The "Legend" of TubeRider's Looong Journey.

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by krittertanks, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. krittertanks

    krittertanks Sponsor

    Episode 1
    In a burg between Sf and SJ nestled in the Emerald Hills, lies a modern cavern which needed some life...
    The modern design of this cavern required something in order to divide the breakfast nook from the parlor.
    A plan was hatched, and the hydrodynamic wizardry of Tuberider's journey had begun.
    A story about the Legend.

    Criteria:
    190.5 x 15.5 x 25" (LxWxH") space for marine environment box.
    Id of tank 185 x 14 x 23.5" = 263 Gallon interior
    One end faces hallway, the other faces exterior wall of home.
    The other side of the wall has a 2nd story outdoor deck in which a sump can be placed.
    The owner of the home wants an extremely low canopy hiding the lighting. (This ideation to be continued)
    All filtration to go on the outdoor deck.
    Aquarium to be filled with Tropical reef creatures.

    [img width=500 height=269]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5138/5434739468_3cff8c5922.jpg[/img]

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    [img width=500 height=269]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5259/5434739490_7402292e43.jpg[/img]

    Acrylic sheet comes in 8' and 10' sheet.
    This length requires mass quantities of $ in order to custom build a sheet, or the tank must be butte joined.
    Experimentation to come.
    [img width=500 height=269]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5257/5434197287_a9bf78c026.jpg[/img]

    The saga continues...
     
  2. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    wooboy that's one long tank! I seem to recall over at RC someone did a fairly long tank (12 feet maybe?) but he made the other dimensions significantly smaller.

    Do keep us in the loop, if anything I'd be curious how you'd put the pieces together.
     
  4. houser

    houser Past President

    I built a scale model of this and it's hanging on the wall of our office.
    Flow dynamics were tricky. I was making a "resuscitation-style" (flow through tank). Weird gyres not at all what I expected. How do you move water from one end to the other (toward the overflow?)
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  5. Tamazula

    Tamazula Guest

    I remember that thread and was actually trying to find it so that I could link it here.... but I gave up. :) It was a very long, narrow, short tank on a shelf or room divider type thing with some closed loops. Cool concept.

    Overflow on one end, return on the other to get water cycling through the whole thing. Closed loops are basically a must. It would be really easy to get a decent laminar flow from one end to the other using just high turnover to the sump and back, though.
     
  6. houser

    houser Past President

    I beg to differ, owning one of course. It is most certainly not easy ;)
     
  7. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Just a thought, but you could have overflows on either end, then have long lasting alternating pump cycles pushing the water to one end, then switching back the other way.
     
  8. houser

    houser Past President

    I am curious about the hydrodynamic wizardry to be honest. Might learn a thing or two on this ride!
     
  9. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    This tank is gonna be long and skinny. If you do a butt joint can you hide the seams?
     
  10. krittertanks

    krittertanks Sponsor

    The wizardry is up to the Tubey... he hasnt seen his own blog yet =)
    Not on the table saw! The seams can't be hidden.
     
  11. Tamazula

    Tamazula Guest

    I just did the math on it and I believe you. Putting a 2500 gph pump on a tank with those dimensions, water would flow roughly 0.5 in/sec, on average, through its cross section. That isn't very much... and it's before head/plumbing loss.

    I think I overestimate the power of those larger pumps. Closed loops? :)
     
  12. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

  13. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    The tank can only have one overflow, it is a peninsula style. There will be a closed loop plumbed under the sand with a box for a submerged pump (Mag 24), the flow will be mostly laminar, but adjustible AFA direction if any dead spot occur.

    For the most part it will be VERY open as there needs to be a lot of unobsruted views from one room to another. I can't wait to see it with a group of blue eyed cardnals crusing inbetween the bommies.
     
  14. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    So will this tank be a full on reef? or fish only? I can't imagine lighting that thing otherwise.. halides might be problematic.
     
  15. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    The lighting will be LED, it will be a very open tank, a view through style, simple rock bommies. A low profile hood is being designed that will act as a canopy and a heat sink to minimize the visual impact of the hood.
     
  16. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Sounds like a sweet little setup. One of your "nicer" clients I'm imagining :D
     
  17. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    He's a real nice guy actually ;)
     
  18. houser

    houser Past President

    Going to be a stunner for sure. Balls out!
     
  19. robert4025

    robert4025 Sponsor

    Crazy cool looking tank man. So, what kinda rock you gonna use? Have you check out the new FHI rocks????
     
  20. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    OK sales guy, dude already has a 100g that is full of rock, we really don't need much. Besides, you don't remember our conversation about the rock, it's not like you said "look at this rock" and I said "yeah", it was an actual in depth conversation about the composition of the rock ;)
     

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