Seapora (Formerly DeapBlue) 80g Rimless Build with Custom Stand and DIY Sump

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So I decided to finally document my build in a thread and will also post updates on youtube once I get it wet. I will try my hardest to keep updating here but always super busy as I run 3DReefing and take care of the AI Prime Hydra Reef Group on Facebook which is up to almost 40k members now.

The build is somewhat on a budget as I have most of the equipment left over from previous set ups. I am just under $1000 for the bare bones (tank, stand, and sump) but adding a few finishing touches is putting me a little over budget.

Having most of the equipment the only thing to get was the tank, sump, and stand. The tank is a rimless Seapora 80g shallow 48x24x16. The sump is a 40g breeder with a DIY baffle kit from jaxracks.com. I was planning on building the stand myself but so time limited I decided to have a local cabinet builder make me a "budget" stand and with it painted also was not too much over the price of lumber itself so it worked out. The quality of the wood was not the best so I am adding some finishing touches to hide all the imperfections.

Some of the progress so far :)

40g Breeder Sump with Jax Racks Triton Refugium Baffle Kit. Wrapped the rim with white vinyl.

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This is how the stand was delivered. Looks good as is but my ocd for the imperfections is driving me to come up with solutions to hide the imperfect wood. It does have a nice inset to hide the tank bottom rim. Did I mention I hate black rims on tanks?

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A few touches I added to the stand afterwards. Wrapped some of the trim with stick on tile. I also wrapped the front panel with white vinyl.

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I still have to finish the sides. They will have these wall tiles and I will cut a larger frame made of white acrylic to hide the edges. This was just a test photo.

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Should have the tank mounted on the stand with the sump soon and will upload some more phots of that in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!
 
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So I decided to finally document my build in a thread and will also post updates on youtube once I get it wet. I will try my hardest to keep updating here but always super busy as I run 3DReefing and take care of the AI Prime Hydra Reef Group on Facebook which is up to almost 40k members now.

The build is somewhat on a budget as I have most of the equipment left over from previous set ups. I am just under $1000 for the bare bones (tank, stand, and sump) but adding a few finishing touches is putting me a little over budget.

Having most of the equipment the only thing to get was the tank, sump, and stand. The tank is a rimless Seapora 80g shallow 48x24x16. The sump is a 40g breeder with a DIY baffle kit from jaxracks.com. I was planning on building the stand myself but so time limited I decided to have a local cabinet builder make me a "budget" stand and with it painted also was not too much over the price of lumber itself so it worked out. The quality of the wood was not the best so I am adding some finishing touches to hide all the imperfections.

Some of the progress so far :)

40g Breeder Sump with Jax Racks Triton Refugium Baffle Kit. Wrapped the rim with white vinyl.

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Im really digging this sump!
 
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Looks great so far! I absolutely LOVE this tank, the dimensions are pretty much perfect.

You'll have to check out my build thread whenever you have time; I've got the same tank (except with a rim).
Thanks! Love your set up too. You fish and coral pics are fantastic.
 
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So the stand is coming out exceptionally well. I was going to wait to post a shot of the stand with the tank and sump installed but here it is. I used my co2 laser to cut an acrylic frame around the wall panels on the sides along with RGBic lights. I only have the acrylic frames mounted with some tape temporarily and some finishing touches to do. Should have the tank mounted with sump and begin plumbing in the next few weeks. Can't wait to show a video of what these lights look like in motion. The logo is embossed on the inside so when the lights are off it is invisible.

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Finally getting there. Tank and lights mounted. So the 40b sump is taking up quite a bit of real estate in the stand. I am going to have to figure out a solution for the electronics. I forgot to mention I have a Mastertronic and Hydros going on this tank. So much for that budget :oops:. Open to suggestions on what I should do for a side cabinet or if there is any other options I don't know about.

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I am also going bare bottom but do not like the look of a black bottom so I picked up an extra large yoga mat that is somewhat a sandy color.
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UPDATE :

I looked for a basic white cabinet in the size I wanted. Turned out a lot harder than it should be. Even Ikea does not have any in stock for a couple months so I got my cabinet guy on it. Should turn out great and will make the front of the cabinet glow like the sides of the tank stand. The cabinet will hold most of the electronics but mainly for the ATO reservoir and I will have the Mastertronic sit on top. I am also needing extension cables for the 4k gyres as they are ridiculously short.

Worked some on the rock scape. I got one piece partially done and will need 2 more for a total of 3 rock structure when complete. Here's what I got so far. I only had a 4.5 oz bottle of glue so I am going to need A LOT more glue.

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Almost there guys :grinning-face-with-sweat:. Taking me a while to get this going but its going. Worked all week to plumb and fill it. NO LEAKS. The sump is working great as expected. Doing the best I can with all the wiring. There may or may not be a birds nest behind the little cabinet lol.

So far I have one piece of rock done which took forever. Maybe about 3 hours to make total and still have to do 2 more pieces.

Still have not hooked up the Mastertronic as its not needed yet. I do have the Hydros control running but need to recalibrate the ph probe and waiting for a wifi extender to fully run the wifi power strip.

The sump has been cleaned up with cable covers. There are also cable raceways behind the tank but it really only cleans up the front perfectly which is what matters to me.

More to come.
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Lastly check this out. Picked up this 14g cube tank from Petco for $60. Did the usual vinyl wrap and have an awesome looking ATO that should go a good while before needing top off. Going to had a front cover with logo on it next week.


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Wow. I have to say the Hydros team is excellent. After searching hard online on how to program the 4k Gyres with the discontinued wifi controller to do wave motion, I was lead to believe that it was impossible to without upgrading to the wave engine controller. I made a post on their FB page with my concern and with in 5 minutes one of the team members was guiding me on how to do what I was told was impossible. Now I have the gyres set up perfectly and they can do much more than I previously thought. I highly recommend Hydros and their compatible products if you are looking for reef automation.
 
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