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Thread: DIY zero edge cube reef build

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    Default DIY zero edge cube reef build

    Hey I'm new to KWAS so I thought I would start a build log of the tank I am working on. The tank is a 35 gallon zero edge cube that I constructed out of 1/2 inch acrylic. I am fairly well a long in the build, but I will post pictures I have been taking of the build since the beginning.

    Here are the plans that I started with, I made them in google sketchup.





    From there I purchased the lumber needed to build the stand



    Cut the pieces to size before hand



    Stand finished, there is no piece at the back so the bulk heads at the back are not obstructed.


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    I purchase one 1/2 inch sheet of acrylic to make the 35 gal tank and the ~ 20 gal sump. I had the pieces cut by a friend who had access to a CNC router, so the cuts were perfect!
    I had 1/4 inch black acrylic cut for the tank that sits beneath and collects the overflowing water. I wanted it black to reduce the growth and visibility of the algae in this section.

    I prepared the edges by sanding all the way down to 1600 grit sand paper.






    Getting ready to start welding the sump



    Sump fully welded



    Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of myself welding the actual tank, but heres the finished product after I had routed the top edge with a 1/2 inch curved bit.



    Closeup of the edge after sanding



    Keep in mind I also routed the edges of each side as well as the top

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    Water testing







    Sump placed in stand


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    Next I had to drill for the bulkeads, I first drilled the 3/4 inch hole for the return bulkhead





    Had to also drill the tank that collects the overflow



    as well as the plywood, back two holes are for the 1 inch drains in the overflow tank



    3/4 return bulkhead installed



    Back two 1 inch drains installed



    Loc-line for return installed


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    Bulk reef supply order that came in








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    Installing the baffles in the sump



    Checking if everything fits



    Filter sock holder installed


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    Vega, stand and controller fully installed





    Short video clip:


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    Fantastic thread, thanks for sharing.
    90 Gallon - Bosemoni Rainbow's, Parkinsoni Rainbow's, Turquoise Rainbows, albino congo tetra's & Longfin Serpae Tetra's
    65 Gallon -
    Angels, Albino BN, Harlequin Rasboras
    40 Gallon - Astatotilapia aeneocolor & Loaches
    29 Gallon - Guppies, Cory's, Albino BN Pleco's
    29 Gallon - Crystal Red Shrimp & Yellow Shrimp
    29 Gallon - Empty
    10 Gallon
    - Empty


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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog800 View Post
    Fantastic thread, thanks for sharing.
    Agreed
    Zenin

    Cichlids: from great challenges come great rewards.


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    Looks really cool! Nice work! I look forward to seeing the finished product. Won't you get a lot of noise from the open drains?

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