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Old 11-30-2013, 05:22 AM   #1
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Diy frag tank

Okay so I'm gonna be building a a 10 gal rimless frag tank with a DIY led fixture and hopefully you guys can help me answer my question. My first question is how would be the best way to de rim a 10 gal?
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:48 AM   #2
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De rimming a tank generally isn't the best plan as the rim on tanks is functional. Removing it will place stress on the seams of the tank giving a potential for them to fail.

That being said, I would imagine a putty knife would work.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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I was planning on putting in so more braces on the top. Do you think that would take less stress off the seams? And I'll be keeping the bottom rim on just the top one I'd like to remove.
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I imagine braces would help but you would need a cross going across the top to have adequate bracing for it. Is there a reason you want a rimless frag tank?

Frag tanks are usually meant to be pretty utilitarian in nature and are there for performing a function rather than looking pretty. Adding bracing to the top and derimming it would also create a few other issues such as accessibility and blocking light from getting to the frags.
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I personally just like the look of a de rimmed tank and it'll be plummed into my 90 gal system and I'm have my racks on the sides so the bracing won't really have an effect on the corals idk I might or might not depending on how I setup my egg crate
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:55 PM   #6
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Pretty much my fish store in anchorage has a rimless frag tank an that thing is amazing
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:01 PM   #7
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Here's what I've got going so far.
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:37 AM   #8
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Got it drilled. I've got some questions about LEDs I plan on building my own light system if anyone has any knowledge about LEDs?
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:23 AM   #9
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This looks really nice and clean so far! In terms of LEDs, I have not DIY'd any myself. I have read through the threads others have done this with and besides the 3 watt LEDs, one common thing I have pulled out of their statements is not to skimp on the parts you put into it, like heat sinks as an example, as the cheap parts have failed on them and had to go back to the drawing board and rework things.
Any thoughts on the color spectrum you are wanting to run?
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I made a Cree led fixture for my 10g planted tank and it wasn't too difficult. I used some aluminum angle stock as my heatsink and 2 computer fans for cooling.
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