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Old 10/31/2011, 11:33 PM   #1
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Bob's Aquarium Build

So I started out wanting a bigger freshwater tank (I have a 6g freshwater on my desk) So I hit up craigslist and found a 40B and stand for under 100 bucks. It used to house a turtle and has a few scratches but all and all it's in good shape, and no meds were ever used in it so I brought it home.



The tank sat there in it's spot for a month or so while I decided on what to do with it, in the mean time I came across this forum, well that was enough for me, seeing all the beautiful saltwater tanks made me change my mind very fast.

So at this time I would like to thank everyone on Reef Central for inspiring me to create my little reef.

First step I needed to do was drill this baby out for an overflow system, Glass-Holes.com provided me with everything I needed at a reasonable price.

Drilling the tank was easy enough, I was a little shy about it at first but after the first one it was easy.

So next thing I knew I needed was a SUMP, I purchased a 20L during PETCO's dollar per gallon sale and fit it into the bottom of my stand, that's when it hit me. The stand was simply too short at 30 inches tall to accommodate a decent sump setup and skimmer, it was simply to cramped for me.

So I called a buddy of mine and said lets build an aquarium stand!! After taking a ton of measurements I decided on building a steel box tubing framed stand wrapped in 1/2 birch plywood. I decided also at this point to make the stand capable of fitting a custom 80G tank some day, the dimensions of the frame are 36"x42"x19" un-skinned. It's an odd size but it fits the space I have available.



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Old 11/01/2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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Once the frame was built we needed to prepare it for paint, this required a little grinding and sanding but it was not to bad, once the steel was cleaned up we primered it using Rustoleum oil based primer. The first coat did not stick as well and I did not want to powder coat so we sanded and tried again, this time it stuck very well after 2 coats it was looking pretty good.


Once the primer was finished and dried for a couple days I started on the flat black Rustoleum oil based paint. I believe we put on 3 coats of this paint on sanding each in between and letting it dry for a day.

Once dry we cut and fitted the top and bottom plywood to the stand.



I was really encouraged at this point, the stand was looking awesome..

We continued skinning the stand over the next week working on it as we had time from family and work, it was nice to have help from my friend Gary it made the build go a bit faster.

We cut and fitted all the pieces and began priming and painting, we primed all the wood with KILZ brand primer and painted all the interior gloss white Rustoleum oil based paint. The gloss white made the interior really bright.



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Old 11/01/2011, 02:28 PM   #3
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I had a little bit of time this after noon so I thought I would continue my build here...

With the interior painted and all the skinning attached it was time to primer the outside, once again I used KILZ primer and painted on 4 coats sanding in between each coat. This worked out pretty well and made for a really good base for laying down the gloss black oil based paint that would be my finish.



We made a few mistakes in the build here and there but nothing that forced us to tear it apart and restart, I had to buy and extra sheet of birch plywood but really for never building anything like this before I think we did ok.

So with the primer on next came trim, I labored over how to do this and finally came up with this...


Trim was a wee bit more difficult than I thought it would be (we had some crappy 45 degree angles) but we fixed them and moved on...

Next is paint....Rustoleum oil based gloss black.. The plan is 5 coats...




I think I'll leave it at that for now... more to come... back to work.. :-(


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Old 11/01/2011, 04:37 PM   #4
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Old 11/01/2011, 08:39 PM   #5
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While waiting for paint to dry I have been purchasing all the goodies that will help me finish this project, I picked up a GFCI outlet and water proof cover for behind the tank.


I also picked up a 29G tank for my sump, gotta love PETCO dollar per gallon sales.

I had glass cut for the baffles and began to put it all together, I used CD covers to space out the bubble trap allowing me to silicone them with ease...


Once the baffles were done I painted the sides, back and bottom of the sump, I used Krylon Fusion Black...


Once painted it became hard to photograph.. :-(

While I was at it I also painted the back of my tank...For this one I rolled the paint on I guess I wanted to try it both ways!



It took us about a week to finish 5 coats of gloss black but it's finally done, I still need to make doors but at least I can take it home and begin the tank install and pluming.



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Old 11/01/2011, 10:06 PM   #6
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Here's what the stand looks like with the tank and sump in place....



And a couple of the pluming...


All the pluming on the back of the stand will be painted......


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Old 11/01/2011, 10:12 PM   #7
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Very nice work so far. I guess you'll never have to worry about it holding the weight, lol. Tagging along.


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Old 11/01/2011, 10:20 PM   #8
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Very nice work so far. I guess you'll never have to worry about it holding the weight, lol. Tagging along.
Nope this things a beast.. 2 guys can carry it pretty easy though. Thanks for tagging along...


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Old 11/01/2011, 10:40 PM   #9
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More!!!

Painted pluming!



My first run at plumbing the sump...


My RO/DI unit....I was surprised how easy this was to install but was even more surprised how big this thing is...




I sat in the garage for about a week fine tuning the pluming and overflow so that I understood exactly how it all worked before I brought it into the house, I also tested about 20 times to be sure that when the pump goes off I have plenty of room in the sump for overflow.

I also had a couple of leaks in each bulkhead when the water reached over 78 degrees, they were both easily fixed with a better application of plumbers tape.

So now that's it's been tested and pre-plumed it's time to move it into it's spot in the house. Sorry I have no pics of the 2 of us carrying this thing in!! But here is the spot with no tank!


And now with the stand and tank in place!


I think it looks pretty good!


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Old 11/02/2011, 12:37 AM   #10
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Ok a few more pics to get things close to where I am today with the build. In this pic you can see the final pluming.


I ordered 50lb's of rock from reefrocks.net and received 40lb's of sand for free!!


Here is a pic of a dry run I put together on the table, I was going to do PVC stands but found that I would not need to!


And here is how it came out in the tank with no water!


Not bad for a rookie reefer! haha

Looks like I'm ready for water, I mixed 60+ gallons of saltwater over the course of 2 days.


I'm not ready to show ya what it looks like today but here are the door knobs my wife picked out for when I finish up the doors.


More to come...


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Old 11/02/2011, 06:21 AM   #11
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Welcome to the reef world!! Love your aquascape!


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Old 11/02/2011, 06:41 AM   #12
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Very nice design of the tank and equipment. This is gonna be really cool finished. Love it so far. Keep up the log.

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Old 11/02/2011, 06:45 AM   #13
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Very good job! I really like that stand!


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Old 11/02/2011, 07:48 AM   #14
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Just ordered my glass holes system for my 40 breeder (that I also picked up at the magical $1 per gallon sale). Do you have any tips/tricks that would make drilling my first tank easier? I am extremely nervous about drilling the tank and having to wait for the next $1 per gallon sale.


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Old 11/02/2011, 08:29 AM   #15
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From what I hear the key is to go slow and let the drill do the work, don't push down hard on it. If you search the forums or the internet I am sure there are videos that will help.

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Just ordered my glass holes system for my 40 breeder (that I also picked up at the magical $1 per gallon sale). Do you have any tips/tricks that would make drilling my first tank easier? I am extremely nervous about drilling the tank and having to wait for the next $1 per gallon sale.
Yes sure thing like roger said below your post let the drill do all the work and don't be surprised if it takes 7,8 or even 10 mins to complete a hole. It's not a bad idea to tape over the backside of the hole to help minimize chipping.

There are videos on the glass-holes.com website watch them and be patient.

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Since this thread is very close to being up to date I thought I would list out some of the items I have although most are in my Sig..

The tank is a used 40g Breeder.

SUMP is 29g overflow>Return

Stand is hand made steel framed. Will hold a custom 80g tank someday

Pump is Eheim 1260 T'd off to the refugium with a gate valve for precise tuning.

Overflow box is GH 700 with one 3/4 inch return, box in the left corner and return in the right.

I have 2 125watt Eheim Jager Heaters in the refugium.

Lights are 4 bulb T5 10k-actinic-10k-actinic

One APEX Jr. Controlling lights and heaters. Internet connected to my phone :-)

I have one Vortech MP10ES and one Koralia Evo 750, the 750 shoots down the back side pushing water and debri around the corner to the MP10. The MP10 is opposite side front and in reefcrest mode at about 50% (wont know how hard to push this till I get fish and corals)

I have 50# of reefrocks.net rock i the DT and 15# of live rock in the fuge.

40#'s of Bahama Argonite sand from reefrocks.net and 10#'s of live sand from LFS.

The 40# sand is sugar sand and the 10# sand is a bit bigger, I have no trouble with blowing sand at the moment. (I did till I added the heavier sand on top)

Here is a current shot of the whole thing as of today!



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I never chime in on this, but I like how you did the rockscaping. The V at the bottom is a neat touch, may steal that idea.


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Old 11/02/2011, 03:55 PM   #20
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No skimming?
Once it cycles I will add a skimmer... Still undecided on which one..


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Old 11/02/2011, 06:44 PM   #21
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I recently put these little guys in my QT...



Heres a link to more info on them... http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2088613

Here is a FTS of the QT.. (my wife felt they needed the fake anemone)


The main tank is cycling pretty fast, these are yesterdays numbers...

Ammonia 1.0+
Nitrites 0.50+
Nitrates 5.0

I'm starting to get a good amount of brown spots all over the rock and sand in the DT...


Any suggestions for a CUC once I hit 0 Ammonia and 0 Nitrites??


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Tagging along for some serious DIY.


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Nice! For cleanup crew info, I like reefcleaners.org

They will suggest a lot but just add it slowly and keep adding as needed

Great thread so far, I look forward to following along! :-)


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Heres a couple of sump pics... Sorry about the flash it kinda washed out the color in the rocks...





I can see stuff growing on the live rock but I have no idea what it is...


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Well Done, especially for a new reefer!


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