So as far as system plans go, I've recently discovered this program by Google called Scetchup. It looks like some people on here are already using it, but for those who don't know its basically autocad for dummies. It lets you make professional looking 3D drawings without having to have a masters in modeling and design. Try it out, it's amazing. All the drawings below were done using the program.
I'm thinking that I can build a stand far cheaper than I can buy a pre-built one, and this way i can control what I want it to look like including how tall it is and what custom stain I like! I more or less copied the design from this thread:http://www.nano-reef...?...62482&st=40
I'm planing to make the frame out of 1x4s too. The difference is that i intend to skin it on all sides with 1/4" hardwood ply. The thing should be rock solid. I really don't think i'll have any trouble with the weight of the tank, especially with the outer skin. I planed the stand with blocks of wood on the inside to screw the top and bottom to the vertical supports, but if I do it right,and use plenty of construction adhesive (liquid nails or similar) then i should be able to use the outer skin to hold the whole thing together, thus eliminating the internal blocks and freeing up almost 2" inside the stand.
The frame: (shown without the internal blocks)
All finished, doors closed:
All finished, doors open:
Back view: (I may need to make the hole for the plumbing bigger, we'll see)
With the tank, front view:
With the tank, back view:
If anyone would like these models to use, I can upload them to the Google 3D warehouse, so you can d-load them and use them to plan your tank.
As for the plumbing, I haven't figured out how to make pipes in this program, but I can describe it.
The bottom center hole will be the primary drain to the sump. I'm going to try out the herbie(???) method on the drain. The one where you use a gate valve to regulate the water level in the overflow, keeping the water like 3/4" below the teeth. There is no standpipe to speak of, the water just gets sucked down the naked bulkhead in sort of a rate controlled siphon. This results in no air in the lines which means a super silent overflow. The hole top center is going to be an emergency drain in case a snail or something gets into the primary drain. The only thing I might change here is that i may put the main drain in the bottom. I'm not sure though.
The lower right hand hole will be my closed loop intake, returned through the two upper holes via a SCWD. If i don't like the SCWD, then it will just tee off to the holes. I'm thinking that I may try to include like a 6" chunk of vinyl tubing between all the bulkheads and the hardlines to act as a vibration and accidental bump protector. It may cut GPH a bit, but its better than cracking a tank by accidentally hitting plumbing! The water will be returned from the sump via an over the top style manifold. I did this to avoid having 7 holes in the glass. I've used this style return on all my tanks thus far, and had no issues with it.
I have a Quietone 4000 and a Quietone 4000HH that i plan to use for the closed loop and sump return pumps respectively. I bought these pumps for a different project, but didn't use them, so i figure why not. If I don't like them then i'll just get something else.
I haven't yet figured out the sump, lighting, hood, or stocking other than whats chillin' in the 20L right now.
I'll post when i figure that out!
Edited by Xytrix01, 03 August 2008 - 07:50 PM.