Steve's 80 Gallon build

Steve Burton

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Decided to do an 80 gallon All-in-One build.
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Here's why:
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Can't fathom why they use fiber board for aquarium stands. Anyway, the 60 Cube needed a new stand, and I figured as long as I had to tear it down I could build an 8' stand and put two tanks on. Decided to do AIOs so I bought an 80 gallon from a member here that I'll be making into an AIO.soon. First I needed the table. Built with the help of my son, 2×8 top and 4×4 legs.
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6/26/2024
Pulled QT system out of garage and set up, to transfer Cube livestock, since the new table is going in the same spot. Transfer complete.
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The 60 Cube system will be available for purchase as soon as I get it cleaned up. I've already started building a plywood stand, I will leave it unfinished so it can be stained or painted
 
Several projects going simultaneously. Cleaning 60 cube equipment and building a stand so I can sell it, and turning 80 gallon tank into an AIO. Making a 20 cube into AIO as well since I'm already working with the acrylic.

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60 gallon stand completed, complete system now available in sales thread. 14 gallon cube AIO completed, now available in sales thread. 80 gallon AIO completed. 8' table moved into house, 80 gallon now in place. Now I need a 40 breeder for the extra space.
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I'm separating the anemones and mushrooms.
This will replace the 60 cube. I' need to get a 40 breeder to make AIO for the mushrooms.
I think it’s probably easier/cheaper to just buy a second hand AIO
 
More progress. Filled with tap water, no leaks but not happy with water level. Installed weir upgrade to make display level adjustable, I hate when the water level is below the trim.
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E-board finished, background installed (gray shelf liner from Walmart, 25' for $6.50), filled with salt water. MP40, lights, doser all hooked up. Heater placed to calibrate temp to 79° before installing Inkbird controller. Black egg crate top cut and filed smooth. Acrylic top cut and handle made for 10 gallon ATO container made, ATO installed. Two bags of cycled media added.
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I’ll put that ato more easier to access. Maybe vertically to the side.
 
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