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Old 02/29/2008, 05:48 PM   #1
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Wink energy friendly rimless tank build

well as most of you know i tore down my 150 gallon.several factors helped me in the decision to do so,one of them being power consumption.so with electrical costs in mind i set out to make an energy friendly sps tank.i initially got quotes from A.G.E. and Miricles in Glass.both quotes were for the same tank and the prices werent too bad,it was the shipping that got me.for me to get the tank from A.G.E. i was looking at $1450 total includung shipping,and Miricles wanted $1388 total.both of the tanks would have been nice but for the size tank i wanted it just wasnt worth it.
so i decided to build my own again.i purchased a sheet of 1" cast acrylic sheet on monday and started building.the tanks dimensions are 32"x32"x16"(30x30x15 ID) or approx 60 gallons and it will have an external overflow.
with power cunsumption in mind i did some looking around at pumps first.i am going to run all Tunze stuff so i figure on running two 6055 nanostreams on an Neptune Aquasurf and a single modded 6025 in the tank.the ruturn pump will also be Tunze 1073.030 http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_ViewIt...ct~TZ1711.html
lighting will come from one 250w DE pheonix 14k in a lumenarc reflector,it is possible i might add some form of actinics but im not sure yet.
i have a cone skimmer already that works great so it will be used for this tank.i plan on also running carbon and phosphate reactors.

so i have done some adding up of total watts used and here is the breakdown.

lights=250w
internal pumps=6055 18w
6055 18w
6025 6w
ruturn pump=55w
skimmer=25w
carbon reator=MJ900 8.5W
phos reactor=MJ900 8.5w

TOTAL=389watts

now im probably forgetting something powerwise but nothing that will really add to the overall power consumpion.

so here are the build pics i have so far,i ran out of weld on 40 today so couldnt glue the front panel on yet.









all routed ready to begin the polishing process.




overflow slot all cut


i also laminated a piece of 1/8" black acrylic to the back wall.


here you can see the lamination



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Old 02/29/2008, 05:52 PM   #2
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Where'd you get the acrylic sheet and how much was it?

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Old 02/29/2008, 05:53 PM   #3
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That tank is going to be SWEET!


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Old 02/29/2008, 06:00 PM   #4
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Where'd you get the acrylic sheet and how much was it?

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i work for a plastics fab shop so i got it from work,i cant tell you my price for the sheet but it wasnt cheap even at wholesale cost.


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Old 02/29/2008, 06:03 PM   #5
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That tank is going to be SWEET!
thanks Stephen,i really hope it turns out that way.

here is what id like to do as far as aquascaping.but i think my shallow depth may hinder the design somewhat.
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Old 02/29/2008, 07:14 PM   #6
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Thats awsome. Cant wait to see it all built. I also love the aquascaping idea.


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Old 02/29/2008, 07:48 PM   #7
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i think i need to redo mine after looking at that aquascaping..
CMcNeil,
once again you are on your way to another awsome build!!


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Old 02/29/2008, 09:51 PM   #8
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wow - cant wait to see this one!


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Old 02/29/2008, 10:14 PM   #9
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Old 02/29/2008, 10:51 PM   #10
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I knew he could not stay out of the hobby long looking good!


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Old 03/01/2008, 05:57 AM   #11
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I knew he could not stay out of the hobby long looking good!
you knew i wasnt going anywhere.


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Old 03/01/2008, 06:09 AM   #12
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I too favor the "minimalist" approach when it comes to aquascaping (as anyone who's seen my tanks will attest). I feel it opens up swimming space and space to "place" corals, etc.
Good Luck, Chris..it looks great so far!


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Old 03/01/2008, 12:44 PM   #13
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Looking good, I have always liked that aquascape.


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Old 03/01/2008, 12:53 PM   #14
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well i got my pumps today,i also ordered 2 tunze nanostream cover rocks and an aquasurf to run the tunzes.

that bonsai tank just looks so good that i have to try and replicate it on this tank.from what i read he just drilled and pegged the rock into the shape he has.

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Old 03/01/2008, 03:10 PM   #15
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Old 03/01/2008, 05:47 PM   #16
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that bonsai tank just looks so good that i have to try and replicate it on this tank.from what i read he just drilled and pegged the rock into the shape he has.

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This seems to be the latest trend in aquascpaping. I was also thinking about drilling the rock and mounting on a PVC frame.


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Old 03/01/2008, 05:53 PM   #17
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You can always count on Chris for an interesting tank build!!!


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Old 03/01/2008, 06:02 PM   #18
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Mike i promise you this will be the last tank lol.
after talking with Paul and Bruce i plan on getting a lumenarc reflector and switching over to a SE aquaconnect bulb.i like my color from the pheonix14k but i like the colors i see in their tanks better and i agree my colors are off in general.


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I really like my Aquaconnect 14k bulbs.


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you run them as well?i thought you had DE bulbs.


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SE on the 50 and 390.


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Old 03/01/2008, 07:54 PM   #22
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cool i guess ill order my reflector tomorrow and go ahead and buy the bulb as well.


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Old 03/02/2008, 02:37 PM   #23
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i think were all tagging along, this is gonna be a very creative build my inner fish can sense it..lol


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Old 03/04/2008, 03:43 PM   #25
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well i got my glue today and got back to working on the tank.i was able to glue the front panel on early this morning then router off the excess material.in the afternoon i glued the bottom on so the tank is ready for trimming and polishing tomorrow.i was also able to make my external overflow box as well.
yesterday i got my 2x4s for my stand and cut them up to size as well.the stand will have to be made in two pieces for it to fit into my door.i plan on bolting the stand together with 3/8" SS nuts and bolts with washers.

here are some progress pics.

ready for the bottom to be glued




base glued on


overflow box ready to be glued


all done


i found a scrap piece of 3/4" and made my probe holder,it will hold my PH,temp and float switch.


and a bunch of wood to assemble for my stand.



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