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Fishy!
01-05-2016, 04:42 AM
Well, on Boxing Day I ordered my Christmas present from my wife, a new custom tank upgrade from Concept Aquariums about 8 hours away(build thread to be started soon). When in the process of ordering I decided that it would be beneficial to have them build me a frag tank as well, since i would be headed up there to pick up the new display. We will be making the drive in mid February, which seemed great. Gives me lots of time to plan and buy what pieces of equipment i will need to get this new beauty running. That was until I logged onto the Canada Corals boxing day sale..... $400 later it became an urgent necessity to have a frag tank to store all my new found goodies. Needless to say, the name of the game here was CHEAP and functional. This is just a quick build thread to show my "emergency" frag tank build.

Any advice/input is always appreciated




Equipment:

Tank: Standard 10 Gallon 3 sides and bottom painted black.

Lighting: Halo Par38 Led with goose neck.

Filtration: Aquaclear 20 with PicO Aquariums surface skimmer attachment.
01/04/16: Live rock "media basket" added
Powerhead: TBD

Heater: Tronic 50w

Current FTS:
http://i.imgur.com/TgzUk8z.jpg

Fishy!
01-05-2016, 04:43 AM
The Build:



12/28/15 - The 15 minute scrap lumber stand is built in between projects at work


http://i.imgur.com/btQrvix.jpg


12/29/15 - Tank is painted and dry. Light, filter and heater installed. Placed on 15 minute stand


http://i.imgur.com/MF5IRD1.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ruV0Fo4.jpg


12/30/2015 - I picked up a piece of translucent black acrylic to try making a frag rack, when my efforts to find black eggcrate turned up fruitless. This was my first attempt at working with acrylic. I came to the conclusion that my single speed drill press is too slow, resulting in some not so crisp holes being drilled. I am sure that it could have been fixed with a good polish, but being a temporary thing I chose not to invest the time.


http://i.imgur.com/I2Cnowm.jpg


In the(Still dry) tank
http://i.imgur.com/BnilhPW.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8VTibSc.jpg


12/31/15 - My current display gets a 5 gal water change which goes into the new frag tank with 5 gals of new water.


01/01/16 - I did a clean up of the frags off the sand bed of my display and moved them into the bare bottom of the frag tank while i wait for legs for the rack.


http://i.imgur.com/NoLqyI1.jpg


01/02/15 - I made some temporary legs out of 1" x 1/2" poly barbed reducers. These will likely be the legs that stay on this rack for this tank. Frags put on the rack.


http://i.imgur.com/TgzUk8z.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/28Q8hbz.jpg

Fishy!
01-05-2016, 04:44 AM
01/04/16 - I decided i would like to have at least some biological filtration in this frag tank, so I made a call to my LFS to bag me up(in water) 2 pounds of live rock rubble. My wife was kind enough to pick this up for me in her travels today, while i was at work. On my way home i stopped at the dollar store and picked up a new "media basket" to hold my new bio filter.

http://i.imgur.com/4aBGXVv.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/AE6sa13.jpg

ALBERTA REEF
01-05-2016, 04:54 PM
Nice little frag tank. Great start.