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Overdue Tank Build

After about a year and some change, I'm finally making headway on my new tank build....thank the lord!!!!! No, its not gonna be a monster tank, although I'm sure I will upgrade to a much bigger tank down the road, I've been working on a 34gal Marineland DT, with a 20L DIY sump. I custom made my tank stand to sit 33" high, so it would be perfect for me to take top down shots.......the dementions are 30"X18"X16" (LxWxH) and will be mostly SPS dominate with a few cool LPS like acans, blastos, euphillia, and tons of zoas! For fish, I plan on transfering my two clowns.....I think I'm very limited since the tank isnt very big, but I still need to do a bit more research in order to figure that out. So far the equipment is a 24" 6 bulb ATI sunpower with all ATI bulbs 4B+. 1C+, 1P+.......and I might swap the P+ for another B+ or KZ Purple? My return pump will be a Rio 20HF and I will have dual return pipes with a Tee for a BRS reactor. As for a skimmer, I'm still trying to figure out??? The SKIMZ 123 has been looking very sexy.....but I cant find enough reviews on it, so I may go with a Bubble Magus Curve 5....I'm open to suggestions?? I plan on using Dry Rock, either pukani or marco......as for sand...I'm on the fence, I want to go bare bottom, but also want my reef to look natural, and not naked. I will also be re-using my JBJ ATO, its worked very well, and until it breaks...why try and fix it. for flow I plan on using my Vortech MP10wes, and I plan on getting another one OR trying out one of the Jebao RW series pumps. Most of this stuff is subject to change, so if anyone has any advice, please enlighten me. I will be updating this thread very often, because I plan on having the tank wet within a month or less. I'm very excited to finally get this thing going, theres been a lot of bumps in the road, and having a 10 month old doesn' t leave me much free time, BUT I'M BOUND AND DETERMINED! :woohoo:

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Sounds like a fun build and can't wait to see it come along.

It feels so good to finally make progress doesn't it?! I know how the bumps in the road go, and it's good to see you pushing along. Once the water is in and the lights on it will all be worth it.

In my experience Pukani seems to come in rather large pieces. In a tank of those dimensions I would be concerned about the rock imposing its self and having an awkward shape to work with aesthetically. I think your stand is awesome and that is great you put in some forethought with side access doors too :side:

Well after waking up this morning and feeling like drilling my tank was a good idea, WRONG!! Got through my first 1" hole and broke my tank!! The stupid hole saw bit cought the glass and fractured my tank πŸ™ So, like an adult, I decided to throw a very well deserved temper tantrum, and broke the glass even more. Sad day, and a very awful way to start the 4th! Anyway, this sets me back a little bit...I'm either going to buy a brand new tank, or check around the glass shops and see if they can just replace the back glass...and drill it for me. If anyone has any suggestions on places that will do this, please let me know. What a bummer :sick:

Ouch πŸ™ That sucks, a lot. I'm sorry man.

I have experienced the same thing using a cordless drill. If you attempt this again try to use a corded drill or at least make sure the battery is fully charged. In my case I had a weak battery that prevented me from keeping the RPM that I wanted to finish the hole clean. At the last minute the bit gripped and cracked the glass :S

Thanks Phil, the drill wasnt cordless, and after me breaking the tank, IDK if I'm even going to drill it again...I hate the fact that I had to buy a new one because of my own stupidity. And instead of spending the extra $100 on a new tank, I could have put that towards a better skimmer. But the new tank should be in sometime this week, so thats what I'm looking forword to. All I really need is to get a skimmer, some rock, and some sand, then she's ready to be filled. Does anyone know a good skimmer for 55-65gal total water volume? I want to have as many fish as I can, so I want something that can preform! I would like to keep the skimmer budget no more than $200

[quote="duncan-junkie" post=33389] If anyone has any suggestions on places that will do this, please let me know. What a bummer :sick:[/quote]

If you live in Lincoln I've done a ton with Lincoln Glass over the years, and they have always done a great job. Replacing glass, getting new lids etc. I think drilling holes is 5 bucks.

:fish3: :whale: just had to use these new guys lol

[quote="iFrizk.Spataro" post=33436][quote="duncan-junkie" post=33389] If anyone has any suggestions on places that will do this, please let me know. What a bummer :sick:[/quote]

If you live in Lincoln I've done a ton with Lincoln Glass over the years, and they have always done a great job. Replacing glass, getting new lids etc. I think drilling holes is 5 bucks.

:fish3: :whale: just had to use these new guys lol[/quote]

Thanks, might have them do the drilling, I'm glad you chimed in...I'm way too scared of having a boo-boo again, to do it myself. :crab2:

 
 
 
 
 
 
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