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Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Sat 28 Dec, 2013 11:02 pm

After moving into a new house, It's seems that the only place I can have a tank is partially built into the wall. So as my house is split level, the display side of the tank will be in the living room and the sump and filtration under the house. Below are the pics I have so far and will put some descriptions in very soon. At this point I am waiting for the plastering to take place. I know this seems to be a lot of effort to go to but it's either this or no tank at all.

The Wall (With the light switch closest to the TV) before i started

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The wall from the stair side

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Gyprock removed

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Centre supports removed, flooring braced, electricals removed from the cavities and ready to be rerun under the floor to another light switch

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Starting to build the main base for the tank, my plan is to use the underneath as a storage area for alcohol and dvd's, the sump\filtration will be underneath the house to reduce any noise

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After a bit of a mix up at the local fish shop, I found out right before I was going to order the tank that the cost was going to be $2000 more than what I budgeted for, so, ended up rebuilding the base, very frustrating, but taking the opportunity to make the tank wider and longer....why not :)

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The main frame starting to take shape now, I've also cut out the window on the stair side

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Installed some of the external gyprock

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Lining the frame with Villaboard and also punched a hole in the wall which is where the main tank will drain to the sump under the house

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Tank finally arrives and just wanted to make sure all is on the right track. The tank has three sides made out of sapphire glass and the weir end made from normal float glass. The window cut in the gyprock overlaps the tank by about 2 inches all round so you don't see any of the edges of the tank. I've lined the inside of the storage draw and the inside of the main tank frame with villaboard as it will handle any moisture better than standard gyprock would.

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My home made light pulley system, I wanted to be able to lift up the lights and have them out of the way when cleaning the tank, just something simple and easy to use, this actually works very well.

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Installed my homemade extracton system. Picked up a small bathroom extractor from bunnings and made a box to house it in. I've since removed it from the frame as I really need the frame plastered first then I will re-install it, same goes with the lights. The extractor is suppose to be hush quiet and my plan is to have it on a timer so it comes on and off automatically.

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Installed some metal bracing to minimise any movement in the frame.

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Windows now down to the correct sizes and edged.

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Frame almost complete, waiting on a few more pieces of wood to be cut down to size, spending a little more time looking at the underneath draw system. Wines at the back, followed by spirits and then the DVD's\CD's. I've put on more gyprock edging and gyprock panels. On the tv side of the frame, this is where I am planning to have an access panel to get to the top of the tank.

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby ghengis » Sun 29 Dec, 2013 10:28 pm

Mad skills on display here. Great looking build so far!

Loving the light fixture pulley system! :clap:
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Mon 30 Dec, 2013 11:47 am

Thanks mate, yeah it's coming along.... but slowly, I can't seem to get a good stretch of time to work on it of late plus I keep making small adjustments which seems to burn up a lot of time.
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Fri 24 Jan, 2014 9:44 pm

Plastering finally completed, just needs a few light sands and it's ready for painting...The part that isn't covered by the plaster is because I still need to fit the other window on that side but won't do this til I have everything plumbed in and working properly.

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Sun 02 Feb, 2014 9:40 pm

After 2 coats of wet area base coat, the first coat of under coat is on. I've also cut the access panel a little larger for easy access if needs be. Also repaired the top of the frame after the plasterer put his foot straight through it.

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Sun 09 Feb, 2014 9:27 pm

First of the top coats now on.

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby kodez » Sun 09 Feb, 2014 10:11 pm

Awesome project man, going to look wicked!
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Mon 17 Feb, 2014 10:36 pm

Extraction fan installed, works well and not loud too.

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Managed to get a few mates round to install the tank. Looks good but thinking of reducing the size and shape of the weir so its less intrusive.

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Still fixing up small patches and bubbles in the plaster

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Sun 27 Apr, 2014 9:09 pm

Ok its been awhile since ive updated this post, too many weekends away :) plus I had to mount the tv up on the wall... so have done a few more coats of paint, the skirting is almost all on, flap and tv side window ready for water proofing

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Sun 27 Apr, 2014 9:15 pm

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This is what it looks like to date. I removed the weir as it was simply too big and taking up too much space in the tank. Im going to use a stockman standpipe drain and thinking of doing a triangular shape weir in the middle of the back wall. The drain\bulkhead is 40mm.

Anyone see any issues with this?
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby axela » Sun 27 Apr, 2014 9:45 pm

Fantastic job with the wall! Great work!
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Fri 11 Jul, 2014 10:14 pm

Weir now completed and water tested (Took way more effort than I initially thought), also put the fake rock on the back

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Also built a draw for store all the DVD's and liquor directly underneath the display, just needs a paint

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Tank will finally go in permanently this weekend... Ended up making the opening to underneath the house slightly bigger to give me more room to run all the cabling and pipes.

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby Jordan99 » Sat 12 Jul, 2014 12:09 pm

Awesome project here!
Can't wait to see it done
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby wayne2.0 » Sat 12 Jul, 2014 6:47 pm

Love the wine rack idea. Great use of space.

What pump are you using for your return? what sort of head pressure are you going to need?

It looks deeper then 2 1/2
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Sat 12 Jul, 2014 10:29 pm

Yeah the draw will hopefully come in handy, as apart of this project I mounted the tv up on the wall ,so I needed a spot to store all the dvd's. At this point im thinking of using the Silent tzune 1073.40 or .20's but it will depend on the height I need the return pipes to go, that's phase 2, which is enclosing a section underneath the house, ultimately it will be a small room with a elevated floor, that's where I'll have my weir and the DT will drain into. Once the floor is done then I will know which pump it will have to be. The Tank is 2.5 ft high but as it's been here awhile now, it seems to be getting smaller by the day. I'll be using a MP40 to help with the flow.
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby blacjack » Tue 15 Jul, 2014 9:10 pm

Looking good so far tagging along. The idea of the rack under the tank is clever, I bet a few people get a shock seeing where you keep your grog :roflmao:
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Mon 04 Aug, 2014 9:25 pm

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Tank back in the wall now and draw fully stocked up. Filled the tank up this afternoon to wash all the silicone vapour away. Also washed the lime sand I have ready to go in.

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby wayne2.0 » Mon 04 Aug, 2014 11:12 pm

Enjoying watching this build. Nice job.
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Postby Dezul » Tue 05 Aug, 2014 12:24 am

This looks like a good project.. Nicely executed too.
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Sat 09 Aug, 2014 10:54 pm

Thanks Wayne and Dezul, it's coming along but just slowly which is a little frustrating. Hope to have water in it and starting to cycle next weekend. Need to find some more rock though to help with the aqua scaping.
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Sat 09 Aug, 2014 10:57 pm

I've decided to raise the teeth of the weir a little higher in case over time the foam underneath the tank sag's a little with all the weight as I don't want to see the water line below the viewing windows. Im also trying to decide on whether to put a layer of egg crate over the bottom, I know there is mixed opinions about this but my thoughts are that there will be a lot of weight from the rocks on one spot.

Further thoughts\comments?
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Mon 25 Aug, 2014 11:06 pm

Decided I wont use the egg crate after doing a lot of reading of other people going through the same stage. Will use a pvc frame to help with the aquascaping....
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby NVRENUF » Mon 25 Aug, 2014 11:53 pm

any pics of your sump setup and where all the plumbing is going >
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby forsaken » Tue 26 Aug, 2014 9:30 am

Sump I havent got to yet, as soon as I have water in the tank ill be working on that, it means for a little while ill be running no sump and will have to rely on water changes, not ideal but hopefully it wont be for too long..

The below pics are behind the back of the tank underneath the house where all the equipment will be, need to raise the floor when I get up to it.

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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby NVRENUF » Tue 26 Aug, 2014 10:00 am

Nice cool place for sump should be good when done. Got some work to be done down there yet hey :)
is that all concrete or big pile of sand ?
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Re: Forsaken's 4x2x2.5 - WIP

Postby MitchD » Tue 26 Aug, 2014 10:58 am

NVRENUF wrote:is that all concrete or big pile of sand ?

Looks like the foundations of the house are attached directly to the existing bedrock, guessing the house is on the side of a hill?
Should make a nice reefer cave :thumbsup:
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