This build has been living since October, tank is stocked and has SPS and blah blah. Might as well start the story from the beginning though.. _______________________________________________________ Finally got all the equipment gathered and am starting to build the tank The tank is a modest little setup. It's a 45g cube, which is 2" shorter than a 50g cube (which is what I was told it was). I actually like the shallow look, and just being 2" shorter is very noticeable to me. Gear List: - Apex - ATI 6x24 T5 - 2 Sicce Voyager 3's w/Sicce Wave Surfer - Sicce Syncra 4.0 Return - eShopps Ghost Overflow - Vertex Omega 130i skimmer - The usual stuff (ATO, Heater, Matrix, etc etc) Tomorrow the tank is going to be drilled for the Overflow by @thegrun, after that I'll be painting the back black and get a coat of flat white on the inside of the stand. Gotta have a shout out to one of the best clubs in the world, the Vertex was won in a raffle at an SCMAS meeting. I couldn't be more happy with this amazing skimmer, it's exactly what I needed and the quality was out of my price range (gotta love that student 'budget'). So thanks to SCMAS and Vertex! Things to do: - Drill for Ghost overflow - Feel dumb for not drilling returns 6-7 months from now - Clean up the Sump / Augment Sump to accommodate skimmer - Paint Tank / Inside of Stand - Setup my BRS 1.1 doser - Setup Cable Management - Build light tree for T5 Some good progress was made today! - Drilled - Painted Back & Bottom (bottom in case I decide to try BB in the future) - Painted Inside of Stand - Got all the Conduit to make a mounting arm for my ATI. Once the paint is fully dried and cured I'll put my ghost overflow on it. As for the plumbing im torn -- hard line PVC, or cheap nylon reinforced hose. ___________________________________ The eShopps ghost overflow looks perfect with gloss black background. It's almost invisible! almost.. Here's the backside of it! Plumbing -- I'm going to add unions on the other PVC tubes to make it easier to disassemble. (mock setup, not glued yet) Plumbing inside -- I'm going to make the bottom of the pipes equal lengths (Still not glued) Next I'm going to clean up the sump, and probably do a few small modifications while I'm at it. I'm going to move one wall over a smidge to make room for the skimmer. I'm also going to try and use a strip of Acrylic to make chamber 1 (overflow) flow directly into Chamber 2 (skimmer) instead of chamber 2 & 3. ___________________________________ For those wondering -- PVC is hard Next up, making this thing have a rock solid dedicated sump chamber so that my Vertex is always happy (note the giant *** Sicce Syncra 4 return pump... What was I thinking, 975gph gives no contact time for the skimmer!!) Okay, quite a few more steps completed!! ___________________________________ --------- Oct 7th --------- 1) Lets change up this sump to fit a Vertex 130i skimmer 2) Now it fits!!! 3) Now to build more than 1 chamber... 4) Gate valve installed (forgot to move drain over before pic) 5) Custom sock holder from the most patient DIY guru I know! 6) SPARKS!! Bad ATI! 6.5) New reflectors, and ballast for freshly re-wired ATI Powermodule [Pre-LED -- This was a pain] To do: - Silicone Sock Mount in Sump - Silicone dosing tube/ATO tube holder in Sump - Run a second round of leak testing - Get it inside - Attach the Light Tree - Scape it - Get it wet!