90 Gallon Wave Front Build (A LOT OF PICTURES)

Discussion in 'Show Off Your Fish Tanks!' started by scott26, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. scott26

    scott26 Ritteri Anemone

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    Well I figured I would start a build thread on here.

    It all started with a great purchase off craigslist I got this:
    90 Gallon Aquarium
    40 Gallon Sump
    20 Gallon QT
    24" Light PC Fixture
    20 Gallon Stand
    40 LBS. Base rock

    All for 75.00

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    Then came the stand thanks to mlogsdon on Centralcoastreefkeepers.com I was able to figure out how to build a stand with a curve in it like his. And with his help it is just about done these are just some progess pictures.

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    Then came time to drill the aquarium after reading up on the Bean Animal style overflow system I figured it was the best system for me mainly because of all the failsafes. You can read up on it at this link Silent and Failsafe Overflow System - Reef Central Online Community it is alot of reading but very useful info. Here are some pics of it set up. I didn't get a chance to take any pics while drilling sorry.

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    There is still alot more to come but it will be about a month before I can start cycling I am going to try and do a wet run of the system after I get my plumbing done and get a return pump.

    -Scott
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  3. scott26

    scott26 Ritteri Anemone

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    I am going to be adding a calfo overflow box to this aquarium it will be 36" wide leaving me about 6" on each side for some hang off the back returns with loc line I am planning.

    And I am going to use a mag 9.5 for the return pump I think I am still on the fence about wether to get that or a mag 12 considering the total tank capacity will be 120 gallon operational and about a 4' head loss.
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    scott26 Ritteri Anemone

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    Well I was able to get some more stuff done this past weekend and now have had time to post it up I got the tank drill as you can tell from the earlier pictures and I got most of the upper piping all fitted. After that I painted the PVC flat black to make it a little less noticable from the top since I am planning on having an open top aquarium with no canopy... at least for now.

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    I was also able to get the doors started and mostly finished with the help of mlosdog again. What we did was we cut about 5 5" strips of wood in half to make about 10 smaller strips we then beveled the edge on one side of each to make it a little easier for the curve of the door to form. After we got the doors shimed in placed from the front we got some fiber glass cloth and fiber glass resin and with the doors in place we applied it to the back to make the doors keep there form after we take the shims out.

    It turned out pretty well I will still need to get the small cracks that are left filled with wood filler to really hide any noticable differance.

    I also still need to buy one more piece of wood in order to get the middle finished.

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    I also renforced the stand with 4 additional 2x4 supports in each corner so there are now 3 2x4's in each corner.

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    And today I am going to tap the open channel standpipe cap to 3/8 pipe in order to get a jhon guest fitting to be able to fit in it.

    -Scott
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    scott26 Ritteri Anemone

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    Not alot of progress but I was able to drill and tap the open channel standpipe to accept a 3/8 male pipe by 1/4 compression fitting in order to get my air line to go to the inside of the overflow box. I also put a 90 on the top of the standpipe to make it so there is a sharper turn down.

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    I still need to get the one piece of wood for the doors to finish those off which I should be able to do this weekend if I find the money for it. :)

    I also got a quote from a local glass shop it will only be $20 for the overflow box to be cut out for me then prolly $5 or $10 for a tube of silicone.
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    scott26 Ritteri Anemone

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    I have this linked on my other site so I just kinda bulk posted to bring this one up to date. :)
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    Ultraner Purple Spiny Lobster

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    That stand is top notch, great work on the whole thing. It will be fun watching this grow!
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    scott26 Ritteri Anemone

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    Thanks! this will be my first real build since I started my 55 gallon 3 years ago I havn't upgraded. With the problems I am having in my 55 this will be a fresh start with alot more knowledge I have gathered from all the reefing forums. And it should tide me over till I buy a house and really get a big one :D
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    kss2801 Montipora Capricornis

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    That tank is really cool. i didn't even know there were tanks like that. You plan on using a blue or black background?
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    I like it.. I had to read up on that overflow system and I have to say its a cool design. Not to mention the custom stand, good work.. Im following along this one.
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    card shark Flamingo Tongue

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    NICE score.stand looks great also.thank god for CL.i have bought alot of stuff from there lately.keep us posted.JOE
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    norg. Kole Tang

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    Wow. Incredible craigslist score. That stand looks awesome. Great job so far. Looking forward to see how this tank progresses.
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    slocal Torch Coral

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    I remember being jealous of you when you posted that CL score on CCRK. Your woodwork has been top notch. You should show off your canopy that you made for your 55g too!

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    oceanparadise1 Fire Squid

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    Beautiful looking tank my friend!
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    Very cool! Congrats on the purchase, that stand looks great.
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    Awesome craftsmanship on the stand!! That was one of the things that stopped me from a wavefront was not knowing how to build one...Props on the project!!
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    scott26 Ritteri Anemone

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    Thanks, Yea I dont know of many of them out there it has been a learning curve so far. I am still undecided on the background I am thinking either a dark blue or black still not sure though.

    Yea I like the overflow system alot with all of its benfits I had to try it out. This stand should be able to hold a tank three times it weight. :D

    Yea with CL find was sure a nice one it really helped to convince the wife to let me get all of it going :D to bad she doesn't know the skimmer is going to cost about 150 bucks.
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    scott26 Ritteri Anemone

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    Dang 2 pages already I didn't even see all these other comments okay let me get started. :)
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    scott26 Ritteri Anemone

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    Thanks!

    Yea I will have to copy that thread too... Since you like it so much maybe you should buy the set of me? :)

    Thanks!

    I got lucky with this CL add I must have been looking for over 3 months.

    Yea that was a very different way of going about it good thing someone else had built it just before me so they could figure out all the things to do and not to do.
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    Okay well I have been able to get some more done on the stand.

    Started out by going over to mlogdon's place to biscut in a door panel since I didn't have enough wood to fill the above hole. Got there and biscuted the doors but it was to difficult to try and put them together with clamps because it was a curve it would never be able to tighten so when I got home I just put them in the stand and shimmed them in place to hold it while the gule dried it is not a really tight fit like the others but I will just fill it with some more glue to make it strong and then some wood filler to make it look good.

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    I also was able to sell the above 40 gallon critter cage to a guy around my area for 100 bucks so I just made back my purchase price with a 25 dollar profit! lol. But after I got that money I stopped by Wet Pets our LFS and picked up a cheap 40 gallon for a sump. It has a center brace on top which I don't like so I may remove it I dont see why they added it to suck a small tank, seems kinda pointless to me.

    I also had to redo the bottom board that holds the sump because I sanded the on ehtat I had down and it started to peel so I just used another piece of scrap that I had left over from my canopy build on my 55 gallon. And since a friend let me barrow his biscut cutter was able to biscuit them together and make a new bottom peice.

    It's really starting to look like a real aquarium now. :)

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    I also renforced the doors some more so that they can hold thier shape easier I used the biscut tool and cut into the top and bottom on the doors where they join at in order to put a biscut there so that they keep there form. I will jigsaw off the extra biscut later and sand it soomth. This step sure does make these doors nice and strong. :)

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    I am going to have to get some good pictures up with my real camera later today hopfully so that way you guys can see them in better detail of this project. Wish I would have been using that from the begining. Oh well.
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    xmetalfan99 Giant Squid

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    Just a little FYI, those tanks like to spring leeks.

    Great stand. I can't wait to see the finished product.