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So I was basically going to this exact setup and the besta shelf from ikea. Have two questions the board you mounted your apex to do you have room behind this? Also, is the width 22" as the besa is 23 and some change I believe? Also, how long is the skimmer cord? I am going to get that same skimmer and this is the only piece of gear I have yet to purchase and not sure it will reach to the Apex. Did you have to use and extension? If so what one?

There is more than enough room behind the cabinet after I installed the mounting board. See the pick below showing the back. I bet there is 3ft or so. You can mount the board were every you like. The Red Sea skimmer power cord is pretty long. I purchased several of the cords at different lengths that way nothing is real tight. These power cords also have a flat rotating head. Check my post further up and there are a lot of links for all of the stuff I used that may be helpful.


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There is more than enough room behind the cabinet after I installed the mounting board. See the pick below showing the back. I bet there is 3ft or so. You can mount the board were every you like. The Red Sea skimmer power cord is pretty long. I purchased several of the cords at different lengths that way nothing is real tight. These power cords also have a flat rotating head. Check my post further up and there are a lot of links for all of the stuff I used that may be helpful.


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Thanks for that! I’m assuming that is that back of the board? Are those hinges or mounta to mount the board
 
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What t5 combo are you running? Really love the set up. Looking to do something similar on a 300xl with Ai hydra 32s

Thanks been a fun build . I am running 2 Kessil 360x with 2 -ATI 39W 36" Blue Plus and 2-ATI 39W Coral Plus. All mounted in AquaticLife Hybrid.
 
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Thanks for that! I’m assuming that is that back of the board? Are those hinges or mounta to mount the board
You got correct that is the back of the mounting board. The hinges are just angle hinges that I used wood screws to mount. The cabinet is not very thin so you need to be careful
 
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Who else weighs there salt when making a water change? For me it helps to insure the correct salinity every time. I use Fritz salts and keep the salt stored in a sealed bucket. When mixing the salt I drop a maxi jet and heater in a my water change bucket and pour the salt in slowly. I always let everything mix for 24-48 hrs. Fritz salt is super clear with no crude on the bottom. I then check salinity, temp, Alk & PH. Works for me. What do others do for a water change.
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I will use weight too. That's weight on your pic is for what salinity?

I am currently building Reefer 250 as well. Check it out if you have time. It is fun and so expensive though.

I am looking for an idea to build an Apex cabinet as well. Besta Ikea is also something I am considering.

But, I just found a network cabinet below that can be access from sides and have glass door, two fans included on the top and railing on the side to attach wood panels.
What do you think? It is 30" high so it is about 4" shorter than red sea reefer stand.

another option is Sonax component audio stand
 
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I will use weight too. That's weight on your pic is for what salinity?

I am currently building Reefer 250 as well. Check it out if you have time. It is fun and so expensive though.

I am looking for an idea to build an Apex cabinet as well. Besta Ikea is also something I am considering.

But, I just found a network cabinet below that can be access from sides and have glass door, two fans included on the top and railing on the side to attach wood panels.
What do you think? It is 30" high so it is about 4" shorter than red sea reefer stand.

another option is Sonax component audio stand
Congrats on the build. Its all part of the journey. With in my build thread you are on go to page 6 post #104. I have details on how I build my Apex cabinet with links to what I purchased. I think the IKEA cabinet would be perfect for what you are doing. The cabinet you list would work as well. Go check out my post.
 
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I will use weight too. That's weight on your pic is for what salinity?

I am currently building Reefer 250 as well. Check it out if you have time. It is fun and so expensive though.

I am looking for an idea to build an Apex cabinet as well. Besta Ikea is also something I am considering.

But, I just found a network cabinet below that can be access from sides and have glass door, two fans included on the top and railing on the side to attach wood panels.
What do you think? It is 30" high so it is about 4" shorter than red sea reefer stand.

another option is Sonax component audio stand
That’s nice, but not white and the besta would be cheaper
 

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It will be the same I think as right now due to pandemic Ikea does not offer pick up option in my area and I am forced to pay $55 shipping fee on top of the Besta cost. Thanks guys
Your right? I added stuff to my cart and saw the 45 dollar shipping I was like are they freighting it. I will wait to order and pick up locally
 
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Congrats on the build. Its all part of the journey. With in my build thread you are on got to page 6 post #104. I have details on how I build my Apex cabinet with links to what I purchased. I think the IKEA cabinet would be perfect for what you are doing. The cabinet you list would work as well. Go check out my post.

which cable gromet and round saw bit you used?
 
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which cable gromet and round saw bit you used?

I got the grommets at Lowes and were just their generic brand. The hole saw was 2 1/2 inch. I would get the grommets and then line up of the hole saw to make sure its the right size
 
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There is more than enough room behind the cabinet after I installed the mounting board. See the pick below showing the back. I bet there is 3ft or so. You can mount the board were every you like. The Red Sea skimmer power cord is pretty long. I purchased several of the cords at different lengths that way nothing is real tight. These power cords also have a flat rotating head. Check my post further up and there are a lot of links for all of the stuff I used that may be helpful.


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How do you keep the back accessible if you want to add more stuff? Did you not attach the back panel permanently? If not, how did you attach it so that it is secure and also still accessible without too much trouble accessing it?
 
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How do you keep the back accessible if you want to add more stuff? Did you not attach the back panel permanently? If not, how did you attach it so that it is secure and also still accessible without too much trouble accessing it?

The board is attached with 4 angle brackets using wood screws. You will still have access. You just need to rotate the cabinet to get access.
 

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The board is attached with 4 angle brackets using wood screws. You will still have access. You just need to rotate the cabinet to get access.
No no I understand that. But what I was asking is about the back panel. Doesn’t it come with a back section to cover the back side? Or did you leave it open?
 
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No no I understand that. But what I was asking is about the back panel. Doesn’t it come with a back section to cover the back side? Or did you leave it open?
ahhh I got you. I would not use it. Its very very thin and will not hold all of your gear. I got back wall from Lowes I posted about the size is and type of wood. I think on page 6
 
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