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Old 04/28/2018, 09:12 PM   #1
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30g Shallow

Hi all,

I just signed the lease for my new place today and you know what that means... time for a new tank upgrade. This will be my build thread and Iíll keep it updated as the build progresses.

My current tank is a 20g tall from the remnants of my 55. Mostly lps, many of which Iíve had for at least five years now. A few sps and softies. I intend for the new tank to be more of the same. Mostly lps on the sand with a few sps on the rocks. Only fish I have currently is a skunk clown.

Now onto the new tank. My biggest dislike with my previous tanks has been the widths. The 55 and 20 have been very narrow and after itís been tough to have much open sand bed with the rock in the tank and trying to give some space between the rock and glass. So for the new tank, Iím going with a 24x24x12 30g. Itís pre-drilled, and my current 20 will be the sump. I want minimum rock in the display so most of the rock will stay in the sump.

Iím trying to run this tank on the cheap so for flow Iím planning on a pair of jebao pp8s. Light will be black box leds. Skimmer will be a remora that Iíve used for years. And my return will be a jebao as well. Iím going to try my luck at building a stand too. Pics to come. Comments and advice particularly on building a stand are always welcome!


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Old 04/29/2018, 12:55 PM   #2
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Trying to do saltwater on the cheap is not easy. I tried to do it myself. What I ended up doing is figuring out what equipment I wanted and or needed. Then I would find that equipment on ebay or Amazon for the cheapest price. For example ebay seems to have salt pretty cheap with free shipping for instant ocean. Looking forward to following your build.


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Old 04/30/2018, 02:25 PM   #3
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Picked up the tank yesterday. Itís still wrapped up so no pictures on that just yet. Picked up the wood from the store and got to work on building the stand. Iíve never built anything more than IKEA furniture so this was a bit of an adventure. Just put sealant in everything a few seconds ago and hopefully by the end of the week I can paint and put doors on the cabinet. Pictures to come soon.


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Old 05/01/2018, 05:27 PM   #4
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Picked up some trim for the base of the stand today and put on the first coat of paint. Should hopefully have the tank on the stand and be able to test it out this weekend.


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Old 05/08/2018, 12:24 PM   #5
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Weíre just about all moved in now. Tank is on the stand and I just put the light hanger up. Itís made of copper piping attached to the stand so I can keep the rimless look. Rodi system came yesterday. As did the black box leds, and the jebao wave makers. Just need to get some sand, set up the plumbing and add water.


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Old 05/16/2018, 11:42 AM   #6
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Tank is up and running. Corals and the lone clown have been moved over to this new tank. Itís been about three days and everything looks pretty good for the moment. Still trying to deal with a leaky return in the sump but thatís a work in progress. Just wanted to share some pictures. I love the depth and dimensions of this tank.


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Old 05/16/2018, 11:55 AM   #7
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Old 05/16/2018, 11:57 AM   #8
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Old 05/20/2018, 08:03 PM   #9
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amazing looking tank


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Old 05/21/2018, 03:32 PM   #10
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amazing looking tank
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Old 05/28/2018, 06:22 PM   #11
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I think I want to add some more fish. Right now I only have one orange skunk clown. Any suggestions?


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Old 05/28/2018, 06:36 PM   #12
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Great idea with the copper pipe hanger! I donít want to spend 150.00 on goosenecks for my kessil so Iím stealing this idea for my new build! Iíll probably paint the copper black though.


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Old 05/28/2018, 08:56 PM   #13
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Great idea with the copper pipe hanger! I donít want to spend 150.00 on goosenecks for my kessil so Iím stealing this idea for my new build! Iíll probably paint the copper black though.


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Yeah, looking back I think the black would match better but the copper is growing on me. Good luck with your build!


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Old 05/29/2018, 05:47 PM   #14
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What size copper did you use and how did you attach it to the stand?


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Old 05/29/2018, 07:17 PM   #15
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It’s 3/4”. To attach to the stand I used a few U clips I think they’re called. I can attach some pics of it if it’ll help you out.


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Old 05/29/2018, 07:56 PM   #16
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Itís 3/4Ē. To attach to the stand I used a few U clips I think theyíre called. I can attach some pics of it if itíll help you out.


Please attach pics. Thank you.


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Old 05/30/2018, 04:18 PM   #17
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Please attach pics.
Hereís some photos of the stand and clips with the copper tube. Theyíre just screwed into the side of the tank. I used two just to keep it straight and steady. Hope these help!


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Old 05/31/2018, 02:34 PM   #18
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Hereís some photos of the stand and clips with the copper tube. Theyíre just screwed into the side of the tank. I used two just to keep it straight and steady. Hope these help!


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Old 06/08/2018, 02:33 PM   #19
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Anyone have any idea what these are? I don’t think they’re aiptasia as I’ve never seen them this small and the shape doesn’t look right either. They almost look like burrs or dandelions. I superglued over them just in case.


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Old 06/21/2018, 06:07 PM   #20
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Picked these guys up from aquasd a few weeks back. The blue brain was labeled Trachy but ive never seen one shaped or colored like that. Under day lights itís almost a baby blue color but darkens up under blue lights. It also has some gold stripes on the edges. Itís fast becoming my favorite piece.


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Old 07/03/2018, 11:38 AM   #21
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Definitely following this one, gave just started a system exactly the same size, don't thing there's too many 24x24x12 out there!


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Old 07/10/2018, 11:11 AM   #22
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Added a ďdoorĒ to the front of the stand today. I left the sides and back open for ventilation. Itís really just some window screening layers taped together to let you see in but not have all the equipment totally visible. Hereís a before/after.


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Old 07/10/2018, 09:07 PM   #23
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is that a custom tank? or is it stock somewhere? Loving the dimensions...


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Old 07/11/2018, 06:56 PM   #24
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is that a custom tank? or is it stock somewhere? Loving the dimensions...
Itís not custom. The one I have was actually a clearance tank from my lfs. Iím pretty sure it was made by Deep Blue.


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Old 07/13/2018, 10:19 AM   #25
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So instead of studying for the bar this morning, I decided why not put a shelf for drinks on the side of the stand. As you can see in the pictures, the stand is right up against the couch with a great angle to watch the tank before taking a nap. Because itís so close to the couch, I decided I may as well put a small shelf there to hold drinks and snacks.


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