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Old 01/07/2008, 11:18 PM   #1
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Thumbs up The Modern Nano, of sorts

I have always dreamed of a simple, minimal nano tank. This is my attempt at minimalism, but with rationality. The tank's stand and canopy were designed to hide equipment and at the same time, not be visually obtrusive. I decided to make it hide the ugly black tank trim. I am working on hiding the heater and pumps behind the main penninsula.

as for tank design, I'm not using much equipment. I am also not stocking any type of fish or invert. My idea is that by simply not adding larger life to the tank (organisms larger than bacteria and microfauna, like fish, snails) I won't have to deal with nutrient problems. And I shouldn't have to deal with algae. the tank is bb, so I can easily get rid of any detritus with waterchanges.

its a work in progress and I will keep updating progress, enjoy!





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aga 10gallon
50 watt heater
small tunze pump with phosphate remover media
maxijet 1200 with prop, soon to be sureflow mod.
150 watt aquamedic space light
110 v cooling fan
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Old 01/07/2008, 11:26 PM   #2
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Very nice tank. Love the clean cut look of the tank and stand. Dose it not recieve any direct sunlight being so close to the window?


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Old 01/07/2008, 11:52 PM   #3
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It gets indirect sunlight during the morning, but the window is southfacing, and has an awning over it. I love the look of indirect sunlight + the 14k bulb.


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Old 01/08/2008, 01:37 AM   #4
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did you build the stand ???


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Old 01/08/2008, 01:45 AM   #5
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Looks good!


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Old 01/08/2008, 02:25 AM   #6
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where did you get the feet


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Old 01/08/2008, 12:14 PM   #7
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Won Digity check this thread out http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...7#post11550627


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Old 01/08/2008, 01:17 PM   #8
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Cool! The stands a total DIY.
I used feet from Ikea, lol. Theres a couple of different ones they carry.
The stand has a 2x2 lumber skeleton, skinned in 1/4" ply to keep things less bulky. I really like those tanks you posted, drool.


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Old 01/08/2008, 01:33 PM   #9
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Looks great. I love that clean look. I'm shooting for something like that with a rimless 18" cube. Good Job!


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Old 01/08/2008, 03:33 PM   #10
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thanks! You should go for it. Just keep it simple and clean.

Here are some more pics, just because pics are fun. I am working on getting shots of the livestock.

a shot showing the environment



one day I want to have a mangrove tank on this window ledge.




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Old 01/11/2008, 10:50 PM   #11
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Old 01/12/2008, 06:07 PM   #12
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Awesome tank...!!! I love modern simplicity... I guess its the architect.designer in me... heheheee


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Old 01/12/2008, 11:08 PM   #13
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Whats up with the empty picture frames?

The tank looks good, lets see the inhabitants.


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Old 01/12/2008, 11:25 PM   #14
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Old 01/13/2008, 12:11 AM   #15
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What type of corals do you have in there?

Are you planning on feeding your corals at all?


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Old 01/13/2008, 10:57 AM   #16
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very nice tank and home. we can definitely see the bohemian side responding to your previous PM now...


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Old 01/13/2008, 11:50 AM   #17
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really nice..i digg it...


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:00 AM   #18
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to all, thanks for the comments.

I currently am stocked as a mixed reef (sps+ lps+softies) and I will eventually get together a coral list. I recently had to rescaped the tank to get more flow to the sps. I will post an update pic with corals soon. I also made a prototype filter box like the one that current USA put out. I am hoping to make it sleeker and a triangle shape instead of a box on version 2.


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:58 AM   #19
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won any thought son adding sand??? i think it will add a better more natural look to your aquarium it will also help provide a stable source of nutrients i ran a BB tank and it was actually too clean my sps didn't do to well untill i added sand. i will now always run my sps tanks with sand.


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Old 01/14/2008, 11:02 AM   #20
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sorry to be *** but????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????WOW


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:04 PM   #21
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Its very nice I must say, and I totally understand where you are coming from. My tank had no fish at all for months.

It is entirely possible to run without a skimmer, but you still get protein buildup. I did, and could imagine why. Nothing that a weekly / bi-weekly WC wont solve though.

On the plus side, you will have a ton of pods, and tons of beneficial stuff for you corals to feed on -- stuff that usually gets taken out by the skimmer so I believe.

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Old 01/14/2008, 09:21 PM   #22
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looks good, but you would be fine with a small fish (neon goby or two!) and still not have any nutrient problems if you keep up with water changes.


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Old 01/17/2008, 07:52 PM   #23
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Cam,
I was thinking of possibly running a DSB in a bucket type of set up. I just really don't want to deal with sand blowing around. I have a minijet with a prop jammed in it, hidden behind my rockwork and it would be too much flow too low to the bottom of the tank.

Nanocube-6,
Thanks for the encouragement!

Connorwynne,
I am noticing pods galore right now. There is all kind of life on the panes of glass and it looks kinda cruddy. I am torn between cleaning the glass, or letting them populate the tank for a while. there might be a little lazyness in the mix as well.

armagedon48,
I like the idea of a fish in the future maybe.

*UPDATES*
-I haven't been able to do much due to a new job. But I terminated myself today... oh well back on the job hunt.

-The skimmer box I made is working good, I need to get on and build a better version than my mock up. It is too bulky.

-I lost a mille that I got from Jason (faded1004). It had been upset because my powerhead got too close to it, triggering STN. I waited 4 days then fragged off the dead portion in hopes of saving the coral. The STN stopped for a while, then I had a pump issue recently. The pump issue re-stressed the coral and it didn't make it. None of the other SPS were affected or had any issues, including another frag from the same piece. I'm stoked that I still have a sister frag of it alive. I rescaped my tank because of it, I don't want my sps too close to the powerhead. I think it works better now because the sps get better flow.

Working on getting tank pics up and running soon as well.

I worked on some designs with Faded1004 that I hope he doesn't mind me sharing.. We are going to be trying to build the larger one (standard 30gallon tank.) We will be starting our own thread for it soon I think.




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Old 01/17/2008, 08:05 PM   #24
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Won You rock great designs I like the angeled door and miked materials using a dark wood door and a solid stand


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Old 01/17/2008, 08:09 PM   #25
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Like the renderings... the stand are awesome...!!!


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click my "little red house" for my 29gallon SPS tank build...

30 gallon breeder prop tank build started... soon to be added to my build above...

Current Tank Info: 29 gallon drilled and plumbed thru-wall, Custom 10 gallon sump/fuge, Gen-X 4100 return, 2 Tunze Nanostream 6025s, AquaEuro Recirc 135 skimmer, 150watt HQI 14K Pheonix MH w/ 2x55watt PC lighting, lebos Lunar lights, 45#s live Rock, 20#s live sand...
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