Edit 4-5-13 : This setup has had a lot of changes since it started. Originally it was a 7.5G cube that was going to be for a yasha haze goby and pistol shrimp. Plans changed and I put a G Viridis mantis shrimp in it. Then in a tank move, I cracked the tank and upgraded to a 16" cube. The G Viridis was moved to the fuge and a G Chiragra mantis was added to the display. In Jan 2012, the G Chiragra passed away and I moved onto a Painted angler. In about May 2012 the G Viridis passed away and I've been left mantis-less for the time being.
EDIT 8-8-11: Added some new frags to the 16" cube. New pics posted on Page 2.
EDIT 7-7-11: 12" cube cracked while moving the tank, upgraded to acrylic 16" cube (around 15-16gallons.) Moved G. Viridis mantis shrimp to fuge, added male G. Chiragra mantis shrimp to display. Scroll down for pics.
EDIT 4-14-11: Tank was finished in March. All running with several new frags. Scroll down for pics.
EDIT 2-8-11: Plans changed and the cube will now be a mantis shrimp species tank for a G. Viridis mantis shrimp. Couldnt pass it up at the LFS.
MTS has sent in and my 34g Solana alone isnt enough for me. Decided to set up a new tank - a 7.5G Mr. Aqua cube for a pair of yashe hase gobies and a pistol shrimp. Want a small tank to watch their interaction without disturbances from other fish.
Cliffs on how this came about - had a yashe in the Solana, clownfish tried to kill it, moved it to QT tank until new tank was set up, yashe died but the build continues.
Display: Mr. Aqua 7.5g -> Now custom 16" 1/2" thick acrylic cube
Sump: Mr. Aqua 7.5g
Heater: Hydor Theo 50w + Theo 25W
Overflow: Glass-holes Super Nano overflow
Return: Glass-holes 1/2" locline return
Return pump: Mag 3
Powerhead: Koralia Nano -> Now MP10ES
Lighting: DIY LED: 3 XR-E-WG-Q5 Cool White, 3 XR-E Neutral White, 6 XR-E RB Royal Blue, 2 1000mA Buckpucks w/ pots, 24V power supply, 5"x6" heatsink. EDIT 2-8-11
Fuge Light: 10W LED on 10W 900mA driver, 4"x5" heatsink
Control: Reefangel Controller
ATO: Blueline Tsunami AT1
ATO Pump: Minijet 606
Decided on another 7.5 as a sump due to stand space. Modeled the stand in AutoCad at work - 16x16 1x2 frame with 1/2" plywood skin. See attached pic for the model.
Livestock plans - G Viridis mantis shrimp, zoas, acans, other lps.
7-8 lbs Live Rock, 10 lbs sand
Starting the stand
That's where I stand now. Painting the stand on Sunday and hopefully ordering the overflow from Glass-holes next week. I'll update with more pics as the build continues.
Thanks for looking
Edited by NirvanaandTool, 19 April 2013 - 03:32 AM.