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  1. Hello nano-reefers, After many months strolling around this forum and many others, I finally decided to start a thread here. I feel like it would be a great opportunity for me to keep track of my tank too and get some harsh critics. Long story short, I am French living in Hong Kong for few years now. I always wanted to start a reef tank and I finally jumped in few month ago with a small cube. That was lot of fun (and pain...) but I always thought it didn't really look great. I never really liked aquarium per say as I always found them pretty out of place and clunky. This forum gave me a lot of inspiration, mainly 4x5, Scorched and holy carp tanks (go checkout there thread if you haven't done it yet). Anyways, I decided to do everything myself starting from the stand, then plumbing etc… I just didn’t want to mess around with glass tho. Equipment Light: 2x AI Hydra 26 HD Skimmer: Bubble Magus Curve A5 Return pump: Aqua Engine DP6 Vectra M1 Dosing: Bubble Magus bubble BM-T11 Other: Small DIY Chaeto reactor Stand build Here are some pictures of the stand build which is more a complete furniture aimed to integrate the tank. I first made a 3D model to get an idea of size and to test different configurations. Then, once I was happy with the end result, put that back on paper and went to get some plywood roughly cut to size. Here are few pics from the build. End result of the furniture Plumbing Time for some plumbing. Turned out to take me a while as I battled to find SCH80 pipe to go with the lifeguard bulkheads I ordered on Amazon; I finally gave up as Hong Kong as totally different standards. The overflow is heavily inspired by the holy carp overflow. I like it as it's simple, elegant, small and has both full syphon and surface skimming. I messaged him and he was very helpful in giving me some details. Check him out here I ordered a custom tank and send them the diagram above for drilling. I also designed and order a custom sump to fit in my stand. Some dry fitting of one part of the plumbing Custom 90 degree elbow for the surface skimming. Aqua scape There is no such thing as Fiji, Pukani rock and co here. So I bought a nice large piece of live rock at my LFS and decided to bleach it. As I had already live rock from my nano cube, I planned to use half of these already cycle rocks. Meaning I had to do some aqua scape at the last moment when transfering them from my existing tank. I mainly broke a large piece and put the piece back together using simple putty. Sump & Lighting I don't have many pictures of this part. It's very simple, the idea is to have all the hard plumbing in the stand so I could easily add a ball valves, unions etc... and keep things clean. Then, flexible tubing will go from the tank to to the hard plumbing. I find clear flexible tubing to be more elegant (as it will be exposed). For lighting, I decided to go with 2 x Hydra 26 HD. I was thinking of a nano box but having two different units seems a better idea. If one day I want to change tank and either upgrade or downgrade for instance. I was also running an AI Prime HD on my cube and I've been very pleased with this fixture. I explored the Radeon lights too but not having wifi on-board at such a high price tag was a deal breaker (and also I wanted white lights). Below is a picture where I finally put everything together and started to test for leaking, fixed the lights, setup the electrical mess, finalise the aqua scape etc...
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