9/4/2016 at 11:47 PM, SubzeroLT said:

Original plumbing was the 'traditional' overflow with one drain & 1 return. These type of plumbing is known to be noisy. Hence it was converted into a Herbie overflow instead.

IMG_9688 (Large).jpg

 

Noticed that the original fittings used had a potential issue.

 

Only 1-2 threads were engaged when this was fit through the bottom of the tank. High risk of loosening -> risks of leaks.

IMG_9924 (Large).jpg

This was a 3/4" pipe and I could not find fittings with longer threads. Got a external threaded pipe & made a bulkhead with longer threads.

P8130940 (Large).jpg

 

Cut out a gasket from a sheet of EPDM rubber. To be used between the bulkhead & glass (instead of using silicon sealant)

P8130936 (Large).jpg

 

Drainage piping done

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Hi bro.

I have the longer version which is 1" type.

You can get it from malaysia or a HW shop at AMK industrial park.

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Skimmer : Bubble Magus NAC6 --> Bubble Magus Curve 7
Return pump : Jebao 10000l/h ( down in 17th December 2014 ) --> Jebao DC-12000 ( 19th December 2014 )
Compressor drop-in coil
Wavemaker : Tunze 6105 x 1
Lights : Modular based DIY LED light x 4

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