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Well, had this in the lighting forum for a while until I worked out the lighting on my tank. That's all squared away now, so I figured I'd start a build thread here as I finish everything up and get it running.

 

A little background info: I bought this tank about 5 years ago and had it running for about a year and a half before I had to dismantle it because of time constraints. Everything was doing good, just didn't have the time to keep it up. The one thing that I had a problem with was the lighting. With the tank being round, I had a hard time getting the light intensity that I wanted. Couldn't go halide because of the heat issues in a closed hood, so i ended up putting three 20w coralife screw-ins in the hood. It was ok, and I had a couple of SPS pieces way up top right under the lights. But with the advent of LED's, I had a good reason to set this back up! Here are a couple of pic's of the tank back then....

 

FTS

tank001.jpg

 

tank002.jpg

 

Didn't Like all that equipment in the back of the tank either, so this time it will look a lot cleaner. Drilled the tank for a Gurgle Buster overflow. Space is an issue in the bottom of the stand, so I will be using an Algae Turf Scrubber as I just didn't have the real estate for a decent sump/fuge. I am still going to run the return/returns over the rim in the back, and the only other thing out the back will be 1 cord powering everything in the hood (Led's, Fans, Moonlight's).

 

Here We Go:

TANK SPEC'S:

 

-8 Gallon AquaRound tabletop aquarium by Midwest Tropical (12.25" L x 12.25" W x 21.5" H)

-Drilled for 3/4" bulkhead, bottom rear, Gurgle Buster overflow with 1" standpipe

-16" round x 30" high black stand (like the round display stands in furniture store's that they display lamps on, but this one opens up so I can get my equipment and algae scrubber under there).

-Approx 8 lbs. of rock I had in the tank before

-10" x 10" x 10" acrylic cube for Algae Scrubber, pump, heater, hopefully ATO if I have room

-SCWD for split returns, so no powerheads in the tank

-DIY LED array in hood

5 Cree XRE WG

4 Cree XRE RB

80 degree optics

Heatsink by Heatsink USA

2 x 40mm fans

Buckpucks mounted in hood w/pots

1 power cable and connector for everything in hood (I found an 8 pin microphone connector & cable)

 

Here are a few pics of the Hood modded with the LED's

hood1.jpghood2.jpg

 

hood3.jpgled04.jpg

 

led05.jpgled06.jpg

 

led02.jpg

 

I took the old rock from the tank and although I liked it the way it was before, I wanted something a little different, There were 2 original pieces, so I busted it up into 3 and made it so that I have a little more real estate on the sandbed and some more ledges to work with to mount frags (the standpipe in the pic will be painted black), here are a couple pics of that. Let me know what u think....

 

rock1.jpgrock3.jpg

 

Still waiting for some things to come in, pump, return loc-lines, acrylic cube for scrubber, but this is where I'm at so far. Input or suggestions are more than welcome.

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Well, had this in the lighting forum for a while until I worked out the lighting on my tank. That's all squared away now, so I figured I'd start a build thread here as I finish everything up and get it running.

 

A little background info: I bought this tank about 5 years ago and had it running for about a year and a half before I had to dismantle it because of time constraints. Everything was doing good, just didn't have the time to keep it up. The one thing that I had a problem with was the lighting. With the tank being round, I had a hard time getting the light intensity that I wanted. Couldn't go halide because of the heat issues in a closed hood, so i ended up putting three 20w coralife screw-ins in the hood. It was ok, and I had a couple of SPS pieces way up top right under the lights. But with the advent of LED's, I had a good reason to set this back up! Here are a couple of pic's of the tank back then....

 

FTS

tank001.jpg

 

tank002.jpg

 

Didn't Like all that equipment in the back of the tank either, so this time it will look a lot cleaner. Drilled the tank for a Gurgle Buster overflow. Space is an issue in the bottom of the stand, so I will be using an Algae Turf Scrubber as I just didn't have the real estate for a decent sump/fuge. I am still going to run the return/returns over the rim in the back, and the only other thing out the back will be 1 cord powering everything in the hood (Led's, Fans, Moonlight's).

 

Here We Go:

TANK SPEC'S:

 

-8 Gallon AquaRound tabletop aquarium by Midwest Tropical (12.25" L x 12.25" W x 21.5" H)

-Drilled for 3/4" bulkhead, bottom rear, Gurgle Buster overflow with 1" standpipe

-16" round x 30" high black stand (like the round display stands in furniture store's that they display lamps on, but this one opens up so I can get my equipment and algae scrubber under there).

-Approx 8 lbs. of rock I had in the tank before

-10" x 10" x 10" acrylic cube for Algae Scrubber, pump, heater, hopefully ATO if I have room

-SCWD for split returns, so no powerheads in the tank

-DIY LED array in hood

5 Cree XRE WG

4 Cree XRE RB

80 degree optics

Heatsink by Heatsink USA

2 x 40mm fans

Buckpucks mounted in hood w/pots

1 power cable and connector for everything in hood (I found an 8 pin microphone connector & cable)

 

Here are a few pics of the Hood modded with the LED's

hood1.jpghood2.jpg

 

hood3.jpgled04.jpg

 

led05.jpgled06.jpg

 

led02.jpg

 

I took the old rock from the tank and although I liked it the way it was before, I wanted something a little different, There were 2 original pieces, so I busted it up into 3 and made it so that I have a little more real estate on the sandbed and some more ledges to work with to mount frags (the standpipe in the pic will be painted black), here are a couple pics of that. Let me know what u think....

 

rock1.jpgrock3.jpg

 

Still waiting for some things to come in, pump, return loc-lines, acrylic cube for scrubber, but this is where I'm at so far. Input or suggestions are more than welcome.

Looks cool. How long was your initial cycle?

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Marc.The.Shark
Looks cool. How long was your initial cycle?

No water in the tank yet, the first couple of pics were from a few years ago

 

Sharp looking tank Marc!

 

 

Bruce

Thanks Bruce

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Marc.The.Shark

Yeah, my camera broke, the smaller pics are taken from my cellphone. And I have the choice of a new camera or a Reefkeeper Lite, soooo, looks like you're gonna have to deal with the small pics for now..lolol :lol:

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