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Old 10-13-2009, 03:42 PM   #21
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The side door access was a great idea! Assume you're planning for a sump (SW, right??), and if so, you could get to it and do things from the side - maybe even change it out.

So, what's going underneath? Under my 6 ft, 155tank, I was able to fit a sump/fuge, a skimmer (non-submersed), and a 37g FW top-off tank from left to right with 2 - 3" left. What's your plans for underneath?
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:54 PM   #22
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That is sweet! I wish I knew someone who could build a stand for me! I hate my ugly black iron one and its also too tall for me.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:08 PM   #23
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Saltwater Reef. This is a long term project that I have been working on for some time now. I've had the tank for a few years now.

I actually had a 55g that I was getting ready to add water to for a FW setup, and while I was out at the LFS, I came across this tank that he was selling for cheap cause it has a chip on the corner of the glass. I inspected the tank and the chip doesn't effect the integrity of the tank/seals at all.

So, $200 later, and it was in my basement waiting for me.

I also confirmed no leaks/integrity by filling the tank with water and running a bare bones pump/filter system for over a month. I figured if there was a leak, I could reseal the tank and still have a great deal.

So I sold the 55 setup for $250, and started studying to be a saltwater tank hobbyist.

It will probably be another year until its completed cause I'm a big DYI type of person. Anything that I can build here at home will be done by me. I pretty much have everything planned out except for the lighting. I have been following several threads for LED setups, and should be comfortable in designing a system soon. By the time I'm ready to complete a finished schematic for it, there will/should be plenty of info on the web about perfecting it.

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I'm going with a sump design from melvsreef.com
The Model F Design - http://www.melevsreef.com/acrylics/sumps/f/sump_f.html
I designed my inner stand dimensions around the dimensions of that sump. It houses the Protein skimmer, return pump, and Refuge. Sadly, I didn't plan for a "top-off" tank. I'm thinking of a slight modification to the sump, adding 3-4" to the length. This way I can have a totally separate compartment/tank on the right side of the sump that will house approx 5g of top-off water. With a float switch and a small pump, the top-off water (pre-made) can be pumped directly into the sump. I will put up an image of the "modified" design later or tomorrow to show what I have planned, and get opinions.

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Check out this posting on craigslist that I came across the other day. It's actually a really great idea, and is somewhat like what I did with my stand by building the "Skin/Facia" separately. If you can make something like this, or find a local woodworker or a friend that's willing to do it, it totally changes the way you look at a tank. You get the strength of the metal stand and the "eye-candy" of a natural wood stand at a lesser out of pocket cost.
http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/hsh/1414038545.html
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:22 PM   #24
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Check out this posting on craigslist that I came across the other day. It's actually a really great idea, and is somewhat like what I did with my stand by building the "Skin/Facia" separately. If you can make something like this, or find a local woodworker or a friend that's willing to do it, it totally changes the way you look at a tank. You get the strength of the metal stand and the "eye-candy" of a natural wood stand at a lesser out of pocket cost.
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Ya, i have done this to my iron stands because i think iron stands are UGLY. I live in southern Florida in Lehigh, it is close to Ft. Myres and Cape Coral. I might just shoot you a PM for some assistants if i ever need 1 when i make my MONSTER fish tank and build everything. I want it a ultimate DIY tank. I am even learning on how to make my own acrylic tank. But i am not sure if i am going to do that but it would be cool.
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Depending on your lighting and whether you're doing a hood on the tank, a 5g top off might not last more than 2 days IME. I had 3 x 150 MH lighting in a hood with fans blowing across the water and my 37g needed re-filling in less than 2 weeks at times.

Can you add a top-off behind the wall where the main'll be situated?
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It will probably be another year until its completed cause I'm a big DYI type of person. Anything that I can build here at home will be done by me. I pretty much have everything planned out except for the lighting. I have been following several threads for LED setups, and should be comfortable in designing a system soon. By the time I'm ready to complete a finished schematic for it, there will/should be plenty of info on the web about perfecting it.
you are going to have LED lighting? if you want a SW tank, then LED lighting isnt a great choice. any reason for LED compared to a DIY T5 system for instance?
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