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so this is the project ive been working on for a little while now, thought id share with everyone....

this is the stand - youtube copy

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wrapped in MDF, sealed both sides of it and made it pretty

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the sump- 2ftr with acrylic baffles (used dow corning 999a)

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DIY return piping, PVC elbow jammed through a hole i drilled in the bracing

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sump full (well almost) of media

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DIY internal overflow boxs made from left over acrylic from sump

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lined the tank stand over hang with an LED strip for sh!z and gigs, works fantastic

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temporary dodgy looking electrical work

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naked(ish) system shot

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full tank+stand shot - rocks wont be used in finished project, just had them sitting around and wanted to remember how nice they were once upon a time.

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have to wait until friday, possibly saturday to get to AoA for white cichlid sand, ill grab some more noodles while im there and stock the sump up.... i have some more PVC to fit to the return line so it flows to the bottom of the tank, hits a T joiner and splits each way... first fill was today and i had no leaks so figured id fill it up with media and put it all together to cycle/ show off here...

feel free to ask anything you like/ offer advice etc...

running well, overflows work spectacularly well, little bit of a gargle on 1 side (1 sides overflow box is slightly lower than the other intentionally) main side is almost complete siphon, ill get that sorted swiftly;)

future plans for the tank are a custom high sloping style canopy with 2 channels routed into the front and back to have a full side ways sliding glass lids on each side of tank, lighting is petworx LED which has great white light and appears to be very bright but i have a twin t5 sitting here doing nothing and i did like the cool yellow on the last setup so undecided on that, but either way it will be fixed to the canopy not the tank. i still need to get a "lid" for the sump, probably go with a thin sheet of pliable plastic- just as a splash guard/evaporation protections.

will be all setup upstairs, cycled and warm and awaiting for stock by saturday evening next week so hopefully i can find a breeder and organise a saturday night pickup? :) we'll see haah!

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So heres a shot of the tank. setup in its final resting place, stocked and running smooth. Only issue is this floor isnt level, so when i do my next water change ill try and wedge something under the low side..

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