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Old 03/31/2018, 06:34 PM   #1
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Jepprox 50g Cube

I am relatively new to reefing and have been researching best practices for maintaining a reef tank with fish. Been researching for the last year and have found a wealth of ideas, information, and recommendations here on this website and I wanted to share my build to contribute to the hobby. I plan to keep mostly SPS and a handful of fish. Last fall I built a 56g tall saltwater aquarium for my wife as she was also getting the bug. It has been running for 7 months and corals are starting to really grow. I have always liked cubes and wanted to start with something small. Here is my list of equipment and stocking list along with pictures of my build.

- 50g cube (24"L x 24"D x 20"H) by Custom Aquarium with low iron glass on front and sides.
- Lifereef SVS2 skimmer, reactors, and refugium with accent colors
- Mag 12 pump for return and Mag 9.5 for skimmer
- Synergy Reef overflow with beanimal style drain
- Profilux 4 Controller
- Mitras LX7206 LED light
- Pacific Sun Sentry ATO
- Custom made stand
- UV sterilizer
- Cybex 1500 UPS

Desired Stocking List
- Pair of black and white ocellaris clowns
- Tomini tang
- Mystery wrasse
- Fairy wrasse
- Yellow wrasse
- High fin goby
- Derasa clam

I welcome feedback and input as I pull this all together.


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Old 03/31/2018, 07:24 PM   #2
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I started with a rendering using Google Sketchup to help me come up with the design, finishes, and parts list. The stand is made of walnut and walnut plywood. I intend to have two doors completely removable for servicing and these panels would be attached using magnets. The panels will also have a pane of tinted acrylic to be able to see the skimmer and reactors with their green accents.

Another view of the stand with the dry side compartment which will have a normal swing door. This will house most of the electronics and my ATO reservoir.

Here is a picture of the tank and the Lifereef sump and refugium.

Here is a picture of the tank on the stand in the proposed location in our downstairs family room. The nano tank will be moved to another room.

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Old 03/31/2018, 07:33 PM   #3
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Here are pictures of various phases of building the stand. My buddy is a great craftsman when it comes to building furniture and he had all of the wood working tools especially a monster table saw. The strength of this stand comes from five 2" x 3" posts and the 3/4" walnut ply. The top will be 1 1/4" butcher block style walnut with a live edge.

And some picture of the components and the blue PVC which I intend to use for the hard pipe plumbing.

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Old 03/31/2018, 07:55 PM   #4
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Here is the side compartment with the Esopps ATO reservoir. Topoff will be regulated with the Sentry ATO. I will also add some shelves here for storage.

This is where I am at right now. Cut a hole in the back of the stand for the drains and return. The pipes will have barb fittings and I will use flex tubing to the barb fittings in sump and pump. At the moment trying to figure out where the UV sterilizer will go and how it will be plumbed.

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Old 05/02/2018, 06:58 AM   #5
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Awesome looking tank and build. Everything looks very clean. Iíll be following along to see how it progresses. Best of luck.

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Old 06/09/2018, 09:08 AM   #6
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Thanks Rum! Been making good progress. I have a bunch of pics I need to upload. Top of the stand is finished and set the tank on it. Been doing cable management and installing last bit of components. Plumbing should go quick. Mocking up some scapes and have water ready to go. Oh and need to ceiling mount light before placing stand in final spot. Posting more updates soon.

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