My (New) Cube

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  1. Alias

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    So after my nano cracked and the rush to avoid a mini flood was over i thought about just tossing it all in the trash but after a chat with a mate i decided to try again but this time with a little bit of professional help on the tank construction side.

    I found a guy who builds tanks and cabinets and he quoted me for new tank with stand, hardwood cabinets, lights (4 x T5 with moonlight LED) for R3400 delivered and installed.

    My last tank i did anything i could DIY but i just want to get going again with the least amount of hassle so i placed the order. Should be here thursday.

    It will be a cube, 6mm aquarium glass, 600x650x450 done with black silicone (which is a pain to do properly i have been told). the back 50mm will be the overflow chamber with durso into sump providing 600mm surface skim. He's going to make the back pane black using abs with a comb on top to avoid fish flowing over. Basically exactly what i want after i did some more research after setting up my nano. So its been a blessing in a way plus i can have more fish :thumbup::thumbup:.

    Cabinet will house existing sump with plans to put in a bigger sump or a small refugium later on when i recover from the financial hit (student over here).

    Lighting is a reeftek unit with 4 x T5 (2 x day light, 2 x actinics) with 4 x moonlight LED's.

    will have to look at a bigger return pump maybe but should be ok for now. skimmer is still overrated so thats a bonus and heating is a 300w so that wont be a problem either.

    Cabinet will be dark wood with brushed metal fixtures, lighting inside with some T8's i bought.

    Idea's/criticism welcome.
     
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  3. archiecrain

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    Sounds good.... I like the price! that seems like a good deal....

    Perhaps if anything the lighting may limit your long term coral choices.....

    Looking forward to seeing the completed tank.
     
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    Long term I can deal with. Can always add a MH or two.
     
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    Will this be thick enough?
     
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    I wouldnt settle for 6mm glass, 8mm minimum then you will have an aquarium that you know will last. You dont want another crack do you?
     
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    agreed!
     
  8. Alias

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    will look into that..
     
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    8mm glass would be better, but I had a 4ft tank that was made out of 6mm glass, as long as the bracing is done properly it will be fine, plus you're only going 450mm high so that's even better, if anything I would ask for a thicker base, make the base 8mm if possible.
     
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    Tanks sounds pretty good for the price though. What size is your current return pump?
     
  11. Alias

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    Base will be 8mm, going to stick with 6mm as there will be good bracing.

    Return pump is resun b-1500 rated at 1500lph although because of the new stand i think the hight might be an issue. but for getting going i think it will be ok, maybe an upgrade soon, any suggestions? must be super quiet (don't mind paying extra for a better pump if its going to be silent)
     
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    +1 and safer
     
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    Sounds good! Will be tagging to see end result!
     
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    Little bit of an update, Decided to go 10mm rimless so eta on tank is next week only but good for the long run i think. Tank is slightly larger at 650x650x450 now.

    Lights arrived and look great :) itching to see the whole setup with water in it.

    Going to get the nano that broke fixed to be used for a QT tank and possibly a frag tank later on.
     
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    MODS: please move this to medium tanks as this will be holding more than 130L.
     
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    Good to hear you going with thicker glass :thumbup:
     
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    yeah, and the rimless look is epic :p

    forgot to mention im getting a new sum too with a bigger DSB.
     
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    arrivals

    Some goodies arrived today.

    27.2kg's of argamax sugarfine
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    Reeftek lights - 4x T5's with moonlight LED's and built in fans.
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    LR from my nano with some porous rock to see if it will seed.
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    Need some advice on a return pump, what size should i go for? Looked at a resun S-2000 or the Hailea 6540. thoughts?
     
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    Hailea for sure. I run that pump and it really pushes some water at a 1.8m height
     
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    its arrived!!!

    Tank got delivered today :yeahdude: Well most of it, canopy comes tomorrow and some piping for the sump.

    Here the pics

    Full tank at the builder:[​IMG]

    Tank this afternoon when they just dropped it off
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    The overflow with durso:
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    overflow into sump. missing pipes which come tomorrow
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    Sump with space for skimmer and autotop up chamber
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