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    New Built in tank project

    I'm moving into a new house and installing an aqaurium into a chimey breast cavity that bridges 2 rooms.

    The tank will be 762 x 521 x 500H mm, custom made by Windsor Aquatics - hopefully to be delivered in about 2 weeks.

    It will be set up as a community planted tank.

    I've started the construction to the aquarium stand with 1.5x2.5" timber and 18mm ply base - all as level as I can get it .

    From the living room the tank and stand will be panelled off with a rounded rectangle arpeture 12/18mm MDF. The opposing side will have all the access to tank top and external filter/electrics (underneath).

    I plan for 2x 30w tubes with reflectors on a removeable shelf to aid access should it be required.

    The under cabinet has a power supply which was drawn from a near by socket and drilled through so there will be no cables viewable.

    Filter hoses, electrical cabling and the like will be routed up/down the 3" space each side of the tank.

    I'm using a Eheim 2026, 150-200w internal or external heater (haven't decided yet), and a UV steriliser.

    I have a few large, tall bits of mopani wood for the centre and plan to use 2-3mm gravel or an aqua clay/earth.

    To create structure I want to make some walls/terraces and as yet haven't decided how.

    I have photos to post ASAP and will update as it develops.
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    Sounds great bring on the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headsortails
    I'm moving into a new house and installing an aqaurium into a chimey breast cavity that bridges 2 rooms.

    The tank will be 76 x 52 x 50H mm, custom made by Windsor Aquatics - hopefully to be delivered in about 2 weeks.
    Hmmmm a very tiny tank................ whats smaller than pico/nano?

    Miniscule !

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    Haha .... yeah 3" x 2" x 2" lol

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    - There you go, I amended the unit amounts on the tank size so it makes some sense now .

    Photos soon!

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    First Photos

    This is the hole that the tank will be going in. The flat base has yet to have it's pipe/cable access cut into the sides. The 1.5"x2.5" frame is still not complete.
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    I've cut the rounded aperture in the facsia. I did it with a jigsaw , I think it would've been better to use a big diameter hole saw for thr corners then use a hand saw for the straights.

    I've added more braces across the top of the stand.

    The tank is due to arrive Monday morning .

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    Slate

    Here are a couple of pics of the slate we collected for the tank - the larger bit is about 2' across.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pip
    Hmmmm a very tiny tank................ whats smaller than pico/nano?

    Miniscule !

    Pip
    /me slaps Pip about the head with an A-level physics book .....

    da- deka- 10
    h- hecto- 100
    k- kilo- 1000
    M- mega- 1e6
    G- giga- 1e9
    T- tera- 1e12
    P- peta- 1e15
    E- exa- 1e18
    Z- zeta- 1e21
    Y- yotta- 1e24

    d- deci- 1e-1
    c- centi- 1e-2
    m- milli- 1e-3
    mu- micro- 1e-4
    n- nano- 1e-6
    p- pico- 1e-12
    f- femto- 1e-15
    a- atto- 1e-18
    z- zepto- 1e-21
    y- yocto- 1e-24

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    You definitely need more uprights

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    I was thinking I'd add another at each side.

    I had a similar capacity tank with a pre-made cabinet from chipboard - i'm sure it'd load weight would have been less than 1.5x2.5 timber with 18mm ply.

    Below is a cross section of the base build-up.
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    Progress

    Just for Leebob I've fixed two additional uprights.

    To aid in leveling I've also installed a 6mm foam strip between the timber and the 18mm ply.

    To fix the ply to the timber I've well countersunk the 2 screws to allow movement from the tank as it is filled.

    The aquarium arrives tomorrow.
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    Looking good !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by headsortails
    Just for Leebob I've fixed two additional uprights.

    To aid in leveling I've also installed a 6mm foam strip between the timber and the 18mm ply.

    To fix the ply to the timber I've well countersunk the 2 screws to allow movement from the tank as it is filled.

    The aquarium arrives tomorrow.
    Good skills man !! Can't wait to get my own place so I can do "stuff" like that.

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    It arrived

    As promised the tank arrived this morning and was perfect - anyone might think it was built for it.

    Here is the aquarium in place.
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