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75 coming down, 25 gal cube time!

I currently have my 75 that ive de-rimmed running, its going great getting good growth, and no algae...but its really not my style...i wanted to try an amano style nature tank for a while and i think it turned out pretty good, but the driftwood acts like a reed diffuser and evaporates a ridiculous amount of water, and grows alot of mold where it stays wet...the room its in is small so it really makes it almost uncomfortable to be in, it feels like a jungle with all the humidity in there, that being said im glad i tried that style of scape, here is a picture as of a week or two agoClick image for larger version

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ID:	503313now on to the new project, i came across a pretty cool 25 cube, its reef ready and i was planning on using the overflows and building a trickle filter...and maybe one day, but as of right now i have alot of things taking up time, biking, running, girlfriend, etc... But its summer so thats a given, so right now simplicity is key ill post pics of the tank soon and the stand when i finish it, but ive been mainly focused on filtration, im always drawn to the simple internal filters and i wanted to make something similar that would move enough water and hold a good amount of bio media. What i settled on was a hydor slim skim nano... It was almost already made for me, all i had to do was cut the baffle in the front to have a channel that runs water from top to bottom for a little bit of skimming, and drill a hole for a powerhead to push water through, where the nozzle goes through the front channel i used silicone tubing for a grommet to seal it off from the outflow. Here it is with no mediaClick image for larger version

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ID:	503353and heres a couple with the media (powerhead is a maxi jet 400)Click image for larger version

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ID:	503377its full of well used bio max, and right now its in the 75 running just to keep the bacteria going until i getthe 25 set up

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Derimming a 75 gallon is a good way to end up with 75 gallons of water on the floor. THe rim serves a structural purpose. Without it your seams will eventually fail. I do really like the scape on the 75 though.
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Im not worried about the tank failing, its been great...the problem with de rimming one isnt the seam but the glass itself holding without a center brace, as long as the glass only bows within tolerance, then it cant put the stress on the seams necessary for them to fail, i only get 3mm of bowing...the thing that actually bothers me though, is its not low iron glass. Theres something about looking at a clean rimless tank with a weird blue green tint to it that kind of ruins it for me its hard to look at regular glass after youve seen starphire!

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