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    6.5 gal Pico reef - (December pictures)

    Thanks @Christopher Marks, most of my collection started out as 5$ frags, some have grown tremendously and some only have one or two new polyps after a few months / a year. Zoas, so beautiful but such a pain.
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    6.5 gal Pico reef - (December pictures)

    Came home early this morning and decided to post a few pictures of the corals opening up to the blues. I can see why people set up tanks with only blue lightning but I still prefer it when all the lights are on and the water looks clearer. But still, that fluorescence...
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    6.5 gal Pico reef - (December pictures)

    Some pictures of the tank. I've hardly seen it over the past few weeks, fortunately it takes care of itself (I just fill up the ato about every three weeks). Loads of bristle worms are viewable though the substrate, I'm assuming this is a good thing. I started a refugium filled with several different macroalgae and picked up a lettuce sea slug that seems to be doing fine. He's been in there about two weeks.
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    5 gallon drop-off / abyss reef.

    I haven't forgotten or abandoned this, just work has been insane. That coupled with the move and renovating the house while living there has made this a bit slow. But... The tank is pretty much done. There will be a few minor tweaks I'm sure but it should be wet soon (hopefully by Christmas)
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    5 gallon drop-off / abyss reef.

    Currently the lid is just sitting on the lip of the tank. In the end it will hinge open like my current tank. The inside of the lid will be sealed with a piece of plexiglass to stop moisture getting to the LEDs and fans. I just need to cut it and fit the heatsink and fans first. Hopefully in the next few days.
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    5 gallon drop-off / abyss reef.

    Made some progress...
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    5 gallon drop-off / abyss reef.

    Haven't had much time to work on the tank the last few days but I managed to get the hole drilled and my drain mounted. Built the overflow and got it siliconed in place. I poured two part epoxy resin to reinforce the glass where I drilled and the compartment that I put in to shorten the overflow depth. My heatsink arrived today so hopefully I'll mount the LEDs tonight and start soldering them up soon.
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    5 gallon drop-off / abyss reef.

    Got the door made, fits well. It'll be held in place with magnets. I'm planning on gluing some sort of decorative piece to the front just to make it look better and it will double as a handle. Also epoxied in the face of the drop-off, next up is to drill and build the overflow.
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    6.5 gal Pico reef - (December pictures)

    Hair algae is really starting to disappear, everything is opening up and looking great.
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    5 gallon drop-off / abyss reef.

    Yes it's the 5.5 gallon tank. So today while at work I finished up the trim work and started the door. I taped off the sides and sprayed three coats of high gloss white on all the wood work. So far everything is coming along pretty good. Hoping to drill and build the overflow today or tomorrow and finish the stand when I go back to work Sunday.
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    5 gallon drop-off / abyss reef.

    Silicone your sharpie line as you won't be able to get inside this piece. Press the glass into place, apply more silicone and smear the silicone again. then peel off the tape and you will have nice clean lines. The inside doesn't matter as I will either paint this black or hide it with more of the vinyl flooring, I'm not sure yet. The narrow strip of glass siliconed to the bottom of the tank is a brace for the front wall. The back of the tank will be black as well, so will the overflow. Hopefully this makes sense, if not, ask and I'll try to clarify.
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    5 gallon drop-off / abyss reef.

    So here is the process I used to put in the front of the drop-off, it's my idea of the best way, use what you think is best... I fit in the piece of glass (I had previously painted the bottom/inside of each black). Trace this with a sharpie. Now mask off this line about 1/8th of a inch outside your line. Now we need to silicone the inside of the piece of glass that was siliconed in place yesterday. The easiest way to do this is fill a sandwich baggie with silicone and cut out a corner. (yes I am still one of the few watching the Walking dead, hence I am building a tank while half paying attention.) Silicone at will and then smear with a finger wrapped in plastic or a rubber glove, I chose... Next...
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    5 gallon drop-off / abyss reef.

    So what good would this thread be without a shot of the tank? So here is my plan, I siliconed the bottom in last night, tonight I'll do the side. I plan to drill for a over flow which will fit the dimensions of the drop-off. Pretty simple, hopefully. I plan to plumb my return to the bottom of the drop-off to prevent sludge and use a hydor pico like I have in my current tank for auxiliary flow. Live rock will be cut and shaped to look like ledges and accent the drop-off look. I have the idea in my head, just need to bring it into reality.
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