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    New 60G cube Seahorse tank

    I have been planning a new tank for my son's room for some time now. The plans are coming together. No pictures (yet) because there's nothing to take pictures of But, given that is post #1,000 for me :speedbana I wanted to use it to establish a thread to report our progress.

    The tank will be a 24" cube. The plan is to make sea horses the focal point of the display and add other tankmates to fit in (e.g. shrimp gobies, firefish, bangaii cardinals). We'd like to have macro and live plants (if we can find a source).

    Many details are still being finalized but, equipment-wise, we're looking at:

    - metal stand with wood 'skirt'
    - 20H sump
    - return pump producing around 600 GPH, returning through a manifold to diffuse the flow
    - 2x96W PC lighting to start, moving to a 150W HQI pendant system
    - LR (60lbs)
    - 4" DSB
    - Coralife 3002 skimmer


    Inhabitants would include
    - 3 pair of Captive Bred sea horses (type depends on want is available since the supply in Canada is lower than in the US).
    - Zoas, 'shrooms, gorgonians, finger leathers
    - Appropriate macro and plants (if we can find them)
    - standard type clean-up crew
    - Shrimp goby and pistol shrimp pair (perhaps a pair of these)
    - One pair of small, non-aggressive fish (TBD)

    Progress to-date involves having ordered the tank (should arrive in the new year) and trying to find someone to make the stand. We'll order the rest of the stuff over the next couple of months. Pics will follow when there is something worth seeing. Sure hope this works out for us. Putting it out here sort of commits us, doesn't it?
    Nick

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    holy crap sounds awesome..
    you should get a pipefish instead of the cardinal tho!
    there are some sweet pipefish!!
    u should set up a tank to breed ur own ghost shrimp 2
    just buy like 100 and keep them in like a 30 gallon tank..
    with a good filter..
    that'd b sweet and will save ya a lot of money in the long run

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    ahh ummm, can i be ur son?


    seanic aquarium in gulphe has a good selection of captive bred horses

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    nick,
    Making a stand for a 60 cube ain't that hard...
    Look what I managed to accomplish for my upcoming 60 cube.









    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Damn I like those 60g cubes, its a little late to ask Santa, but if I put my order in maybe the Easter Bunny might be good to me.

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    Tang_man, I've been eying your stand enviously. Wish my wood working skills were a bit better
    Nick

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    Lucky kid. Make sure he doesn't have any allergies, I know I did. It's one thing to have a tank in a living room, but I wanted to die when I had a small one in my room before.

    Nice work up there too!
    2.5g pico: 2lbs live rock, that's it for now.

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    My son's nearly 17 (and as tall as me), so not much of a 'kid' now
    Nick

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    Hey Nick,
    I too thought that it was out of my league to build something like that. I'll admit, it came out much better than I thought it would. A little trick is to have the long straight cuts done at HomeDepot, and use good wood.

    HOWEVER, I just noticed that you want a metal stand... BigAl's in Montreal mistakenly ordered one for me which I never took (I had asked him for a price, and thought it was an order... as luck would have it, it came in the day I finished staining my DIY one). It's 1" square tube frame, painted black, Flush corners with legs built within the frame. You may be able to get a GREAT price on it. Skinning it will be EASY.

    I also have an acrylic sump that originally came with my 60 gal that you may be interested in... Lemme know and I'll snap a pic of it.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Well, as the lack of posts suggests, action has been slow I ordered the tank back in mid December but it still hasn't arrived. Tang-man helped me find a 2x2 metal stand at Big Als in Montreal which has just arrived today.



    A couple of questions:

    1) The stand is metal and has four feet on the floor (rather than the entire frame being on the floor). There is about a 1/4" wobble between diagonal legs which is not only unstable but also makes the stand unlevel. Any suggestions about how to level it?

    2) I don't think the stand is power coated - it just has a black paint. Do I need to get power coating or can I apply a protective paint instead?
    Nick

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