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Sonny's Rimless Shallow Reef 2.0

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  1. #1


    Well, well, well....looks like I'm back on familiar grounds. It has been nearly two years since I last started the now infamous "Rimless Reef". I sold off the older rimless reef and have just ordered a much larger one.

    I plan on doing some interesting things with this new setup, and I know that it will be even better than the last one.

    The new Rimless will have the following specs:

    Display Tank

    Custom Aquarium:

    Rimless 72x36x22 From Miracles http://www.miraclesaquariums.com/
    Starphire front and left side
    3/4" glass all around
    24" external overflow on right end panel with removable black insert.
    2 drains in overflow, 2-1/2" for 1-1/2" bulkheads.
    1 1" return on the right panel for return

    The stand will be hand built and tiled. No equipment will be under the tank. The sump and all equipment will be located in the room directly to the right of the tank. It will look similar to my last tiled stand, but with a different color this time.

    The stand will be lower to the ground this time, allowing for a perfect view when seated. The tank will have its own special area and everything will be designed around it.

    I am undecided on the sump, but may go with a simple AGA 45 gallon sump. Nothing too fancy.

    Water Movement
    Ehiem 1260 for Return pump
    Vortech Mp40w
    Vortech Mp40W
    Vortech MP40W
    A few Tunze Nano's, here and there.

    Sfiligoi Stealth 12x54w bulb T5
    3-4 PAR38 LED spotlights
    24 - Sonny's Rimless Shallow Reef 2.0
    SFILIGOI STEALTH - Sonny's Rimless Shallow Reef 2.0

    Deltec AP851. I have had this skimmer for 5 years now and it does an amazing job.

    Calcium and Alk Addition
    Randy’s Two Part Solution
    I ran both a CA reactor and Kalk Stirrer in the past and honestly have had better results will a simple DIY two part solution. I will be using a couple dosing pumps to feed the soutions to the aquarium.

    The bottom of the tank will be covered with a SSB consisting of .
    CaribSea Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand

    The tank will be SPS dominated, no chalices or small freaky colored corals here. With the SPS I will be adding my large acan colonies, some with 100+ heads, along with assorted Zoas. I will also have 6-8 Maxima clams in as well. The soft stuff will make for a nice filler towards the bottom. I will not have any corals on the sand, and will utilize negative space to the extreme. With my new found access to corals from all over the world, this tank should be spectacular.

    My beloved Pacific Blue tang will be in the tank, along with the other fish from the previous rimless. The new tank will feature many Anthias, up to 20+.

    Now, as many of you know, I am not a tech junkie or anything like that. I like to keep my tanks as simple as possible. One return line, one drain, etc. You will not see any fancy piping or wiring, but you will see amazing results in the aquarium itself.

    Thank you all, and I promise that you will not be disappointed with the build to come.


    Here is a mock up of the new tank:
    rimlesshole11 - Sonny's Rimless Shallow Reef 2.0

    Here are examples of my past aquariums:

    225gl In-Wall
    1190880 orig - Sonny's Rimless Shallow Reef 2.0

    100gl Rimless Reef
    DSC 0041 1 - Sonny's Rimless Shallow Reef 2.0
    Last edited by SunnyX; 10-19-2010 at 11:57 PM.

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    XSiVE - Reefkeeper
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    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I look forward to watching the build on this one!!

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    Sir Patrick - Reefkeeper A2 Club Coordinator
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    Been looking forward to this build!!

  4. #4


    Looks great Sx! I was wondering what evil plan was in place for replacing your rimless.
    Detroit's oldest large LED tank! Est'd Jan 2005, went LED June 2009. 6' wide 130g reef, Sunbrite T10 LED tubes (3xGen 3 and 1xGen 1), mostly SPS, but chalices, other LPS, and a few softies too.

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    ReeferRob - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Any insight into your inspirations for scaping this bad boy? Patch reef, couple islands, banzai etc.
    "We shouldn't think of an environment where livestock can survive, we should ensure an environment where livestock can thrive."-Rabidgoose
    "If it's gonna be that kinda party, Ima stick my ........ in the mashed potatoes!"-Beastie Boys

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    cbau45 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I'm sure this is going to be another awesome tank Sunny. Can't wait to see the build come together on this one. Keep the updates coming.

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    redemer123 - Reefkeeper
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    wow, that is a beast of a lighting fixture
    It takes a long long time to build a coral reef. Step by step the reefs survive on partnerships. And the most important partners are you and I.

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    larryandlaura - Reefkeeper
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    Any updates after the first famous rimless?

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