A fishy project...

A fishy project...

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    A fishy project...

    Sometime in August I looked at a nook in my bedroom that has been bare for over a year and said, "FISH TANK!"



    I have never had a salt water tank in my life and only limited experience with a freshwater tank but I decided there was no time like the present to learn.

    I sat down with a piece of paper, google and got some strong advice from a good friend and I started my designing, learning, researching and planning. Then, I was off to the glass store for my acrylic and the build of a saltwater tank and sump commenced....













    Tonight, we went out and got ourselves some rock, live sand and salt water and I have myself my first custom fish tank!!



    Yeah, it's a bit murky.. got to wait for the filter media to do it's job.

    But I'm pretty proud of my build. In about a month I went from not even knowing what people made fish tanks out of to completely constructing my own from scratch.

    I've got my happy dance going on.


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    looks good to me

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    Nicely done. I wouldn't have known a person could just build their own tank.

    Question: What is live sand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducmonster View Post
    Nicely done. I wouldn't have known a person could just build their own tank.

    Question: What is live sand?
    Sand that has living organisms in it already. .. bacteria, worms, other oceanic bugs. You can also get live rock!

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    Got a good start there, my 55 gallon crashed so I now have a 90 I am getting ready to set up but I still need to get a 30 gallon sump and protein skimmer for it. Suggestion for some fish to start out with, get some mollies they will tolerate either salt or freshwater and are much cheaper than marine fish and will cycle the tank faster.

    Here is a link to some articles that will help you get up and running faster. Live Aquarium Setup: Aquarium Care and Aquarium Fish Information
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    Cool project!


    What did you use to seal the pieces together? Also, is there two tanks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Cool project!


    What did you use to seal the pieces together? Also, is there two tanks?
    I used what is called Weld-On.. It melts acrylic (and only acrylic). When two pieces of acrylic are touching and the weld is placed between them it melts them both and when it evaporates (which is does completely without leaving any residue or harmful traces) it leaves a perfect weld of the two pieces of acrylic for an EXTREMELY strong and waterproof joint.

    The top one is the display tank. The bottom one is called a sump. It holds the filter media, refugium (for plants that eat things like nitrites and nitrates that are harmful to fish), baffles for gas exchange (giving off harmful gases and p
    icking up oxygen) and the pumps and heaters that keep the water circulated and at the proper temperature. ... pretty much everything you don't want clogging up your display tank but everything you need to keep a balanced system.
    The reason you don't see all that junk is because the way I designed the sump. (The guy at the fish store was very impressed with my design) The part that is at the front is the refugium. It will eventually have some plants in it once everything gets cycled and I get my lights.

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    Before it crashed.

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    But what kind of fish are you going to have in there?
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    You built a tank and it doesn't leak? I'm impressed...
    Not that you shouldn't be able to, it's just quite a feat.

    Salt water tanks can have some cool looking fish...keep us posted.
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    JD wants a black clown. I want a clown, too.. Maybe a royal gramma.

    I don't want too many fish.. 2 or 3 sounds perfect to me. Some corals and I think that will be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    You built a tank and it doesn't leak? I'm impressed...
    Not that you shouldn't be able to, it's just quite a feat.

    Salt water tanks can have some cool looking fish...keep us posted.
    I've got mad skills. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Before it crashed.

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    What crashed it? Do you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    What crashed it? Do you know?
    Pump went out while I was in the hospital; my roommate tried to get some circulation going but did not have any luck with it. By the time I got out of the hospital everything was either dying or dead. You stated you want coral most soft corals have a symbiotic relationship with algae in their bodies and need strong lighting to flourish. The new compact florescent and LED lights though pricey will work well.
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    I'd like to join you on this kind of project; I think fish are neat. However, my wife thinks that fish are "icky" and she will not tolerate them--so I have to envy and admire from afar.

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