Zepp's Rimless 2x2 Cube

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by zepplock, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    So I finally decided to get a rimless 2x2 cube. I settled on a 50g Artisan from CAD Lights. Perfect dimensions and 3 side low iron glass. I have owned 10g, 20g reef nanos before and have 3ft long 50g tank right now. So everything from the old 50 will be moved into the new one. I also decided to get a build thread going since I like to read build threads ;-)

    Here's what I have planned for the equipment:
    - 2x2 tank
    - 150Mh with 2x24 T5 actinics (for sale since will upgrade to LED at some point)
    - cad lights sump. Still need 2-3 pieces of plumbing. Return is done but need to connect return pump to return.
    - Will use my old Rio return pump but will upgrade to Tunze Silence pump later
    - 2 choices for skimmer. Proven Coralife from my old tank or new BubbleMagus tat came with the tank (well sump actually)
    - I have Koralia 1 and 2. May get MP10 later. Depending on the budget.

    Livestock and corals:
    - I have mixed lps, sps, zoa. I was neglecting my tank for some time so i don't have a lot of corals right now.
    - Couple of clams
    - I have 2 RBTA with a pair of clowns hosting and banghai cardinal

    Still need to get:
    - DJ panel (or controller), UPS, some plumbing parts, extra containers for topoff, dosing, etc

    Here are some pictures:
    Light fixture:

    All the plumbing:

    Just tank:

    Disassembled stand (speaker was not included lol)

    Under the stand:


    Light fixture closeup
  2. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    I've got plumbing working today. Tested it with water in overflow and sump.
    One thing that concerns me is if I should have some kind of foam between tank and stand. Preferably black one?
  3. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Looking good!

    Is the black walnut stand a wood veneer or plastic wood look-alike over particle board or MDF?

    (I've been eyeballing that tank too :p)
  4. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    Looks nice, what brand tank is that, and where did you get it from? I like how the cube tanks look.
  5. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    The tank is the Artisan 50g from CadLights.
  6. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    I think the stand is mdf with wood veneer. The finish is water resistent, but easy to scratch. So need to be very careful.
  7. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Supporting Member

    Vlad, maybe before adding more water, get some polyurethane (or polycrylic) and coat the whole stand, add 2 coats. Then it will have a nice tough waterproof shell. Do it before you add any more scratches. If you are concerned about brush strokes, etc. Get some "wipe on" polyurethane, pour some on a rag, then wipe it on, but then you'll need more coats because it goes on thin.

    My current stand is crap, it doesn't have a lip and the tank is almost right to the edges, if I ever move it, I'll build a new stand.

  8. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Vince, that is a good idea, not sure if getting polyurethane on veneer will work? The finish has some water resistant coating. I has some water spilled inside the tank yesterday and it stayed like it was on a waxed car lol

    New stand does not have a lip either. Old tank has a lip and I'm not sure I like it. If you spill water - there's no way to clean it and it traps dust and other crap.
  9. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Woohoo I have salt water in the tank and some basic aquascaping done.

    Here are pics. (All done on manual setting and same white balance)

    Just actinics

    Just moonlights

    Just MH


    It is a bit cloudy still but will clear up soon. I plan to add some rock from my old/current tank to start the cycle. I'll also maybe add a hermit and snails to chew on all the crap that is on these rocks (some dead macro algae, etc).

    My plan is to have a main structure/pillar in the center next to the overflow (for additional support).

    And I will have a rock pile for anemones where a small rock now in the front right corner. I really want 2-3 RBTAs with clowns to take that place. I hope they stay in there. i know they dont like walking on the sand, hehe.
  10. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Looking good so far Vlad!!
  11. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    Nice tank and setup, I especially like the aquascaped tower, kind of looks like some kind of statue or sculpture to me. Have you planned to automate the top-off?
  12. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Supporting Member

    Looks good, but: WARNING WARNING! DON'T put in anything from the old tank! Forget about jump starting your cycle or anything, avoid GHA and Aiptasia at all costs!! If it takes you an extra month to cycle, it's still worth not spending the next 12 months fighting aiptasia. Seriously, this is time for a fresh start, don't waste it!

  13. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Not yet. The stand has some empty space in front of the sump where I could add a container. I need to look into options. I was thinking about doing a kalk drip system anyway.
  14. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Vince, I have added a small piece of rock from the old tank that was in my 10g QT for couple of weeks. I saw several pods there and I expect some bacteria too. So hopefully it will be a starter.

    I could add couple of cups of old sand too. Just wash it first in saltwater.
  15. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    A small update.

    Looks like I moved everything except one rock with palyzoa (sitting in a bucket with powerhead and a small heater)

    Pictures are a bit hazy since I don't have a filter sock (what's the best place to buy) and things are settling in. I also move riocks around since I'm never happy with my aquascaping ;-)

    Actinics shot


    Clam/gsp/palyzoa corner

    Anemone/clowns corner

    SPS branch

    Frags rock

    Unknown coral (id?)

    Tank with stand
  16. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Is that green coral some kind of Goniopora?
    Maaaan, it did get through tough times in my old tank ;-)
    I actually fragged it recently and soon will have couple of frags for DBTC.

    So after googling a bit I found this pic of Goniopota sp:
  17. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    looks sweet man...
  18. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    looks nice! It look like green gonipora to me, just not that extended. Mine grows the same way in a ball. What's in all the plastic containers in the back, or is that just litter? ;)
  19. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Plastic containers host my xenia garden. I need to keep it contained until I find where to put it.
    I'll have a separate rock sitting away from everything just for xenia, I kinda like it.
    But for now those containers are anchored down with some rubble.
  20. houser

    houser Past President

    Hey looks nice you can get the feel for the potential over time...

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