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Thanksgiving Weekend Tank Build-a-thon

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Alright, this is the first time since last year that I've had 4 days off in a row. I was going to bring another buckhorn on-line as I ran out of grow space but that can wait till Christmas break so, I thought it'd be fun to build a nano start to finish this weekend with my kids. So, here are the ground rules:

 

-Must use stuff in my inventory. That means tank, pumps, etc will be from spare stock. Lights will be built from scratch using components/diodes/resistors on hand. Should be interesting...

 

-Will be piped to main system.

 

Alright, to the garage to look through what I've got!

 

 

Okay, I have a standard 3g vase, a 2ft tall cylinder, and a 20 tall standard tank.

 

Will post progress shortly once I figure out which will work with what I have...

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Here's what I have... 20 tall is drilled already, taller vase has a flat bottom that could be drilled in the center (only problem with that is I'd have to put all rockwork around the drain pipe in center), standard vase would have to be drilled through the back. A challenge but not impossible...

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I have seen a few ridiculous vase reefs lately in other forums. The tall one would be pretty slick...

 

Finally Mother's Day flower vases put to good use!

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I think the tall one is the one. Looking at drilling in through the side. Putting in a bulkhead on a curved surface will be tough but with enough silicone will be fine. Looking at light enclosure options laying around. I'm thinking 50-75 watts with 30 degree optics.

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Good luck drilling it!

 

What's the diameter on that bad boy?

Aquascaping is probably thinking way ahead, but a masonry bit, scrap rock, and an acrylic rod should do the truck quite well. A Dsb may also be in order.

 

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Its about 12", glass is 3/8. I have a drilling guide I made a while back so fingers crossed. Just have to get past the Thanksgiving festivities to get back to it tonight.

 

Aquascaping is a good question... a rock skewer is a good idea. I'll have to see if I still have some nylon all thread.

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Alright, drilling complete! So here's the plan:

 

Overflow on top bulkhead. Bottom bulkhead reduces to 1/2" which shoots down a pipe to force water at the bottom of the vase. Rockwork will be attached to the 90 fitting and downpipe so I can take it all out in one piece for easy frag maintenence, glueing, etc. I'm not going to glue the pipe so its easy to pull. Pressure will be minimal as it has an open shot out the 1/2 on the bottom. 1/8 hole for suction break on 90 as well for anti-siphon.

 

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That's an outstanding idea to bring the return pipe to the bottom, creating a natural upswelling:)

 

What kind of corals are you thinking about keeping?

 

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The update I posted on Saturday isn't there...

 

Anyway, I have just been waiting on silicone to cure. I fabbed up a light with 45 degree optics but wasn't happy with the spread so i have some 15's on their way. While in holding pattern I started work on setting up the big tank.

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