My wife and I are moving soon and have to downsize tanks
I had decided on the ADA 8.5G 24x12x7 until I found the ADA made, Do!Aqua tank in the exact same dimensions for half the price. I looked at them side by side and yes the ADA was clearer glass but knowing I was going to drill this tank, it felt like less risk to go with the Do!Aqua.
I now kind of regret not going with the "real" ADA...Oh well, this tank is for beginners, maybe it's better this way .
All photos will be taken with my iPhone for convenience
ADA Do!Aqua 8.5G aquarium
Drilled for "herbie" style drains
Bubble Magus NAC6 skimmer
Tunze Silence Water Pump - 1073.020
DIY ATO with float valve
7G top off water tank
150 Watt Metal Halide
DIY plywood stand
I will be transferring my livestock from my current tank. Mostly SPS and photosynthetic gorgonians. I have had most of these corals for many years so I have to frag them down a LOT to fit the shallow height of this tank.
I love the Restoration Hardware Aviator line of furniture made from galvanized steel with the industrial look. I recreated this look twice before for larger aquarium stands. Below is an example of a Restoration Hardware dresser in the style I went for.
I wanted to incorporate a herbie style drain which I have used on my past 3-4 tanks and been very happy with. Basically a gate valve controlled main drain which is adjusted to keep up with the return pump exactly at the same flow. I did NOT want a big ugly overflow box in such a small tank so I drilled for two bulkheads side by side but at different heights and then used two black 90 degree PVC pieces upturned.
I gutted a Current USA 150 Watt Metal Halide Sunpod that I had not used in a long time and build a plywood casing sheeted inside and out with galvanized sheet metal to get the same look as the stand.
Here are a few camera phone pics of the drilling process. Nothing too exciting.
I will update this regularly! I have never really done a proper tank thread in the past.
Edited by JustinReef, 19 March 2012 - 09:03 AM.