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Discussion in 'Nano Reefs' started by fissues, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. fissues

    fissues Member

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    I haven't had a tank in about 6 or 7 years. The last one was a low budget 75 that I tore down while I did a stint as a photographer for a high end reef shop in the midwest. I only ever had the desire to do 1 more tank, and it's this one. It's been in the plans the whole time evolving with the knowledge I've gained from consulting on hundreds of builds, caring for some of the rarest fish to be imported, and farming crazy amounts of coral. I've just been waiting for the right combination of money, gear, technology, and life balance to make it work with my highly eratic lifestyle.

    I'll try not to screw it up


    Current stage:
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  2. fissues

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    Also, this..

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  3. SPR1968

    SPR1968 Fish & Coral Addict! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad R2R Secret Santa Reef Tank 365 UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    That looks great so far and welcome to R2R!
     
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  4. Jon Fishman

    Jon Fishman Valuable Member

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    Your tank has an open front, and it's made of cardboard...... I'm afraid it won't hold water.

    Welcome! Following along.
     
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  5. fissues

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    Thanks, I'll have more to look at shortly!

    D4mn, for a few minutes there I thought this was gonna be easy... Well, I guess now you at least know where the username comes from.
     
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  6. fissues

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    1/2" Baltic Birch on the bottom and sides. 3/4" on top. So many people underestimate the strength of a simple plywood box made with quality lumber and some strong wood glue.

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    Pbh-reef Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Welcome! Following to see what you have planned!
     
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  8. fissues

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    Thanks. The goal is to get water in by the end of the week, but I've got a packed schedule so it may take until early next week.
     
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    KorD Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Welcome to R2R. I like the stand, and with an open front it will disperse the heat of the pumps... I totally forgot about that and have to get a fan..lol
     
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    Thanks.

    Actually it's going to have a single, solid front door. I'm going to have to cut a hole for plumbing in the back, and then I will most likely cut something separate for ventilation which will probably also involve a couple computer fans for efficiency.
     
  11. dantimdad

    dantimdad Valuable Member R2R Supporter Platinum Sponsor R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award North Alabama Reef Club

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    Completely 100% agree!
     
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  12. fissues

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    So I got hired for a few video jobs out in Nashville the first half of May, so I haven't even been in town to think about the setup. I'm about ready to start putting things together over the next week or so.

    Here's where I'm at...
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    I still haven't finished the door for this stand, but I wanna get some water in this thing so I'll add that later.


    'scape' s done... TOTM, please.
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    Today I'll try to finish getting the display looking how I want it and post some pics. I will have a sump on this thing, but I need to drill a couple holes in the back of the stand, so ill be able to add the overflow/plumbing later in the week. Any guesses what I chose?

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  13. fissues

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    The sand finally settled from yesterday, and I think this is the aquascape I'm gonna go with...

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    I had a few other ideas before this, but I specifically wanted something minimal that draws elements from the freshwater iwagumi world. This one also looked the least like a awkwardly balanced pile of rocks out of all the other hardscapes I tried. I can already imagine exactly where to place which species to compliment the overall look as everything grows out.

    I probably only used about half of the rock I bought and spent a number of hours trying different combinations and deciding over 2 days until I settled on this.
     
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  14. dantimdad

    dantimdad Valuable Member R2R Supporter Platinum Sponsor R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award North Alabama Reef Club

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    Amano would be proud.

    Looks great!
     
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    Thanks man! I feel like it's much harder to do with reef rock than it is with most freshwater components.
     
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