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FTS - 7/2013

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FTS - 03/21/12
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Here we go!!

I am a big fan of DIY and I have been building this project for the past two months or so. Its my first time working with wood and glass so bare with me! The main concept of this build was to have a tank where you can see through all 4 sides and also to have a contemporary/modern look. The tank will not have any pvc/overflow running out of the back glass, all the pvc will go through the bottom of the glass.

I spent less than $400 for everything excluding tools. The glass itself was $130 for low iron and regular bottom and the wood was around $100 for 2 panels and the 2x4's.


Inspiration
Rehype's Tank (Hypes Archipelago)
Zook's Tank (Shallow Mix)
AJ_Tsin (Shallow Rimless)

Tank Specs
Dimensions: 24"x24"x9"
Volume: 20gal
Silicone: 999 dow corning (black)
Glass: 1/4" Polished edges, low Iron on Sides (Front, back, left, right) and regular on bottom
Overflow Type: herbie
Sump: 10gal (only half way filled to allow water to return in case of a powerloss)

Stand Specs
Frame: 2"x4" wood
Panels: 1/2" thick birch

Equipment
1 koralia nano 425gph
1 koralia 550 gph
10g overflow
mag drive 2 return pump
herbie overflow
DIY LED Fixture (built before 18 leds 9w/9b
eshopps psk-75


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DIY TANK
I used Low Iron Glass for all 4 sides (excluding bottom), see the difference below

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Prep
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Used this silicone
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Final Product =)
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DIY STAND
Frame
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Still need to sand here and there and also paint it
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I will paint the stand the same color as the TV stand
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Edited by Neto, 13 August 2013 - 06:51 AM.

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Tank looks great man! same with the stand. I'll be following along. I'm new to the whole reef experience. My new ADA tank will be in next week! Hope I can learn something.

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This is gonna be an awesome build!

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Looks great. Love the footprint. Maybe i'll try it on my next tank.
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Should I leave it with a "natural" color or should I paint it dark brown like my TV stand?
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Wow! This looks awesome! This is exactly what i wanted to do for my next tank! I have a question for you. I've been looking or manufacturers for shallow square tanks. Was there a reason you chose to build the tank instead of buying it? Was the tank hard to make?

Thanks

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Wow! This looks awesome! This is exactly what i wanted to do for my next tank! I have a question for you. I've been looking or manufacturers for shallow square tanks. Was there a reason you chose to build the tank instead of buying it? Was the tank hard to make?

Thanks


Well I would have chosen ADA but they did not make a tank with the dimensions I wanted. I chose to do it myself because of the price. You will not find a similar tank out there with 4 low iron sides and 3 drilled holes for $130 trust me...

It was hard to apply silicone, I had to do it twice removing the silicone from the 1st try was a pita. Thank God that I had a dremmel with the polisher tips.... If you do it yourself, apply enough silicone, cover everything and be quick! Once the silicone starts drying, if you touch it to clean the excess then it will look bad....
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Looks great man. I vote to stain the stand the same color as your other furniture. It will only make it looks sharper in my opinion.

What brand heatsink is that?

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Looks great!

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Looks great man. I vote to stain the stand the same color as your other furniture. It will only make it looks sharper in my opinion.

What brand heatsink is that?


For the leds?
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I still need to build the housing for the led fixture

Looks great!


thanks man, your tank is one of my inspirations!

Edited by pakirri, 16 May 2011 - 08:48 AM.

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Looks like a great build.
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Updates - 11/21/11 (will take better pictures soon lol, crappy camera)
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Edited by pakirri, 21 November 2011 - 06:46 PM.

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Wow looks awesome! More pics dude....

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Very nice! Did you have the glass ordered online or from a local shop? I called around the town and could not find a shop that knows starfire glass. Could you post some pictures on your herbie overflow and how everything is connected in your sump?

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Wow, how did you learn to do this all DIY so nice!! ;)

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Wow looks awesome! More pics dude....

Thanks, will take some more soon!

Very nice! Did you have the glass ordered online or from a local shop? I called around the town and could not find a shop that knows starfire glass. Could you post some pictures on your herbie overflow and how everything is connected in your sump?

I ordered the glass locally, but it was "low iron glass" , not the same as starphire even though its low iron, starphire is more clear i think.

I will take some pics of the connections soon, keep in touch.

Wow, how did you learn to do this all DIY so nice!! ;)


lol, well for me DIY jobs are a hobbie too, so I enjoy building cabinets or tanks.. Internet is a great resource to find how to do things!
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Really incredible stuff, man... :D

I'm srsly impressed. B)
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looks awesome

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Really incredible stuff, man... :D

I'm srsly impressed. B)

same same.

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WOW! Really awesome job!
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Thanks guys!
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looks really sick dude

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My frogspawn made a comeback!
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My frogspawn made a comeback!
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excellent little tank, id like to come see it in person sometime!
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