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    Cool New Coldwater Cube AIO setup! Micro-Reefs 12x12x12 out of 1/2" + Custom stand.

    Tank is going to be a Micro-Reefs 12x12x12 AIO tank made of 1/2" acrylic to replace my current Aqueon 8 temperate setup.

    Most of the livestock will be transferred over, unless I get Lumpsuckers.....then its gonna be a lumpsucker tank for sure. Maybe a Baby coldwater Octopus tank......not sure yet.

    Lighting will be a recessed DIY imitation kessil RGB LED cannon that I've already made.

    Chilling will be with a Pacific Coast Imports CL-150 TEC that is currently keeping my 1/4" thick acyrlic tank at a steady 57F so the 1/2" should make this chiller even more efficient.

    Stand is a Modified Ikea Expedit Shelving unit.

    Skimmer is a no name local made micro skimmer with a small internal venturi pump that I've modified.

    Here's my google sketchup rendition of what the system will be:







    I picked up the stand used on craigslist for $35 and this is what I did to it in about a day.

    Swapped out the wooden dowels for metal ones for more support.



    Removed the upper shelf to allow clearance in and out of the tank and to install the light through the upper shelf for ventilation.



    Test fit the chiller to make sure there is a good air gap around all sides for performance.



    Got the hole cut in the top panel for the light





    Also cut down the extra shelf board that was removed to make room to access the tank and turned it into a cabinet door for the chiller shelf



    Pretty Much Finished, just need a handle for the cabinet and a tank








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    want more mini maxi

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    nice. this is going to be a very cool cold water tank. i have wanted a cold water tank for years. maybe some day. cant wait to see it up and running

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    Quote Originally Posted by reefman069 View Post
    nice. this is going to be a very cool cold water tank. i have wanted a cold water tank for years. maybe some day. cant wait to see it up and running
    The best part about this system is that everything other than the actual tank is done already, including rock and cycled water since its just sitting in my other tanks. So it should be up and running the same day the tank arrives next week!

    Some day could be any day Grab yourself an Aqueon 8 from petco for $89.99 and a CL-150 chiller for $100 on craigslist and you are done Coldwater for under $200. Then hook up with a guy like NemCrazy here and he'll show you the ropes

    There's actually quite a few coldwater guys up in Washington, I can think of at least 4 off the top of my head.

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    How much is he asking for the cube? That is such an awesome way to enter the Coldwater realm! I'd like it just so I can do a species tank. Think bobtail or a Catalina tank.

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    Lookin good!

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    I was just going to ask to have this thread moved in here Thanks for doing that

    Got it up and running last night and swapped it all over!







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    Wow Wicked cool, I may have to look into this when the time is right!

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    Just wait until I get the crazy fish in this one

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    What kind of fish were you thinking of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NemCrazy View Post
    What kind of fish were you thinking of?
    I kept it mostly macros and shrimp with the anticipation of getting some kind of Lumpfish in there soon

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    Looks like I should have kept up with the updates. My bad. Here is the tank as it sits now. This is a timelapse video of a little over an hour I shot the other night.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3IW...ure=youtu.be&a

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    very nice and colorful...looks much larger in video. Pretty sure I will do a coldwater some day!
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    That is a cool video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AquaticEngineer View Post
    Looks like I should have kept up with the updates. My bad. Here is the tank as it sits now. This is a timelapse video of a little over an hour I shot the other night.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3IW...ure=youtu.be&a
    Very cool video
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    Current tank(s): Oceanic 58 with a 29g sump, Eheim 9g nano

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    and how is the tank doing dose it still exist
    mess with the best die like the rest

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