Tank build/ AP24 transfer.
About eight years ago I bought a simple gold fish for myself. As time went on it kept getting bigger, so I bought a 5 gallon tank to replace a 2.5, then I bought a 20 gallon tank to replace the 5, and finally that damn goldfish didn't fit anymore and luckily a Aquarium store was going out of business and I got a 42 gallon hex and matching stand for 50 bucks, pre-assembled. And guess what, that goldfish still kept getting bigger. In October I started a AP24 Reef aquarium as I wanted to get into saltwater for a long time.
That was it, I had no idea a 50cent gold fish could get so big. So I decided to classify it and discovered I had a Carassius auratus , also known as a Sarasa Comet. Neat, but it was over a foot long and I couldn't keep the tank clean for a week, not to mention it was out of room, yet again. I spent a good 2 months searching for a home and had to wait for the ice to melt off the pond once I found a decent home.
Point of story: empty 42 gallon hexagon tank rebuilt/repaired/resealed and ready to go to saltwater duty. I plan on moving my entire AP24 setup into the tank, that includes 35 lbs of lalo live rock, a good sized CUC (for a AP24) and the 150w MH light with 20k ushio bulb.
Now my first goal is to get about 15-20 lbs more life rock into the tank, and for a sort of stepped pyramid or volcano looking sea island with it possibly piercing the surface (not too sure on that idea).
Also I am on the lookout for a deal on the 250w sunpod, and I plan on dropping a 14k phoenix bulb, because my tank is rather tall and Par ratings that deep will cut off sharply in a 20k bulb.
Planning on building a semi cover for the tank out of acrylic, with a surface area this big I am going to have alot of evaporation. I want a cover but with a hexagon hole in the center to let in all the MH light. I am not worried of temperature because my house is kept at 66F and lower all year long. Although my filipino girlfriend wants to change that. (she's pictured in my avatar on a beach in Zamboanga, Philippines) So a 1/10th chiller might work, gonna have to research that once she finally wins the temp war.
The stand is extremely durable and in good condition, I have drilled out holes in the back for piping and electrical runnings. But that is where my headache started.
The current problem is fitting a 10-15 gallon sump into a hole only 8 inches wide, and 19 inches long. My solution to the problem is a sump that is 8 inches wide by 16 inches long and an undetermined height made out of .220 acrylic. Once I finally find Weldon. I am thinking 20-25 inches high to get the gallons I want.
With that kind of height in a sump/fuge, I am thinking a DSB is in order. Attached to the sump will be a skimmer and a slightly used magnum 350 canister filter as the pump with LR in the canister. Also a 200w visi-therm heater. All of which is fed by a Eshopps Overflow box. I did not want to drill the tank plus I like the surface skimming that the low profile box offers.
Any tips or ideas are welcomed.
More pictures to come, its late and this is all I managed to get a good photo of.
Is it TANG approved?
Didn't think so.
Edited by Rocket, 11 February 2009 - 07:05 PM.