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    Brian's (Bigger) 80 Gallon

    Well I've figured it was time to unveil my latest secret project. Ive had this tank set up for a couple of months now but never got around to posting about it. I picked up my new tank around January 2017 and it took me a few months to build the stand how I wanted it. Since I'm a year late lets get started with some pics.

    I picked up a Deep blue rimless 80 gallon tank from Coral reef connection and spend 3-4 months working on the stand when I had time. I wanted some larger then what I had but still shallow. I really liked the dimensions of the deep blue since it is shallow enough where I don't feel like i have to go swimming to get a lost frag. I also wanted this tank to be dead silent.

    This was the image my wife had in mind for the tank. Can anyone guess where she got it from?


    So with this image I dutifully got to work.

    Starting with the shell of the stand: I used rocket engineer template with 2x6 boards for the header. I had to go on a quest for wood that wasn't completely warped. I eventually ended up at a smallish lumber shop in Harrisburg where they had a nice selection of wood and a much nicer table saw/jointer than me. I had them cut the wood down to size for me and join one edge to get a very flat surface. Even with them doing the brunt of the work it was only a little more to get it there vs HD.


    Then the face frames:


    Then onto to the trim and side cabinets: I build the side cabinets from scraps of ply I had left over from the top and back of the stand. The far left is going to be my electrical cabinet and the right is going to be misc storage.


    And finally onto the cabinet doors. These were made out of 1x3 pine boards and MDF for the inside panel with plenty of Kilz smeared on. I'm lucky that my father has a shop with random tools and bits. So I used his router table to make the raised panel doors. Eventually I routed the outside of the doors to give them alittle something more.


    A dry fit test before final gluing and finishing.



    A few coats of paint and some swearing finally got the stand in place. Once I got it in I realized that I should of measured twice as my trim made me a quarter inch too large. Which caused me to have to pop off the trim and square it up on the front.

    To the finished product. I still have to figure out how to hide the gaps between the wall and the stand.


    Here's a before picture to show the huge difference from my old tank to the new.


    Here's proof that the tank finally saw water and had life in it after half a year of working.


    I plan on running most of the same equipment from the old tank with some new additions.
    Lighting: 2 Radions (gen 2 and gen 4)
    Flow: 2 MP10s
    Return: Vecrta M1
    Skimmer: Skimz SN123
    Heaters: 125 watt Jager and 300 watt finnex
    Controller: Apex classic
    Dosers: BRS 1.1 x2

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    That is some great wood work, the stand looks fantastic.

    Everything in the tank looks good too, do you have some closer shots?

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    Looks great. I am really jealous of you guys with wood working skills.

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    Looks great! I too enjoy "shallow" tanks. I have been eyeballing the same tank myself. What did you do for silence of your drain line(s). I love the mechanics of water and flow. Also, I am certain I have seen that drawing before, but It had a bowfront!....

    Growth looks great as does the wood work! I keep meaning to finish my stand, and never do.

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    Niceeee! Looks really good


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    Brian's (Bigger) 80 Gallon

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquatchXXL View Post
    Looks great! I too enjoy "shallow" tanks. I have been eyeballing the same tank myself. What did you do for silence of your drain line(s). I love the mechanics of water and flow. Also, I am certain I have seen that drawing before, but It had a bowfront!....

    Growth looks great as does the wood work! I keep meaning to finish my stand, and never do.
    Thanks everyone! The tank has two holes (3/4" and 1") drilled in the bottom. I used both for drains and put a gate valve on the 3/4" line to make a herbie drain. It makes the tank silent. I also took off the gate Deep blue provides as it makes the trickling noise.

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    Some closeup shots:
    Awesome Blue tabling acro that I got by mistake.


    New Kole tang


    Zoas


    Overly blue coops tricolor


    Bicolor Hammer

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    Looking good Brian!

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    I found some baby Bangaiis yesterday morning. I was expecting them this time since one escaped the fathers mouth when I was moving some coral. I have 7 in total right now and they are in a separate tank.

    The first sighting:


    Perfectly constructed urchin:


    Their new Home. I have a drip of bbs going through out the day, but it isn’t a constant drip more a sporadic drip.
    Last edited by bpawling; 02-12-2018 at 09:42 PM.

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