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Here's my 16 gallon bowfront. First, a little story behind it. I originally had a 7 gallon minibow, which took a turn for the worst after moving the tank. Soo, I decided to drill the 7 and add a sump. I moved all the contents of the 7 into a spare 10 gallon and got the 7 drilled, plumbed and added tap water for a test run. I figure I would leave the tank overnight to make sure everything was good. I woke up the next morning to water on the floor and a huge crack along the backside of the tank..ughhh. I really liked that tank too!

Soo, I ended up getting a 16 gallon bowfront (I've became fond of the bowfronts ) I drilled the tank and re-plumbed it. I felt a lot better about this tank considering the glass is a lot thicker than the 7.

Anywho, I decided to stick with LEDs and do LEDs on the 16. The tank is 20" long with a width of about 13" with the bow. I've got 24 LEDs total on the tank (12 cree xr-e and 12 cree royal blues). My dad has been putting together an arduino controller for the LEDs.

*Note - the picture of the tank is NOT with the LEDs, the LED fixture is on my 10 gallon as I wait for the 16 to cycle. I just have a crappy 28watt pc on the 16 for now.

The tank with live rock from premium aquatics. I highly recommended premium aquatics, they gave me some awesome looking fiji rock with some pieces with lots of coralline.

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Here's the sump with an Aquaticlife 115 mini skimmer:

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The LEDs:

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I got the clean up crew in there..and I have a little bit of a diatom bloom, but nothing major. Water checks out just fine...will probably add a few corals in a couple days.

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Some updated pics with the LEDs on the tank. As we all know, LEDs are hard to photograph.

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Nothing really new..just added a few more corals...frogspawn and some zoas. Here's a few pics:

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wow, awesome LEDS, they make everything looking good.
Love what you have done with your sump, outstanding job

65gal reef in the making
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=275742

 

Nuvo 16 build

http://www.nano-reef...-nuvo-16-build/


10gal reef/planted
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will be coming down soon
30 gal long reef
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=228380

no longer up
MY 15 gal mini reef setup in the making Click on iy if you want to see how I am coming along in the slow process
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wow, awesome LEDS, they make everything looking good.
Love what you have done with your sump, outstanding job


Thanks. Still trying to get the controller going, plus I need to get a box for it too. I'll try to get an updated pic of my sump. I've got a light under there and with some live rock and cheato. My cheato is growing like crazy. I really like having a sump, makes things a lot easier and looks so much better.

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you know what, you are so right of what you said about having a sump.
I don't have asump for my tank, i am using an outsaide filter and i HATE it.
but money isn't allowing me to set a sump. I need surgery. but in due time

All and all, i love what you are doing. Looking great

65gal reef in the making
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=275742

 

Nuvo 16 build

http://www.nano-reef...-nuvo-16-build/


10gal reef/planted
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=306258

will be coming down soon
30 gal long reef
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=228380

no longer up
MY 15 gal mini reef setup in the making Click on iy if you want to see how I am coming along in the slow process
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=170182


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Some updated pics:

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and the FTS:

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love it!

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love it!


Thank you!

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great tank! love where its going for sure. i dig the setup. totally wish i would have drilled mine.

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Some updated pics:

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and the FTS:

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what a beautiful looking tank. I love how everything stands out and with so much color

65gal reef in the making
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=275742

 

Nuvo 16 build

http://www.nano-reef...-nuvo-16-build/


10gal reef/planted
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=306258

will be coming down soon
30 gal long reef
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=228380

no longer up
MY 15 gal mini reef setup in the making Click on iy if you want to see how I am coming along in the slow process
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=170182


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Nothing too new, just got my white balance adjusted a little.

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Very nice looking tank. I like your coral scaping.

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hey nice, in the lower left corner of your tank is that a colt coral, i got one it looked fine at the lfs, now its all shriveled up and hard any ideas on how to salvage it

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hey nice, in the lower left corner of your tank is that a colt coral, i got one it looked fine at the lfs, now its all shriveled up and hard any ideas on how to salvage it


The one in the corner is the same thing as the coral in the middle. I'm pretty sure it's a green nepthea. I took the pic right after the lights came on so it was still adjusting. Mine will occasionlly shrivle up, but usually comes back within a few days. They usually do that when they're growing or when being adjusted to a new tank. I wouldn't worry about it and just it give it a few days to adjust, they're really hardy corals.

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you should be very proud to have this tank, sure is a beauty
and still looking great

65gal reef in the making
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=275742

 

Nuvo 16 build

http://www.nano-reef...-nuvo-16-build/


10gal reef/planted
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=306258

will be coming down soon
30 gal long reef
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=228380

no longer up
MY 15 gal mini reef setup in the making Click on iy if you want to see how I am coming along in the slow process
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=170182


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nice tank and big ups on the ulver avatar!
could listen to that album over and over staring @ my tanks haha