Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Ibn, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Tank has been sitting at Neptune for awhile now and just waiting for John to finish skinning the 8020 stand. This tank will replace my currently CAD Lights 47G in the same space.

    Tank: CDA 87G (40x24x21 rimless, 3 sided starfire)
    Overflow: Synergy Ghost with 2x1/2" returns on the rear corners
    Sump: DIY 30x16.5x16 sump
    Rock: Tonga branch
    Skimmer: Vertex Omega 150 (transfer from 47G)
    Return: TBD, but waiting for the COR20 to ship
    Lights: 36" Maxspect Recurve
    Dosing: BM doser (transfer from 47G)
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018
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  2. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Can't wait to see it

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  3. iani

    iani Guest

    Eric, what is the stand going to look like?
  4. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I guess you’ll just have to wait and see. I should be working on it today.
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  5. iani

    iani Guest

    I guess it will be sweet. haha
  6. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Should be once it's done. :)

    Been working on the rock and the sump while John is working on the stand. Here's a teaser of one of the components of the sump.
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  7. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    That looks nifty.
  8. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Thanks! Should be done with the sump sometime this week. Finishing some feet for the rock and then it goes into the bin tomorrow for a bit of cleaning and curing.
  9. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Did you have old Tonga branch sitting around? If not where did you find some?
  10. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    I didn't have any Tonga sitting around. I put a notification on the BRS simple branch stock ($3/lb) and ~350 lbs. was available on the site for ~4 days. I picked up 25# of it and used about 50-60% of it. This is basically all the rock that I'll be using in the new tank and it will have plenty of negative space.

    Zip ties were used to hold a couple of the base pieces together before emarco was used. In the case of the branches, 3/16" holes were glued, inserted with acrylic rods, and then emarco to secure them. A couple of flat bottoms were created using emarco as well, since they will sit directly on the glass before the sand goes in.


    Structure measures 20" across and 16" tall at the highest point, the right tip.

    I plan to drill some additional 3/16" holes in the finished rock for sps. The sps, which I'll pick up down the line, will be glued to the acrylic rods and inserted into these holes. It'll allow me to move them around and find the right location for them before permanently affixing them to the rock.
  11. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I hadn’t heard of the brs branch. That’s a good price. I may have to look into that. Thanks for the info. Good plan and cool looking piece.
  12. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

  13. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Thanks, got an alert set for when it’s back in stock.
  14. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Love that doser look. Very interested to see that Recurve on there too.

    Are you just going to have that one structure? Or more than one?

    Also very curious about the stand, I was looking into doing that for my 200, however cost of 8020 (or other "t-slot") really shoots up when you start adding all the fastener costs that gives it strength (as a result, might stick with wood, it's easy to work with, very forgiving of mistakes and cheap as all hell)
  15. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Mostly that single structure there. I'll move a smaller rock from the current tank, which is used to prop the hammer and frogspawn combo over. The zoa rocks will come over as well, but they're all covered with zoas and you can't see the underlying rock. The current rockwork as well as the tank will be sold off at a pretty steep discount on the day of the actual transition/changeover.

    Stand should be done soon and I'm looking forward to seeing it completed as well. The 8020 is expensive, but I haven't done one before so figured why the heck not.
  16. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    Your branching sculpture looks great! So you’re keeping the sand bed?
  17. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Thanks! I'm keeping ~2 cups of the old sand and will be seeding some new sand with it. Using Caribsea Fiji pink this time around instead of the Tropic Eden sand. The remaining sand and all of the rocks in the current tank will be sold off once they transfer occurs.

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