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Old 05-04-08, 09:26
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Roddy & Sharon's 1000L ecosystem

It became apparent sometime last year that our tank stand wasn't going to last much longer. It is a melamine faced chipboard cabinet and repeated soakings have taken its toll.





To add to that we were in the fortunate situation where most of our corals and clams have grown so big that they were growing into the glass, into each other and occasionally out of the water!





Planning for the new tank started in earnest in early January 2008. The living room was measured and a decision made about where to site the tank. We did not want to disturb our existing tank so we decided to put the tank on the short wall of our living room, where our couch normally sits!





The space was just over 7’ long but we decided to leave a bit of space for access at the side and to allow the door to open! We decided on a 78”x25”x30” (lxhxw) tank, the tallest we could get in 10mm glass, keeping the cost down as well as the weight.





We started researching as to who would be able to build and deliver a tank to us up here in Scotland. We rules out BOSS straight away (we used to have a BOSS discus tank and it was green, heavy, covered in silicon and had really horrible thick brace bars) We went to see a couple of tanks, a Fit Filtration tank (thanks Adda) and an AC Aquatics tank (thanks Johnski) and decided on AC Aquatics. We contacted Andy for a rough price and started learning how to use Google SketchUp.






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Old 05-04-08, 09:27
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Tank stand

Tank, sump and stand diagrams were knocked up with a lot of swearing. Luckily Roddy’s parent’s had a friend who is a powder coater by trade who agreed to weld and powder coat our stand. So after explaining a few times what we were after and showing him the diagram we ended up with a pretty good looking stand.



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Old 05-04-08, 09:28
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Tank's coming

The stand was completed and delivered the day before we went on holiday to Sipidan and the tank was ordered a few days before leaving on the 23rd Feb. We were quoted 4-5 weeks but were very surprised when Andy phoned on Good Friday to say that the tank was started and could we take delivery the following Friday? Aaaaarrrggggghhh! We spent the next week lifting the laminate floor, changing it for a new one and generally trying to get ready for the arrival of a 6’6” fish tank!
We rounded up a few willing volunteers to help get it into the house and the delivery was due after 5pm. Mark-c- and family were the first to arrive, flowed by Mr-Jimbo . Ross & Lara (Manta) arrived just after 6pm by which time all the heavy lifting was done. Our house is about 50m from the street but with the help of Lidl’s best £7 dollies both the tank and sump made it into the house without any problems.



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Old 05-04-08, 09:29
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Clever lifting

Unfortunately due to B&Qs saw being out of action we didn’t have any board for the tank or sump to sit on so the tank had to stay on its wheels for a few days. Thankfully by Sunday we got the board and polystyrene fitted and badgered Mr-Jimbo and Manta back to lift the tank into place.






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Old 05-04-08, 09:32
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100s of little jobs

At the moment we are waiting on the plumbing to arrive, an electrician to wire in a new circuit for the tank and trying to decide on a colour to paint the back. We would like to match the colour of the weir but everything looks different through the glass.

We have half a B&Q kitchen in the hall and are hoping to do the cabinet cladding this weekend.
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Old 05-04-08, 09:35
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looking good.... not sure if you should be having feet on your stand though as the entire weight of the tank and contents is on 8 small points. If the bars are threaded the weight is on the threads.
I sheared bar or thread could end in disaster... I would (and have!) spread the weight throughout the length stand..

... although I am not a tank building expert!!

Just my 2 cents!
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Old 05-04-08, 09:42
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The feet are rated at 400kg per foot, the bolts are M12 and I have seen quite a few tanks with this design. All the big Deltec tanks sit on much smaller feet than that. We chose 80mm feet to spread the weight.

Obviously putting a lot of faith in our welder but then that goes for the whole stand doesn't it?

Sharon
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Old 05-04-08, 12:47
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Looking good so far. How was teh build quality from ACAquatics. It looks good in the photos.
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Old 05-04-08, 14:06
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Looking great mate! cant wait to see this filled up and working nicely ! what lighting are you going for?

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Old 05-04-08, 14:18
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Very nice indeed, like the centre weir design, and am mighty jealous that you got the 30" front to back. This allows for much greater aquascaping choices. Keep up with the pics.
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