After the customer told me he wanted me to build his frag tank, he asked if I'd build the stand as well. I said yes. This is the project I undertook, using cabinet-grade plywood. I did use a lesser quality sheet for the top piece since it would never be seen, as well as the inner bottom panel which also is out of sight. The lumber was purchased at Home Depot, and each sheet was cut up on a CNC machine. The final cuts were cut on a compound miter saw, and then everything was glued and nailed together.
Keith, a DFWMAS club member and customer of mine, ordered a frag tank and matching sump. He designed the steel stand and listed his desires, and I got busy building his dream setup.
The frag tank is 47.75" x 30" x 14" and holds 75g of water. The custom overflow has three Durso drains and two Locline returns, with room for pumps on either side of the overflow.
Unlike a traditional frag tank filled with corals to grow out and sell, mine is really a place to putter or enjoy new corals more readily. The tank is arranged with a variety of items, some easy to see, but there are some elusive critters that come out of hiding occasionally.
Suncorals (standard Tubastrea)
Branching Dark Green Tubastrea
As time goes by, corals grow in. Even in a frag tank. My little frag tank holds some special pieces for me, obtained by local hobbyists as well as local events. I've been waiting for the new 400g to arrive, and the corals are crowding each other in anticipation. This tank was built by me, and holds 10g of water. It is tied into the main filtration of my reef, and is lit with a Evolution LED fixture from Reefkoi. These pictures were taken under only white LEDs, with the blues turned off.