YankeePete

Custom AIO 20L Build

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I was wanting to up grade my current 3 yr old 5.5 AIO to something larger. I was thinking a 10G but realized a 20L was the better choice. I designed and machined(on my CNC router!!) a fuge wall, top and end covers. The pump is a MaxiJet 900. Lighting is via a 24 LED AquaStyles DIY kit. I do not plan on using the lens as it will be mounted close to the water surface. Next I am going to build and enclosure for the heatsink and an enclosure for the LED drivers and a cooling fan. Plan is to have mostly softies and LPS but would like some SPS as well.

 

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Now that is some very nice craftsmanship. Will be tagging along on this one :)

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Looking Good! I also have the Aquastyles 24 kit over my 20L. It lights the tank well and im sure with you shortening the display area you will get great cover. Running no optics with also give a better spread but it will decrease the PAR significantly. I had mine checked at the LFS with the 80 degree optics and w/o...w/o was almost a 100 point drop at the surface....just and fyi

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I like what you did to cover the filtration area. Very clean. If you're still doing this during the summer, and I don't end up having to move all over I'll be contacting you about a 30long.

 

How does the light mount over the tank?

Livestock plans?

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Looking Good! I also have the Aquastyles 24 kit over my 20L. It lights the tank well and im sure with you shortening the display area you will get great cover. Running no optics with also give a better spread but it will decrease the PAR significantly. I had mine checked at the LFS with the 80 degree optics and w/o...w/o was almost a 100 point drop at the surface....just and fyi

 

 

Thanks for the info. The display area is now 25" long. I am unsure as to whether I will use the optics yet or not.

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Trying to get a couple other ideas finished and made while I am getting the tank wrapped up. I drew these little 3 hole frag racks up in SolidWorks during lunch the other day and machined them out of acrylic. I have some rare earth magnets to resin coat and mount to them over the weekend.

 

 

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This is sweet, I am super jealous of the facilities at your disposal.

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I am just glad to be able to use what I do for a living doing what I love to do!

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Here are a couple of new pictures. One of the little frag rack with it's magnets bonded on. I am going to look up and order a couple different sizes of magnets to handle thicker glass as I feel the current ones are only good for 1/4".

The other picture is of a little refugium light I put together quickly last night. It's just one of the extra LED stars I had left over from my tank light. I wired it up to a simple spare power adapter I had laying around and potted it along with a magnet into polyester resin. It looks ok and is crazy bright so it should work well.

 

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Awesome little refugium light.

You will be able to submerge that to light lets say cheato from any side you want minimizing the need for turning?

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Tank has been up and running now for a month. I will get a couple of new pictures over the weekend. I still need to complete the hood and an enclosure for the LED drivers.

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id love to have one of the mini frag racks. pm me a price :D

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I tweaked the design and size of my mini frag racks. Instead of encasing the magnets in polyester resin I just machined a pocket and machined a cover to go over the top of them. The resin looks super cool but is smelly and messy to work with.

 

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So here is a real bad full tank shot from last week. I will move all of the frags on the sand bed into my 5.5 AIO that I am redoing as a frag tank for my 10yr old daughter.

 

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Nice build! Do you have any plans for fish or inverts? Also, what are you using for heat?

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I have 3 turbo snails, 1 emerald crab and 3 blue legged hermits. As for a heater I am using a 75w Jager. It just fits height wise. I am thinking about 1 or 2 fish but can't make up my mind what I want!

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What are you trying to choose from? What are your favorites?

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I really have not put a lot of thought into it yet to tell you the truth. I would like to find a special clown of some sort.

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Close up! Close up! Great tank and great attention to detail. Im too jittery to be trusted with any sort of machinery! :P

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Wow!! Great work and the quality of what you have produced is excellent. And I agree...we need closeups of your tank!!

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