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I'm a little bored tonight after work, so this happened. 

The vase holds around 1/2 gallon. I'm seriously considering drilling a few holes  in this and putting a tiny sump on it. I don't want to have to worry about trying to hide a pump or heater in the display. The plan is to silicone the rock to the back wall. That way, I can just pick the while thing up and dump it out for a water change. 

That's all for now. 

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1 minute ago, Jack-the-reefer said:

I don't think they make bulkheads tiny enough for what I need. Anyone have any good ideas? 

Hmmm. good point.  What size are you going to run?  maybe drill and silicone?  

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1 minute ago, TheClark said:

Hmmm. good point.  What size are you going to run?  maybe drill and silicone?  

I'm not totally sure yet. Maybe 1/4" - 1/2" max. 

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I bet silicone would do the job that small but 1/2” threaded pvc could be a makeshift bulk head.  Just brainstorming:)

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A blue tang might be a good fit.

At least once a week: "what's the smallest tank you guys sell? My son/daughter wants a Dory!" 

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4 hours ago, Jack-the-reefer said:

Oooo! That's a good idea!

I think the gem tang at cuttlefish would look really good in this. It'll probably be zoas and sexy shrimp. 

I almost feel like it would be cooler to flip it upside down, then make a seal for the base with a few outlets.

It looks like it would be hard to drill.

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1 hour ago, viper55 said:

How bout this jack  just a little silicone to seal threads and your good 

 

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That's actually probably what I'll end up with. I was kind of thinking of just using an aqua lifter pump anyway. 

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Jack...we going to have another nano build off 🙄😂.  

Look pretty sweet.  I just ordered two of those fittings.

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Got it drilled, painted, and glued in the "bulkheads" over the past few days. I ended up using some random plumbing parts I found at home depot and modifying them to work for what I need. 

I'll see if it holds water tomorrow. Then I'll glue the rock wall in place. 

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I got it running today. I think I'm going to pull the drain out and make it bigger though. I have to have the pump cranked down to barely a trickle or else it's going to overflow. 

 

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I got the stand started yesterday. I still need to get some trim on it and clean it up before painting, but I'm getting there. 

It's in two pieces so I can just pull the front section off to get to the sump. 

 

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This is really cool. It’ll make a great tank to show off some smalle inverts like Sexy shrimp or a pompom crab. Can’t wait to see how it looks once stocked. 

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2 hours ago, albertareef said:

I love your micro projects!  Too bad the tidepool one didn't work out.

Thanks! The tidepool is going to get resurrected one of these days. 

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