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Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby LPS fan » Tue 23 Oct, 2012 1:21 pm

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Hey guys, the build and cycle is finally complete.

I couldn't buy the tank/stand I wanted so to there was ALOT of DIY involved, hopefully by sharing I can save you some time and you can avoid making some of the mistakes I made along the way.

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First I sanded the wood then made the frame. The trim is for aesthetics only, the weight of the tank is directly on the 6 pine support 2 x 4's. Trim is Tasmanian Oak. Swaddlings Timber was great and provided the wood cut to the mm I requested.

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I then puttied the gaps and spray painted the frame with Krylon Fusion.
In hindsight I really should have painted the frame THEN put it together then I could have skipped the putty step altogether.

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Made the tanks, top 53x53x36 with 16cm room behind faux wall for plumbing and DSB. Sump 45x45 with 15cm partition for ATO. Glass was from Sydney glass, beveled on all edges.
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Drilled the tank in the shower, found you need a guide and the 5 dollar "diamond" eBAY drill bit works.
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Figured out the plumbing, it goes straight through the stand so can't be seen. Savco was a great resource for material and black loc-line.
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The tank plumbing was tricking to, really glad I used unions and left myself alot of room to work at the back, learnt this from other peoples journals.
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Did my first watertest and learnt krylon fusion doesn't work underwater if it is on glass. Acrylic is the way to go.
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Spent hours scraping off paint, siliconed over what I couldn't remove (as it was underneath the silicone join) and put acrylic over the top.
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Prepared the cladding, wish I could go back in time and spraypaint it, despite 3 coats the roller just didn''t give a perfect finish (for me anyway)
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Stained the trim, clad the stand in hardwood exterior grade ply, painted the display tank black and did second water test.
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Made the light box for my eShine custom unit (which I am very happy with). Lights cost a little over $200, I got to choose my bulbs (got some UV) and the white and blue can be adjusted independently.
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Tested the lights - look great, alot less blue in person!
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Started the stocking! Got an amazing Hammer coral from Reef Secrets.
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I've tried to keep it brief, but if you have any questions or feedback please do.

I enjoy reading other peoples journals so hopefully you do mine.
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Re: Custom Nano Build

Postby thadscottmoore » Tue 23 Oct, 2012 1:46 pm

loving the build! nice cabinet work!
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Re: Custom Nano Build

Postby priscacara » Tue 23 Oct, 2012 10:07 pm

Great build, lot more skill and patience than I will ever have! Looking forward to watching it all.
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Re: Custom Nano Build

Postby LPS fan » Wed 24 Oct, 2012 9:33 am

Cheers guys. It took all my patience then some. Wish that the fish knew what I went through for them so they would stop attacking me when I put my hand in. Scares the bejesus out of me.

Got my liverock from Tropical Paradise Aquarium, it's really really amazing liverock. Blue and red sponges, feather dusters, few zoas, brittle stars.
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And now the good stuff - Hammers
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Re: Custom Nano Build

Postby priscacara » Thu 25 Oct, 2012 12:26 pm

Nice looking corals! So many nooks and crannies in that live rock I'm not surprised there is a lot of life on it, nice one!
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby Jase4224 » Sat 03 Nov, 2012 11:14 pm

Love that you have no visible equipment in the display (People that put miles of lock-line IN their display really irritate me lol) and really digging the red stand against the blue lighting an black back. Very cool
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby LPS fan » Fri 16 Nov, 2012 2:30 pm

Thanks guys.
I came home from work for lunch and noticed with great shock my tank was half empty, and my carpet was a quagmire.
You can imagine my dismay. I called work to let them know I wasn't coming back in, then realised it was just a loose bulkhead (played w plumbing night before), took ten seconds to tighten the bulkhead and lay down towels, had some nsw on hand, so I got half a day off work to try and take photos :)
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Tank is chugging along well. Started kalk on a diy stirrer and got a nice pair of wild caught clowns and a blue tip acro which is doing well.
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby priscacara » Sat 17 Nov, 2012 8:36 pm

Lucky it hadn't emptied or there would be big losses , the tank looks great.
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby babyreefer » Thu 21 Feb, 2013 2:03 am

Nice Nice~Very nice and neat DIY!
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby LPS fan » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 6:37 pm

Cheers for the feedback guys.
Had some ups and downs over the last 4 months, unfortunately lost some stock in the heat wave, but the LPS are thriving.
Have since installed cooling fans on a temp controller, would like to try SPS again down the track, but don't know where I will fit them.
Constant battle with alkalinity, have started adding to top off water.
Really getting sick of my snails knocking everything over, think I will have to glue them down, lots of different methods, any recomend what worked for them?
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby MelbourneGlobalBuyer » Sun 24 Mar, 2013 5:51 pm

Looks brilliant, love the hammers
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby slawman » Sat 13 Apr, 2013 8:28 pm

Love those blue and green zoos. Keeping a nano stable is a real challenge and your tank is looking nice and healthy, good stuff!
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby DanMang » Thu 16 May, 2013 4:26 pm

Wow, looks amazing. Love the tank size
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby LPS fan » Sat 01 Jun, 2013 8:22 am

Got some new purple/blue blue zoas but the clownfish jumped :(

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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby jayellul » Sun 02 Jun, 2013 11:33 pm

Cool little tank :)
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby LPS fan » Tue 30 Jul, 2013 6:48 pm

Rimless tanks are beautiful but mine is no longer. Behold it covered in shame.

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Purchased everything for the cover from Bunnings - bird netting, aluminium window frame, rubber spline, corner pieces. No longer shall my fish go carpet surfing.

Rescaped the tank as the balancing act I had going on saw the hammer coral fall on the torch and clam. Expensive lesson learnt; hammer beats clam + plus torch.

The good news is that I got a nice flame angel and a bi colour angel from a fellow MASA reefer who get along great, and also a nice new red photosynthetic gorgonian from Aquaristic, love that shop.
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby Airst » Tue 30 Jul, 2013 9:48 pm

LPS fan wrote:hammer beats clam + plus torch.

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Your tank is looking really nice :)
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby LPS fan » Mon 05 Aug, 2013 3:01 pm

I made a video of my tank! Hope you enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zWe05xUw00

Apologies for getting carried away with the effects, I had fun making it though that's what counts ;)
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby millotoli » Sat 17 Aug, 2013 3:13 pm

Love it man, dub reef. haha
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby NewyReefer » Sat 17 Aug, 2013 8:37 pm

Awesome tank mate looks unreal

That video was sick nice work :thumbsup:
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby new nano » Sun 08 Sep, 2013 4:17 pm

Love the tank mate. I'm building something similar but doesn't look anywhere near as neat. Love the build quality of the stand. Mine is a rimless open top 500x500x350 with external weir and LEDs. What skimmer and return pump are you using?
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby Kirk_M » Sun 08 Sep, 2013 5:51 pm

Beautiful. The aquascape is perfect for that tank.
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby LPS fan » Thu 26 Sep, 2013 1:30 pm

Cheers guys, always love getting positive feedback!
Tank is still chucking along, the green sinularia is growing like a weed and will have to be be trimmed or removed as it's taking over.
For some reason the orange fungia coral won't extend it's tentacles anymore. It's odd as all the other corals are fully extended, including the 3 green fungias. My parametres are as I keep them C 430, A 10, M 1300, P - basically nothing, nitrates 10 - 15. Thinking maybe the Bicolour is having a go at it, going to put it in a cup and spot feed and hope for the best. Will update photos soon.
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Re: Custom Nano Build - FTS!

Postby LPS fan » Thu 27 Feb, 2014 12:03 am

Got a humidifier for the tank which looks pretty cool, shame it sets of the fire alarm.

Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdEv65jT ... e=youtu.be
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