Well it's been a long time in the planning, but finally my new system is taking shape. My perc90 has been running for 4 years exactly, sited next to my desk in my study and looking something like this:
Perfect for viewing while sat at my computer, but that's a lot of empty wall, that could be filled with tank
So the plan took shape, an 8.5ft display tank enclosed with a false wall looking more like this:
There were two essential requirements 1. it will be quiet won't it, from my wife 2. the architectural design of the cladding, from my son - and yes, it is intentionally asymmetric by design.
I have my RO unit and make my salt water mixes in a store room in my garage, so it seemed obvious that it become my Sump room moving much of the 'noisy' gear out there. Unfortunately it is 30 ft away across a gravel drive, so an underground pipe would be needed to link them.
I start to realise it is a big jump from a perc90, and there are so many aspects new to me, so everything is tried, altered, and tweaked in Sketchup first. I start to collect the equipment. But delays ensue, a first grandchild absorbs my attention, an operation on both knees curtailed me somewhat for a while, but finally it is happening and about to get wet....
Main display: 2600 x 760 x 760 mm (8.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 ft)
Sump: 1500 x 600 x 450 mm (5 x 2 x 1.5 ft)