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Featured Aqua nano 40

Discussion in 'Nano Tanks (11-30gal)' started by McPikie, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. McPikie

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    So, I'm back to the salty stuff, with a bit of a downsize from my old Reefspace 900.

    Picked up this 55l nano off a chap on another forum this weekend

    [​IMG]2017-02-27_09-23-21 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Gave it s good clean with some white vinegar and hot water, then picked up a full spectrum LED light unit off Tuckersdaughter (many thanks)

    [​IMG]2017-02-27_09-23-57 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2017-02-27_09-23-42 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    With the light being 40cm wide and the tank being 40cm wide, I was planning on just resting it on top, but it's just a little too close for comfort. Any slight knock would sit it going for a swim, so I need to fab some kind of holder/bracket for it, as I cannot suspend it from above (wife's rules). Thinking of a perspex tray to sit it in, then some legs to raise it a little. I may have to speak to Chippyyah about that.

    Plans. Well, plans are for s nice little scape, not a bommie, with enough room for some hammers, frogspawn, maybe a torch. I want to get some of my old vivid GSP back and try to grown that on the back plastic.

    Standard return pump for now, but I may swap this out for an eheim 1000 at some point. Heaters controlled by an STC which has been ordered, and an ATU in the rear sump.
     
  2. penzo

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    Nice welcome back,you decided against the other tank then.lol.
     
  3. chippypah

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    Nice looking tank, sure it will be very nice when finished.
     
  4. warby

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    welcome back. the gsp up the back wall will look nice. have seen a few tanks done like that. just looks like grass blowing in the wind haha

    Sent from my s6 using Tapatalk!
     
  5. McPikie

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    Did a sketch up lastnight on the light holder. As you can see, my skills on CAD are second to none

    [​IMG]2017-02-28_10-14-53 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Then I came across this

    [​IMG]2017-02-28_10-15-05 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    I REALLY like the idea of that, but it would have to be a snug fit, unless I could use some box section aluminium to fix the light unit to the bracket.
    [MENTION=14450]chippypah[/MENTION] Could you fab something like that, and how much?
     
  6. chippypah

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    Would need some exact measurements to make it, but yes can be done not sure on price until i get size.
     
  7. McPikie

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    Think the second option is best, not your drawing LOL
     
  9. McPikie

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    :lol:

    I should be going to M.I.T with skills like that
     
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    Nice to see you back looking forward to seeing what you do with this tank. You other tank before was really nice. Will be following :)
     
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    not a fan of that sand. just make sure you don't put any lps on it or if you do watch it dosent burn the flesh on them. not trying to put you off just making you aware. it just looks like normal sand after a month or so it dosent hold its white colour and takes alot of rinsing out

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  13. McPikie

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    How can sand burn the flesh? I'm more than likely to be having coral go straight on the rocks in any event.

    Been warned what a pain it is to rinse first, so going to give it a right good swill this weekend in RO
     
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    I said exactly the same until I saw it for myself. I'd blow the sand of my fungias and acans and there would be small hales where the sand had killed off the flesh. I'm not the first one to see it. my mate had a trachy and a wrasse lived near it and sand used to get flicked onto it and he noticed small holes appearing in it so took it out for a dip and the flesh under it looked rather bad where it had been on the sand. see what happens when you use it but keep an eye on lps if they get sand on them. it seemed to be when the sand was left over night.

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    Wet testing

    [​IMG]2017-03-04_05-06-18 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Slight leak in the corner of the back baffle between display and return section, so ordered some HA6 to seal that up.

    Picked up a pair of RW4 pumps from @Merscer, so gave them a deep clean/vinigar bath

    [​IMG]2017-03-04_05-06-27 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2017-03-09_08-34-06 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Aquaroche tower came up local, and cheap

    [​IMG]2017-03-07_07-49-05 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2017-03-09_08-33-53 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Still need to make a pelmet/light holder, so going to B&Q this weekend for some supplies

    Going to snap around 4" off the top of that tower too and place it near the bottom, so more space for coral.

    Hopefully be wet next week........ if my STC turns up
     
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    And before it's even wet...... it's relegated to the shed.

    [​IMG]2017-04-03_07-50-14 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Managed to pick up a Sig 600, and sump, for free!! Although not quite sure if thats classed as medium or nano.

    The saga continues
     
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