I finally finished building my new Finnex 30G and its Stand/Hood. Well 90%, I still have several details left before I add salt water and rocks. It’s going to replace my 12G Nanocube.
I found this Finnex 30G in a distant fish store that I accidently dove by while out of town a many weeks back. It was on display with a bunch of other various tanks. While looking at it, the sales person asked if they could help me. I asked how much the Finnex was and he said it was for sale “as is”. He went on to explain that this was a replacement tank for a customer that had purchased a Finnex system and the tank had arrived chipped. The customer never came in to pick up this replacement tank. Go figure? Anyway, this tank did not have the pumps/fittings/lights/skimmer/etc. So… he said I could have it and asked me to make him an offer. A few dollars later it was in the back of my truck.
Not having anything but a bare tank with a falsewall/chamber setup I didn’t have the parts for, I removed the Finnex falsewall and had Cowkid make me a new one that I could equip with stuff readily available and replaceable.
Here’s the specs:
30G Finnex – 24x18x16
Aquactinics TX5 T-5HO Light Fixture
Dual R2 Moonlights
3 – MJ900’s
Jager 100W Heater
Homemade Stand and Hood
That’s it…pretty simple.
Full shot of the stand/canopy. I am a contractor and 95% of the wood came from left over shelving and cabinet lumber that would normally be tossed or go home with some sub-contractor. Built it in a simple Shaker/Craftsman style to match our funiture. I lost track, but at least a dozen coats of tung oil.....no stain, polyurethane or top coat, in keeping with my simple theme. The stand and hood seemed to take forever to make. Next time I am paying someone to do it!
When I started making the stand, I was going to have a sump behind the door on the left. I found that the Finnex is all tempered and cant be drilled. I do not trust U-tubes and overflows, so its just for storage now. Oh well, money saved and I dont really feel I need a sump anyway. Excuse the shim, wont be there once water goes in.
Closeup of the hood, look familiar? Its Nanocube style! Worked for me for the last two years and why mess up a good thing. I like closed top tanks.
Hood and light detail. I recessed the Aquactinics TX5 into the hood. I am not crazy about this black fixture sticking out of the top. I may veneer the light fixture and finish it to match or maybe I will paint some of the stand/hood black to make it look like I planned it that way? Wife says leave it alone, it looks fine, stop playing with your toys and do someting around here thats useful. Dont worry, I will pull of that white Aquactinic sticker off.
Rear chamber detail. Was too hard to get a picture so this Google SketchUp will have to do. The end chambers are just for circulation, they may both run all the time, act as a wavemaker or something in between...not sure yet. The middle two chambers are for floss/carbon/etc. Once again, Nanocube style....I like to get stuck in a rut and stay there!
Well...thats it for now...to be continued.
Edited by masterbuilder, 07 June 2009 - 04:43 AM.