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After an 8-month break from reefing (moved to Brooklyn), here is my new glass DIY Build!

Not much to show now except the glass:

The three viewing walls are starfire (low-iron) glass. Difference between regular (right) and starfire (left) glass:

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Glass pieces (1/4"):

Base = 12"x13"
Front/Back wall = 12"x14"
Sides = 12.5"x14"

Volume is about 8.9 gallons.

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And the assembled tank (it now gets to sit there for 24 hours):

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Future plans are a foam/rock back wall, AC70 Fuge mod, 70w MH retro in a custom hood with custom stand to match, and some water and sand and stuff.

More to come.

Edited by DHaut, 10 August 2009 - 06:04 PM.


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freakin illness man. DIY is the best tankerz.
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nice call with going sapphire. looks good, you didnt want to drill it?

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nice call with going sapphire. looks good, you didnt want to drill it?


Nah - I'm on a pretty strict budget with this one and I can just use my AC70 as a filter/fuge without having to drill and build/buy anything else.

Edit: Looking into it - see below.

Edited by DHaut, 24 January 2009 - 06:02 AM.


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freakin illness man. DIY is the best tankerz.


Thanks - yeah, DIY is the way to go.

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So, I have the tank assembled and my original plan (as seen above) was to go with an AC70 fuge mod. However, I'm open to drilling with a fuge if it makes a massive difference in the long-run. How much would it cost to do so and would it really make a big enough difference on my small tank to be worth it?

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Nevermind on the drilling - I just can't put up the money right now. So, AC70 mod it is!

Also, I'm water-testing - no leaks so far.

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Water test in the tub - Brooklyn Style! B)

Why? Because if I go outside:

1. The tank will be in the street
2. It won't be there in the morning
3. The water will freeze, which won't matter because of 2.

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No leaks - let's hope it doesn't explode overnight!

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So the tank is ready to go! No leaks, all cleaned up :)

Next up is the stand. I'll be working on it the next couple nights after work and should have pics up soon.

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i have a ac70 fuge all ready to go if you want it.... decided to go all natural with just powerheads.

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Thanks for the offer - I already have my AC70 all ready to go.

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looking good, nice build, where did you get the glass from?

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looking good, nice build, where did you get the glass from?

A place called Crystal Glass in Brooklyn - very nice guys. Had it cut for me in day.

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Ok, so the frame of the stand is built! It'll be paneled, stained, polyurethaned, and trimmed. Feedback appreciated!

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beeeeeeutiful. very close to my tank dimensions & I also have a foam back wall. but i have a sump. :P one of these days i need to get around to making a tank thread...

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beeeeeeutiful. very close to my tank dimensions & I also have a foam back wall. but i have a sump. :P one of these days i need to get around to making a tank thread...


You should go ahead and do it! I'd love to see what you've made. Never know where I might get some inspiration :)

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LOOKS GOOD!!!

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LOOKS GOOD!!!


Thanks! It's going to look amazing with your light over it!

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looking good Dhaut


Thanks Monk.

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Custom overflow is done - I think it cost me like $8 total to pull off. Had to drill holes in the tubing because the AC70 is too powerful without it.

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With all my tools and the sponge of doom:

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Eggcrate is cut! I'm going with a rock wall back and a "lagoon" type feature in the middle. I plan to have the sand bed in the lagoon be a couple inches deeper than around it to add visual layers. I'd like to have a clam in the lagoon one day. Since I'm waiting on a powerhead to put behind the left section of the wall, I can't put the rock/foam on yet. Still more waiting...

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FTS with stand (still unfinished)
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Edited by DHaut, 29 January 2009 - 06:42 PM.


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Dude this is going to be sweet. Im along for the ride.


Thanks!

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comming along well, nice job