my new tank and desk

Postby smiley » 2006-12-05 20:49

firstly, my camara skills are VERY MINIMAL , so forgive me for all the rubish pics :)

on to the project:
i magaged to buy a 4ft tank off a guy who had surplus tank, and i got it for ?15 BARGIAN lol

here is the tank with a 'sump system' built into it

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then we bought the main board and my dad said to use m.d.f, at 22mm thick, i think it thick enough.we bought 8ft x 4ft so we would have plenty of spares once the main shape was cut out

this is to shoe just how huch the board is:

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this is just to show you the thickness :

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then i decided this was the shape i wanted :

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becouse of the size of the tank, both me and my dad thought that to get a wee bit more space, we would mount the tank 4 inch above the desk, it was orignally going to be a whole lot higher at 9 inch, but becouse of the boiler in my room, we had to lower it :(

you can see the hight diffrance.(also the second pic has already got the outer trim on)
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and for the eagle eyed amongst you, the little slot in the back on the second comparason picture is for a small tube light that shines up the wall and give a nice effect. :)

and lastly 2 very very very bad pics of what is almost a finished project(cos it was dark and the flash on my camara is poop

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the water isnt actually that colour, its just the way its come out on the camara.So far ive got 'fat head' my sailfin plec, 'skish' my common plec, 'skip' and 'ditto' (my two silver sharks)
also gonna put my three (yet to be named) clown loach in there
once ive got more time, il get some proper pics of the smp system and the legs, (once every things finished)

hope you like :tup:
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Postby railinsp » 2006-12-05 21:01

:D what there to say you have done a great job
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-12-05 23:21

Wonderful job J! Looking forward to more updates!
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Postby saracen » 2006-12-06 10:34

Good job! Nice looking desk, and tank!
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Postby Amy » 2006-12-06 14:20

thanks for the idea! once i'm a bit more experienced in fishkeeping, i think this will be worth trying out!
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Postby sharkdude » 2006-12-06 18:11

Nice one josh! looks brill! Exxelnt shape on the desk to!
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-12-07 10:35

Skit, Mack and Dot. :D

As I said before, absolutely inspired, looks awesome!
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Postby smiley » 2006-12-09 17:17

haha i actually quite like the names, i think ill stick with them- thanxx i.b.f.

im trying to get my stupid camara to work proply, it wont set up rightso i cant get any deasent pics :angry:

but i have just bought 4 new freinds for the tank to hold, a pair of kribs (which ive wanted for ages) and a pair of angel fish

as soon as ive fgot my camara sorted, ill get some deasent pics for ya
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Postby oxymoron » 2006-12-20 23:28

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Postby smiley » 2006-12-25 21:51

well you could call it a bit of an update

just a few pics of the inhabitants in there so far
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and the last shot is to show you how the flter works its magic, on the left, right in the corner, theres a hole about 2" by 4"(cant actually see it) then right in the corner theres all the filter media packed in, with finer media at the top and more corse(if thats the right word?) at the bottom.
the water gets pulled through all of the media, before going into the larger area, were theres 2 under gravel filter plates, and an uplift in(which s on the left of the pic) then slowley flows back into the main part of the tank.
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as for the trim, on the outside, we havent got round to that yet, but we will in the new year.
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Postby smiley » 2006-12-25 22:25

just a few more pics, nothing amazing, im just bored, so i thought id make the most of the the camara im borrowing . lol
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clownies!!!
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thats it for now
hope you like em :tup:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-12-26 22:26

Ohhh! How beautiful! I have an idea for another name (would suit a plec best) - Shlep.
It's a Yiddish word, as in "She was Shlepping around for the day, taking it easy."
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Postby smiley » 2007-01-01 20:41

umm, ot too sure about that one i.b.f :unsure:

ive had a thought, but i thought i should see what you guys think of it.
ive always wanted to keep a betta, but i dont want to set up another tank just for a betta
and since betta's like no water movement, i thought of usint the sump part of the tank as a betta enclosure
this is were i mean:
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obviusly i would put some plants in there for him, adn its just about the right size for a one, at 5 gallons,
plus the water would be filtered before it got to him...
and i know the glass needs a good clean ;)
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-01-01 21:44

It is an excellent idea, but the only problem I can see with it is that the sump bit is so narrow... exactly how wide is it? Also you'd need to be careful as bettas jump.

Looking forward to more updates!
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-01-02 11:00

*laughs* Fair enough.
It just reminded me of the sound they make too.

It's a nice idea, may work.
It'd be nice to see the sump plant-filled with a nice plant light over it - another method of filtration, rip the nitrate out too.
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