dylan29

nano wifey tank build

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So I have an ADA 18 gallon SPS dominant tank

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and my fiance fancies the look of the wavy softies and some lps NOT sps. so instead of transforming my tank I decided to get her one lol. So I was looking and looking for a tank and I finally came across thenoobie's(Anthony) post for a 16 gallon ADA tank with the stand, skimmer, return, metal halide, aqua medic 3 way doser, sump and already plumed for $140!!!image6_zps35jewqco.jpg

And when I went to go pick it up from slidell all the way to baton rouge in my little 2 door civic we couldn't get the stand in the car. So we had to take my passenger seat out and put it in the trunk so that the stand could barely make it in lol

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And here it is in my house as an extension of the wall that separates my living room from the kitchen. Nice little peninsula!

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So far I did a little mod to the metal halide and incorporated an ai nano to it lol

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And I got some BRS pukani rock and did a lil aquascapin'

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Next on my list of mods is to put some trim on the stand a probably repaint it.

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So I went ahead and just finished up the faux sand bed using famowood epoxy from Lowes and Carib sea agronite sand. Just waiting for it to cure now!

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I used extra polcarbonate sheeting I had laying around to make the molds and covered them in wax paper so that epoxy wont attach to the polycarbonate and I can remove it after it cures.IMG_20150416_222223_zpswjufoswz.jpgIMG_20150416_225123_zpshf0vktfo.jpg

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That's pretty cool, definitely interested in seeing it in the tank. You say it's removable for easy cleaning, are you planning on emptying the tank to get it out to clean regularly?

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The whole purpose of the faux sand bed is to have the ease of a bare bottom but still have the astheics of a sandbed. I made it removable so that it would not be permanently attached to the tank. But I am making both the rock and sand bed both 2 whole seperate pieces so I can take them out once in a while for detrius removal with my handy wet vac if needed. But it will most definitely not be on the regular maintenance schedule.

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Well since its a solid piece it acts like a bare bottom so you can bump up the flow more, without having a sand storm, so most alage won't really be able to cling to it very well exept for maybe coraline. But I'm not really sure as this is my first faux sandbed. There seems to be a lot of people on various forums who don't get algae growth on there's but some do. I guess it just depends on how well you stick to your maintenance schedule.

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Tank update!

Dry rock is still curing. I'm trying to speed up the process with lanthanum chloride as there is an exceptional amount of phosphates.

Also I'm just about done the stand. Just need to make a door for the sump side.

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