So here goes... I have, like others, been in and out of reefing over the years due to work and family commitments. Well the time has come again (ok it came about 3 years ago) to get back into it. The last larger reef I had up was in 2010 or so that did not last long due to those work commitments. It was a bare bottom SPS 40 breeder with minimalist rock work. The build thread is on here somewhere. Fast forward to about 3 years ago when one of my daughter's wanted a small tank so I bought her a Fluval Spec V and had fancy guppies. Well that turned into a nano mixed reef. So in the fall of 2016 I bought an Innovative Marine Fusion 20 and am now outgrowing with monti's and birdsnests growing off the glass. Everything has been trimmed back considerably. I stated with two AI Prime HD and had success but moved to the G4 Pro in November 2017 in anticipation of this build. While I have greatly enjoyed the nano experience, I found it tough to maintain proper parameters at times and, honestly, I want more fish. I love corals but fish within a reef is where it is at for me. In fact I plan to stuff my next tank with fish and mostly wrasse. So that leads to this build thread. My current 20 gallon is in a corner next to my bar in my finished basement so I thought it fitting (ok my better half wanted to keep it there for interior design purposes) to go with the biggest tank I could fit in the space. After looking at different aquarium builders etc, I ended up with a new Marineland 93 rimless cube. However, I really dislike the manufactured stands so I used my DIY skills and built a stand. I started with a 2x4 frame and Kreg jig. A little overkill probably but I can sleep at night now. The skin is 3/4 maple with crown moulding and 3/4' ply on the top. The top is removable for transport etc. The inside is painted with appliance epoxy and waterproof expandable caulk. I was directed to use cream based paint and to spray so I did that but it ended up a little too white. So I ended up with this gray tone for a stand color and love it! That leads to the doors. I wanted something a little different and to be recessed so I made my own out of maple 1x3 and 3/4" x 3/4" square dowels. Oh and I stained them. So now you ask, are you keeping them open? Nope, I picked up some glass and used mirrored spray paint but also antiqued them by flicking water and vinegar mix. The doors ended up like this. Plumbing was next plus I plan to add electronics board just to the right of the return pump. It will be affixed just inside the door on the right. I am also building a water station in my utility room at the same time so double the plumbing fun. I decided to stay with the Durso, but it took me forever to decide which hole to make as the drain. Since the sump hole was directly beneath one I decided to use it and have it drop straight into the sump. However the return has been the issue. I made a small manifold and attached it to the cross brace sort of out of the way. Plumbing was completed last weekend need to install the control panel this weekend Water testing tank with RO and then adding more RO to test plumbing. Can only make so much at a time! Excited but nervous as it is going into same spot as my existing reef. I started to seed new live rock about 2.5 mos ago with periodic water changes so plan to add that as base for new tank with old tank live rock and corals on top. All new sand. Bruno is excited for the move and new tankmates. Oh and here is the equipment list: Marineland 93 rimless cube DIY stand Eschopps RS 100 sump Reef Octopus Elite 150SSS skimmer Reef Octo Varios 6 return Bashsea PM III reactor ( maybe chaeto or maybe run pellets) EcoTech MP 10 (from IM 20) Gyre 230 EcoTech Radion G4 Pro Aqualife LED/T5 Hybrid with 2 Blue + and 2 Coral + Jaeobo doser IM ATO reservoir Smart ATO Right now I have mainly SPS but plan to do more LPS in the new tank as it may be a little dirtier due to heavy bio load. Right now just one fairy wrasse, C. Brunneus, but soon to be many more.