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Joeb1983
04/19/2017, 09:12 AM
My local fish store had these on a pallet in the middle of the store for $150 a pop.

Dimensions are GREAT; not to mention the price!

The weren't "flawless" and where comparable to a Marineland tank IMO.

They aren't rimless or RR, but are all constructed of non-tempered glass, so drilling is not an issue. Again, LFS has them listed @ $150.

Dimensions are a nice 48x24x10"

Saved a few bucks and had my buddy order me two. (I believe wholesale is like $89...)

They will sit side by side and share a sump. One will have sand and LR being a regular shallow reef and the other will be a BB frag grow out.

The distributor said he heard they don't ship well, thus he never ordered them in before. (We will see when they arrive)

I asked the LFS in regards to the above and they said they all came in just fine; so that's a plus.

They are made by ZooMed; known for terrariums and reptile equipment, so there are different versions:

BFT-50F being the frag tank

All others are terrariums and from what I heard/read/seen; the top brace is the only difference between the terrarium and frag tank; (Beefier on the frag tank) along with whether it comes with a screen top or not.

So be sure to order the BFT-50F

Here is the link for those interested:

http://zoomed.com/db/products/EntryDetail.php?EntryID=1651&DatabaseID=2&SearchID=67&SearchContext=YTo1OntzOjg6IlNlYXJjaElEIjtzOjI6IjY3IjtzOjEwOiJEYXRhYmFzZUlEIjtzOjE6IjIiO3M6ODoiS2V5d2 9yZHMiO3M6NzoibG93IGJveSI7czo4OiJTZWFyY2hfeCI7czoxOiIwIjtzOjg6IlNlYXJjaF95IjtzOjE6IjAiO30=

Joeb1983
04/21/2017, 09:14 AM
I don't remember how I got the or why I have them, but I have two Marineland curved overflows I am going to cut down and use on these lowboys.

I have this weird built in desk/cabinet area in my kitchen that just collects junk.

Here is the plan from my head to paint.

I need to mount the 52's as high as possible, but have the base of the cabinets to contend with.

I cant mount "under cabinet" style so I have to utilize a rail system that will let me gain the most height as possible.

I looked at t-slot, etc...

Best and cleanest way Ive come across is five 18" EXT rails... Comes out to 104' in length with the fixtures. I have a tad over 103" to work with wall to wall wise, so it will have to be trimmed. (Easy enough)

Joeb1983
04/21/2017, 09:16 AM
I only have ~30x24" to work with where I want the sump.

Was at Lowes and came across a Brute 20 gal brute bin. (~27x18")

Joeb1983
04/21/2017, 09:21 AM
Made a sock holder out of a used piece of PVC I had used for another project.

Joeb1983
04/21/2017, 09:22 AM
Test fit the skimmer.

Joeb1983
04/21/2017, 09:26 AM
Cut out the skimmer pattern out of the Brute lid.

Joeb1983
04/21/2017, 09:28 AM
Came out pretty clean. Need to sand the edges.

Joeb1983
04/21/2017, 09:31 AM
Sock holder, heater (300w) will be 500w, skimmer and return pump all fit.

Joeb1983
04/21/2017, 09:34 AM
Lid drilled for returns/overflows, chords, etc...

JonezNReef
04/21/2017, 02:42 PM
I really like these tanks. I have seen these tanks before in the past and have been wanting one but cant find one locally... I will be following this build.

Joeb1983
04/21/2017, 06:19 PM
I couldn't believe it honeslty! Had to jump on them.

Still waiting on the planet tanks and my current frag is beyond full and requires daily attention.

Was told 6 weeks (lowboys) for them to come in as my buddy has to wait to put in another big dry goods order.

In the meantime, like I said, I'm still waiting on Planet to deliver...

Joeb1983
05/01/2017, 09:37 AM
Apparently there was/is a shipping issue with these tanks.

At least that's what I'm being told and have picked up...

If a order is placed, there is a chance the "old shipping method" pallets will be received. No individual boxes or straps; resulting in more than half the shipment being damaged.

So, the local supplier doesn't want to risk it. (Understandable)

The LFS that had them in stock has 3 left. (ones shipped the "new" way). Might spend the additional $ and pick them up.

Joeb1983
05/02/2017, 05:49 AM
Got a refund, went to the LFS and spent the extra cash.

Pick them up today after work.

JonezNReef
05/02/2017, 07:03 AM
Got a refund, went to the LFS and spent the extra cash.

Pick them up today after work.

That's awesome. Can't wait to see them set up. I am up on the fence with these and depending on how your build goes will help me decide if I want to search around locally and get one or two, or just go the custom route.

Joeb1983
05/02/2017, 08:41 AM
or just go the custom route.

Two lowboy 48x24x10" tanks were $326 with tax retail. Obviously, not reed ready or rimless.

One custom 36x18x10", (same footprint as a 40 breeder, just shallow) reef ready, "custom overflow" with vinyl was $410.

I pick them up today. Ill be sure to update on quality and or any leaks or blowouts. lol!

JonezNReef
05/02/2017, 10:18 AM
LOL yea if I was to go with a custom I would be me making it. So it would be the price of glass with shipping and silicone. Mostly because I enjoy the DIY side of things. But if these are worth it I might elect to be lazy and buy it pre made

Joeb1983
05/02/2017, 05:31 PM
Picked them up today after work.

Joeb1983
05/02/2017, 05:54 PM
Test fit.

JonezNReef
05/03/2017, 04:53 AM
Looking good! Now the fun part of drilling the tanks and modifying your overflows to fit. When you get them going do you plan on having fish in the tank and if so what kind? Also are you going to have SPS in one and LPS in the other so you can have higher flow in one tank or just a mix of whatever you have?

Joeb1983
05/03/2017, 09:57 AM
I'd love to make my own tanks, I have the skill set, just not the cojones. lol!

Drilling is not an issue, as I've drilled multiple tanks without problems (Knock on wood) and I'm no stranger to silicone.

A table saw would be ideal to cut down the overflows. I threw them in the tanks and they look pretty nice!


I honestly do not have a clue what I am doing with these tanks...

The plan was to have one be a mixed reef w/ sand and LR and the other a BB frag.

The more I think about it, the more I want to just make them both reef tanks with lots of open space for "the look" (given the dimensions) and of course coral...

The plan is to use two mp10's on each, but gyres have crossed my mind. However, I hate cords and I already have the mp's...

Joeb1983
05/04/2017, 06:55 PM
Cut down the marine land overflows.

Joeb1983
05/04/2017, 08:27 PM
Silicone, drill and paint thins weekend

Joeb1983
05/06/2017, 06:36 AM
Holes drilled yesterday after work.

I also picked up a 48x96" "garage mat" and cut out tank sections for them to sit on. I know it's rimmed/braced, but for how much they cost and the cabinetry; can't hurt.

I'll silicone in the overflows today and paint tomorrow once set.

Think I should paint the backs or the backs as well as the sides given the layout?

JonezNReef
05/06/2017, 08:05 AM
Nice I like the mats under the tanks. If you went bare bottom it will be easier on the eyes not seeing the wood top of the stand.
I personally would paint both the back and sides. You won't be able to view from the sides except in the middle where the 2 meet and even then you would be looking into the other tanks overflow if not painted.

Joeb1983
05/06/2017, 08:28 AM
Exactly what I was thinking.

One overflow being installed now.

Joeb1983
05/06/2017, 11:46 AM
Overflow installed and siliconed.

Painted the overflow side and the back black as usual.

Left the other end open for sliding mp10's and in the event I ever move them somewhere else.

JonezNReef
05/06/2017, 09:00 PM
That looks good. How long do you plan on letting the silicone cure?

Joeb1983
05/06/2017, 11:17 PM
Thanks!

The tube says fully cured in 24 hours, but will be way longer than that before it/they get wet.

Doing the other tank tomorrow.

Really impressed with this ASI silicone.

JonezNReef
05/07/2017, 10:04 AM
Never heard of that silicone. I usually use Momentive RTV108 but will have to look into it

Joeb1983
05/09/2017, 01:59 PM
Mocked up. Need to drill the countertop; that's for another day.

Lights aren't perfectly centered, but it will do the job.

Had to use a piece of aluminum stock I had to brace the center to prevent fixture sag. Came out alright.

Joeb1983
05/10/2017, 08:56 PM
Since the tanks are so shallow and there will be some flow, I ordedere 160 pounds of CaribSea's more coarser "special reef grade" sand.

I normally use "Fiji pink".

We will see how it turns out. Shouldn't be too bad.

Joeb1983
05/12/2017, 08:14 PM
Drilled to counter top.

Joeb1983
05/12/2017, 09:10 PM
Added rock I had. Looks alright...

JonezNReef
05/13/2017, 11:19 AM
Looking good. I am really wanting one of these

sixpackgarage
05/13/2017, 11:37 AM
Cool setup


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Joeb1983
05/13/2017, 12:05 PM
Looking good. I am really wanting one of these

So far Im pretty happy. Not the best quality, but not at all bad for the price.

Drilling was a breeze compared to others I've done, maybe because it was the bottom and not a side or thicker glass.

Picking up the sand today and hopefully be wet tomorrow when the right Bulkheads come in.

Need to pick up some fittings I missed yesterday.

Joeb1983
05/13/2017, 12:14 PM
Cool setup


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Thanks, this setup is 100% impulsive. Lol!

Buying cheap, using what I had and purchasing used.

I'm in less than 2k for EVERYTHING (lights taking up a lil over half that) to run and fully support 8'x2'x10"of reef tank.

I curse the day my wife sent me a snapshot of these tanks and so does she. Haha!

Joeb1983
05/15/2017, 09:14 AM
Added sand to one tank. Surprised it took 60 pounds to get it where I wanted.

It's up and running. Will get the the second going on once one more bag comes in.

JZinCO
06/01/2017, 11:58 AM
Any updates?
I just bought a low boy for $80 w/ shipping.

Joeb1983
06/01/2017, 03:58 PM
Any updates?
I just bought a low boy for $80 w/ shipping.

Been up and running.

Skimmer broken in and doing work.

Broke down my frag tank and moved all frags over.

Tank 1:

Purple tang
maroon pair
orchid dotty
flame angel
3 talbot's damsels
cleanup crew and cleaner shrimp

Tank 2:

Scopas tang
regular clown pair
red hawkfish
royal gramma
coral beauty angel
six line
cleanup crew and blood shrimp

500w finnex titanium and heater controller 78.1 and 1.025

corals doing good and already showing growth.

Just tested water, 0 ammonia and nitrites and less than 5 trates. (Used liverock from a brute running on my garage)

Started kalk, working my way up. Dose mag as required. Use tropic Marin Pro salt.

Also added two AI primes to alleviate dim spots in each corner as the 52's aren't exactly centered over the tanks since there is space between the two and I needed room on the ends for the four MP10's (two on each end of each tank paired anti-sync @ ~50%)

Running ROX8 carbon in a BRS mini. (Love em!)

Ditching the Brute sump. Have a Trigger Ruby 30" on the way. (Only have 31'' to work with)

JZinCO
06/01/2017, 04:00 PM
Thanks. I am planning some sort of coffee table-esque tank with this and it's nice to watch someone go through the design ahead of me.

Joeb1983
06/01/2017, 04:07 PM
No problem. I'm still very happy.

Glass is thin, so the mag clips are kinda a pain, but both tangs are eating nori off the clips.

Mp10's hold strong, so no worries there. I did have to place them high obviously.

It's all just thrown together right now. I'll clean it up when the sump arrives and route wires and what not.

Joeb1983
06/01/2017, 04:12 PM
I will say the tanks evap a good deal...

JZinCO
06/01/2017, 04:15 PM
Yeah, I was thinking two (or more?) nano hydor koralias. Ideally wouldn't ripple the surface too much and allow for look down while also not blowing sand around. (speaking of which, crushed coral might be better)

Joeb1983
06/01/2017, 06:12 PM
Yeah, I got the courser special reef grade and it still moves.

Joeb1983
06/01/2017, 06:23 PM
I have the hydor nano. Good for a 10 gal IME, however I did have the small gph one.

JZinCO
06/01/2017, 09:09 PM
I've got a range of hydors actually from ~250 to 800.
I'll set up a thread when I get mine going. thanks for the inspiration.