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Hello everyone!

This is my first build thread on this site... drumroll please....

I'd like to introduce my 34 gallon Solana tank, I've been saving up for equipment for about a year now and finally filled up the tank this past week. I want to make this tank very colorful with LPS and Ricoreda and perhaps some SPS depending on how they fare in my tank... I'd also like two clownfish.

Tank:
Current USA - 34 Gallon Solana Aquarium (20"x20"x20")

Lighting:
Current USA - Nova Extreme Pro T5 Lights
Current USA - Power Brite Moon Lights

Controllers:
Neptune Systems - Aqua Controller JR
Tunze Osmolator - Auto Top Off

Water Movement:
Ecotech Marine - Vortech MP10
Return Pump - MaxiJet MP1200

Filtration:
Skimmer - Deltec MCE300

I also have a DIY foam rock wall which I am VERY please with.

Let me know what you guys think! :D


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NICE!!! I can't wait to see what you do with this tank!!!

:welcome: to the club!!!

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NICE!!! I can't wait to see what you do with this tank!!!

:welcome: to the club!!!




Thanks David, I look forward to finishing the cycle and getting some corals :)
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Looks great so far, Keep us updated with any new pictures you take. Looking forward to seeing your tank all set-up.

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looks really bright for T5,what kind of color combo u r running?

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looks really bright for T5,what kind of color combo u r running?

The brightness you see may just be the fine particles suspended in the water diffusing the light around, it will return to normal once it settles out.

Looks good, don't see a whole lot of false walls really, gonna look pretty cool I bet.

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Looks real nice. A couple of questions. Why did you make the wall so thick? Why is the wall sticking above the waterline?

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Looks real nice. A couple of questions. Why did you make the wall so thick? Why is the wall sticking above the waterline?

I just noticed it sticking out, I think it'd be cool if you got some kind of crabs that venture out on top of it once in a while, although they may not do so unless you can trickle some water over the top somehow.

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The thing I would worry about is any of the creatures venturing up and over the wall into the sump area.

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The thing I would worry about is any of the creatures venturing up and over the wall into the sump area.

That WOULD be concerning.

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I like the idea. Tagging along
Had some others now I have only one.

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Thanks for the replies everyone.

First question about the lights... I will take some fresh pictures tonight and we'll see if it is less bright than with all of the salt/sand settling (not sure if I noticed too much of a difference, could be all in the camera).

Second, I played around with the idea of how high to make the wall and I figured that snails could climb over the rim or back wall that was there anyway so me adding a wall higher wouldn't change much (maybe crabs could climb it but I don't plan on getting any of those). Also, my skimmer is pretty tall and I thought that might help hide it a little bit or at least hide the return line and you can't see the cords going into the back compartment up and over the glass when you look from the front which is nice.

I don't think the wall is too "thick"... I have a lot of real rock attached to the egg crate used to make the wall and I couldn't have made it any thinner unless I used small rocks. Thanks again for all the replies, let me know if anyone has comments/questions, I'll keep the thread updated :)

Edited by wastememphis, 03 February 2010 - 11:42 AM.

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Looks great... Tagging along!

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June 24th, 2010: Updated Pictures

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I really like the rock wall. It looks like a great way to add a lot of shelf space while still keeping a lot of clear area.

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Man I love your tank!!! dont you need a clam ?? :)

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Wow love the rock work....nice job! Those Clowns look super bright! B)

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Looks good... I just set-up my Solana, just water n sand right now. Love the LR wall!
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that rock wall looks pretty amazing. its very unique.
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Nice update. The rock wall is definitely different and not something seen very often. Adds a lot of depth and texture to the tank.

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Thanks everyone :D

I think I do need a clam, since the tank is so small I'm always cautious when going to a store to buy a coral because I know I'll run out of room after 10-20 frags. Perhaps a clam or two would make a good next purchase.
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June 2011 - Updated Pictures

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I built a light stand to hold my AI LED's (not installed yet)

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I also got my Deltec MCE300 up and running :D

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Looks awesome!!! LOve that rock work and the simplicity of the tank!!!
Moving on up!
6/24/12 moved up to the new Red Sea 500s, 135g
34g Solana w/ Outer Orbit 150w MH + 4/24w T5
http://www.nano-reef...?...209562&st=0
Upgraded from 14month 12g nanocube
Birthdate 10/4/2009