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Hi everyone...i am newbie here who started just early this year with a help of a nice bro from here too..currently just having a small nano tank and i thought why not go for a bigger one haha...so i planned to build a rimless 3.5ft tank with a cabinet on my own and wanted to share this long journey with all of you...feel free to correct me if i am going in the wrong way...

 

The build of the cabinet below

 

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Manage to build the cabinet successfully which took me about a month because was doing it onli on my off days...will say it was tuff as i was doing this the first time and the onli help was youtube haha....stay tune for my tank overflow build ,sump and pipping...i hav a short video on my cabinet structure build , anyone knows how can i upload it...thank you

 

 

 

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Part 2 ( My custom dimension tank)

Hi again manage to find time to upload my next diy...

Here is my custom ordered tank from aquatic store
105cm X 50cm X 50cm

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Nicely it fitted on my cabinet so all hard work did not go to waste haha

Did a weight test with my son in it

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Below i ordered a custom made overflow from ebay .

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So next is what i was very scared to diy . That is to drill holes in my tank for the overflow pipes. I planned to hav herbie overflow so i need 3 holes in my tank. 2 X 32 mm for overflow and 1 X 25mm for return. So before i drill the holes i did up a jig and tested the holes that it fits my pipe

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The moment came and i drilled . lucky i never break or crack the tank. It went smoothly and again youtube helped me haha

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The technique is to use alot of water and go very slow when drilling . Took me about 20 mins for this 3 holes.Thank god it went well haha !!! If not $$$$ gone for the tank haha.


next i went to cut my pipes and got it to test in my tank holes . Did not manage to take pics of my pipe cutting but some pics below after cutting

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Next i went on to silicon my overflow to my tank

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Thats all for today haha...will share with u guys my plumbing and sump soon...thanks for reading..dun mind me as my writing is not so good...happy reefing !!!

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Nice. The thought of drilling a tank is way more scary then doing it... but still is a nice job! The emergency drain looks a little high, would place below the return.

I do like that you haven't placed vinyl backing to the sides of the overflow box. A couple of gyre's (mounted vertically) or mp40's would look nice!

Great job so far. Keep the posts coming.

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Nice. The thought of drilling a tank is way more scary then doing it... but still is a nice job! The emergency drain looks a little high, would place below the return.

I do like that you haven't placed vinyl backing to the sides of the overflow box. A couple of gyre's (mounted vertically) or mp40's would look nice!

Great job so far. Keep the posts coming.

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Thanks for the input bro...so its better if it is below my return pipe ? Will it effect the display water level ? Sorry to ask as i am still very new...what problem will i face if it is as now

I am planning to to place the gyre’s vertically on both sides too...but still thinking if i wanna blackout the back as can see wires running down haha


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The water level in the overflow is different to that of the main display. By placing the emergency above the return and above the weir you will effectively require the overflow box to completely fill up, dumping all it's waste back into the main display before the emergency is activated. In addition running a single main return means any partial reduction in drainage on the main drain will reduce your sump water level causing your ATO to go off prematurely impacting salinity. Eventually you will have to reduce the return volume to equalise, reducing your overall tank turnover (reducing your filtration capability).

There are many options and combinatioms, and it depends on the level of risk and noise you want to accept. Check out the this brief explanation of overflow systmes to help you. https://blog.marinedepot.com/education-center/charts-diagrams/durso-herbie-bean-animal-overflow

With a two pipe set up you can go Herbie method (but this tends to be noisy). Alternatively a modified durso on the taller drain (when I say taller, just an inch or two above your main drain is plenty tall enough). On the main drain you can operate a durso on a full siphon (I.e. no air hole needed) controlled with a gate valve (not a ball valve!). Whilst this means you don't have an emergency drain per se, the chances of both drains clogging is really low. (And there are other ways to reduce this risk too). I would also recommend using two active drainage lines as it appears from your photo that the return and drainage lines are of same diameter(?) necessitating more drainage.

How about placing the Gyre on the side wall of the overflow (?). But cords are annoying agreed. That is why someone invented the mp40 haha. They are amazing, although costly. Hmmm maybe vinyl isn't so bad after all. Hahaha.

So far it is looking like a great start. Keep up the good work.

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Great diy skills there. Definitely tough work to build own tank. Camping here to see progress.

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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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The water level in the overflow is different to that of the main display. By placing the emergency above the return and above the weir you will effectively require the overflow box to completely fill up, dumping all it's waste back into the main display before the emergency is activated. In addition running a single main return means any partial reduction in drainage on the main drain will reduce your sump water level causing your ATO to go off prematurely impacting salinity. Eventually you will have to reduce the return volume to equalise, reducing your overall tank turnover (reducing your filtration capability).

There are many options and combinatioms, and it depends on the level of risk and noise you want to accept. Check out the this brief explanation of overflow systmes to help you. https://blog.marinedepot.com/education-center/charts-diagrams/durso-herbie-bean-animal-overflow

With a two pipe set up you can go Herbie method (but this tends to be noisy). Alternatively a modified durso on the taller drain (when I say taller, just an inch or two above your main drain is plenty tall enough). On the main drain you can operate a durso on a full siphon (I.e. no air hole needed) controlled with a gate valve (not a ball valve!). Whilst this means you don't have an emergency drain per se, the chances of both drains clogging is really low. (And there are other ways to reduce this risk too). I would also recommend using two active drainage lines as it appears from your photo that the return and drainage lines are of same diameter(?) necessitating more drainage.

How about placing the Gyre on the side wall of the overflow (?). But cords are annoying agreed. That is why someone invented the mp40 haha. They are amazing, although costly. Hmmm maybe vinyl isn't so bad after all. Hahaha.

So far it is looking like a great start. Keep up the good work.

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Thank u for the input bro..will get abit lower...thank u so much for sharing


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Hi everyone...i am newbie here who started just early this year with a help of a nice bro from here too..currently just having a small nano tank and i thought why not go for a bigger one haha...so i planned to build a rimless 3.5ft tank with a cabinet on my own and wanted to share this long journey with all of you...feel free to correct me if i am going in the wrong way...
 
The build of the cabinet below
 
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Manage to build the cabinet successfully which took me about a month because was doing it onli on my off days...will say it was tuff as i was doing this the first time and the onli help was youtube haha....stay tune for my tank overflow build ,sump and pipping...i hav a short video on my cabinet structure build , anyone knows how can i upload it...thank you
 
 
 

Hi , really love this DIY project, for the cabinet itself did you pre plan the measurements and ask a wood shop to cut for you before hand ?


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Hi , really love this DIY project, for the cabinet itself did you pre plan the measurements and ask a wood shop to cut for you before hand ?


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Hi thank you...yes i did my own measurements and ask them to cut out... but not all were good had to do little trimming...


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Really hate salt water rusting the hinges on the cabinet - wonder if there's a spray you can use on them to prevent that from happening...

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It is very well done!

What is the thickness of your tank? 

But caution Did u installed bottom bracing on your tank for reinforcement? 

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It is very well done!
What is the thickness of your tank? 
But caution : Did u installed bottom bracing on your tank for reinforcement? 


Hi yes bro there is 2 brace supporting each legs and another one in the middle....my tank in 5mm thickness..i should have gone for more thicker one ...


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