iball1804

Ballz' Reef

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Welcome to my 9 Gallon Shallow AIO Rimless nano reef!

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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

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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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photo (5) by iball1804, on Flickr

 

Silicone about to get put on (notice the masking tape for smooth seams):

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photo (4) by iball1804, on Flickr

 

AHHHHH!!!

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photo (2) by iball1804, on Flickr

 

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:

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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?

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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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photo (8) by iball1804, on Flickr

 

Birds' eye view of the overflow. Left: heater, skimmer, chaeto, whatever. Right: Return chamber

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photo (7) by iball1804, on Flickr

 

Full show of stand and tank together. I just love the tank=stand dimensions. It looks "sophisticated."

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photo (6) by iball1804, on Flickr

 

How is it coming? I need stocking ideas. Please request something!

 

Thanks

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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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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.

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