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Neil82's build-off competition entry

Discussion in 'Competition Entries' started by neil82, May 4, 2019.

  1. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Hello,
    Making an entry to the competition at the last minute. I'm glad to be posting this thread, because I didn't think I would have the time or resources to participate. Or a place in our home to put another tank. Then we won the 10 gallon AIO cube at Reef Ed today and away we go. We have already decided to put the tank in our daughter's room. And that is exactly how far along we are with planning of this tank build at the moment. I know we want to plan this tank build with safety in mind since it will be in a child's room. And I want to incorporate my wife's ideas as we plan and have this be a family tank for everyone to enjoy.
    I'll be back with updates as we figure out a stand and the rest of equipment needed.

    Cost breakdown:
    $129.99 10 gallon waterbox AIO cube
    $209.99 AI prime HD
    $29.99 AI prime tank mount
    $56.59 Cobalt Neo-therm 50w
    $42.63 Sicce Syncra 0.5 pump (upgrade)
    $30.45 Sicce Micra micra plus
    $15.28 CaribSea base rock 7.68 lbs @ 1.99 lb
    $20.69 sand aragonite 20 lbs
    $10 bicolor pseudochromis
    $2.50 red legged hermit crab
    $2.50 snail
    $17.99 purple whip gorg
    $38.17 purple frilly gorg, golden plume gorg, and ricordea with shipping



    $596.77 total to date

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    Last edited: Jul 13, 2019
  2. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    So jealous of that tank! Looking forward to seeing what you do. Love the family tank idea as well.


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  3. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Went to Aqua Imports today and purchased substrate, dry base rock, and a heater. Still working on a plan for the stand. It's likely going to be DIY. I'll update thread soon with costs incurred to date.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2019
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  4. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Updated 1st post with cost breakdown to date. I'm using retail prices including items won in raffle. This will help keep my spending in check too.
    I purchased Sicce Syncra 0.5 as upgrade to stock return pump. I read reports of stock pump being noisy and underpowered.
    Stand is currently in progress. I'm hoping this thread will get pic heavy in the near future. Stay tuned.
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2019
  5. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

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  6. JuanGutz

    JuanGutz Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    All coming together, Can’t wait to see her wet!
     
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  7. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    How are you making it more secure? Glass tops? Anchoring stand to studs with lag bolts?
    Interesting family tank idea for sure.


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  8. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Planned safety features are GFCI outlet and bolting stand to studs in the wall. I'd like to keep the top of tank open for now. The rim of the tank will be about 35 inches from floor. In a year or so, we'll have to reevaluate. Once she can reach the top, our kiddo might want to start making additions to the reef! Any other ideas for safety or otherwise, please chime in.
     
  9. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    All good ideas! Just make sure it can not be pulled over. What a great idea for kids. I loves when my girls were 8ish and would ask people what kind of return pump people had or “what skimmer are you running”


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  10. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Well, I'm behind many of the other competition builds. Here is an update.
    I purchased 1x4 poplar boards from home depot, cut to size, and glued them together to form a countertop for the stand. Then I sanded down the top surface and applied a coating of spar urethane. I'll keep sanding and applying finish coats until I like the look of it. Then I'll glue it down as a finished top for the stand. 20190511_191204-1600x1200.jpg 20190512_074147-1600x1200.jpg 20190515_203516-1200x1600.jpg 20190515_203522-1200x1600.jpg
     
  11. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Oh and I received the upgrade pump today. 20190515_214522-1200x1600.jpg
     
  12. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    What should I put in this tank?
     
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  13. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Water! Haha JK. I love mixed reefs so I say a little of everything!
     
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  14. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Hopefully soon! Maybe this weekend. Have I not posted a picture of this tank? How did i forget that??
     
  15. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

  16. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'm looking at photos and I think I like the green clown goby the most. Are these guys jumpers?
     
  17. JuanGutz

    JuanGutz Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    You think you like the green goby till you look up the fire prawn goby :hearteyes:
     
  18. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    You're right, that fish is awesome looking!!!
     
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  19. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    I had a yellow clown/coral goby and he wasn't a jumper. A quick look online and I didn't find any reference to them being jumpers. I thought I remember reading something about them eating SPS polyps, shouldn't be an issue for a colony but a frag may be an issue.

    Speaking of gobies, have you thought about a Yasha goby/pistol shrimp pair?


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  20. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I like the idea of goby/pistol shrimp pair, but according to liveaquaria description, this goby is a jumper. I'm shooting for keeping the top open and using the tank mount arm with AI prime.
     

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