Re: I Miss My Old Nano
That is one cool looking tank
Thank you! I have been missing it, so I thought I would drag it out of storage. Maybe update it a bit. Lighting has changed a great deal since I built it.
The part of the story that is missing, since the original build thread no longer exists, is how that tank was originally inspired. So, since this is a re-build (I threw all of that plumbing away) and a lot of new people are seeing this for the first time, here is what prompted me to build this thing.
As far as the overboard equipment and plumbing, this was nothing. There was this guy named John Burleson, who at one time wrote columns for FAMA Magazine. I'm talking abut back in the early 80's here. He built a small in-wall 29 gallon display and did a story on it for the magazine. Behind the tank, in his fish room, there was an entire wall of support equipment devoted to that one little display. I can't even begin to tell you what it all was, but I remember thinking that the guy was nuts and how that might be fun to do, but on a smaller scale. So, I ended up with a cabinet full of equipment instead of a whole wall.
I also knew that there would be a lot of stuff around the tank (plumbing and lights) that I did not want to show. All I wanted was the front display glass and I didn't want to cut a hole in my wall. So, I came up with the idea of the treasure chest and thought it might look like a chest full of treasures, with small colorful pieces of coral. That is pretty much what I ended up with.
Unfortunately, the tank served mostly for collecting frags for the 140. So, when the 140 was finished, I robbed all the corals out of it and it got taken over by aiptasia, so I broke it down and stored it. I couldn't throw it away and felt like I might set it up again someday. Well, that day may have arrived.