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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby Amit.. » Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:12 pm

arindam77 wrote:Correct it, top will be more than 1.5 cm away from bottom with 2 degree pitch. Better not put any unnecessary stress on glass and joints. Not your fault, the Earth also seemed flat for centuries.


You're right.
I am going to empty the tank, silicone the pipe connector on the side. Let it cure for a day or two.
Then set it up straight. and fill 2/3 rds of it.
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Can i get the filter media cycled in advance?

Postby Amit.. » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:59 am

Since, i have the sump ready, it will hardly take any time to fit partitions and chambers. Is it possible to get the filter media cycled while i get the rest of the setup ready?
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby arindam77 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:35 am

why not ? But depends on the design of sump and your future fishes. Preparing a sump with Fresh water will not work with Salt water later. Anyway, Feed the sump output to sump input, and keep some feeder goldfishes (many may dislike) or Ghost feed the tank a spoonful of Flakes every 7 days, and let it rot there. Don't forget to add a mechanical filtration after the partition with fish, or where you ghost feeding. Further suggestions can be given only after seeing your sump design.
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Little update after a long time

Postby Amit.. » Sun May 14, 2017 5:21 pm

Haven't been able to do much on the tank lately.
Something was bugging me, that was the floor. It wasn't even.
there was large machine weighing around 5 tons sitting on that spot, which broke the floor and gave way to the soft soil underneath.
Now that wasn't mended, i had put a vinyl floor mattress to cover it up, while i was converting it into my office.

A tank with immense weight on soft soil was actually bothering me. So had the floor leveled with a bit of foundation pounded.

Also, fitted the table with 3"x3" post, Now fingers crossed, the table bears the weight over a long time.


Will be sanding and painting the table tomorrow if time permits.
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby mithun » Sun May 14, 2017 7:08 pm

Good build.. Please keep updating us.
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby Amit.. » Mon May 15, 2017 4:31 pm

Didn't have much at hand this evening, hence the paint job done. :)
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby Amit.. » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:52 am

Due to immense changes in personal circumstances.... I have had to put away the 5 feeter for I dont know when.
But since i had the sump ready, i thought what the heck, something is better than nothing.
Hence with a bit of on the feet thinking, I have turned the sump into a display tank and its been that way since July.
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Running a crude hamburg matten filter type filtration and using a IPF as the pump with the modified plumbing.
Doing 50% water change every alternate day and feeding the residents to my hearts satisfaction.
Overall enjoying it a lot. :D
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby arindam77 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:02 pm

Nice to see some developments. I was also thinking of you.
Anyway, my new tank is also a discarded project, as I am not staying at home on office days, presently.(due to transfer). Another tank will be burden to family.
But, one of my friends asked me to make a tank for him, and I took the path of Direct silicone injection method, with polished glass of 8mm.
Pasting is done today itself, and have a plan to start a thread for the detailed method. Pics are ready. But typing is a real pain.
It is 36x18x18, and will be a goldfish tank, with DIY filter and DIY light hood. A complete DIY.
Hope to post it soon.

And where did you find that filter mat ? @Amit..
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby Amit.. » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:03 pm

I am expecting a new family member soon :) :ymblushing:
and the next pet of choice after that, by popular demand is going to be a canine, So the tank have to sit back a while.

Anyway, I have conjured some easy DIY lighting method, might come handy for your friends tank, I'll share them in a following post soon.
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Re: Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

Postby Amit.. » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:04 pm

arindam77 wrote:Nice to see some developments. I was also thinking of you.
Anyway, my new tank is also a discarded project, as I am not staying at home on office days, presently.(due to transfer). Another tank will be burden to family.
But, one of my friends asked me to make a tank for him, and I took the path of Direct silicone injection method, with polished glass of 8mm.
Pasting is done today itself, and have a plan to start a thread for the detailed method. Pics are ready. But typing is a real pain.
It is 36x18x18, and will be a goldfish tank, with DIY filter and DIY light hood. A complete DIY.
Hope to post it soon.

And where did you find that filter mat ? @Amit..


I got the filter mat from Gallif st, A guy named Toton sets up shop near the tram depot gate, since i knew him through other means, I drop by his shop or residence if i need something every now and then.
He charged i guess around 150 for it. There are six mats in the pack, each mat is about 1" thick, around 4-5" wide and about 10-12" long. Bear in mind these are chinese cr@ps.
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