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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:42 pm Post subject: My DIY Reef Aquarium Adventure Reply with quote

 When  I  was  a  school  going  boy  I  had  constructed  an  aquarium  in  iron  angle  box,  bitumin  and  glass  sheet.  It  was  fresh  water  planted  aquarium  without  illumination!  Most  of  my  time  was  lost  in  stopping  the  leakages  and  transferring  fish  and  plants  from  bucket  to  the  tank  and  back.  It  survived  fro  six  months.  But  it  was  a  great  fun.
 Now  I  am  51  yrs  old  semi  retired  individual  living  in  Pune.  I  have  lot  of  time  to  spare  and  have  sufficient  resources  for  my  hobbies.  However  I  am  an  avid  homebrewer  taking  lot  of  pleasure  in  DIY  rather  than  bought  out  things.
 Last  year,  when  I  undertook  redesigning  and  modifying  interior  of  my  house,  I  carefully  planned  the  location  of  the  proposed  reef  acqarium.  I  have  no  previous  experience  of  any  marine  aquarium.  However  I  have  extensively  studied  the  material  on  the  web  and  I  am  confident  that  I  should  be  in  a  position  to  develop  a  splendid  reef  acquarium.  As  on  today,  the  only  progress  is  that  I  have  fabricated  the  375  g  display  tank  in  glass  about  six  months  ago.  The  display  tank  is  in  place.  It  has  been  fully  filled  for  several  months  now.  Now  that  it  has  not  leaked  for  so  long,  I  am  confident  that  I  have  done  a  good  job.  In  future  posts  I  am  going  to  put  the  details  of  the  display  tank,  its  fabrication  and  some  pictures.
 Today  I  am  only  posting  the  rough  elevation  of  the  display  tank.  In  the  next  post  I  am  going  to  list  my  objectives  and  thereafter  the  details  of  the  things  I  plan  to  do.  Your  criticism  and  suggestions  are  most  welcome.  It  will  give  me  an  opportunity  to  think  and  correct  in  time  if  necessary.
 Thanks  in  anticipation
 R.  S.  Kelkar
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:36 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Kelkar  Saab  your  picture  did  not  make  it!
 
 Please  read  the  "How  to"  forum  and  the  posts  there  on  uploading  pictures  to  IAH  gallery  and  displaying  the  same  in  your  post.
 
 You  can  crosslink  the  pics  from  another  website  too.
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 Kelkar  saab,
 we  all  are  eager  to  work  out  the  tank  plans  -  please  do  as  madan  tells  you  so  that  we  all  can  see  your  tank  pictures!
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 Inspite  of  not  having  any  marine  keeping  experience,  you  are  confident  over  a  reef  setup.  Hats  off  to  your  guts.  Kindly  ensure  the  reef  life  thrives  well  in  captivity  and  really  don't  go  wasted  on  experiments.  Only  that  may  annoy  Maneka  and  her  colleague  Lalu  too.  Just  kidding  Smile  .  Good  luck!
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 Sorry  folks.  Could  not  link  the  picture  in  the  last  try.  Hope  it  works  this  time.
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 Mr  Kelkar,  
 When  you  get  the  post  reply  box,  you  will  have  a  few  clickable  buttons  in  between  the  subject  line  and  the  message  body.  The  image  box  looks  like  two  triangles  with  a    dot  at  the  top.  Click  on  it  and  you  will  get  a  popup  in  which  you  can  fill  the  link  to  the  picture.
 
 
 


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 I  am  thankful  Pradeep.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:50 pm Post subject: Mr Kelkars tank Reply with quote

 Dear  friends,
 Today  morning  I  visited  Mr  Kelkar  and  was  amazed  to  see  his  setup.  It  is  really  interesting  to  see  the  way  he  has  constructed  the  tank.  
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 Hi  Mr  Kelkar
 Welcome  to  IAH  and  welcome  to  IAH  poona.
 You  are  probably  the  first  poona  IAH  memeber  who  is  into  marine  tanks  so  good  luck  for  that!!
 We  are  a  group  of  about  7  (Abhay,aditya,rohan,rohit,venkatesh,myself  and  avinash  being  the  latest  member)
 We  meet  once  in  a  while  at  IAH  members  place  and  at  times  visit  lfs  too.
 You  are  most  welcome  to  join  us.'
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Inspite  of  not  having  any  marine  keeping  experience,  you  are  confident  over  a  reef  setup.  Hats  off  to  your  guts.  Kindly  ensure  the  reef  life  thrives  well  in  captivity  and  really  don't  go  wasted  on  experiments.  Only  that  may  annoy  Maneka  and  her  colleague  Lalu  too.  Just  kidding    .  Good  luck!                

 I  agree  with  you  Shankar.  But,  if  a  person  can  wait  for  some  months  to  acquire  knowledge  -  he  sure  should  be  a  dedicated  hobbyist!    Clapping  
 
 @Kelkar  saab,
 well  the  sketch  is  ok  but,  we  would  like  to  know  what  set-up  you  are  planning  -  sump?  fugium?  filtration?  skimmer?  lights?
 What  do  you  intend  your  display  tank  to  be  -  DSB/BB?
 These  are  the  fundamental  questions  to  be  resolved  first  and  then  comes  in  the  part  of  aquascaping  and  then  cycling  and  last  stage  will  be  stocking  live  matter!
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 I  agree  with  Shankar  and  aquascapes.  It  is  very  important  that  you  acquire  knowledge  beforehand.  I  think  I  ahve  acqired  necessary  info  on  the  web  regarding  all  the  aspects  of  successful  reef  keeping.  I  have  thought  over  it  in  minutest  details.  Thereafter  I  have  planned  my  reef.  And  now  I  am  executing  the  project  in  a  very  deliberate  manner  at  a  slow  pace.  I  am  not  in  a  hurry.  But  I  am  sure  it  will  be  the  best  thing  to  happen  to  me.  Anyway,  in  so  far  as  marine  experience  is  concerned,  I  frankly  admit  I  have  none.  (  Except  of  course  my  scuba  experience!  Hi!  )  That  is  the  reason  I  have  started  this  thread.  I  want  to  avail  the  benefit  of  the  knowledge  and  experience  of  all  you  senior  folks.  
 One  has  to  start  somewhere.  I  am  starting  with  375g.  That  is  the  only  difference.  But  I  think  it  is  easier  to  cook  for  100  persons  rather  than  two.  Honestly  I  cant  cook  at  all.  Not  even  rice.
 I  am  going  to  put  all  my  plans  here  before  I  execute  them.  I  will  answer  all  the  questions  regarding  all  the  aspects.
 Thank  you  folks.
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 I  am  just  posting  the  pictures  here  on  behalf  of  Mr  Kelkar.  
 
 
 Tank  Assembly  Plan  Sketch
 
 
 Display  Tank  Assembly  Elevation  Sketch
 
 
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 I  have  uploaded  some  of  the  pictures  and  rough  sketches  of  my  display  tank.  However  I  could  not  link  them  here.  Hence  I  requested  Pradeep  to  do  it  for  me.  He  has  kindly  done  that.
 First  picture  is  the  sketch  of  the  plan  view  of  the  assembly.
 Second  picture  is  the  rough  sketch  of  the  elevation  view  of  the  assembly.
 Then  there  are  three  pictures  of  the  finished  tank.
 The  tank  was  finished  six  months  ago  and  was  kept  filled  for  several  months.  I  am  going  to  put  all  the  assemble  details  in  the  future  posts.
 The  display  tank  is  done  in  19mm  ordinary  float  glass.  (  Not  toughened.  )
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 Don't  worry  kelkar  kaka,  we  all  are  here  to  support  you.  My  only  concern  was  because  the  fish  won't  survive  without  the  natural  reef  and  hence  Shankar  too  without  the  fish!  Chuckle
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 The  general  scheme  is  as  under.  There  are  going  to  be  three  tanks.  First  and  foremost  the  display  tank  of  1450  lit  or  375g.  It  is  already  in  place.  The  second  is  the  surge  tank.  It  is  nothing  but  a  sintex  tank  sitting  on  the  higher  floor.  The  difference  of  level  between  minimum  water  level  in  the  display  tank  and  the  minimum  water  level  in  the  surge  tank  is  7'.  The  surge  tank  is  of  300  lit  capacity.  The  surge  tank  is  also  already  in  place.  Under  the  display  tank  I  am  constructing  the  sump  tank  of  300  lit  capacity.  The  sum  tank  is  proposed  to  sit  under  the  display  tank  inside  the  cabinet.  Water  from  the  display  tank  is  proposed  to  go  to  filteration  setup  by  gravity.  (  Mechanical,  chemical,  Wet&Dry,  chiller  and  protein  skimmer.  From  filteration  setup  again  water  under  gravity  is  proposed  to  go  to  the  sump.  From  the  sump  water  will  be  pumped  to  the  surge  tank  by  a  chemical  pump  of  appropriate  capacity.  Hence  the  only  moving  part  in  the  system  is  the  chemical  pump.  
 There  is  a  siphon  of  90mm  PVC  pipe  in  the  surge  tank.  This  siphon  empties  the  contents  of  the  surge  tank  to  the  bottom  of  the  display  tank  by  90mm  pvc  pipe,  through  10  small  caliber  openings.  This,  in  my  view,  will  generate  a  very  good  surge  and  the  water  level  in  the  display  tank  is  expected  to  surge  by  5"  to  6".  This  of  course  will  be  above  the  minimum  level  of  32",  where  a  hole  is  drilled  in  the  side  of  the  tank  for  letting  out  the  water  by  gravity.  I  expect  that  the  surging  water  will  entrp  airbubbles.  This  would  be  the  air  trapped  in  the  90mm  down  pipe.
 Please  forgive  me  for  bad  quality  of  sketch.
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