180 gallon build thread aka Jims' bad idea!

Discussion in 'DIY' started by bookfish, May 1, 2007.

  1. Thales

    Thales Past President

    You could do the same thing with the corners and with the sides at the water air boundary.
     
  2. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    [quote author=Thales link=topic=2024.msg20060#msg20060 date=1178846327]
    You could do the same thing with the corners and with the sides at the water air boundary.
    [/quote]Exactly, but viewing-wise, I think it'll be less obtrusive to view the ends of the roundouts than to see a whole strip up the front viewing edges. That's what's pushing me towrds horizontality (is that even a word?).
     
  3. Thales

    Thales Past President

    It is now. :D
     
  4. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    Actual update!!!
    Norm and I have almost finished building the stand! You know, where "we" build the stand, I pass the nails and Norm builds the stand!
    It's actually quite attractive and was done for under $100 spent at home depot! It's designed to need no front center legs at all. For a 6 foot 180, that's quite a feat but watching how it was built gives me a lot of confidence...I think... ;D
    Norm, I put the top on all by myself. C'mon over and take some pics before it's all boxed in.
     
  5. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    Added a 2"x6" front piece to relieve any bowing over the 6' and also added a bunch of corner braces to see if I could do away with the 2"x4" that was planned to go across the front bottom. Put on 2 layers of polyurethane wherever i thought water might go. This will all make sense when Norm takes some pics for us (perhaps tonight!) but I wanted to get the text up while I had a second. And just for the record, 1600+ pounds of tank, rock and water is a very scary thought unless you're extremely confident in your stand. I'm going to recommend this stand design for folks in the future. Thanks Norm!!
     
  6. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Me want pictures please. :D

    It sounds good like the stand is a real winner!
     
  7. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    Here's THE BIG UPDATE!!!!
    Truvu http://www.truvuaquariums.com/index.html
    Has offered to provide a tank to allow me to explore some new and interesting advances in our hobby. These will all be spelled out in upcoming issues of the magazine, as my "Zen" series continues. The initial setup will be a full, 6 foot, penducted gyre tank. Truvu has generously offered to provide the rounded corner inserts as well to reduce flow loss through corner turbulence.
    My plans are to run this combo SPS/LPS tank with a single mag 12 sump return and a Mak 4 (Iwaki 55RLT equiv) for the closed loop.

    Special thanks to Norman Tom for building my new stand and Scott Clark at Truvu for helping me finalize my design plans and building the tank. -Jim
    ps. pics will follow soon, I promise!
     
  8. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Very cool Jim!

    A big thanks to TruVu then.
     
  9. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    Yes, a huge 6'x2' thanks to Truvu! And this means I'll be able to get back up to speed on growing corals to give away!!!
     
  10. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Super!

    I want to be the first in line of "Free Corals".... :D LOL
     
  11. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    All right, make a diagram of your layout and let's see it :)
     
  12. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    [quote author=GreshamH link=topic=2024.msg21368#msg21368 date=1182197392]
    All right, make a diagram of your layout and let's see it :)
    [/quote] I'll try and do that.
     
  13. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

  14. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    This will come as no surprise to those that know me but the tank will be finished before I figure out how to post a sketch!
    Tomorrow is the big day and so I'll be posting pics of the tank instead of the sketch.-Jim
     
  15. fishnfst

    fishnfst Guest

    We need pics :) With the Gyre setup does the flow always go the same direction? Or is there a way to reverse the flow every so often? Is that even needed?
     
  16. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    Yup, pics will start shortly. My tank will have a constant direction, but it should be easy to design a reversible gyre.
     
  17. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    OK< so Matt can hold the camera and you can pose with your new tank there Jim :)
     
  18. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    Yup, on Rich's borrowed camera!
     
  19. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    New pics are up.
    http://reefhobbyistmagazine.com/discussion/index.php?topic=30.new#new
     
  20. Elite

    Elite Guest

    very interesting looking tank Jim :) ..

    Wish you are close by so I can check it out in person :D
     

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