I'm not ready to start on my dream tank yet, so I'm working on this project in the meantime. The idea was to make something that felt bigger than it is, yet small enough to easily move. I also wanted minimal equipment in the tank, and for it to look as part of the design itself.
40 x 24 x 18 inches
rimless, no internal bracing
1/2 inch Starphire glass all around, even the bottom!
black silicone seams
The size is what I refer to as a 40BR on steroids. The 40BR has always been a favorite of mine. This is a little taller, a little longer, and a good bit deeper. I think expanding on these dimensions should provide a lot of flexibility in scaping. It measures in at 75g but actual water volume will be just over 60g, not including the sump. As for the glass, it's built from 1/2 inch Starphire for a max safety factor. I chose black silicone as I love the look. Looks more cohesive with the other black components, like the stand and return system.
Xaqua Xinout return / wavemaker in black
Metal frame stand in black
I picked the Xaqua Xinout because of it's small size and unique return. The return has no moving parts but pulses the water flow to create waves. The glimmer lines it casts are really nice to look at. (example here
) I had to import it from overseas, so I hope it works as well as advertised. The external black box is to hide the silicone hoses that run from the Xaqua down to the sump. The box will be built to match the stand's finish. It will also provide an accessible but not so in-your-face spot to mount the LCD screen controlling the system. I figured it was nicer to have the box outside of the tank than waste space within. It will also provide a nice corner to mask part of the light bar.
I'm still debating on how to tackle the lighting. I'm not sold on LEDs by themselves for a variety of reasons. The idea now is to either use metal halide mains with LEDs as supplemental light, or tight clusters of LEDs as the mains, with dimming T5 for supplement. I like the clean look of hanging lights, but I wanted to stay true to the easily moved part. With the stand being built from square steel, I'll just continue it up to create the light bar. The stand will be enclosed and skinned with panels attached via magnets. That is to allow for easy removal and full access to the cabinet, and make it easy to change the color/material to match future rooms and decor.
Below is a quick mockup of the tank. Tank is scheduled for delivery beginning of April.
Stand is still being designed.