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Old August 4th 03, 01:42 PM
Haywire
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Don't forget a GFCI circuit since you will have water and power in close
proximity.

"Kudzu" wrote in
:

For four years we have been talking about our new house. Now it is
going to happen. In the next few weeks I will start to finalize and
draw up the plans. One of the things I am going to have is a tank as a
divider wall or screen if you will. The plan it have it open on three
sides (two long sides open) with a custom made stand and hood.

Size is up in the air but most likely a 4 or 5 foot long tank around
75 gallons. 6 ft long 120 gallons would be about the max. Nothing is
decided yet but I am leaning toward a sump with a sand filter inside
the stand. All the water lines will have to be plumbed up the one
enclosed end of the tank to remain out of site. I am thinking either
an overflow box or standpipe on one end of the tank and then just run
rigid PVC inside the hood to dump the water on the opposite side of
tank.

Now for some of the ideas I am tossing around and maybe someone has
done this or will have some suggestions on something I have not
thought of.

1. Building the stand with a water proofed pan in the cabinet with a
built in drain. Since I will be building the stand (I'm a woodworker)
I am thinking about a shallow plywood box fiberglassed with a shower
drain that is tied into the plumbing drains. Then overflows or leaks
are not nearly as big of a problem. (like tonight when the 0 ring in
my canister let go!)

2. Hot and cold water inside the stand. Perhaps a laundry sink faucet
since they have a garden hose thread on the outlet. If I design this
right I was thinking I could leave my python connected all the time.
It would make servicing this tank and the others in my house MUCH
simpler. I had a sink that would not drain fast enough so I attached a
short garden hose to the sink and laid the python pump in the shower
floor. The water splattered very little. So I was thinking of the same
thing in the cabinet.

OK, someone got some other ideas? Or see any flaws I might have
overlooked?

Kudzu *\\






  #2  
Old August 4th 03, 06:09 PM
Kudzu
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Don't forget a GFCI circuit since you will have water and power in close

proximity.


Absolutely! That's just taken for granted. :-)

But that brings up something I had not thought about. I normally just put a

power strip on the floor or shelf of the stand. That won't work with this.

Need to look at mounting it up high in the cabinet to keep it out of the

water.

On second thought I need to divide the cabinet with an interior wall. Make

a dry area for the electric stuff and the food. Had not thought of that!

That simple comment made me see something big I had over looked! Comments

are welcome guys (and gals).

Kudzu *\\





  #3  
Old August 4th 03, 08:21 PM
Christina Marie Thompson
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Kudzu,

You sound a lot like me. My dream house will have a river running
through it. I haven't quite figured out how it will work, but I want a
continuous flow of water from one end of the house to the other. I could
have it a floor level and just have bridges at the doorways, and that
would work fine for fish that look pretty from above, like koi. But I
want a mini-Amazon with all South American tropical fish and plants. And
tropicals generally look prettiest from the side, so I have to figure
out how to have an eye-level river and still deal with doorways,
windows, and such.

Oh, well, that's a few years down the road, after I finish nursing
school and spend a few years letting the U.S. Army show me the world,
while I save my pennies. While I'm out and about, I'll have a real
estate agent looking for acreage in the Idaho mountains, then give my
dream over to an architect and see how he pulls it off.

Keep us posted on the process. Links to pictures throughout the
construction will inspire more people like us, I'm sure. And of course,
we want to see pictures when it's done, too.

Good Luck,
Christina

Kudzu wrote:

For four years we have been talking about our new house. Now it is going to
happen. In the next few weeks I will start to finalize and draw up the
plans. One of the things I am going to have is a tank as a divider wall or
screen if you will. The plan it have it open on three sides (two long sides
open) with a custom made stand and hood.

Size is up in the air but most likely a 4 or 5 foot long tank around 75
gallons. 6 ft long 120 gallons would be about the max. Nothing is decided
yet but I am leaning toward a sump with a sand filter inside the stand. All
the water lines will have to be plumbed up the one enclosed end of the tank
to remain out of site. I am thinking either an overflow box or standpipe on
one end of the tank and then just run rigid PVC inside the hood to dump the
water on the opposite side of tank.

Now for some of the ideas I am tossing around and maybe someone has done
this or will have some suggestions on something I have not thought of.

1. Building the stand with a water proofed pan in the cabinet with a built
in drain. Since I will be building the stand (I'm a woodworker) I am
thinking about a shallow plywood box fiberglassed with a shower drain that
is tied into the plumbing drains. Then overflows or leaks are not nearly as
big of a problem. (like tonight when the 0 ring in my canister let go!)

2. Hot and cold water inside the stand. Perhaps a laundry sink faucet since
they have a garden hose thread on the outlet. If I design this right I was
thinking I could leave my python connected all the time. It would make
servicing this tank and the others in my house MUCH simpler. I had a sink
that would not drain fast enough so I attached a short garden hose to the
sink and laid the python pump in the shower floor. The water splattered very
little. So I was thinking of the same thing in the cabinet.

OK, someone got some other ideas? Or see any flaws I might have overlooked?

Kudzu *\\



--
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.
--Dylan Thomas

  #4  
Old August 5th 03, 02:21 AM
Bill
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"Christina Marie Thompson" wrote in message
...
Kudzu,

You sound a lot like me. My dream house will have a river running
through it. I haven't quite figured out how it will work, but I want a
continuous flow of water from one end of the house to the other. I could
have it a floor level and just have bridges at the doorways, and that
would work fine for fish that look pretty from above, like koi. But I
want a mini-Amazon with all South American tropical fish and plants. And
tropicals generally look prettiest from the side, so I have to figure
out how to have an eye-level river and still deal with doorways,
windows, and such.


All it takes is money


  #5  
Old August 8th 03, 09:38 PM
Haywire
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Well that's the thing, my fishroom is half way complete, and I'm trying to
get my cousin, the electrician over, to wire me a dedicated circuit for the
room. Because once the heaters go in, and stuff like that it will be a
decent draw on the circuit they are on now.

"Kudzu" wrote in
:

Don't forget a GFCI circuit since you will have water and power in
close


proximity.


Absolutely! That's just taken for granted. :-)

But that brings up something I had not thought about. I normally just
put a

power strip on the floor or shelf of the stand. That won't work with
this.

Need to look at mounting it up high in the cabinet to keep it out of
the

water.

On second thought I need to divide the cabinet with an interior wall.
Make

a dry area for the electric stuff and the food. Had not thought of
that!

That simple comment made me see something big I had over looked!
Comments

are welcome guys (and gals).

Kudzu *\\






  #6  
Old August 18th 03, 06:16 AM
Brad Irwin
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Default Great ideas wanted!

How about an automatic sprinkler valve on a timer and an overflow from
the sump to the drain and you have automatic water changing. You could
hard plum the python to the drain no splashing then. If you have water
and a drain there you are set you can do anything you want.

"Bill" wrote in message news:[email protected]
"Christina Marie Thompson" wrote in message
...
Kudzu,

You sound a lot like me. My dream house will have a river running
through it. I haven't quite figured out how it will work, but I want a
continuous flow of water from one end of the house to the other. I could
have it a floor level and just have bridges at the doorways, and that
would work fine for fish that look pretty from above, like koi. But I
want a mini-Amazon with all South American tropical fish and plants. And
tropicals generally look prettiest from the side, so I have to figure
out how to have an eye-level river and still deal with doorways,
windows, and such.


All it takes is money

  #7  
Old August 29th 03, 04:37 AM
Mort
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"Kudzu" wrote in message
...
For four years we have been talking about our new house. Now it is going

to
happen. In the next few weeks I will start to finalize and draw up the
plans. One of the things I am going to have is a tank as a divider wall or
screen if you will. The plan it have it open on three sides (two long

sides
open) with a custom made stand and hood.

Size is up in the air but most likely a 4 or 5 foot long tank around 75
gallons. 6 ft long 120 gallons would be about the max. Nothing is decided
yet but I am leaning toward a sump with a sand filter inside the stand.

All
the water lines will have to be plumbed up the one enclosed end of the

tank
to remain out of site. I am thinking either an overflow box or standpipe

on
one end of the tank and then just run rigid PVC inside the hood to dump

the
water on the opposite side of tank.

Now for some of the ideas I am tossing around and maybe someone has done
this or will have some suggestions on something I have not thought of.

1. Building the stand with a water proofed pan in the cabinet with a built
in drain. Since I will be building the stand (I'm a woodworker) I am
thinking about a shallow plywood box fiberglassed with a shower drain that
is tied into the plumbing drains. Then overflows or leaks are not nearly

as
big of a problem. (like tonight when the 0 ring in my canister let go!)

2. Hot and cold water inside the stand. Perhaps a laundry sink faucet

since
they have a garden hose thread on the outlet. If I design this right I was
thinking I could leave my python connected all the time. It would make
servicing this tank and the others in my house MUCH simpler. I had a sink
that would not drain fast enough so I attached a short garden hose to the
sink and laid the python pump in the shower floor. The water splattered

very
little. So I was thinking of the same thing in the cabinet.

OK, someone got some other ideas? Or see any flaws I might have

overlooked?

Kudzu *\\






Will this be sal****er or Fresh?

Dont forget lights in the cabinet for underneath the tank. That makes
things SO much better.

~Mort



  #8  
Old August 29th 03, 03:50 PM
Charlie Spitzer
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i have a 125 in the middle of the room. bottom drill it and plumb from the
bottom. it looks better than a 3 sided one. have your builder put power in
the floor for you.

"Mort" wrote in message
y.com...

"Kudzu" wrote in message
...
For four years we have been talking about our new house. Now it is going

to
happen. In the next few weeks I will start to finalize and draw up the
plans. One of the things I am going to have is a tank as a divider wall

or
screen if you will. The plan it have it open on three sides (two long

sides
open) with a custom made stand and hood.

Size is up in the air but most likely a 4 or 5 foot long tank around 75
gallons. 6 ft long 120 gallons would be about the max. Nothing is

decided
yet but I am leaning toward a sump with a sand filter inside the stand.

All
the water lines will have to be plumbed up the one enclosed end of the

tank
to remain out of site. I am thinking either an overflow box or standpipe

on
one end of the tank and then just run rigid PVC inside the hood to dump

the
water on the opposite side of tank.

Now for some of the ideas I am tossing around and maybe someone has done
this or will have some suggestions on something I have not thought of.

1. Building the stand with a water proofed pan in the cabinet with a

built
in drain. Since I will be building the stand (I'm a woodworker) I am
thinking about a shallow plywood box fiberglassed with a shower drain

that
is tied into the plumbing drains. Then overflows or leaks are not nearly

as
big of a problem. (like tonight when the 0 ring in my canister let go!)

2. Hot and cold water inside the stand. Perhaps a laundry sink faucet

since
they have a garden hose thread on the outlet. If I design this right I

was
thinking I could leave my python connected all the time. It would make
servicing this tank and the others in my house MUCH simpler. I had a

sink
that would not drain fast enough so I attached a short garden hose to

the
sink and laid the python pump in the shower floor. The water splattered

very
little. So I was thinking of the same thing in the cabinet.

OK, someone got some other ideas? Or see any flaws I might have

overlooked?

Kudzu *\\






Will this be sal****er or Fresh?

Dont forget lights in the cabinet for underneath the tank. That makes
things SO much better.

~Mort





  #9  
Old September 10th 03, 03:05 AM
David J. Nicholson
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Save your self some money on the lighting system
Go with MH lighting get all the bang for you buck and still save the hydro
Visit http://www.aquariumdepot.com/catalog...acturers_id=35
Have a look at a product that will save you all the hassle


"Kudzu" wrote in message
...
For four years we have been talking about our new house. Now it is going to
happen. In the next few weeks I will start to finalize and draw up the
plans. One of the things I am going to have is a tank as a divider wall or
screen if you will. The plan it have it open on three sides (two long sides
open) with a custom made stand and hood.

Size is up in the air but most likely a 4 or 5 foot long tank around 75
gallons. 6 ft long 120 gallons would be about the max. Nothing is decided
yet but I am leaning toward a sump with a sand filter inside the stand. All
the water lines will have to be plumbed up the one enclosed end of the tank
to remain out of site. I am thinking either an overflow box or standpipe on
one end of the tank and then just run rigid PVC inside the hood to dump the
water on the opposite side of tank.

Now for some of the ideas I am tossing around and maybe someone has done
this or will have some suggestions on something I have not thought of.

1. Building the stand with a water proofed pan in the cabinet with a built
in drain. Since I will be building the stand (I'm a woodworker) I am
thinking about a shallow plywood box fiberglassed with a shower drain that
is tied into the plumbing drains. Then overflows or leaks are not nearly as
big of a problem. (like tonight when the 0 ring in my canister let go!)

2. Hot and cold water inside the stand. Perhaps a laundry sink faucet since
they have a garden hose thread on the outlet. If I design this right I was
thinking I could leave my python connected all the time. It would make
servicing this tank and the others in my house MUCH simpler. I had a sink
that would not drain fast enough so I attached a short garden hose to the
sink and laid the python pump in the shower floor. The water splattered very
little. So I was thinking of the same thing in the cabinet.

OK, someone got some other ideas? Or see any flaws I might have overlooked?

Kudzu *\\






 




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