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Old 06/14/2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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My new tank build/upgrade from GHA pit of doom

I built a 20 long nano reef a little over two years ago. Everything was going great for about a year, at that point I bought a suicidal firefish and had to put a mesh cover over the tank to prevent him from jumping. I couldn't keep my HOB skimmer with the tank cover and my nano reef slowly devolved into 20 gallons of hair algae.

Originally I was going to drill my 20L and use a second 20L I had as a sump. I had to build a new stand to accomodate the sump, and decided to upgrade to a 29G in the move. Since the build took so long, I just kept doing more and more upgrades along the way.


Old tank right before hair algae took over.


Sump running w/ Ehiem 1048 for circulation.


New tank w/ back painted and bulkheads installed.


Stand frame built. The legs are 1/4" thick angle iron, shelves are 1/8" thick angle iron. I was originally going to powder coat the frame, but went with herculiner instead (heard it was more rust-proof).


Stand w/ painted shelves (1/2" baltic birch, 2 coats of primer, 3 coats paint, 3 coats clear).


You can see the tank cycling with new rock in the background. Circulation was just the BRS reactor w/ carbon at that point.


Made some custom brackets out of extra 1/2" acrylic I had laying around.


These ones are for heaters and drains.


Sump complete. Ranco and BRS Reactor are hanging on more custom 1/2" acrylic brackets.

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Old 06/14/2009, 06:15 PM   #2
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The stand panels are made out of 1/4" baltic birch ply. Stained with midnight blue stain, and semi-gloss clear coat.


Panels sit flush with stand legs (both 1/4")


The panels attach via rare earth magnets epoxied in.



The two 1" drains are PVC street elbows painted black with krylon fusion. I cut teeth into them with a dremel. The return is: Eheim 1260 -> OM Squirt -> Pacific Coast flow accelerators. I had to throttle the pump way back with the accelerators on.

I still have lots of tinkering/upgrades. I would like to replace my PCs with a custom LED setup, upgrade my ATO and maybe do a custom Arduino based controller for data logging/monitoring/notification.



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Old 06/14/2009, 06:34 PM   #3
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thats a pretty cool piece of rock in the middle


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Current Tank Info: 75 gallon ,20 gallon long sump/fuge,marineland skimmer rated 125 gallons,TEK 8 bulb 48", sps,lps,softie,zoa
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Old 06/14/2009, 06:40 PM   #4
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thats a pretty cool piece of rock in the middle
Thanks. I had a friend that downgraded from a 72G Bowfront to a 39G CadLights, and he gave me a bunch of his rock (some of the best rock I have ever seen). I spent a lot of time dry arranging those rocks until they fit solidly, then used a bunch of epoxy to glue them that way. I'm still crossing my fingers it will hold longterm.


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