View Full Version : New diy zero edge infinity clam tank

David MC Lee
05/28/2016, 07:51 AM
I decided to try and build one of these to put my Derasa in. It will be a look down tank.




05/28/2016, 07:52 AM
Awesome how did you do it?

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David MC Lee
05/28/2016, 07:56 AM
Table saw, router, drill press. Inner tank is 18" sq and made of 3/8" acrylic. Base is 24" sq.

05/28/2016, 10:25 PM
That's pretty neat. Get the acrylic from home depot?

David MC Lee
05/29/2016, 06:48 AM
That's pretty neat. Get the acrylic from home depot?

No I use cast acrylic and buy it on line.

David MC Lee
06/05/2016, 09:17 AM
Almost finished


06/05/2016, 09:50 AM
This is so cool. How does the plumbing work on it?

David MC Lee
06/05/2016, 09:58 AM
I will pump water from my sump into center part of clam tank. Water will rise an overflow the to and run down into the outer tray and then will drain back into the sump.

06/05/2016, 02:15 PM
I subscribed to this, definitely a cool tank, can't wait to see it all done and set up.

06/05/2016, 11:12 PM
Interesting concept! hope to see some great updates!

06/07/2016, 12:49 PM
Definitely neat.

David MC Lee
06/12/2016, 04:13 PM
Finished stain and poly. Its now sitting inside next to my 125.


06/13/2016, 08:45 AM
Wow David, a work of art :) You should sell these on the side :)

06/13/2016, 08:55 AM
When does it get water? What lighting are you going to use?

David MC Lee
06/13/2016, 08:13 PM
When does it get water? What lighting are you going to use?

Hope to have water in it with in 2 to 3 weeks. I'm working on what pump to use. Main tank has 3 main pumps and I really don't want to add another. I have some old large ones that I may be able to use just one.

For the lights I had been looking at a kessil a360 ne. Hope to find a 4th of July sale.

David MC Lee
06/17/2016, 07:09 AM
Here are the adjustable feet to level the tank. They sit on a steel plate to spread the weight on the floor. Going to work on pumps and plumbing this weekend.


06/20/2016, 07:03 AM
No I use cast acrylic and buy it on line.

Where on line did you end up buying from? I'm curious because I need to build a couple of overflows.

David MC Lee
06/20/2016, 07:06 AM
estreetplastics.com second order. Very happy. They can get all the colors and they pack it very well.

06/20/2016, 02:39 PM
estreetplastics.com second order. Very happy. They can get all the colors and they pack it very well.

Thanks. I don't think I've looked at them yet. Most places are a bit ridiculous with their acrylic prices.

07/11/2016, 11:38 PM
Neat build! I have always wanted to do a clam tank but never got around to it! Looking forward to following this awesome build!

08/26/2016, 12:14 PM
Any updates? Nice Build! Good job on the tank and stand....Looks great!

David MC Lee
08/26/2016, 12:18 PM
Nope. Still sitting. I have had a bad algae outbreak in my main tank and wanted to get that under control first. Plus it's summer and too much grass to cut and now too much wood to split.

08/29/2016, 08:39 PM
I haven't split wood since moving from TN... Not enough trees around up here. Sometimes I miss it........... Other times, not so much. ;)

01/28/2017, 10:27 PM
Hows the clam tank going?

David MC Lee
01/28/2017, 10:31 PM
Still sitting. Just haven't had the ambition to work on it. Clam is doing good.

02/11/2017, 07:27 PM
That is a nice tank build. Not only does it look great but you even thought through the wait distribution. I haven't been on Reef central in a long time but I am glad so see you posting so I can learn more.

David MC Lee
02/11/2017, 07:49 PM
Yea you have to be able to level the tank to get an even wall fall affect. The bottom wood part free floats so it always looks like it sits flat on the floor. If I wasen't working my Silverado trunk every other weekend I might have time and money to spend on this. Of course after truck shopping today I may never be able to afford a nice tank again.

04/23/2017, 06:47 PM
Wow first DIY that I've seen of these.

04/28/2017, 04:25 PM
Definitely a cool build David.

David MC Lee
01/28/2018, 07:13 PM
Finally spent time on my clam tank today. Filled it with tap water and put a pump on it. Seems to work pretty well. I will run it for a few days and see if any water leaks out. I had better hurry up with this before my clam out grows the tank.


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David MC Lee
01/30/2018, 06:47 PM
No leaks yet.
I also ordered a Kessil A360N-E Tuna Blue light for the tank. Plan to build a small sump under the clam tank to hold the pump and exchange water with the main tank. Will have my acrylic Thursday so I will have a weekend project. I am going to just run one of the drains from the main tank to the clam sump and then let the clam sump drain into the main basement sump. I have a Eotech pump to circular water from the clam sump to the clam tank and because the pump is variable speed it will be easy to adjust the water flow I need. I also am going to put a filter sock on the drain water coming from the main tank to help keep the clam tank clean. I will build a filter holder into the clam sump. I still have my patterns I used for my main sump to cut tube curves and holes.

David MC Lee
02/06/2018, 08:17 PM
Spent the weekend making a small sump for the clam tank. http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=11689&pictureid=79209

David MC Lee
02/17/2018, 04:27 PM
Pretty much finished testing the tank. Added some large caps on top of the water outlet pipes to keep the water from making large ripples on the surface. Here is a pic of an old empty shell to show how smooth the water looks when running. Going to start to plumb this into the main tank.

David MC Lee
02/18/2018, 06:09 PM
Done. Moved my Derasa in tonight. Already starting to open. Cross my fingers all of the plumbing works. I will try to get a better pic tomorrow.


David MC Lee
02/19/2018, 08:49 PM
I need a good sunny day to get a pic. So far so good other than today my wife was sitting in the room with the tank and she said it looked like someone dropped a baseball in the tank when the clam decided to squirt water out. Made a but of a mess. Two years ago when I started this tank the clam was 3 inches and I thought it would hold him for 4 to 5 years and by then I would have my big tank up and going again. Now the clam is 6 to 7 inches already. I might have look at a splash guard for when I am not home. Or sell this one to someone who plans to keep small clams and build a larger one.

David MC Lee
02/21/2018, 11:51 AM
Sorry the pic is sideways, my phone does this. Here is a better pic I took high up. Dog cage next to it.


02/24/2018, 03:51 PM
Really cool setup! Too bad it wasn't bigger, I would hang onto that clam!!!

David MC Lee
03/24/2018, 08:58 PM
Still going good. Few clam pics.



David MC Lee
04/29/2018, 10:42 AM
Clam got some natural sun today and loved it