GlennF's DSR tank

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That frame doesn't look strong enough to me, and there's no front to rear bracing, or bracing at the rear side. The braces at the front look insufficient too, but I tend to overdo it when building things to support weight. I built a decking area to support a hot tub for a customer recently and if you saw the reinforcements and foundations I laid you'd think I'd built it to support a military tank.  lol
Bolting it against the wall is the key. It's going nowhere. The walls and floor are made from concrete, that make things a lot easier also.


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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Removed the wall unit to make room for a 120x100 pallet box that will serve as a temporary storage for coral and fish from the #EZ550HYB system. This is going out and in its place comes the old 1200litre tank which I will probably set up as a primary fish tank. The idea is to use less lighting than is normally required for a reef aquarium, so keeping this tank is not a big expense. I wonder how long I will be able to keep this up...







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Wednesday, 15 September 2021 #Panoramareef - drilling 4 holes. Today the diamond glass drills finally arrived. I was waiting to be able to continue. First I had to make a drilling template from plywood and mount it in the right place. To allow fish to swim back and forth from section1 to section2, I made two 100mm holes to connect the aquariums. For this, I had to drill four 100mm holes in 10mm glass. It took me 2 hours because I was too careful. Once I got the hang of it, it was 10-15 minutes per hole.

After alignment, I drilled the end of section 2 flat on the table

 The next step is to prepare the glass to seal section 2.








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Thursday, September 16, 2021 - #panoramareef section2/3 fitting and measuring....
The rear, side, and bottom panels have been , sanded, cleaned, dried, and put in place.
Since this is made up of more than 5 panels, everything does need to fit together properly before we can begin to seal the tank
There will be some fitting pieces (stabilizers) to be cut, but we'll do that in between.





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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - #panoramareef fixing section2/3 Today my son finally had time to join me in placing the glass panels. Section2/3 with capacity 2200 liters is glued and is still waiting for the placement of the bracing






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Thursday, september 23,  2021 - placing the bracing for section2/3
The job started with removing all help tools used for supporting and aligning of the glas panels.
Cutting and cleaning the bracings, placing the clamps to align the bracing and than glueing them.
That's a lot of clamps and siliconekit......





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Friday, september 24, 2021
Sealing the two 100mm holes connecting section1 to section 2/3
Placed 2 extra support strips between the front/rear bracing.
Attempting to cut the  four 55cm vertical bracing strips for application at the seem of section 2/3.
This failed misserably, so i called it the day.
 We went out for dinner to celabrate my wife birthday with my 2 kids. My daughter came home from groningen for the occasion.





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Saterday, september 25, 2021 - #Panoramareef - last tasks before filling the tank
Finally i manage to cut the 55cm strips and glued them. The separationrack fits perfectly inbetween the seam.
Next was drilling two 55mm holes to place the tank connectors. These will be used as surface skimmers. I will probably be using a XS sump for this purpose
I'am not a real fan of these tank connectors, so i took extra precaution by glueing them.
The plumbing will be simpel an minimal.

Now wait a few days for the silicone to cure and do a fill test.





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Sunday, September 26, 2021- first 12cm leak test passed. I will gradually fill the tank segments evenly to allow the polystyrene to settle.





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Reply #819

Very impressive setup @glennf ,  can you remind me what you plan to keep in here?
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Very impressive setup @glennf ,  can you remind me what you plan to keep in here?
General reeftank population.
Corals and fish

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Friday, 1 October 2021 #panoramareef - mounting GHL Mitras LX7206
I put some slats at the bottom of the cabinet to mount the GHL stands and have 3 already mounted. The other 2 will be installed later. I need to take them out of the EZ2Goreef and put something else in there.
After almost 1.5 years of testing on the butterflyreef and EZ2Goreef, I decided that these fixtures would be a nice addition to the panoramaeef section1.
I filled tank section1 with tap water to the point that it overflowed into section 2/3
Now it contains exactly 780 liters. No leaks!








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Saturday, 2 October 2021 #Panoramareef- saltwater mixing.
To do this, first turn on some flow pumps to speed up the mixing.
Step1 calculate water volume
Step2 calculate salts using the CRS calculator
Step3 weigh out NaCl+, MgSO4+, Mg+, Ca+ and add them to the aquarium in separate piles.
MgSO4+ and Ca+ must not come into contact with each other.
Step4 Weigh out KH+ and dissolve it in water ~50gr/L while stirring. When everything is dissolved, pour the liquid into the aquarium.
Step5 Allow the salt heaps to dissolve thoroughly for a few hours.







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Reply #823

Sunday, oktober 3, 2012, #panoramareef - sandbed, seeding and feeding.
100 kilo coralsand 1-2 mm was placed into segement 2/3. 40 liter sludge from the EZ550reef was placed into segment1.
After that we daily dose 23ml easy carbon.
The water is clouded from the sand.
We wait 3 days before using a powerfilter to clear the water.

Zondag, 3 oktober 2012, #panoramareef - zandbed, enten en voeden.
100 kilo koraalzsnd van 1-2 mm werd in segment 2/3 geplaatst. 40 liter slib uit de EZ550reef werd in segment1 geplaatst.
Daarna wordt er dagelijks 23ml easy carbon gedoseerd.
Het water is troebel van het zand.
We wachten 3 dagen voordat we een powerfilter gebruiken om het water helder te maken.











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Monday, oktober 4, 2021 - #panoramereef finishing the stand.

Sanded the planks and fitted the intermediate uprights of the frame. Now that these are in place, the purlin laths have been removed. Those legs are not going anywhere anymore.





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