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Old 01/20/2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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DIY 14gal All in One.

I am fairly new to the reef world. Always more into freshwater fish thinking it is easier to take care of. I started my first reef tank around 4 months ago. I built my own all in one tank thinking it would be cheaper at first. But later on down the line, with all the equipment and such, it cost about the same if not more than buying a Biocube. It was then I didnt really care how much it would cost me, it's the process I enjoyed very much.

The tank is build from 1/4 inch thick glass bought from a local glass shop. It's 15" wide x 15" tall x 18" deep. The display area is a 15" cube with the remaining 3 inches the overflow/fuge/return. Silicone used is GE 100% silicone.

Flow is from a Maxi-Jet 900 pump and 1 Koralia Nano pump. The fuge has 3lb of live rubble and a ball of cheato. Skimmer is a Seaclone with Maxi-Jet 1200. Going to upgrade it to a AquaC Remora Nano soon.

There is 14lb if live rock in the display with 20lb of live sand.

Lighting is from 2 36watt PC bulbs from AH supply. They are local to me so I dont have to wait for shipping. Right now it has 1 actinic bulb with 1 50/50bulb.

Livestock wise, i have the following:
2 Ocellaris clownfish
1 firefish
1 Randall's Shrimp Goby
4 Astrea Snail
4 Margarita Snail
4 Nassarius Snail
4 Cerith Snail
3 Scarlet Hermit Crab
1 Emerald Crab
1 Sea hare (going back to the LFS soon)
1 Unknown hermit
1 Mussel (Zoas were attached to it)

Coral includes, 5 different kinds of Zoas, Frogspawn, Hammer, GSP, Yuma Ricordea, Green mouth pink Ricordea, Xenia


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Old 01/20/2008, 10:27 AM   #2
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Here are some sketches of the design

Initially I was going to get the Current USA Satellite Light fixture, but my tank was so narrow that if i get the 12inch model, there wouldnt be enough light


Then I saw the Sunpod and thought that would be a perfect light for my tank. Sadly, money was an issue so i went with this design


I took down my freshwater tank that uses 110watt of PC lighting. Since I already have the hardware to wire up a light fixture, all I need is just get some bulbs. I also went with the industrial design with the hanging lights and just the raw reflectors.


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Old 01/20/2008, 10:31 AM   #3
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After deciding on the design, I went a head and ordered some glass and got to work gluing my tank





After being water tested, the tank was put in its final resting place.



Here is it filled with sand


Then live rock


Heres a FTS of the young tank.

Thats when I have 1 Clown Fish, Frogspawn, Hammer, GPS and Zoa.


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Old 01/20/2008, 10:38 AM   #4
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After a while, I didnt like how my back chambers were designed. It's not doing a very good job at surface skimming, so i decided to take the whole tank down and redo the rear chamber

Bucket reefing


New and improved Rear Chamber



Everything going back into the tank


FTS of new rock work


Rear chamber in action


New fish


New corals





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Old 01/20/2008, 10:39 AM   #5
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Nice job, looks like your well on your way!


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Old 01/20/2008, 10:45 AM   #6
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Heres a before Christmas Break shot


Heres the after


Huge algae bloom, thats when I bought the Sea Hare, Emerald Crab and cerith snails to help control them.

Bought new coral



FTS, Most of the algae cleared up




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Old 01/20/2008, 10:56 AM   #7
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awesome! it looks so great! just like the solana setup.

how much did it cost you to DIY if you dont mind me asking? had you ever done something like this before or was is relatively easy to construct?

I think it looks great! like something you would see at the lfs for sale for 600 - you know hoew expensive those setups are. I have a 24AP.. and I really like the edgeless look like yours

bravo!

ps: lol at 'bucket reefing' we have all been there hahaah


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Old 01/20/2008, 11:22 AM   #8
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top notch.

That tank looks great! I'll be watching this thread for updates!


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Old 01/20/2008, 12:20 PM   #9
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Thanks for the comment, I guess I was trying to go for the ADA look and Current USA came out with the Solana after finishing my tank.

Dont really remember the entire break down of the whole tank. But heres something close to it:

Glass $75
Acrylic $25
Light <$100
Silicone $6
Pump $15

So around $221 I get to have my own custom tank. I plan on making more with thinner glass. 1/4" is over kill for a tank this size. Been looking at ADA tanks and their glass is thinner for a similar system. The Solana tank uses 1/4" glass and it holds more than twice the water.

With the thinner glass, I'm sure the cost will go down.


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Old 01/23/2008, 08:21 PM   #10
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nice tank man, I give thumbs up. Hey do you have a lid on the tank? Is that really safe to leave it wide open? It's a lot of evaporation.


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Old 01/28/2008, 09:59 PM   #11
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yeah, it evaps quite a bit. but theres tons of other system that are open top. but with the cover, a lot of dust collects on the cover limiting the light penetration.






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Old 01/29/2008, 12:27 AM   #12
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hahha your room looks just like mine, more stuff than aquarium


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Old 01/29/2008, 03:01 AM   #13
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very nice i like your tank especially since its a DIY. very very nice. did you ever plan on upgrading your light?


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Old 01/29/2008, 09:39 AM   #14
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brittney, i know. college life, not enough room for anything.

justarded, well the only upgrade i could have is MH and i dont see a need for it yet. im not keeping SPS or anything that needs high intensity lighting. i want to get T5HO, but the shortest one is 24inchs and it would look weird on my 15inch wide tank


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Old 01/29/2008, 09:46 AM   #15
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Nice tank Get a refractometer :P


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Old 01/29/2008, 11:27 AM   #16
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haha, i'll get one eventually. its working good enough for me right now. i bring my water to the lfs and have them check it. get their reading on their refractometer and compare it to my hydrometer.


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Old 01/29/2008, 12:01 PM   #17
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I like the dimensions a lot, and it looks like you did a great job on it. However, I have to agree, the refractometer is a great tool...you can probably get one used from another reefer for fairly cheap.

What did you use to glue your tank together, was it just silicone? My ex-girlfriend's mom does glass work (awards and such) and I seem to remember her saying something about some sort of chemical that actually bonded the glass together similar to how Weldon works with acrylic.


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Old 01/29/2008, 02:16 PM   #18
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no chemicals, just silicone.

dimension is nice and small...but cant use T5HO. maybe my next tank ill make it longer.


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Old 01/29/2008, 04:43 PM   #19
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hey, looks great! I was wondering tho, what kinda light is that over your cheato? I have been looking for one to go over an ac fuge I have.... watch out on the firefish...they have been know as jumpers


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Old 01/29/2008, 05:35 PM   #20
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i just bought a CF light off ebay. i want one small enough to go over my fuge, yet stylish enough =P

i should make a net for my tank. my randall's shrimp goby decided he had enough water and went for a walk on my carpet a few days ago.

funny how i had him for 2 months with no problem and all of a sudden he jumped


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Old 01/29/2008, 05:42 PM   #21
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nice job bud looks good =) love the firefish!


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Old 01/29/2008, 06:51 PM   #22
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Sup Disaster999,

That is one good looking custom tank you got there. By the way where did you get that white tray that hold all your chemicals from?

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Old 01/29/2008, 06:54 PM   #23
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i got it at home depot.


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Old 01/29/2008, 09:46 PM   #24
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Disaster,
What is that blue container? And what's in it?


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Old 01/29/2008, 10:33 PM   #25
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thats my RO water container i got from my LFS.


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