My Tank with a face lift

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  1. a101988
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    Hi All

    Check out my revamped tank.

    This is what it looked like for about a year before I started the revamp.

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    And now this is what it looks like.

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    The new light in the making :

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    This light has got 4 * 39W t8's and 2 * 150w MH plus some moon lights
    The Moon lights are operated manual but the t8's and MH are on timers.
    The switches are so I can turn any one off or on at any time.

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    New Light Installed

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    I have also made my life a bit easier with regards to Tank top ups and water changes.

    As you can see in the first pic there is a small tank to the left of the main one.
    What i have done here is put together a tap system (See below). To help out.
    By changing the taps on/off positions
    I can pump water in to or out of the main tank.
    Circulate the water in the small tank.
    Pump water via a long pip to the kitchen , this pip is also used to fill the small tank with fresh water.

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    Cheers Ian
     
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    wow, that looks much better! what a transformation!
     
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    wow, awesome upgrade!

    can we get some full tank shots?
     
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    Looks much neater! I bet your lady is pretty chuffed...! ;)
     
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    fabulous tank set up. is there a possibility of getting a few close ups?
     
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    Impressive!

    Could you maybe explain the tap system a bit more?
     
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    Hi
    Great DIY. Impressive stuff :thumb:

    Kind Regards

    Ismail
     
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    One question... What is the PC power supply used for?
     
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    Hi All

    Thank all.

    I will take some more pic this evening and update tommorow.

    The computer power supply is for the moon lights. As i have used the lights that people us to pip there pc's and they run off of 12V.

    The lady is very chuffed hence her current addition in progress the cover for the small tank bit.

    WIll also put some pic together of the taps.

    Cheers Ian
     
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    WOW,looking forward to seeing more pictures, your DIY work is very impressive! :thumb:
     
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    Wow yeah that is like extreme makeover tank edition!
    It looks really good, did you do it all by yourself?
     
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    Yip all done by me :)
     
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    Hi All

    Some more pics taken last night.

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    What is the measurements of the tank? 4ft or 5ft?
     
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    Tank size is 1450 * 500 * 650 (L*W*H)

    Cheers Ian
     
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    Hi Ian

    Can you give a list of plants in you tank.

    Risen
     
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    Yes please, would love to know what that fine leaved and red stem plant is!!
     
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    Hi

    Not sure on all the plants , The one I know are the Amazon swords , vallislia , java fern. The rest just looked good and appear to be doing well in the tank.

    Cheers Ian
     
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    Taps Update :

    Taps descritpions


    1 = Pump Small Tank / Large Tank
    2 = Pump Small Tank / Taps 3 and 4
    3 = Input-output from kitchen
    4 = Into small tank

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    Operation :

    Tank top up : open tap 1 and turn on pump.

    Water change :

    Step 1 - Open tap 1 until small tank is full (Water is siphoned out of large tank), close 1 open 2 & 3 with pump on and pipe in kitchen sink repeat until happy.
    Step 2 - Pump off Tap 3 & 4 open, If you want to send to water directly to the large tank open 1 and pump on else just wait until small tank full.
    Step 3 - Condition water in small tank with chemicals pump on with taps 2 & 4 open this circulates the small tank, plus extra heater on if needed.
    Step 4 - Open tap 1 close the rest.

    Once complete :

    Fill small tank with enoght water to to tops ups untill the next water change.

    Cheers Ian
     
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    Very nice. Thanks for the description.
     

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