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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #32972

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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #32973

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I like this one the best, but not sure it would look so clean with 4 lights

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However, I think this would be the most ascetically pleasing to me and still allow easy movement to remove rock/coral/whatever


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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #32975

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On an open-top tank my preference has always been not to hide them since I think the Radions are aesthetically pleasing. Besides that, they end up being a talking point. I don't care for the "floating canopy" look, reminds me of a pool table and those big gaudy lights above them. Never liked those.

On my 60 rimless I use one of Ecotech's tank-mount brackets. I like the way it looks and it is minimal enough to stay out of the way of maintenance. On the 120 on my old house I mounted them from the ceiling. That was a pain in the ass, won't do it again. On the 300 I mounted them directly to the canopy and I like it that way too.

I know, no help. :)
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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #32977

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I agree with you here Mike, I really like this one as well.

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I like this one the best, but not sure it would look so clean with 4 lights

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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #32978

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Open tops are my normal pic....would look clean if you could mount to a metal pipe that was bent up and over and then back down the other side. expecially with metal frame.
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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #32979

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lol yeah, no help. But really i'm with you on the open-top tank not to hide the lights, specifically when they are as good looking as the Radions.

Another reason not to hide the lights is its a shallow tank a full covering canopy for me seems silly. I have also seen the Ecotech's tank-mount brackets but with a tank 36 wide at the price point of 99.00 per mount so I would need four. Well I think I could do better with a little thought process.



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On an open-top tank my preference has always been not to hide them since I think the Radions are aesthetically pleasing. Besides that, they end up being a talking point. I don't care for the "floating canopy" look, reminds me of a pool table and those big gaudy lights above them. Never liked those.

On my 60 rimless I use one of Ecotech's tank-mount brackets. I like the way it looks and it is minimal enough to stay out of the way of maintenance. On the 120 on my old house I mounted them from the ceiling. That was a pain in the ass, won't do it again. On the 300 I mounted them directly to the canopy and I like it that way too.

I know, no help. :)
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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #32993

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As I stated earlier in this build I was going to do two 40 gallon breeders plumbed together as I did in the past with my 265 aquarium. So to keep the underneath of the 210 maximized I had an old brace from a older 75 gallon aquarium laying around. One of the end panels was cracked from a few years ago, it was an older tank so the glass was really thick. B) I kept the bottom, the front and back and tossed both sides and replaced with new glass. My first thought when I originally kept it was this could be a really cool frag tank. Well nothing ever came of that while it just sat in storage.

If I chopped down all the sides to like 13” or 14” this would be really cool. Well this obviously never happened. What did happen is this sump I put together for my 210 build. The custom sump which I was pumped to do a DIY because I had never built a tank from the glass up. At approx. 57 gallons it is 48”x18”x15.5. All I did is got a two new sides that replaced the cracked one, and just a new matching one then had the other sheets (front, back) cut to 15.5” as well as some other glass cut for the inside. I also really liked the rimless look of the display so I went with that with the sump to have it match the display.

Here are some of the process pictures I said I would post later of the sump.

All the Glass
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Here are the sides :cheer:
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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #32994

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Getting it going, starting with the bottom

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Got three sides up :pinch:

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Now all of them :woohoo:

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About 30 hours after letting it dry. Now onto water test :? :?

But after a few days it was a go!! B) B)

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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #32995

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Well I hope everyone is enjoying the three day weekend, I'm very excited to show you guys what I've put together with the with the lights ( still working on it ). But first I have to catch you guys up speed as to where I'm at now. Almost there, I'm doing my best to get you as many pictures as possible because I know that is one of the parts I enjoy about anyones thread.

Here is a little change I did on one of my pumps. I changed it from a allen wrench, or hex key what every you guys prefer to call it to a reguler phillips due to maintenance on it was always a pain with the allen wrenches for me. So I just went to ACE hardware and bought the same size in stainless steel with a phillips head.

Ill say it again remember how I said I try my best to make this hobby as easy as possible, well in my mind that includes maintenance on my pumps. Quick and easy is best.

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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #33026

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Well I got a great deal of things done this weekend, and looking forward to sharing!!
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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #33030

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iFrizk.Spataro wrote:
Well I got a great deal of things done this weekend, and looking forward to sharing!!

Looks awesome so far! More please. ;-)
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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #33046

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Hey guys here we go with another update. Here is a little break down of what I had going on with building the inserts that fit down at the bottom of the stand.

First off the angle iron that was used was 3”x 3” which means in order for me to save space under the tank I needed to strip down every 2x4 so that I could save space under the stand instead of loosing an 1”-1/2 of space for no reason.


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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #33047

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Then onto the painting stage of everything. This is actually just some extra paint that I had laying around.

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Now this is what I used to seal the bottom of the stand to prevent water damage. Spar is what I used, it is not cheap stuff but it's used on wooden boats and a number of other things, but in my mind worth it. It runs between $40.00-$50.00 for a single one gallon can depending on the brand you go with.

But here is the a description of the product so you can get an idea why I went with it. A very tough clear wood finish. Resists cracking, peeling, and yellowing. Protects wood from water, salt air, sun damage, and atmospheric pollution. Ideal for patio furniture, exterior doors, bar tops and wooden boats. For use on exterior wood surfaces that are exposed to severe weathering. May also be used on exterior metal surfaces and on interior surfaces where a high gloss finish is desired.

So long start short great stuff.


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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #33056

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Hello everyone hope you are following along, and enjoying. I will being doing another update this weekend.
Also has anyone else used Spar before? If so, how did you like it did you feel like it held up well.

One more question does anyone else paint and then go a step further? Personally I feel like I've just seen more painting then anything else anything.
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My Shallow Reef Build 2 years 6 months ago #33058

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A step further how?
A sense of passion is what first drives most hobbyists to raise these fishes... I believe that curiosity is a tremendous motivator, as is doing something that most people still think is impossible.
-Matthew L. Wittenrich
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