Rebuilding Pirate's Reef

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I was cleaning out some old pics from my Photobucket account and I ran across these pics. Some of you have seen them before. I really miss this little 7 gallons of saltwater. It was fun to take pics of. I had it up and running for about two years, until I finally moved most of it to the 140. A lot of the smaller pieces were lost in the rock work of the 140 and I still have some of it. Just thought I would post them again for the hell of it.

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Wow - that truly was some great reef keeping if you had all that in 7g ! You'd make the experts crazy!
 
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Damn whole lotta luv in that 7g
 

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That was one fine Nano and like always the pictures did not do it justice.
 

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Thanks. It was all hand made from scratch (except the skimmer & lights). It was unique, I will say that. It did have a bit of filtration under the hood. It was, um ... a little over the top. :D It was a fun project to do while I was working on the new 140. I had all of the equipment already, just found a new use for it.

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That was definately one of the best nanos around at the time!
 

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eland said:
Thats just awesome. Gary you are the mac daddy of plumbing!
Ha! Well, I have been ruining PVC pipe and fittings for a very long time. :lol: It was nuts to do and not very practical, but it kept me busy while I was still assembling equipment and frags for the 140. If it hadn't taken up so much room, I would have kept it set up. The stand was actually from my old 45, so I had that already also.

The project was inspired by this guy that used to publish articles in FAMA Magazine (decades ago), named John Burleson. He did a project that was way past this in insanity. He had almost and entire wall full of equipment, all dedicated to keeping a 29 gallon display going. I just always wanted to do something over the top like that, but on a smaller scale. :)
 

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That was definately one of the best nanos around at the time!

That's one the the best looking nano ever. That's incredible for a 7gal.
 
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I miss it too man! One of my favorite nano's of all time!
 

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Gary do you still have that nano or did you sell it off?
 

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Yeah, I still have it. I started to throw it away a couple of times, but couldn't bring myself to do it. I did spend a lot of time on it, but I suppose I didn't really have anything else to do. I espeically like the canopy that I made for it. That was kind of fun building it in the arch shape like that. Like the little mini-sump (with the world's smallest bubble trap) and fuge also. If I had it to over, I would have made it a little longer so the t5 fixture would have fit on it better. I originally built it to fit a power compact fixture (which I didn't like once I got it).
 

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yea i would not get rid of that either Gary. You should set that bad boy back up.
 

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You'd be a fool to throw that away. I was always amazed with how the pictures of the INSIDES of the tank always looked like they belonged to a MUCH bigger aquarium.
 

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You'd be a fool to throw that away. I was always amazed with how the pictures of the INSIDES of the tank always looked like they belonged to a MUCH bigger aquarium.
I think the reason it looked that way was the rocks that I used for the scape. A lot of nanos use one or two regular sized rocks. I went and foraged through the live rock tub at Fintastic and came home with about 10 pounds of 2" to 4" rocks. Then I just scaped the tank like I would have done for a full size tank, but with smaller rocks. It had caves and many of the same features as a big tank.
 

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Zombie thread! Ha! I have been going back and forth on what I want to do for a nano now. I am seriously contemplating bringing back Pirate's Reef, the 7 gallon display tank pictured in the beginning of this thread. I built that tank while I was planning and gathering equipment for the 140. I still have most of it piled up in the attic. The chest part was a lot of work to have it just wasting away. Kinda miss it. Might be a fun winter project to resurrect it.

I ran across some old build thread pics (the build thread got accidentally erased in some site maintenance many years ago). This was fun to build...

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This was the old sump, but will probably not use it this time around. It is still in use on another tank though.

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Re: I Miss My Old Nano

Holy crap thats alot of plumbing for a little 7g
 

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Holy crap thats alot of plumbing for a little 7g
Ha! Absolutely! There was a closed loop system inside with alternating flow. The tank was originally built about 8 years ago. And yes, it is definitely over the top. The kind of thing that happens to me when I get bored. :twitch:
 
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