Tony 65g mixed reef build

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So here we go with some pictures of getting the ol 65g up and running after taking some time off. Way back when the best MH bulbs were at best 6500k and skimmers used limewood air 'stones'. The idea was to cram as much rock as possible in. So it's not surprising it was a wall that sloped from front to back bottom to top. This time I wanted space for corals and fish to swim lol. Below some pictures of using about half what I had back then.. long dried mostly Fiji some Tonga. The 65 is a bit of a challenge since it's only 12" front to back. Spent a bunch of time with my daughter playing with rocks on the deck to figure out a nice layout.
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Layed out some cardboard with the inside dimensions of the tank and stacked/unstacked/restacked rock for a few hours:)
After much stacking and restacking found something we liked. Then marked all the pieces of rock where they connected and took lots of pictures so we could disassemble and reassemble in the tank and glue it together..
 
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Just an update... I got sick of losing fish to diseases so decided to do the quarantine/fallow period. To catch the fish I pulled all the rock.. SOO been running rockless for over 2 months. I then decided it was time to remove the deep sand bed which was an original part from way back when.. half inch water space with a couple inches of sand, fiberglass screen and a few more inches of sand. Haven't removed it yet but I will since I decided the best way to do that was pull the whole tank apart! Which led me to my desire to go with an external overflow with one of the removable internal weirs. Currently I have a single overflow in the corner with a durso? drain.. anyway. It's noisy , levels fluctuate and prone to overflowing.. sooo That lead me to decide maybe a whole new tank! This one is too shallow front to back. I want some depth!

Going with acrylic since it's easier to work with. 1/2" thick 24" tall x 60" wide and 28" deep with 3/4" x 3" eurobracing around the top perimeter. Hoping I don't need a center brace with the 3/4" thick perimeter. Will see. Back panel will be black too. I plan to do regular updates once I start the build.
 
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Had the company switch to 3/4" acrylic just in case and bump the base to 29" wide. That will give me inside dimensions of 58.5" wide x 27.5" deep and 24" high. Haven't decided on water level yet. 22 or 23". 22" would be 153 gallons and 23" 160 gallons. The black might still be 1/2" thick and if so I will brace the outside on the back. The website didn't list 3/4" but the fellow I talked with said he would switch them all to 3/4" so we will see.
 
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Well finally looks like they got the acrylic in. Just double checking that all the measurement and thickness changes are set. Doesn't look like I will be able to get 3/4" black but checking one last time with the person that contacted me about filling the order in the next few days.
 
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Nice tank
Thanks! Excited to build the new one.

Acrylic is ordered. Decided to go with front and back 3/4" clear acrylic since I couldn't get black in 3/4". Contemplating painting the back side black on the outside which could look nice but if the paint peels down the road it will look crummy and I would have no way of getting to it.
 

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Digging the aquascape!!
 
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Woot the acrylic has arrived! Need to start building a stand. Nothing super fancy. Probably mix of poplar, 5ply birch veneer plywood, some red oak trim. Thinking of a 1" square tubular steel frame for the top sandwiched between a couple pieces of ply so I can keep it thin and strong and avoid a front center brace in the middle.
 

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