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Welcome to my 9 Gallon Shallow AIO Rimless nano reef!

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Table of Contents (all the juice is here, anything else is not worth reading):
1. Contruction of the Tank
2. Silicone Error
3. Tank DIY (How-to)
4. New Tank contruction (with correct silicone) and Final Water Test
5. Final Scape
6. Yup, my Tank is Wet.
7. More Tank Pictures
8. New DIY Lid is installed
9. Gecko Pictures to kill time
10. New Pics with LEDs
11. Photos
12. More Photos (corals)
13. More Photos
14. GSP Arrives!


Statistics of the tank:

  • 1/4" inch glass
  • GE I Window and Door clear silicone
  • 20Lx13Wx8H (inches)
  • ~9 Gallons

Equipment:

  • DIY Aquastyles 14 LED Dimmable Kit
  • 50w Marineland Stealth Heater
  • Aqueon Quietflow 20 for return
  • Hydor Aquaclear 30 powerhead
  • DIY 1/4" Black PVC overflow
  • Deep Six Hydrometer

Livestock:

  • Sixline Wrasse
  • Bi-color Blenny
  • Xenia
  • Starry Eyed Zoanthids
  • Green star Polyps
  • (will be getting more frags soon!)

Miscellaneous Details:

  • ~10 lbs. Fiji live rock
  • 10 lbs Nature's Ocean live sand

Clean Up Crew (CUC):

  • 4 Cerith Snails
  • 3 Nerite Snails
  • 1 Nassarius

Edited by iball1804, 19 May 2012 - 03:36 AM.


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Looks awesome!!!!
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Hola! I've been on here a few times before and would like to share the humble beginnings of my 9 gallon nano reef.

After a few tanks come and gone, I'm left with everything I need (LR, LS, heater, filter, powerhead, salt, etc.) except for pretty much a tank and a light.

The tank is being completed as I type this. The dimensions are 20L x 13W x 8H. I love these shallow tanks! But anyways, on to the pics:

Glass and tape?
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Silicone about to get put on (notice the masking tape for smooth seams):
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AHHHHH!!!
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I'm not sure on what I want to put in there. Anemone and clownfish? Sixline wrasse? HELP ME CHOOSE!!!

And I'm going LED. Just so you know. :lol:

Edited by iball1804, 18 November 2011 - 01:22 PM.


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Who cut the glass? sides look crooked? Nice dimensions.

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Nice!

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The front and back panels were made on purpose a little high in anticipation of a lid for a wrasse or clown. All the rest of the cuts are right on.

Thanks guys! What should I keep in there?

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looks nice iball

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Thanks! What should I put in it? sixline?

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pink streaked

be different

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Thanks bro! The raised back edge is for my HOB filter/skimmer to rest on. It's about 8.5" tall

Thats really cool my rimless cubes back panel is also raised B) B) B)

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Hehe yeah I tried to incorporate as many engineering benefits as I could.

Nah I think I will stick with a sixline/clown idea. I just can't get over clowns and anemones!

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pink streaked is a sixline, kinda. smaller and pinker and more peaceful. also more expensive.

also what kind of glass did you use? how much did it cost to build it?

Edited by Squared, 16 September 2011 - 02:44 PM.

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Well than tradtional sixline.

I used 1/4" glass. It cost 33$ for all the cuts. It's a great deal actually!

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how's the clarity on the glass?

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It's just standard, but it is very clear.

I have never seen starphire glass before! I'm guessing it's verrry clear.

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i wanna start all over with a DIY rimless :^/

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It's probably the most efficient idea. Pay for it cheap, fully customizable, and rimless. The only way to go.

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mebeh you could do some gobies

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Yeah I would like a clown goby, one or two, but certainly not for my show fish. Something like a wrasse or clown.

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Aight. Got the overflow in. Return pump is an Aqueon Quietflow 20. Fits in the right chamber perfectly. I'm not sure if you can tell, but I drilled a hole for underwater intake below the filter.

Still a little wet from yesterday's water test. You can see the teeth and filter hole.
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Birds' eye view of the overflow. Left: heater, skimmer, chaeto, whatever. Right: Return chamber
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Full show of stand and tank together. I just love the tank=stand dimensions. It looks "sophisticated."
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How is it coming? I need stocking ideas. Please request something!

Thanks

Edited by iball1804, 17 September 2011 - 10:58 AM.


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Tank looks great! Makes me wanna make one myself, although I never have before :) What kind of silicone did you use?

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what did you make the false wall out of?

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Nice! B)
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Thank guys.

I used something like GE silicone II clear. It should be 100% silicone with a microbial add-in.

Glad you joined pismo. Love your cube!

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Thank guys.

I used something like GE silicone II clear. It should be 100% silicone with a microbial add-in.

Glad you joined pismo. Love your cube!


GEII is toxic...only 100% silicone w/ no mildew stuff is safe for tanks.