Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by houser, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. houser

    houser Past President

    New tank...

    2006 - Build

    I built the tank in 2006. I actually built 2 of them! A little over 48"x 24"x 17" for about 80 gallons. 1/2" acrylic, large access ports with very comfortable rounded edges for arms/access. I'm not sure how to explain this, but when I sprayed the back black I didn't take the paint all the way to the edges, instead keeping the optical path through the side/top/bottom (as viewed from the front) clear. A small detail that when paired with the white foam insulation on the back frames the tank.

    I always enjoy an engineering challenge so I modeled the tank in SolidWorks and sent it through FEA. CosmosWorks helped me pick 1/2" over 3/8" not for strength but for deflection. I truly dislike deflection. Then I built it.


    I was real happy with how the glueup went as the seam quality is real nice. Each night I cracked at least one beer and wetsanded each seam. Took a while, but ended up with this.


    This tank was always destined for fishroom duty and not for display in the house. As such I drilled it for a standpipe. It is not silent, but there are no noise restrictions (high WAF) in the fishroom. I used some of the typical tricks to quiet her (the tank) down.

    2009 - Round 1

    Fast forward a few years. Last fall I started a frag tank with the idea to start with few-polyp (tiny) frags and grow them up. It was a fun time trying something a little different. It did provide for some excellent SPS experience in a challenging environment. I finally ran out of room - experiment over!

    2010 - Round 2

    I needed a new rack system so I built one. I painted the deck of the tank shelf by adding a little grey tint to the primer so I wouldn't blind myself with reflected light. That little bit of grey helps attenuate the reflected light just enough. I plan to frame it in and insulate in the months to come, add air exchange system and ductwork, etc...


    In the background you can see the glow from the other tank with Tony's stuff in there.

    [Excuse]She's running - more to come, just have to get my pics off the camera and uploaded, etc[/Excuse]
  2. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Wow. Awesome. I want one ;)
  3. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Saw it in person. Very nicely built!
  4. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Awe man, I had a extended trial version of SolidWorks and it just ran out... and I had several projects still on my plate :(

    NICE tank and I like the rounded cut outs.... stronger that way :)
  5. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    Nice! Looks like you're going to need a 2-car garage to accommodate your future experiments.
  6. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Where's the car?
  7. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Not as powerful as solidworks, but easy and way cheaper: Rhino 3D
  8. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

  9. houser

    houser Past President


    I wanted this build to be more conscious of thermal losses since it can get real cold in the fishroom so I added foam sheets here and there, insulated the plumbing, stuff like this... I say every bit helps in the long run.


    Filled it, threw in some rocks from the frag tank, and started her running covered in blankets for the first 2 weeks. Overflow simply went into a 5 gallon bucket with a return pump. FWIW I like to start my tanks with a period of darkness. IMO it lets the tank get going, biofilms established, etc... before the illumination comes on and practically dares the algae to go nuts. It actually turned out perfect, since I was out of town during that time.

    I cleaned up an old 55 gallon tank and modified it to accept input and output plumbing, and fit the skimmer. The sump is wrapped in 1" foam sheets on 5 sides, with a top cover. Time will tell about evaporation and thermal input needs but I expect less of both. Originally I was going to port over the sump from my other tank but decided against it, and have since "retired" it.


    Don't mind the water level vs. that piece of tape!

    Finally a good use for a 55g TruVu tank! Seriously though I got it brand new from a garage sale for the bartered price of $20 about 12 yrs ago. Rode home with it on my bike.

    More to come...
  10. houser

    houser Past President

    Let's see if this works - I'm a rookie. This is blue overload I know.

  11. r0ck0

    r0ck0 Guest

    Looks good. Need less blue and more brown.
  12. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

    I see you are afraid to ship the coral with algae on the plugs. Nice work.
  13. houser

    houser Past President

    I have aefw :)
    Found a few on a frag that had pulled in all polyps. I thought the frag was pissed due to lighting increase recently. Baster proved otherwise. Got through incoming dipping routine.

    Not scared. Don't have that many acros so no biggie. Fish food!!!

    I'd probably be miserable if some of you hadn't educated the rest of us on what to do. Thx
  14. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    Sorry -slightly off topic; how do you embed videos like you did?
  15. houser

    houser Past President

    [ youtube]xyz[ /youtube]
    Ditch the spaces, replace xyz with your link.

    Flatworm on just a single frag that I can tell, about 6 wks ago that frag was placed in the system. It was isolated on one of my frag racks, only like 6 acros on there, rest stylo, poci, turb, BN, etc... When I basted 4 came off and I knew right away uh oh my clown dive bombed 2 instantly and I followed the other 2 with the baster as they got rocked around the gyre a few laps before sucking them in. I had never seen a flatworm in person until then so
    • I didn't want those damn things to land anywhere else
      and I wanted to capture it so I could see it

    I probably have 20 acro frags and colonies in the tank so dipping not a big deal to check them out to see if anybody else has it. I'm going to guess yes!! In a twisted way I'm actually stoked because I figured it was only a matter of time... Add it to the experience list!
  16. r0ck0

    r0ck0 Guest

    my posting is broken

    its [youtube] then the URL ID [/youtube]
  17. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    Yeah that is twisted to be excited about having AEFW
  18. houser

    houser Past President

    Brian I don't know how else to describe it.
  19. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Dave, you have issues lol.
    Can that be a good thing?! :-D
  20. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    What about get rid of the one infected acro?

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