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PaulG's 4x2x2 Tank Journal... Now Spawning...

Postby PaulG » Fri 02 Nov, 2007 7:46 pm

Introduction:

System Objectives: Mixed Reef with a focus on pair & harems.

System Type: Mixed Reef

Display System:

Strike up Date: A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...

Display Tank: 4x2x2 10mm, left rear corner weir

Display Lighting: LED yong hang chow special

Stand: DIY, design 'lifted' from Danger's Stand.

Hood: None yet, still undecided.

Sump: Standard 3ft Sump

Refugium: none

Refugium Lighting: none


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: 2 x 5000lph powerheads on alternate run times

Return Pump:Eheim 1262

Skimmer: SWC 220 (I think)

Evaporation Top Up: manual


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Calcium Reactor

Alkilinity Addition: Calcium Reactor

Other Chemical Maintenance: Vodka

Current Water Chemistry:
Nitrates:
Phosphates:
Alkalinity:
Calcium:
Salinity / Specific Gravity:
Magnesuim:


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Well today was the day I picked the nice flashy new tank up.

I'm hoping that I'll be able to get a bit of work done on this & update the journal on a weekly basis with the progress.

Just before anyone comments, yes the pics where taken from the rear & side of the tank as thats the orientation that it landed in when we got it off the back of the ute & no, pics from teh front won't be posted until I'm ready to move the tank onto the stand for fitting purposes :nono:


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No its not your eye's, the wier looks an odd shape because it is :oops:
The piece of glass has been installed abou 5mm out of whack at one end (NOT by design I might add).


Next update will be picks of the stand that I'm building :clap:

Enjoy!
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Postby Dallas » Sat 03 Nov, 2007 7:34 pm

MMm tank
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Postby PaulG » Sat 03 Nov, 2007 8:58 pm

And here's a pic of the stand

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Well.... a before pic :roflmao:
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Postby Mxett » Sat 03 Nov, 2007 9:07 pm

Off to a good start. Good luck with your stand. :thumbsup:
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Postby PaulG » Sun 11 Nov, 2007 9:25 pm

Well... I got some new toys (aka powertools :thumbsup: ) & have been madly chopping , sanding, gluing & screwing up some of the wood in the previous post & here is what I've ended up with a top & bottom frame of the stand (yes there are 2 screws missing.... I ran out due to several 'manufacturing defects')

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Yes there is not as much wood here as there was in the previous post, thats because a lot of it is for a few other 'projects' as well.

Next update I should have the whole of the frame assembled & ready to be 'skinned'.
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Sun 11 Nov, 2007 9:29 pm

I thought you had been kicking the weir with your feet! :poke:

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Postby PaulG » Sun 18 Nov, 2007 11:05 am

Not much of an update this week, I ran out of 'straight' wood so I will have to get some more to continue.

Since I no longer have teh luxury of doing much on teh weekend this will have to wait till I have spare time during the week (which won't be any time soon :grump: )

Oh and also not much new equipment will be coming for awhile... since I picked up my new car on Friday night :D
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Postby PaulG » Wed 12 Dec, 2007 7:44 pm

Time for an update....


Well there is no update!

I haven't enough quality time to spend working in the stand, I was hoping to have the stand completed, sump ordered & most of the plumbing in place & tested before Christmas but I can't see that happening now :wall:


Hopefully the xmas break will give me plenty of time to make some good progress.


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Postby PaulG » Mon 17 Dec, 2007 10:10 pm

We have progress!!!!


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I've also been glueing up some of the pretty fascia bits which should be ready to losely fit, once thats done I'll post more pics.
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Postby glennb » Tue 18 Dec, 2007 12:41 am

That looks well built. And looks like you've still got enough pine to build a second tank setup.
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Postby Scooby » Tue 18 Dec, 2007 7:32 am

Seems unusual for a 4x2x2 to require 3 braces and am wondering whether that brace over the weir is going to hinder your Durso setup.

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Postby inferno6688 » Tue 18 Dec, 2007 7:40 am

that i sone solid looking stand! :clap:
looking forward to seeing it finished
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Postby PaulG » Tue 18 Dec, 2007 8:59 am

glennb wrote:That looks well built. And looks like you've still got enough pine to build a second tank setup.



Shhhh... don't tell the misses :roflmao:




Scooby wrote:Seems unusual for a 4x2x2 to require 3 braces and am wondering whether that brace over the weir is going to hinder your Durso setup.

Wayne


That is a possibility & I do have a work around for that ;)

Once I get the top on I'll put the tank on it & see just how much hacking & additional re-inforcing is required.



inferno6688 wrote:that i sone solid looking stand! :clap:
looking forward to seeing it finished
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Your not the only one!

I'de much prefer to see the tank, the stand & fish in it (as would the misses) ;)


Thanks for the feedback Guys


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Postby PaulG » Tue 18 Dec, 2007 10:26 pm

a little more work tonight...

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Oh & for anyone else who is thinking of making thier own stand..... Measure TWICE cut ONCE!

The fascia piece on teh stand I cut 10mm too short instead of 10mm too big

ahh well..... its not as though I don't have any more wood.

I actually finished off the 4 fascia pieces tonight, just need to cut them to size & I could fit them.[/img]
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Postby blacjack » Wed 19 Dec, 2007 8:51 pm

PaulG wrote:a little more work tonight...

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Oh & for anyone else who is thinking of making thier own stand..... Measure TWICE cut ONCE!

The fascia piece on teh stand I cut 10mm too short instead of 10mm too big

ahh well..... its not as though I don't have any more wood.

I actually finished off the 4 fascia pieces tonight, just need to cut them to size & I could fit them.[/img]


Highlighting the golden rule their mate. Good to know you had some spare. Stand looks real good.

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Postby AuS MaDDoG » Wed 19 Dec, 2007 9:35 pm

:withyou: You can always cut another piece off, but its a lot harder to add a piece back on :devil:
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Postby PaulG » Wed 19 Dec, 2007 10:16 pm

AuS MaDDoG wrote::withyou: You can always cut another piece off, but its a lot harder to add a piece back on :devil:
:cheers:
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No,no... thats EASY to do... liquid nails is your friend :devil: it just looks crap

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Postby AuS MaDDoG » Wed 19 Dec, 2007 10:19 pm

Thats what I mean :roflmao: :wall:
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Postby Bandit » Thu 20 Dec, 2007 10:03 am

:roflmao:
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Postby katmurphie24 » Thu 20 Dec, 2007 1:17 pm

looks great, nothing like a tank that you build from scratch... so much hard work.....

GOOD LUCK :)
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Postby blacjack » Thu 20 Dec, 2007 5:37 pm

PaulG wrote:
AuS MaDDoG wrote::withyou: You can always cut another piece off, but its a lot harder to add a piece back on :devil:
:cheers:
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No,no... thats EASY to do... liquid nails is your friend :devil: it just looks crap

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:roflmao: To put it mildly
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Postby PaulG » Sun 06 Jan, 2008 8:27 pm

Not much progress to report on the stand :(

With the bit of rain we had before xmas I had a slight drama with a minor flood through teh garage :( thankfully the stand made it through with only minimal water contact, lost a bit of wood I had sitting on the ground though (warped something shocking)


I've managed to get most of teh fascia bits glued & screwed on & thats about it.

The reason this has taken so long is I had a logistical issue with the power saw not being able to cut 45' to the full depth (it can @ 90' just not at 45 :() so I managed to knowck up a pretty dodgy jig that helped but I still had to do a LOT of cleaning up of the cut by hand :(

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So much for having it finished over xmas/ny :bawling:


hopefully it will be ready for sealer & paint next weekend
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Postby blacjack » Mon 07 Jan, 2008 9:04 pm

Well a week late won't be so bad. I'd be happy with the fact the water didn't do much damage.

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Postby pazz » Tue 08 Jan, 2008 8:10 pm

[quote="PaulG"]Not much progress to report on the stand :(

With the bit of rain we had before xmas I had a slight drama with a minor flood through teh garage :( thankfully the stand made it through with only minimal water contact, lost a bit of wood I had sitting on the ground though (warped something shocking)


I've managed to get most of teh fascia bits glued & screwed on & thats about it.

The reason this has taken so long is I had a logistical issue with the power saw not being able to cut 45' to the full depth (it can @ 90' just not at 45 :() so I managed to knowck up a pretty dodgy jig that helped but I still had to do a LOT of cleaning up of the cut by hand :(

good looking stand mate , wat sort of power saw were you using should have no prob cutting a 45, my lil makita cuts through 45 mm timber of a 45 easy ..
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Postby PaulG » Tue 08 Jan, 2008 11:01 pm

pazz wrote:good looking stand mate , wat sort of power saw were you using should have no prob cutting a 45, my lil makita cuts through 45 mm timber of a 45 easy ..


its a cheapie GMC, oh it cuts 45' no worries...... just not deep enough for the fascia, its about 12mm too shallow.

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It even looks like a stand

Postby PaulG » Fri 18 Jan, 2008 10:34 pm

Well we have some more progress.

Mnaged to get the top, sides & most of the bottom supports on (note to self.... put the rest on), most of the stand sanded back & holes filled

Here's some pics

Front right hand top corner
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Full Stand Shot
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Right hand side (oops note to self..... finish sanding the putty off)
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Front left hand side
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Not much else is going to get done this weekend, need to clean the shed up so I can start thinking about applying the sealer & paint & family is over so yeah....

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Postby blacjack » Sat 19 Jan, 2008 2:02 pm

Stands looking real good, good carpentry skills.
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Postby PaulG » Sat 19 Jan, 2008 6:06 pm

blacjack wrote:Stands looking real good, good carpentry skills.


Thanks Blackjack, however I have to debate the 'good carpentry skills'....

Lets just say my skills with a camera far outway my skills with a saw, there's no shot of teh rear of the stand for a reason (I didn't have enough putty to hide teh mistakes :konk: :roflmao: :wall: )


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Postby blacjack » Sun 20 Jan, 2008 1:38 pm

:roflmao: At least no one else will be able to see the back, but I wouldn't have said anything, let people think your brillant :thumbsup:

:cheers:

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Postby PaulG » Mon 21 Jan, 2008 9:54 pm

Well, I've sanded the stand back & its ready for sealer (inside will get done first) now, so in prep for this I had to clean up the garage a bit to get rid of a little bit of saw dust :roflmao:

In teh process of doing this I had to move the tank so what better place to put it in the mean time....

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I guess I should also think about ordering the sump since the stand is almost finished.

Oh & for the record, yes on the the cross members IS in the way of teh durso/syphon so some additional work is required

I also made a start on the frame for the hood but no pix of that yet.

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