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Postby NumnuT » Mon 26 Feb, 2007 1:33 pm

looking good doc,

good idea to cycle the tank with a cat... :devil:

cant wait to see this tank progress.. :cheers: :thumbsup:
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Postby mgrav » Mon 26 Feb, 2007 1:49 pm

Wow Dallas that is one rare cat. One green eye and one red eye ( middle photo ) :o
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Postby Guv » Mon 26 Feb, 2007 2:16 pm

mgrav wrote:Wow Dallas that is one rare cat. One green eye and one red eye ( middle photo ) :o


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Postby Dr DBW » Mon 26 Feb, 2007 2:23 pm

Yep, he is a weird cat (Queequeg). Different colour eyes (they are actually blue and green) means not a full albino (they would be both blue), which also means that not deaf plus some of the other problems associated with albino animals.

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Postby CheezotheClown » Tue 27 Feb, 2007 12:35 pm

The colours of your cat's eyes are the wrong way around. Green for starboard and red for port. :poke:

What are you going to do about the bracing? I can't see how the current bracing is able to distribute or negate any side or torsional force that may be applied to the tank.
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Postby Dr DBW » Tue 27 Feb, 2007 12:44 pm

There is not bracing across the tank, not meant to be, it is "euro" braced, which just means strips around the sides. It is also only 45cm tall, with 10mm glass, so a lot less pressure / stress than a more typical 60cm tall tank.
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Postby CheezotheClown » Tue 27 Feb, 2007 12:56 pm

I was under the impression that Euro bracing has the strips go the full length of the side. A continuous lip around the tank if you will. Or do the strips along the sides not need to do this and are in place just to restrict bowing of the viewing glass?
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Postby Dr DBW » Tue 27 Feb, 2007 1:22 pm

That is what I thought the tank builder was going to do, but he stopped short of the ends by about 5cm. Yes, they are along the sides to stop / reduce bowing of the tank, which is what any bracing is there to do.
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Postby JDub » Tue 27 Feb, 2007 3:14 pm

Looking good dallas :thumbsup:

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Postby JimmyA » Tue 27 Feb, 2007 6:07 pm

Dallas, what is the intention with regards to top viewing? Will it just be a nice addition, or is it intended to be mainly viewed from above?

Just thinking about surface agitation.

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Postby Rhino » Tue 27 Feb, 2007 9:10 pm

Hi Dallas
I had ideas to make a coffee table tank years ago but came up with the issue of condensation forming on the bottom of the table top/veiwing glass . My idea was to have two two panes of glass , one that was pressed into the water so you couldn't see any surface adgitation and one as the table top and have an end section that was covered by timber with vents on the sides.
Anyhow it all sounded too hard so I didn't bother

What is your plan to stop the condensation ?

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Postby mooshyboof » Tue 27 Feb, 2007 9:42 pm

Nice Catfish!!!!! :roflmao:
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Postby ROB'SREEF » Tue 27 Feb, 2007 10:40 pm

the bracing seems to be more like somewhere to place the lights on top of!
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Postby Dr DBW » Wed 28 Feb, 2007 9:15 am

JimmyA wrote:Dallas, what is the intention with regards to top viewing? Will it just be a nice addition, or is it intended to be mainly viewed from above?

Just thinking about surface agitation.

Been doing a lot of thinking about that :)

It will be predominately viewed from the top. Sitting on the couch at the other end of the room will be able to view it from the side, but close up you will have to get down you knees or lay on the floor.

I have a couple of ideas to deal with surface agitation of the water. One of those is utilising those neat powerboards that Paul organised. One of those switches will be linked to a pump that blows directly up at the water surface. When ever want to spend some time looking at it, flick the switch. It will only be a minor part of the entire water movement, so wont be big problem if don't shut it back on. Might think of setting up one of those timer switches, so turns off for 30 minutes, then comes back on, or something like that.
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Postby Dr DBW » Wed 28 Feb, 2007 9:22 am

Rhino wrote:I had ideas to make a coffee table tank years ago but came up with the issue of condensation forming on the bottom of the table top/veiwing glass . My idea was to have two two panes of glass , one that was pressed into the water so you couldn't see any surface adgitation and one as the table top and have an end section that was covered by timber with vents on the sides.

What is your plan to stop the condensation ?

Glass into the water would be an absolute pain, having to clean it daily to be able to see into the tank. Considered that for about 5 seconds a couple of years ago ;) Would solve the water rippling issue, but creat one that I think is far worse.

As for condensation, wont be an issue as this tank will have air draw from the space above the water 24/7, just like my current reef tank. That air will be vented directly outside, reducing humidity issues in the room the tank is located in.
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Postby Dr DBW » Mon 26 Mar, 2007 11:07 am

Started the stand on the weekend. Got the base and the legs done. Next will be the box that is going around the sump end of the tank. Will be carrying it in tonight (after some varnish dries) to test with the tank, so should have a pic of what it looks like so far.
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Postby Dr DBW » Tue 27 Mar, 2007 10:06 am

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Postby Basenji » Tue 27 Mar, 2007 10:11 am

Woohoo ... Progress at last!

Looks great Dallas :clap:
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Postby cammo » Fri 13 Apr, 2007 11:35 am

quote homer simpson " Get that cat outta there!" lol nice job keep us all posted
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Postby dejavu » Fri 13 Apr, 2007 11:50 am

Progress indeed!

Dallas, a guy on RC has a coffee table tank that has lots of clams inside it. Perhaps you will be interested in taking a peek?

You so need some colorful clams in there ;)
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Postby Fingers » Fri 13 Apr, 2007 5:22 pm

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Postby mgrav » Fri 13 Apr, 2007 5:23 pm

dejavu wrote:Progress indeed!

Dallas, a guy on RC has a coffee table tank that has lots of clams inside it. Perhaps you will be interested in taking a peek?

You so need some colorful clams in there ;)


Yeah i've seen that one and it's a beauty.. :o
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Postby Dr DBW » Fri 13 Apr, 2007 6:29 pm

Actually, probably going to be a rather simple looking tank to what most people think of in terms of a "typical" reef tank. Which is how I prefer them to look.

Should get some time to do some things to it this weekend. Has too much time the last couple of weeks making furnature for the house (though getting some pieces of red gum this weekend to complete a couple of projects), and the normal acrylic fabrication stuff I do anyway. Fingers crossed .....
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Postby CT_Reefer » Mon 11 Jun, 2007 5:12 pm

Any updates Dallas?
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Postby Dr DBW » Tue 12 Jun, 2007 9:01 am

Nothing worthwhile to add at the moment, but it is ticking over ....
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Postby glennb » Tue 12 Jun, 2007 9:05 pm

It's worthwhile to add that you've made no progress. I make a point of it each month, helps remind me that I need to pull my finger out.
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Postby Dr DBW » Tue 18 Sep, 2007 12:01 pm

Well, making some serious progress now, it is back on the top of the list. Currently constructing the cabinet / table section around the sump. Almost complete, then will be the cupboard to go beside the table. Coming together nicely. Having difficulty sleeping though, solving and improving the design after encountering something will working on it earlier in the night ;)
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Postby Basenji » Tue 18 Sep, 2007 12:50 pm

Are you sure it is "problem solving" that is keeping you awake, not the newest member of the family :baby:
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Postby Dr DBW » Tue 18 Sep, 2007 1:02 pm

Nope, he is a great kid :) Has one 5 and one 4 hour sleep blocks at night, so that isn't an issue :) Problem is, after I have been up to look after him, can't get back to sleep thinking about this stuff, he is asleep way before I am :)

At 5 am this morning: I sorted out how are going to do the overflow slits, so that it will be removable and will be able to adjust the water height by replacing with a different panel. No fish will be making it over into the overflow / sump area.
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