New DIY tank take 2

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Hello. For those who havent seen it, this is my first DIY build started back in 2016.
https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/my-new-diy-140l-build/
Its 100 pages long, and many mistakes made along the way. With alot of help from forum gurus i got the setup running sweet. So big thanks to those who got involved, without you it would of been a disaster!
4 years on and im back on the build train. : ) I was waiting till we moved to get a bigger tank but thats a few years off so im making the most of the space ive got. Tank will be going from a

 500lx400wx500h sump 350lx350wx400h current setup.
New tank will be...
800lx400wx450h sump 800lx350wx400h Previous build i made the tanks myself but due to lockdown my local glaziers is shut till further notice, so ive splashed out on a custom from aquariums4life.
This build has been in my head for about 8 months, its slowly taking shape. Im looking at the end of june for install??
So heres some pictures of the progress so far...

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Last Edit: May 16, 2020 12:06:45 pm by ajm83

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Reply #1

Left to do...
Finish the top.
Build the cabinets.
source wood for the door panels, make the doors.
Sort the sump baffles, got the layout sorted..ish.

Most of the stock will be coming from my current setup.
I have recently invested in 2x hydra 26HD for this build. also unlike the current setup i will be running a skimmer, got myself a reef oct 110s.
Last Edit: May 16, 2020 10:48:29 am by garethwood

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Love a build! So that'll be about 250L or so all in?

Did you make the frame yourself? Looks great.

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Love a build! So that'll be about 250L or so all in?

Did you make the frame yourself? Looks great.
Yes the frame is 316SS ill be powder coating matt black. Did the try run assembly this morning just to make sure it all fitted, as its in 7 parts and all the drawings were done in my head. Pleased with the results, its dead level and only 0.2mm off over  1800 long.. benefits of having a one of these jig tables to build on : )
Router bit turned up just now, so ill be machining the top down in the morning, I was planning on 1 piece of Beech or oak for the top, but lockdown meant i needed to be a bit less picky. Found 2 lovely lengths of beech with some wicked graining,  but they werent as level as ide like, So i encased them in resin on our sarface table, so the base is dead flat now.. im a tad obsessed with  precission ; )

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Wow looking good ,well done on the build ,
👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏
Looking forward to seeing more of the build as you go .
Dave
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Got the top nearly done.. Routed the end the tank will sit on to ensure its dead level and spent 4hrs sanding it, then another hour cleaning the damm dust up! They dont show you thst on the youtube vids. Still needs waxing and the resin polishing to get the pop back, but happy with the result so far. Sumps built but not baffled yet. Mondays job cupboards. Tanks due in 2 weeks, i think ive got all my bits and bobs but im sure ill remember more. ; )

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I'm assuming you'll have no sand bed so you can see the table top?
You're a brave man not to have any expanded polystyrene under the tank, but as you say, if it's machined to within .2mm that's very accurate.
Personally, I'd prefer to see the river table in the lounge and a sand bed in the tank: just personal preference.
In any event, a master class in accuracy, that attention to detail means we'll get some lovely reef pics from you down the line...

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I'm assuming you'll have no sand bed so you can see the table top?
You're a brave man not to have any expanded polystyrene under the tank, but as you say, if it's machined to within .2mm that's very accurate.
Personally, I'd prefer to see the river table in the lounge and a sand bed in the tank: just personal preference.
In any event, a master class in accuracy, that attention to detail means we'll get some lovely reef pics from you down the line...
Haha no im not that brave! The top is 1800 long, but the tank is only 800mm It will have a mat under it, and a sandbed so not all of the top will be seen. The right side of the stand is where the TV is mounted, so the beech river will be seen here.
The original plan wasnt to resin cast it, the river top was more of needs must, as i couldnt find a top the size i wanted. It worked out well for me as the beech is now suspended in a dead flat resin base, and is super solid!

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Quality work Gareth, will be following this one   8D

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I had been looking for inspiration for the door panels on this build. I wanted a grained wood preferably beech to match the top. The one thing holding me back... Price! To buy solid panels i was going to be £200 out of pocket, and this build cost has already gone over what i wanted to spend, which is always as little as possible ; )

Result, i found 10mm thick beech strips for £20 a box, so im making the doors from stainless, painting them black to match the frame then cladding the front. Ive got some pigment left over from the top.. do i use it on the panels or not? Cant decide if its over the top or not.

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They look good, love the use of staves, and I like the pigment too.

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Had a chance to do some more this morning. Doors are rough fitted before i strip the whole thing for powder coating. I didnt want hinge doors as i like to have open space to work, so i went with plastic push click catches. Doors are set back 10mm to allow for the cladding strips.
I also picked myself up a battery backup for my RP, temp controller and atu. Surge protected and should run life support for about 8hrs.

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Looks nice,  what UPS have you gone for?

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This one it came reccomended by other reefers


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