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Starting a tank build -- have some noob questions

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:37 pm
by Amit..
Hi everyone,

I am starting a tank build, need somebody to point me in right direction on some of the doubts I've got.

The display tank is going to be 5'6"x2'6"x1'6"
The glass arrived a year back.
The SS table arrived a almost two years back, timber reinforcement completed over six months back.
Finished the paint job today. Tomorrow i'll probably finish the top.
Sump size is going to be 36"x18"x18", the glass will be delivered on Monday.

The issue that is haunting me at the moment is the sump design and media.

and sure , I am looking for a balance of least complication and maximum efficiency.

Any advise will be appreciated.


direct injection anyone??

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:40 am
by Amit..
Does anyone knows anyone, who build tanks with direct silicone injection method. Apparently the internet is going gaga over it.

Some pics of the stand/table etc

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:08 am
by Amit..
Hi all,

Posting some pics of the table. Though very little space for adjustment is left, however any suggestions are welcome.

some more pics

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:13 am
by Amit..
Table pics Continued

Used a single component epoxy paint, which polymerizes when in contact with Air. Best part its water soluble.

Anyways, still waiting for some opinions from advanced hobbyists..

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

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:43 am
by arindam77
These perforated Channel/Angles are not recommended for building Aquarium stands, and though it's difficult to judge quality from photos, your wooden studs don't seem to be of good quality, specially bottom left on the last pic. The color difference is a natural layered joint in wood, which will separate over time. It's called "Osar Kath" in Bengali.

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

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:40 pm
by Amit..
Though these angles are industrial grade and calibrated to 4 tons. But since you have mentioned it, I am having second thoughts. How about I reinforce the table with additional 3" x 4" in four corners. I actually used the timber to fix the slight wobble on the Steel frame, since its bolted together the wobble is inevitable.
But, hey thanks for your input, two heads are better than one.

BTW any idea on direct injection or biomedia.

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

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:32 pm
by arindam77
No experience with direct injection of silicone, but i am closely watching the discussion and videos since long, as I am planning to do a tank with direct injection, hopefully this month. One thing I didn't understand, why so much pressure is required ? If you see a youtube video, when he pulls the zip tie out, the glass makes a "zing" sound.
I think, direct injection is the only method to get a really clean look.

Regarding Biomedia, I am doing some personal research ;) for a future commercial project of my own, if successful. (Inspired by pondguru. :ymblushing: ). And perhaps you already know, what the biomedia will look like. :p It will be a cross-breed of Biohome Ultimate and MarinePure. Problem is they are not pairing up :)) .

Jokes apart, to my understanding, depleting the oxygen in water, and then passing the oxygen-less water through filter media is the key to success. If there is not enough biomedia to deplete the oxygen, only aerobic bacteria will grow, and anaerobic bacteria will only grow if the preliminary layers of aerobic bacteria consumes all the oxygen.

Sump glasses arrived - prepped already

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:29 pm
by Amit..
Glasses for the sump arrived today, I've just prepped them and put masking tape around the edges.
If my good wife agrees to help me out, i might just try the direct injection silicone method on it.
Will post some pics if i manage to capture any.

was on YT, a video on King of DIY channel says that a pound of sand in moving bed sand filter can handle up to a 100 gallons.
and its quite efficient too.

Any thoughts on that?

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

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:35 pm
by arindam77
moving bed and sponge filters are the best filters, but we are habituated to think costlier is more efficient. How many of us take full advantage of smart phones, but we all have at least 1 in our pocket, some doesn't fit in pockets too.
Don't know about handling 100 gallons, but they are very efficient. I once tried to build one moving bed sand filter, but it had design flaws, as the cheap power heads don't provide a constant pressure.

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

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:37 pm
by arindam77
Another interesting method of tank assembly.