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

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AquaticEngineer

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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 :)







 

reefman069

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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
 

AquaticEngineer

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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
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.
 

NemCrazy

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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.
 

AquaticEngineer

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and how is the tank doing dose it still exist
It does still exist, just not in my house anymore :) I ended up selling it off to another coldwater enthusiast locally that has set it up. I also ended up setting up another tank just like this but on a smaller stand that went to my business partner.

I still have my 140 gallon open top coldwater tank, just didn't have time to keep up with the two smaller tanks and would rather get them to other hobbyists to expand the fan base ;)
 
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