Graeme's 6x2x2 900L

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It's arrived!   <3

It's an Aquariums4Life custom build.  It's 72"(L)x27"(H)x24"(W), less sand and rock will be around 700L, plus a 4ft sump, which runs at about 200L, so 900L total (238 US Gallons).
 
I'm really happy with it. 

The cabinet
It's solidly built. Steel frame, adjustable feet and white gloss acrylic faced cladding.  No back to the cabinet to allow for air flow (hopefully not moisture build up), and easy access for electrics, etc. 

The tank
Double layer base (which I didn't expect).  Neat silicone, Soft close, push catch, magnetic doors,  It's also got a "phantom base", which I'd never heard of.  It's basically where you paint the bottom of the tank (in my case, black to match the back wall and weir).  The idea is that if you decide to run with no substrate, it looks nicer.  I'm going for a DSB, so wasted on me, but still nice when it comes for free  :grin:  It has two braces, evenly spaced, so my three Razors can sit in between them, and the hood has braces in the same place as the glass.  The hood rests on top too, so I can remove it if I ever need to (my previous tank had the hood siliconed in place).

The pipework
2x 40mm drains.  The emergency also has a durso fitted to quieten it - a nice touch I wasn't expecting.
25mm return.  My only hesitation with the tank is with this.  It's not how I specified I wanted it.  I wanted to have PTFE tape in the last joints, so I could move the tip of the return to be barely under the waterline, to prevent water getting siphoned down to the sump if the return pump is switch off.  This is especially important, as I have copied @Mike 's sump design, which leaves just enough space to take a little from the top of the tank, down to the main drain in the weir, and nothing extra.  Having the return submerged further, and the joints being glued in place, means I'm not certain if I will end up flooding the sump if the return is switched off.  If that's the case, I will need to modify the return (not hard, but I shouldn't need to)  :heyyy:
[Edit] See @Ian Dashfield comment below for rationale for why the joints are glued[/Edit]
Unions on everything, so it can all come apart, and the sump can be removed if need be.
Overflow in the sump (thanks to @Hai for the idea).  The pipe pointing up needs trimming down, but it's loose, so a 2 min job.  This feeds to a drain I drilled through the kitchen wall.  The idea is, if the sump were ever to be about to overflow, this drain will take the water within a couple of mm from the top, and so it will never flood my kitchen.  The drain currently just pours onto the grass down the side of my house, but I'm hoping to prove the gutter drain, is linked to the kitchen drain, in which case, I can feed this into the gutter drain and it all just disappears.  I can also use this for water changes, and possibly for a skimmer overflow.

The customer service
Communication was great, right from initial questions, through to updates on the tank progress, and delivery arrangements.  Lucy, thanks!
Customising the tank was no problem.  I picked an unusual height, sump design, and then changed that to add the sump overflow part way through the build.  I was warned the design couldn't be changed once I signed up, but they didn't have any issues doing so when I asked.  They even challenged my sump design, and talked through it with me, to make sure I knew what I was doing - better safe, than sorry  :lol:

Delivery and installation
I saw a photo of them delivering another tank with a scissor trolley, and asked if they could do that for me.  No problem.  They even agreed to send two people (Ian, and his dad, Howard - who doesn't even work for them) who did a great job.  I literally did nothing, as they brought everything in, levelled the tank (part of the delivery service), fitted the pipework (I paid extra for that, but well worth it for the hassle it saved me), and cleared up.  I just made the tea  :P

I suppose you'll want some pictures then?
Last Edit: Apr 17, 2016 7:16:04 pm by HK_Fuey
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Reply #1

That's a very nice tank, build quality looks very good.
If you drill a small hole in the return pipe just below the water level in the DT when you turn the pump of and the water level drops below the small hole it will stop the syphon effect, that's how I have mine and the water level rises about a inch and a half in the sump then stops

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Reply #2

Or one of these


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Reply #3

Looking good  *D
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Very nice 8D bet you can't wait to get it wet.

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Thats absolutely pucker , i am rather jealous lol

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Reply #6

Looks an awesome tank looking forward to seeing this one come together :)

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Reply #7

Will be getting wet tomorro, once the pvc glue has dried.  Also going to get a heater in there. I suspect it will takes at least two days to fill
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Reply #8

You will then have fun stocking it takes a fair bit to make a 6ft look stocked.

But just think of the tangs you can have now ;)

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Been dreaming for 3 years
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Reply #10

Wow, my sump, under your tank! I'm flattered.  :hey:

Looks fantastic Graeme.

There's a few bits I don't understand though, in the cab, the two drains look like standard twin standpipe, one is valved, the other takes any excess, but up above looks like a single drain durso thing?

Also, what's that pipe stuck in the air half way across?

If the main drains are 40mm, is the return plumbing 20mm? It looks too slim for 32, but might just be the pictures.

If I were you I'd use that right hand panel in the cab to install proper double or triple gang pattress box sockets. That tank/cabinet is no place for 3x 4 gang extensions velcroed to the side..  :glad:
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@Mike , that sump design is just so logical, I couldn't do anything else.  Nothing else compared.  If it were something you could patent, you should do it....it's obviously not thought, so no  money for you :D

The durso thing, is not what I asked for, but something Ian has recommended to quieten drains to other people.  It was a surprise to me, but happy to try it.  It's basically a herbie system, but with a durso on the emergency.  The durso overhangs the main drain (hence the gap).  Not sure about it yet, but willing to give it a go.
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Reply #12

Pipe in the air, is the sump overflow I need to trim.  I will cut a few inches off that, so it it barely above the height of the sump, them twist it down into the sump, so within a mm or two of the top it will trickly into that pipe, and head off down the drain (saving the sump from overflowing)
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Reply #13

 :O What's this? So the sump can't be flooded? That'll drain off somewhere? Where? I've never seen that on a tank before.
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Reply #14

Can't see how a sump can flood though when all setup correctly ect 
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