Robby.F

2.6 Gallon Hexagon

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This is my entry for the "3 and Under Pico Contest".

 

The tank is a 5 gallon hexagon that I cut down to size. It now measures just under 6in tall and each side is 6.25in long. I wanted to make a shallow tank and have my rock in the center. The goal for this tank is simplicity, but its not going to be simple to build as I have already discovered.

 

To create the simple look I want I will be drilling the tank and have a 2.5 gallon sump underneath to hide all my equipment and filtration. This involves building a small stand to support the tank and hide the sump from view.

 

This is my first pico tank so wish me luck! :D

 

Robby

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This is my entry for the "3 and Under Pico Contest".

 

The tank is a 5 gallon hexagon that I cut down to size. It now measures just under 6in tall and each side is 6.25in long. I wanted to make a shallow tank and have my rock in the center. The goal for this tank is simplicity, but its not going to be simple to build as I have already discovered.

 

To create the simple look I want I will be drilling the tank and have a 2.5 gallon sump underneath to hide all my equipment and filtration. This involves building a small stand to support the tank and hide the sump from view.

 

This is my first pico tank so wish me luck! :D

 

Robby

 

 

What did you use to cut it down? I am looking at cutting my 5 gallon bowfront in half...

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I started by using a hack saw but ended up using a circular saw (wasn't a clean cut, but better than expected). I then sanded the rim until it was level and smooth

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I started by using a hack saw but ended up using a circular saw (wasn't a clean cut, but better than expected). I then sanded the rim until it was level and smooth

Lol a circular saw, wouldn't that just break it apart? I would have have thought that a zipsaw would have worked better...but kudos to you for making it work!

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As one of the first official Judges of this competition, I give you my seal of approval ;)

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Lol a circular saw, wouldn't that just break it apart? I would have have thought that a zipsaw would have worked better...but kudos to you for making it work!

Haha yeah wasn't the best method but I made it work! I'm not even sure what the tank is made out of, its thin and a single mold.

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where are the updates?! what has become of this tank lol.

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Here is an update of the tank! I drilled the bottom of the tank and added 1/2in bulkheads. I have PVC for my overflow and loc-line as my return. I just finished painting the stand and put everything in place. The sump is a 2.5 "Petco" tank, I plan on using a curtain to cover the front and hide the sump. Let me know what you think!

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Here is an update of the tank! I drilled the bottom of the tank and added 1/2in bulkheads. I have PVC for my overflow and loc-line as my return. I just finished painting the stand and put everything in place. The sump is a 2.5 "Petco" tank, I plan on using a curtain to cover the front and hide the sump. Let me know what you think!

 

 

 

epic. i can already see the monti's plating from the center. lol.

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You're gonna have a helluva time working with that plumbing in the center, but I'm interested to see what you can do.

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Marvelous...looking good, nice update!

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Finally have water in the tank! Getting sand today, and going to start my search for rock to cover my plumbing. Hope to have updated pictures later today!

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I added sand on April 1st (deadline) so my FTS was a bit cloudy.

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After my water cleared I was able to add some rock. I drilled two holes in a shelf rock as my base, and on top I created a tower of base rock going up the PVC overflow. Still waiting for water to clear up to take a picture of the base rock in place, and I plan on adding more live rock tomorrow.

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Nice...cool usage of a hexagon!

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Loooks great.

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Here is a better picture of the rock and how I will be covering my plumbing. The light is only temporary, I have a BoostLED PAR30 on its way! :D

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this thing looks so awesome with the rock in it...is that par30 coming in tomorrow or Wednesday? I can tell its gonna look sweet with that thing.

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According to USPS its coming in Thursday!

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very nice. well done.

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Love it...that looks great!

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Wow, looks fantastic! Great job, can't wait to see it come to life!!!! Really, clean looking setup, light looks awesome.

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