I just read scolley's DIY project and could not resist the temptation to post some links to my tank.
All is DIY apart from the the lifequard filters the heater container the controller and the pump. It is a 108 gal tank 150X55X60H, runing for a 17 months. The biofilter is a piece of old pipe I found and after taking it to a machinist made to an openable filter with bioballs, all the filter parts are modular and can be seperated for maintenance one at a time by closing valves and seperating, all wiring including dosing pump pipes runs throu plastic wire casing (I dont know how it is called but is sold to run networks and cabling in electrical instalations) along the top of the base compartment, water changes are just a singe valve action for both in (2 valves tap and RO from a barel outside) and out to waste water house pluming, there is a 2500 lt pump running the system and two 50 micron mechanical filters for mechanical cleaning, 4 dosing pumps each with a 2 lt container run the ferts which are dosed seperate in 0.5 ppm/min increments http://users.forthnet.gr/pat/ekfrasis/P9010007a.jpg
, there is a heating cable that runs from a timer http://users.forthnet.gr/pat/ekfrasis/heating.jpg
, 3 MH 150w 4.200K each runs for 10 hours from the tranformers in the wooden box on the base, an alarm is installed to warn me of water overflows (god knows how many times I forgot to turn the in valve off before the alarm installation), CO2 is run through a pinpoint controller to the casing of the bubble counter, needle valve, solenoid valve, the solenoid can be controlled either manually or by the controler with a flick of the switch (this were not on the original photo of the tank http://users.forthnet.gr/pat/ekfrasis/controller.jpg
. I have the materials to add auto wc and I will do in september having all the schematics ready. This tank is virtually maintenance free apart of wc at the moment, some experiments I do with fert dosing and of course pruning. Until now I have not been bothering with aquascape just to get ALL the different plants to grow and clean all algae issues, thanks to a combination of my observations lots of wc, twice weekly and Tom Barr's EI
I am algae free for months now and ready to play. Here is a link of some current photos:
and many more at various stages with or without algae here: http://users.forthnet.gr/pat/ekfrasis/
Nice to meet you people