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Ok, back to a livestock question. Haha! iBall, mine and your setups seem very similar, so I'm very interested in this post. I have a DIY 5.5 gallon and so far, so good. I have an ocellaris clown and a long tentacle anemone right now. What do you really want in yours?

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One more questions and I'll quit bothering you guys. I'm planning on a 26"x18"x10" frag tank. Will I need to step up to a 1/4" glass or will the 1/8" stuff work? I would like to stick with 1/8" if possible. I have a ton of scrap sheets of 1/8".




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Don't use 1/8" if you've seen how easy 10 gallons, 5 gallons, and 2 gallons crack you know how weak that size of glass is, while all 3 of those tanks use different sized pieces of glass they are similar to the strength you get from 1/8". I never use anything under 1/4" unless you are doing baffles in a really small sump.

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First off, thanks for all the comments.

1. 1/4" glass is an absolute necessity with such a long tank. There's a guarantee it will bow. Upgrade to 1/4" and sleep well at night. At least that what I would do!

2. Water is coming. Hold your horses!!! Can't rush masterpieces xD

3. NURSE - give me a little more time to brainstorm
some ideas. Hold on a little more please!

4. McCord - I have no idea of stocking. I want a very small flame angel so badly, but probably can't due to size restrictions! :(

Remember, keep posting guys. I really love feedback.

PS: overflow will be siliconed tonight. Expect water by this weekend!!!

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PS: overflow will be siliconed tonight. Expect water by this weekend!!!

And pictures tonight as well right??

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If you play around with the calculator you will see that it doesn't matter what the length and width is, it is all dependent of the height.


Umm… say what now? :huh:


I don't play around with calculator's….
I have built a few tanks, tho...
Planning a 5.5g, Rimless/Starphire/Pico, with dimmable LED's.

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Hehehehe well the light in my garage isn't working very well... let me see what I can do.

PARDON THE MESSY GLASS, I HAVEN'T CLEANED IT YET!

Overflow was put back in about 3 hrs ago.
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Another view of my DIY overflow/mini sump. Right chamber is for return, left is for heater, chaeto, skimmer and whatever else.
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A corner shot. Lower left silicone dried quicker than I thought. I really didn't have any time to smooth it out.
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Final shot before water test tomorrow. A gorilla glue bottle is there for size reference.
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I really need feedback! Stocking options, advice, overflow, anything!

NURSE33.4 - 20" x 20" x 9" would be sweet. There's plenty of room for scaping, swimming, and equipment.

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Umm… say what now? :huh:


I don't play around with calculator's….
I have built a few tanks, tho...

Now, this is just something that I have read and it is where I based my understandings that it is because of tank height not length that determines glass thickness. Please correct me if I am wrong, I would rather be humbled here then when a tank I have made blows out.

By the way it looks great!! the overflow that is. :)

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Even if I can't understand half of that, it still makes me feel good to have thicker glass than recommended.

Whatdya mean just the overflow looks good? Why I oughta... :rant: (Simpsons allusion there...)

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how are you going to fit a skimmer and cheato in that overflow? :huh:

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Even if I can't understand half of that, it still makes me feel good to have thicker glass than recommended.

Haha agreed. :)

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Chaeto is easy, probably the slim skim nano by hydor or something. I don't plan on having a skimmer, but I have the room.

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what are the dimensions of your overflow thing?

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Overflow looks great. I like the fact it doesn't take up a whole bunch of display room. Keep it commin iball!


Thanks for the comments on the glass size. I'm going with 1/2".......j/k

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Overflow looks great. I like the fact it doesn't take up a whole bunch of display room. Keep it commin iball!


Thanks for the comments on the glass size. I'm going with 1/2".......j/k


Might as well just go for 1" to be on the safe side :P

Iball - your tank looks great :) it'll definitely be my tanks inspiration! 20x20x9 does sound nice too I'll have to think about it

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A flame angle would be very hard to keep. Also, would it be reef compatible?

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A flame angle would be very hard to keep. Also, would it be reef compatible?


I have absolutely no idea what their requirements ask for. All I know is that I love their look and color. Dang.

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Agreed. They look stunning. Liveaquaria says they might nip at soft and stony corals, so I would be weary. I think they would look amazing by itself in a small thank like yours, however. I'm pretty happy with my one clown and LTA. I just have a problem with nitrates right now though. :(

http://www.liveaquar...s.cfm?c=15 1378

Look here for a reef-safe Wrasse. This is a section of liveaquaria with reef-safe Wrasse. If I continue to have nitrate problems and have to take my clown and LTA back to the LFS I will more than likely order one of these from here. I really like the Linespot Flasher Wrasse.

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But then again, I'm not sure if a Wrasse could be housed by itself. They might be a kind-of schooling fish.

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Yep I will have to search and scour the world for the right colorful and active fish. Wrasse/Angels are a definite yes. More pics of the resurrection:

YES IT HAS HAPPENED!!!
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Initial startup with Aqueon Quietflow for return, and aquaclear 30 for powerhead. I love these little powerheads.
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Just a quick vertical shot on how perfect the powerhead lines up with the overflow. I have it pointed so water flows diagonally. The surface agitation is nuts.
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Side shot.
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Top shot. And yes I have small feet. I'm only 15.
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I have one question. If you are fifteen, why are you not in school right now? XD And thats an amazing looking tank. My next tank is going to be similar, but I am a college student. I don't really have money. Haha! What is the total flow in the tank?

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You should have put foam under the tank , you can get stress cracks without it

Mangrove Forest               Black Lagoon                Guide to growing mangroves

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Today's homecoming, so I left early. Not really feeling it today.

175 + 125= 300 GPH, or around 30 turnovers per hour. The recommended is around 20-30.

I will put padding under the tank once it is on the stand. It will only be there for another hour or so. 1/4" glass can take that pressure.

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I had a tank crack on me before long time ago just be carefully

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Tryin to. It is so exciting to see a tank progress! I will put it all together today or tomorrow.

For cushions pads, do you recommend the ones you put under chair legs?

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Except without the metal part, just adhesive.

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Well I just used some 1/4" foam and double sided tape for the cushion. Seems to work well. I have around 25 lbs of live rock I'm still playing with.

Should I put on a background? If anything it will be black.