Adam G’s 8ft Rimless Reef

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    I have this 10ft space in my lower level family room that looks pretty silly just sitting there empty don’t you think?

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    And this tank looks awfully crowded.... I mean, it is in-humane to let these poor corals grow into each other. And tangs should really have a 6ft tank as they mature I am told.


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    That would be AWESOME!!!!
     
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    So for the good of the animals in my care and in order to fill that crazy empty space in my family room for my dear spouse, bless her heart, I have decided to do the right thing here. I will take the high road, no matter the sacrifice of time, and in spite of the financial commitment it will take. I am going to move fearlessly forward for the good of all and begin the painstaking process of finding the perfect tank.

    I hope these guys appreciate all the sacrifices I am about to make for them.





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    So I began by posting here on TCMAS that I was in search of a large tank. The challenge with this space is although I have 10ft in from left to right, I am limited in space front to back. I have at most 30” to play with. Anymore than that and it will look a little silly. I want the tank to look good and blend in with the decor.

    As we all know you cannot push the tank tight against the wall. I would like an external overflow to get any clutter out of the way as well. So 6” out from the wall is realistic. This gives me some room to get behind the tank to replace plumbing if necessary as well as work on other things and just do general cleaning.

    I also discovered that a Synergy overflow needs approximately 4” of room behind the tank so in the end in reality a 24” tank will actually protrude about 30” from the wall.

    So finding a 24” by 7ft to 10ft tank used is not an easy feat. There are a plethora of 6ft x 24” tanks out there and I found a 8ft x 36” but I never came across a large tank in the 24” width I was looking for.
     
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    In the meantime I started working on what I could. I knew I needed a second circuit for more available power and that I wanted more outlets. I also I wanted an outlet up high for the lighting. I want no cords running from the tank up to the lights. I want everything clean and modern this time around. So I got to work.


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    Next up was tile and my light rack. I ordered some 80/20 aluminum rails and connectors from Frametech and got that all built. I can move the lighting from 10 inches above the water to 22” above the waterline. I think about 12” above the waterline is where I will want to be but this way I have options. I just have to loosen 3 bolts on each side and I can slide it up or down.


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    I reached out to Miracles Aquariums in Canada for a quote. They built an aquarium for me in my old house and I was very happy with it. I had a hard time getting a hold of them and in the end they did get me a competitive quote but it took a while.

    I also got a quote from Reef Savvy. The price was 1.5 times higher than the others which I totally expected. The reason I did not go this route was more due to lead times. 6 months is too long to wait.

    While getting these quotes I also stopped in and talked to Jen at New Wave Aquaria. We looked at getting a Marineland 265g which is a 86” X 24” x 30” tank. The price was very affordable but in the end I decided that I did not want the corner overflows again. Too darn big and don’t like being able to see into them from the sides. Also, 30” tall is just a bit more height than I am looking for.

    Jen is also a customaquariums.com reseller as well. She has done several builds with them and spoke highly of the quality of their builds, she got me a quote for a 96”x24”x28” tank. In order for a rimless top we needed 3/4” glass front and back and I wanted high clarity glass on the front. She also recommended two 16” Synergy overflows and three returns. The pricing came back good and lead times were reasonable so we ordered the tank. I really like supporting local businesses so it made sense to go through New Wave Aquaria and use a builder in Wisconsin.
     
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    I reached out to our infamous local cabinet builder jlanger. He agreed to build me a 96x30x36 stand. We worked together on the design and he ordered the material. He has actually gotten a good start on it and I hope to have the stand installed by Halloween. This will give me some time to install the sump and plumb the manifold and be ready for delivery of the tank. Just got a pic from Jason, this is the top panel. The holes in the back are openings for plumbing and will also provide ventilation.


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    Got this bad boy ordered. It is a Precision Marine 48” x 24” x 15” sump. They actually changed a few things for me to work better for my planned filtration. They have been awesome to work with. They got it done in a week and it is on its way from Texas right now. I also had them make me a 20g ATO and dosing reservoirs. All should match nicely. I had originally had them making me a remote refugium as well but decided to go with a custom Algae Turf Scrubber instead. I will be working with jlanger on that project as well. Bottom pics are from Precision Marine before they shipped it off.
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    I have also been working on the aquascape. First pic is what I have so far. The board the rock is sitting on is the actual size of the tank. The next pictures are close ups of each section. The section on the left is not complete. I may move the structures around and trade spots but this is what I have come up with so far. Marco cement is amazing stuff.


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    Best damn line I've ever read in a build thread!

    I really like the ambition that's going into this build!
    This should really give those tangs and corals plenty of real estate to swim and grow.

    I wanted to try the Marco cement with my new rock, but BRS was sold out. Since I only needed to place a small wedge to support the one rock, I just used a stick of TLF AquaStik.
     
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    Everything is starting to look Great. Will keep watching for the updates.
     
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    ....and THIS is how reefing is done!
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    Thank you sir. I appreciate that.
     
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    Marco is awesome, I work with cement products for a living being a tile installer and I was amazed by this stuff. It’s ability to stick to the surface of rock and strength are what is so impressive. It just does what you would hope it would. Having tried every technique in the book over the years it was just nice for it to do what I wanted to do.

    I should have a bit left Jason, I will give it to you to try on this build or a future project the next time I see you.
     
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    Thank you for posting. I hope to update regularly. This next week now my lights come in and I have some thoughts and mind are mounting them. I will try and documented with pictures and post it here. I am thinking folks will like this 80/20 aluminum rails stuff.
     
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    What did you choose for lights?
     
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    Going to use my 4 Aqua Illumination Hydra 52’s and put them in 2 Aquatic Life 48” T-5 fixtures. Was going to purchase 3 more Hydra 52’s and just have 7 of those but I think the T-5’s will be a nice combo with the LED.

    I am very pleased with the Hydra 52’s only on my current 5ft tank. The secret I have found is to have one every foot or so to get a lot of overlap. I am getting 200 PAR on the sand and 400 PAR on the top of my rocks with the Hydras at 52% power. I think the T-5’s will accomplish the same goal and offer limitless possibilities in color combos between the programmable LEDs and bulb choices of t-5’s. Plus, they just came out with me white fixture complete with end panels to hide all of the wiring. I think it will be a clean look. Not using th wire hanging kit, planning on mounting them to the 80/20 rails.
     
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