Jump to content


Photo

The Butchered Finnex


  • Please log in to reply
305 replies to this topic

#1
masterbuilder

masterbuilder

    Nano Reefer

  • Premium Members
  • 4,101 posts
  • Joined 12 Jan 2006
  • Beaufort, SC

I thought I would start a tank thread like others have. Mainly to keep track of it over time and also to get feedback from others, either good or bad to keep me on the right track. So….here we go.

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
Aquacontroller Jr.
Homemade Stand and Hood

That’s it…pretty simple.


Posted Image

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.

Posted Image

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.

Posted Image

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.

Posted Image

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.


#2
bluebastion

bluebastion

    refeeR onaN

  • Members
  • 2,324 posts
  • Joined 08 Jul 2005
  • HELL on earth
beautiful. I'd say more but I'm so tired. Following though.

Click here for my former 20 gallon SPS

TOTM Aug 08

Banner1-1.jpg

 

Click here for my current Solana XL 67

 

thSurf.gif

"Nothing's cut and dry in liquid."

To me and I'm sure a lot more people, dumd guestions are those that don't get ask, but there are dumd answers and they usally come from....well yaw know.Anyway, thanks for the replies, dumd and all. ;)I like that. ;)

Will mandarins eat pods?


#3
matty0206

matty0206

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 2,690 posts
  • Joined 10 Jul 2006
  • Vancouver Wa.
This tank is gonna be sweet! Great job man it looks awesome.

#4
glennr1978

glennr1978

    one proud dad!

  • Members
  • 11,744 posts
  • Joined 30 Nov 2006
Wow is all I can say....

That, and that you better stock this thing equally as beautifully as the stand and canopy.

Damn man, that thing really looks amazing. You should seriously start up a side business doing stands & canopies.

#5
xbwolfx

xbwolfx

    Complaint Department

  • Members
  • 33,847 posts
  • Joined 29 Jul 2007
  • Cincinnati since my mama had me
That is amazing! I wish I had those wood-working skills. Also, I don't think the black fixture looks bad at all. The black silicone and false wall bring it all together just fine, so no need to ruin the hood, stand, or fixture with paint, veneer, or stain...it looks great as is IMO. Keep up the good work!

xbox is the only lounge rat I have eyes for. :wub:


#6
glennr1978

glennr1978

    one proud dad!

  • Members
  • 11,744 posts
  • Joined 30 Nov 2006

That is amazing! I wish I had those wood-working skills. Also, I don't think the black fixture looks bad at all. The black silicone and false wall bring it all together just fine, so no need to ruin the hood, stand, or fixture with paint, veneer, or stain...it looks great as is IMO. Keep up the good work!


yep.

#7
lakshwadeep

lakshwadeep

    v rotating snakes! v

  • Premium Members
  • 21,370 posts
  • Joined 28 Mar 2003
  • Salt Lake City (formerly OKC)
Awesome! That is definitely the opposite of what I was expecting from the thread title. I guess the perfect AIO is actually a DIY. I'm sure people would pay serious money for a stand and canopy like that!

↳Malcolm

Newer! ADA 60-F

New ADA 60-P - Gobyopolis
my 20H  retired

 

Every lie tells another truth.
-John Burns


#8
dasstheboss

dasstheboss

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 777 posts
  • Joined 28 Feb 2007
Are the back chambers of the 30G finnex build that way or did u tinker with the baffles ot set it up as so, i am sure the filter floss holders and al lare DIy but what about the baffling ( is this a word?..lol) .?
not ot hijack your thread, but i am also making a 30G finnex and want ot know if there are any drawbacks to the finnex M system?

#9
masterbuilder

masterbuilder

    Nano Reefer

  • Premium Members
  • 4,101 posts
  • Joined 12 Jan 2006
  • Beaufort, SC
dasstheboss...PM sent.

Thanks to everyone else...

Mark

p.s. Thanks Phixion, your Finnex thread is going to cost me a fortune..you bastard!

#10
EvMiBo

EvMiBo

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 72 posts
  • Joined 08 Jun 2008
  • Plantation, FL
Wow.. Totally unique and just amazing. You really have some skill in woodworking and DIY in general.

Do you make plans for stands? I want to build my own for my Finnex in a few months. I think someone else said it up there somewhere, but you could really sell stands/canopis for a fortune - your work is beautiful.

#11
Phixion

Phixion

    Undefeated! ;)

  • Members
  • 9,901 posts
  • Joined 01 May 2006
  • San Bernardino, CA
Master, this is awesome. I like the "a few bucks later" part of the story, lol! I'm really eager to see hos this Finnex "custom" project turns out. Keep us updated daily, hehe! B)
My first S/W and nano-reef tank, My old Aquapod 12g

My Finnex 30g glass M-Tank project

The SCNRS Advance Acrylics built "12 x "16" x "12 custom AIO tank build

EZcompany: i also don't recommend having 0 gallons.

Fraggle Rockette: i's felt it... my couch was rockin and i was the only person on it... lol :P

Adinsxq: i thought it over... it's still lame.

Pickle010: Man.. that's a good looking carpet... I <3 Carpet. (that didn't sound right)

Omen: Why didnt you just put it back into the Ocean? Am i missing something here? Was the ocean closed as well?

#12
cp3823

cp3823

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 229 posts
  • Joined 01 Oct 2007
That is honestly the best looking nano I have ever seen. Do you or would you Please Please Please make up some blueprints of the stand? My uncle is a professional cabinet maker and I would love to do that design but scale it down for a standard 20 gallon high tank.

#13
divecj5

divecj5

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 4,585 posts
  • Joined 25 Mar 2007
  • Charleston, SC
Awesome Master....you are going to love that Aquatinics fixture. I had the 48 inch 5 bulber on my 55 gallon and loved it to death. Still have it sitting in the closet just waiting to be used again someday.

Definitely following along.

#14
Nick's Reef

Nick's Reef

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 4,168 posts
  • Joined 21 Oct 2007
  • Jupiter,Fl
Wow! I'm speachless Mark! That thing looks so nice, it better look just as good inside the tank! :D

#15
AdriftQuasar

AdriftQuasar

    Salty Creeper

  • Members
  • 1,149 posts
  • Joined 05 Jul 2007
  • Kirksville, MO
This is the sexiest thing I've seen in weeks, and I was at a club not too long ago!
20H: Started March 2007

Every time your "cube" doesn't have the same dimensions on each side, a little bit of reef dies.

I'm all about suckering the noobs. I've made plenty of good money off them.


#16
MarvinsReef

MarvinsReef

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 1,742 posts
  • Joined 22 May 2006
wow... I can only wish for a tank that clean.... maybe in the near future... :)

awesome job! can't wait for the scaping.. :)

#17
rhogeo

rhogeo

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 203 posts
  • Joined 17 Apr 2008
  • Gastonia, NC
That is one beautiful setup! The stand and hood are just amazing. Maybe you can use the "sump" area on the left for a ATO / chiller compartment?

Definitely following this thread.
34g Red Sea Max 130 - created April 09, crash due to stuck heater on February 7, 2010, EuroReef RSM Skimmer, Neptune systems Apex Lite controller, Vortech MP10 ES

#18
Nanoized

Nanoized

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 784 posts
  • Joined 05 Aug 2006
  • Toronto GTA
Well Done Mark!

Moving from Aquallumination to ATI and then Aquactinics had me wondering what you were up to. :-)

Looks great..Damn you!!

Definitely keep us posted on the progress.

Edited by Nanoized, 04 September 2009 - 04:33 AM.

Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

#19
OceanNano

OceanNano

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 266 posts
  • Joined 12 Apr 2008
  • Florida
That is truly a work of art! (I think it could be tank of the month.... empty) :D
Link To My Eclipse 5 Gallon-RIP
Link to my 10 gallon with AC 70 Fuge - RIP
My 20 Long
http://www.nano-reef...p;#entry1721663


http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/d/4;10730;442/st/20080715/e/OceanNano

#20
masterbuilder

masterbuilder

    Nano Reefer

  • Premium Members
  • 4,101 posts
  • Joined 12 Jan 2006
  • Beaufort, SC

Moving from Aquallumination to ATI and then Aquactinics had me wondering what you were up to. :-)


Yeah, me too. I never had such a hard time buying a friggin light.

1. Wanted an ATI and still do, its one sexy looking fixture. Ordered and waited over 2 months and still no light. No real date on when it would arrive, maybe next week maybe next month? Gave up.
2. OK..I will go nuts and get the Aquaillumination, always wanted LED's. They missed 3 promised ship dates and were promising a 4th; I said I had a 3 strike rule. It’s now been way over 4 months with my empty tank sitting there with no light! Gave up again.
3. Ordered the Aquactinics, arrived 3 days later, finally someone that ACTUALLY wants my money. Worked out best in the end. No regrets.

So... by the time I get this thing cycled, it will be close to 6 months since I sat the tank on its stand. I am patient, but 6 months is about my limit.

#21
divecj5

divecj5

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 4,585 posts
  • Joined 25 Mar 2007
  • Charleston, SC
Wow...didn't realize that you went through three different light choices before settling on the Aquatinics. Sounds like you were a heck of a lot more patient than I would have been. I usually give items on backorder, etc. about 2-3 weeks max and then just give up and get something else. I just hate the "waiting game" sometimes for things.

Those ATI fixtures really are some sexy lights (I guess about as sexy as a light can be) but I'm sure the Aquatinics will be a workhorse for you.

#22
masterbuilder

masterbuilder

    Nano Reefer

  • Premium Members
  • 4,101 posts
  • Joined 12 Jan 2006
  • Beaufort, SC
Rocks, water and sand added Friday - 7/17/08

The wait begins.

15 lbs of Fiji Pink Sand, I plan on sucking out some of it. Its a little deeper than I want. I like around 1 inch or less.

45lbs of Rock Total, of which:

20-25 lbs of rock from Premium Aquatics - Its the rocks on the bottom 1/2 of the pile. Not much life or coraline. Interesting shapes though. I think its mostly Fiji, not sure because I asked them for flat shapes and I did not care what kind it was. Some of it was so dense/heavy (around 25%), I decided not to use it and I traded it to my LFS for $2.00 per lb.

20 lbs of what my LFS called Sulawesi. Its the rock on the top 1/2 of the pile. Very nice, very light, coraline, nice shapes, some life. I would have used this for all my rock but this is all they had and they charge a fortune.

The tank held a total of 23.5 gallons after the rock and sand.

I made a foam over eggcrate wall and covered it with sand as a background. I really like an all black background like some people have, but I cant figure out how to keep coraline off of it. I am not crazy about a perfectly flat background covered in coraline, it looks one dimensional to me....so I made the foam/sand one to give it a more 3-D look. I hope it turns out when its gets covered with coraline and I think I may attach a couple of montipora capricornis to it.

Posted Image

p.s. Need to adjust my white balance, its not this pink.

Edited by masterbuilder, 21 July 2008 - 05:53 PM.


#23
shp111

shp111

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 226 posts
  • Joined 16 Mar 2008
  • California
Thats a great canapy and stand. My GF wants me to build one like that for my 33 I am putting together but I assured her my skill set does not extend to quality furniture. Really, fantastic looking.

The backing is very interesting. What type of foam did you use?

#24
masterbuilder

masterbuilder

    Nano Reefer

  • Premium Members
  • 4,101 posts
  • Joined 12 Jan 2006
  • Beaufort, SC
The foam is "great stuff" spray foam and its found in any hardware store. There are a couple of detailed "how to" threads over on reefcentral.com in the DIY forum.

Mark

#25
YeahitsK

YeahitsK

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 1,012 posts
  • Joined 31 Mar 2006
  • Ithaca, NY
"Butchered" is most definitely the wrong word for what you've done. I look forward to seeing this progress. Are you moving the contents of your nanocube over to this tank?