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Old 01-31-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Scott's DIY 10 Gallon Nano Build

I've gotten bored and decided I want a 10 gallon reef tank beside my computer desk.

I'm mostly going to be building and doing everything myself. A lot of work, even for a 10 gallon tank.

Anyways, here's the frame of the stand I built for it.



And the finished stand and canopy. It's full of imperfections, but I decided I would still use it because I made it and it is me.



I silicone'd on a piece of acrylic to the bottom of the tank to make it sturdier for drilling (yes, I'm going to run a sump on this).



And I actually drilled a hole in it! My first successful glass hole.



And the bulkhead is in place. It's a 3/4" one.



Thanks for reading. I invite you to follow along as I get more stuff done!

I still don't know if I'm going to drill the return line or bring it over the top with a directional u-tube.
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following along. i would like to do a small tank like this in the future. looking forward to updates!
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Kool can't wait to see how this turns out. How hard was it to drill a hole?
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Thanks, I just got everything ordered for my sump, lights, pumps, heaters etc.

It wasn't very hard to drill a hole, but I've cracked 10 gallon tanks before when attempting it.

This time I added the acrylic sheet for support (not sure if it helped) and drilled very slowly with the drill running high RPM. Diamond hole saw.
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What sump, lights, heaters are you going to run?
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I ordered an LED light fixture because I'd like to try them out and I think T5HO would run too hot in my small canopy. Thinking about running a 5 gallon sump if it will fit inside of my cabinet. If not, I'll run 2 2.5 gallons and have one of them be a fuge. The heater's just a small adjustable one.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:11 AM   #7
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Alrighty, a small update. I taped this puppy up so I could paint the back of it.



And then painted it with krylon fusion spraypaint. It came out really well.. this picture doesn't do it justice. Looks like it came with a black back!



Then I made my overflow out of 4" PVC pipe and spray painted it using the krylon fusion. I didn't really have the proper tools to make the overflow so it doesn't look too great. But, I am sure that it will work.



Then I silicone'd it to the inside of the tank over the drain hole.



And finally, i put the eggcrate in the bottom of it so the rocks won't have a single point of impact on the glass.



Tomorrow I'll start on the sump.
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Diggin the ambition. How easy (or hard) do u believe it would be to maintain a tank like that?
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Diggin the ambition. How easy (or hard) do u believe it would be to maintain a tank like that?
Ambition is about all I'm running on. This is only my second tank setup so acquiring the skills still. Especially the building skills LOL!

I don't think it will be too hard, but an automatic topoff is a must. With 10 gallons, evaporation would constantly swing the salinity.

Other than that I'm hoping it's the same as my other tank. Weekly PWC, test/dose for calcium, KH, and magnesium.
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The reason I ask is, I am looking to put a tank in my office at work and am not sure what size I should go with. I don't want to go bigger than a 55 I think. What size is ur other tank? Do u recommend anything?
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