Greystoke's new tank set-up.

Discussion in 'D.I.Y.' started by Greystoke, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Greystoke
    Offline

    Greystoke Specialist

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,768
    Likes Received:
    187
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Linton Grange,Port Elizabeth
    This has been in the make a while, but my new tank actually arrived yesterday, and this is how it's going to be installed:

    The floor wasn't very suitable so I decided to make a self-supporting shelf.

    [​IMG]
    The first holes.​

    [​IMG]
    Supporting the galv steel studs while the concrete hardens.​

    [​IMG]
    All in place (each stud can take 100kg static load).​

    [​IMG]
    Wooden spacers to create more vertical room.​

    [​IMG]
    Enough space for 3 circuit breakers, a timer, a LED driver and the neutral bar.​

    [​IMG]
    Bottom cover fitted.​

    [​IMG]
    Top and sides fitted​

    [​IMG]
    Behind the cover​

    The new tank is still on the dining room table, because there's still some work to be done around the shelf.
     
  2. Trev Pleco
    Offline

    Trev Pleco Algae destroyer

    • APSA Member
    23%
    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2010
    Messages:
    5,767
    Likes Received:
    1,760
    Trophy Points:
    223
    Location:
    Constantia, Cape Town
    That's really impressive !

    What size tank ?
     
  3. Greystoke
    Offline

    Greystoke Specialist

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,768
    Likes Received:
    187
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Linton Grange,Port Elizabeth
    1800L x 350W x 350H. A "river side" long tank

    I had one a long time ago and I loved it.
     
  4. CharlieB
    Offline

    CharlieB Algae harvester

    • APSA Member
    40%
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2012
    Messages:
    660
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    26
    Location:
    Sheffield Beach
    Wow that is cool! Very creative and neat way of creating a tank support!
     
  5. Trev Pleco
    Offline

    Trev Pleco Algae destroyer

    • APSA Member
    23%
    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2010
    Messages:
    5,767
    Likes Received:
    1,760
    Trophy Points:
    223
    Location:
    Constantia, Cape Town
    Nice... high tech ?
     
  6. R.P
    Offline

    R.P Algae harvester

    • APSA Member
    53%
    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2012
    Messages:
    627
    Likes Received:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Cape Town / Brackenfell
    Dude that looks great. Can't wait to see what it looks like with the tank on it. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Ryno
    Offline

    Ryno Plant menace

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2012
    Messages:
    1,501
    Likes Received:
    153
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Pretoria
    yeah thats cool!
     
  8. Greystoke
    Offline

    Greystoke Specialist

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,768
    Likes Received:
    187
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Linton Grange,Port Elizabeth
    High tech is for the younger generation, although I'll have LEDs. Otherwise, I'd like to keep it modest. Few fish and not too many different plants.
     
  9. Pierre07
    Offline

    Pierre07 Green fingers

    • APSA Member
    37%
    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2012
    Messages:
    1,576
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Greystoke that is a awesome looking tank shelf you got there. Very pro and well thought out.I like it a lot.
     
  10. GDT78
    Offline

    GDT78 Plant menace

    • APSA Member
    77%
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,208
    Likes Received:
    398
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    East rand
    waw, that is awesome !

    Keep is posted.

    Did your wife say anything when you hit holes in the wall ?
     
  11. Greystoke
    Offline

    Greystoke Specialist

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,768
    Likes Received:
    187
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Linton Grange,Port Elizabeth
    . . and I need to cut some more holes to get to the sump that's standing outside on the other side of that wall >:D
     
  12. Greystoke
    Offline

    Greystoke Specialist

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,768
    Likes Received:
    187
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Linton Grange,Port Elizabeth
    Thanks for all the complements. I'm actually very proud that I can still accomplish this after having suffered a stroke. So, don't ever give up, guys!!!!!!!!

    It took a while to plan all this, although there is one flaw . . . I couldn't test the electrics properly, so I may have some surprises to deal with.
     
  13. Ryno
    Offline

    Ryno Plant menace

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2012
    Messages:
    1,501
    Likes Received:
    153
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Pretoria
    i had a shocking experience before not the best moment ive ever had haha
     
  14. Trev Pleco
    Offline

    Trev Pleco Algae destroyer

    • APSA Member
    23%
    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2010
    Messages:
    5,767
    Likes Received:
    1,760
    Trophy Points:
    223
    Location:
    Constantia, Cape Town
    Ok, wondered where the filter was going.

    There is something very 'younger generation' having a tank suspended from the wall, you are ahead of the pack here, like it or not ;D !
     
  15. Greystoke
    Offline

    Greystoke Specialist

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,768
    Likes Received:
    187
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Linton Grange,Port Elizabeth
    Shocking eperiences are good experiences. If you survive them, you will not likely try that again :laughing7:
     
  16. Greystoke
    Offline

    Greystoke Specialist

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,768
    Likes Received:
    187
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Linton Grange,Port Elizabeth
    I've istalled a few shelves like this in my (and Hannies) office. They save a lot of space, but this is the first time I tried this on a fish tank.

    But I do know how to work-out the strength of various types of steel structures, and the supporting strength of the wall.

    The total weight of the full tank will be in access of 300kg, but the shelf can support at least 3x that load. The wall is a cavity wall which can hold this many more times.
     
  17. R.C.
    Offline

    R.C. Moderator Staff Member

    • Global moderator
    23%
    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2006
    Messages:
    4,399
    Likes Received:
    706
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Location:
    Cape Town
    That is impressive, indeed.

    Keep those pics coming. :thumb:
     
  18. Razer2007
    Offline

    Razer2007 Valued Contributor

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2011
    Messages:
    1,607
    Likes Received:
    201
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    CT, Melkbosstrand
    Wow. That's fantastic! What type of tank setup will it be, I mean like type of biotope, fish species, flow etc?
     
  19. tyronegenade
    Offline

    tyronegenade Specialist

    • APSA Member
    77%
    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2009
    Messages:
    2,707
    Likes Received:
    338
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    sunny Orange City, Iowa, USA
    Very impressive!

    Unless you are going VERY hi-tech internal filters seem to work well. I'm just running two internal canister filters and the tank and plants are fine. Now that I'm fertilizing and upping the CO2 my algae issues are coming under control (even before I got the SAEs). There may not be a need for more holes in the wall.

    Are you going to run a full-length T8 along the front of the tank to get the right aesthetic or just rely on the LEDs?

    Keep well
     
  20. Greystoke
    Offline

    Greystoke Specialist

    • APSA Member
    10%
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,768
    Likes Received:
    187
    Trophy Points:
    73
    Location:
    Linton Grange,Port Elizabeth
    @Razer,
    I'm keen on African fish, like Congo tetras, African butterflies, Upside-down catfish etc.
    I'll see what I can get.

    @Tyrone,
    I'm installing a 1.7m Al strip, fitted with 28 LEDs (21 x 6500K + 7 x 3300K). @ 500mA bias current that will give me ≈ 60 PAR total, or about 95 PPF.

    The filter will be my celebrated bogfilter, which - at the moment - is waiting on the other side of the supporting wall to get hooked-up (pictures will follow soon).
     

Share This Page