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    Twisty's 29g custom aquapod

    Well after seeing Xenon's 29g, I was inspired to create my own Nano.
    I recently moved into an Appartment and don't have space for the Big tank anymore.
    So i purchased a Current USA 29gl Aquapod from Patrick @ Ottawa Inverts.
    I also purchase Xenon's Current USA 20" Nova Extreme Pro 6x18w T5 fixture.
    I will be removing the faut wall from the aquapod in order to gain the extra realestate.
    I will then cut an opening in the back glass to Create a Calfo External Coast to Coast overflow.
    I will build a glass overflow @ the back of the Tank with a Durso Standpipe.
    I'll have the tank drilled for the return.
    I'll update this thread as time goes on and as my project progresses.

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    Day1

    Day 1.
    Just got back from work... and ready to get customizing!
    First things first.

    Make sure you test this on a Cheap Tank.
    I tested on small size Nano... I'll probably plumb this one in beside the 29gl.
    here's a pic of my first attemp


    I wanted to remove the Fake Wall to recover lost space.. as all the hardware will be below in a sump.

    Wall Removed


    I then Prepped the opening for the Coast to Coast by cutting out the Plastic trim @the back of the Nano

    Here's a pic of the prepped opening


    Then proceeded to the Shower to cut the glass
    I placed a plastic bag over the dremel to make sure it didn't get soak while the water was running to cool the cutting process. Note.. If large tank.. The dremel might over heat in the plastic bag.


    Here's a picture of the end result.. took me approx 1/2 hours to notch out the teeth.
    The key is to let the bit do the work..
    If the flow is insufficient i will PUNCH out the teeth and use EGG Crate.


    Tomorrow I will order the glass to build the external overflow box.
    I'll post pictures as my project goes on!

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    cool project! keep us posted.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    neet project...following along.

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    Anybody have a suggestion as to what type of silicon i should use to "glue" my external overflow box with?

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    Overflow build

    Time for an Update
    Well received my glass for the overflow's over the weekend.
    Here's the break down of my build.

    Tools Needed.
    - Cut Glass (6mm thick glass)
    - Construction Grade GE silicon (Ottawa Inverts)
    - Corner Vices
    - Caulking Gun




    So i started by doing a Dry Run of the assembly.
    Make sure all the pices fit properly. You never know.
    I not a carpenter. :b11:
    Guess i measured properly:b2:

    After confirming everything is good.
    I assembled the first corner.


    This construction grade silicon sets real quick.
    I proceeded to assemble the rest of the puzzle.
    Note: When applying the silicon use a welding style movement in order to push the bead of silicon down the glass with the gun. I couldn't take a picture of this, only have 2 hands.
    I'm not a master caulker either, notice the finger prints on the glass.
    I will remove these when the silicon is completly dry.

    Here's a pic of the final product.
    I built two boxes, One for the Aquapod... and the other for my GP's 7gl Tank.


    Tomorrow i'll silicon these to the back of their respective tank.
    More to come!

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    very nice. for us tool-less people, where did you get those corner clamps?

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    time for an update... 0 progress
    still in the planning/design stage
    I'm supposed to receive the baffles for my sump tomorrow
    I'm going to use a 40gl breeder.
    My sump will be configured
    return <- refugium <- skimmer

    Here's a pic of the stand I want to build to house both tanks.


    Going to meet a cabinet maker on the weekend. He's going to give me pointers.
    He will also help me source the wood.

    Also in the planning process is the plumbing. I plan on plumbing both overflows together.
    I want to purchase an Octopus recirculation skimmer and drive this with the flow from the overflows from both tanks. Does anybody have experience doing this? There doesn't seem to be much documentation regarding this.

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    looks great, i assume there will be doors??

    i can see the advantage of skimming all your water but at the same time see some advantages to sending unprocessed water to your fuge. the recirc. skimmers work best with very little water being added, so you should be good with those two small tanks.
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    Did you buy your skimmer last night (wednsday) lol never know how to write that one lol.
    Tank: 125 Gallons with Coast to Coast overflow
    Sump/Refuge: 55Gallons
    Lighting: 400W MH x3
    Pumps: Seio 1100 and 820, Koralia 4, Tunze Nanostream 6025 moded
    Return: Ocean Runner 3500
    Skimmer: Octopus HoB double pump skimmer
    (Octopus Pro 300)

    IN PROGRESS
    GHL Standalone dosing pump

    Live stock : Velvet wrasse, clown wrasse, niger trigger, 2 blood shrimps, 2 purple firefish

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