nschmitz06 Posted September 28, 2012 Share Posted September 28, 2012 I'll start off with some info about myself. My name is Nick, I am 24 years old, and I have had aquariums for eight years now as well as Poison Dart Frogs for two years. I have been interested in saltwater tanks since I was.... alive. The colors and color combinations are just amazing to look at and what better way to enjoy it then in my own room! I have been looking around and researching different forums for about a year and a half and finally decided to take the plunge. For my first tank I would like to stay small but amplify my water size to help with my newbie skills as well as allow easier maintenance for water changes/filter cleaning. I finally landed on a sweet 8 gallon tank that I find aesthetically pleasing as well as not breaking the bank! 1. Biorb Flow Black 30 (8 gallon) tank only bought from everythingbiorb.com I decided to buy the tank only because I am going to mod a few aspects of the tank to allow for my own LED lighting as well as adding in a sump. 2. PAR 38 14K bulb from coralcompulsion (ebay store) I am really looking forward to this light for use with some easy soft corals 3. 10 Gallon sump custom build with acrylic 4. Custom two 3/4" internal overflow with loc-line return 5. Eheim 2000 + compact pump for returning water 6. 30 lbs of dry rock from BulkReefSupply.com as well as 10 lbs rubble I wanted enough rock that I would have good pieces to fit thru the top of my tank and also have rubble to make it look more natural and for the sump refugium. Finally--- I leave you with some pictures! I have a lot of work already done with the tank so it should make some of the readers happy that they don't have to wait for two months of odd hour updates w Picture of the tank empty. ( notice old filter hole on bottom ) Bubble hole after removing old tank filter Picture of the original LED lid New Clear Lid for the PAR bulb to rest on /comparison shot Picture of new top on the tank PAR 38 bulb This stuff works great-- I applied to the inside of all my seams and never had an issue. (also it evaporates fast if you spill a little on the ground) The internal overflow box Back side of the overflow ( I haven't bought the second bulkhead yet nor drilled the hole) Some of my plumbing Inside of the tank with plumbing Filling up the tank for the initial water test The overflow in action Front view with the lights out and PAR LED on ISO view of the tank during the water test Side view of the tank during the water test Thanks everyone for reading-- Any suggestions as of now or feedback would be great, and of course updates soon.... Link to comment
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