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Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by OldNemo, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. OldNemo

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    So I ended up with this gray tone for a stand color and love it!

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    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.

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    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.

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    The doors ended up like this.

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    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.

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    I am also building a water station in my utility room at the same time so double the plumbing fun.

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    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.



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    Plumbing was completed last weekend

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    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.

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    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.
     
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  2. cathorn

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    The Stand looks great, keep us updated.
     
  3. Fishfoo

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    Looks like you’re off to a great start. Excited to see this come together! Any ideas on future livestock?
     
  4. eschulist

    eschulist That Office Nano Guy
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    Your Fusion is awesome!! I hope you have the same success with the new 93 cube. The stand, filtration, and plumbing looks great so far.
     
  5. OP
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    Thanks! Yours isn’t too shabby either.

    Testing plumbing tomorrow!
     
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    Thanks! Yeah I have long list of livestock I need to shorten Mainly wrasse

    C. Brunneus
    C. Lineatus
    C. Rhomboldalis
    C. Johnsoni
    C. Exquisitus
    C. Jordani
    P. Attenuatus
    P. Alfiani
    A. chrysocephalus
    M. geoffroy
    Harem of anthia (evansi or Bartlett’s perhaps)
    Yellow assessors
    Sandsifter of some sort

    One tang but still deciding which one.
     
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    29770F47-F966-46E4-81D6-D578C212B9A1.jpeg Plumbing and tank tested with RO. Draining tonight and switching places with the IM 20 tomorrow. Figures crossed all goes well. Have to replace regular outlet with GFCI as precaution and hang LED/T5 before I fill and move over so busy day tomorrow.
     
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    You still alive? All go well I hope?
     
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    Yep. Just delayed move. Hope to remove the furniture discs today from under the tank and add water. Then new rock with old rock from IM 20 on top.

    Removing the corner disc will be fun.



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    Alright it’s wet. I also added the new rock I’ve had stewing and sand. Sand storm alert. It ran overnight. Need to rearrange the sand some and add a tad more.

    Animals, live rock and most of water from IM 20 goi g over tonight.

    Working on a little cord maintenance as well.

    New fishes this weekend!
     
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    C4F240B2-0C9C-4D6B-A8A8-1761158F8EAA.jpeg Corals and my lone Brunneus fairy wrasse have been moved. Still have to aquascape and place some loose corals.
     

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