Matt’s 32.3g Rimless - Return to the hobby

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Matt’s 32.3g Rimless - Return to the hobby

Postby MattM » Sun Nov 14, 2021 6:03 pm

After a number of years away from the hobby, I have finally gotten to the point where I can start a tank again.

As some of you know, I have started a number of projects in the past but not been able to see them through for one reason or another. I am determined and confident this one will be different.

I am still deciding/gathering the various components for the build so this won’t be a quick process (even though it’s a small tank). I am hoping to get everything built and ready so I can get it wet when I take time off from work at the end of the year around the holidays. The list below will be updated as I settle on individual pieces.

Tank - SR Aquaristik 32.3g - 100cm x 35cm x 35cm (10mm glass)

Overflow -

Stand - DIY

Sump - Landen 60p

Lighting -

Skimmer -

Return -

ATO -

More to come…
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Matt’s 32.3g Rimless - Return to the hobby

Postby MattM » Sun Nov 14, 2021 6:24 pm

The tank…

We built our house about 2.5 years ago and the plan was always to place the tank in the office. Therefore a dedicated circuit was installed for the location of the tank. It is definitely overkill for a tank of this size but nice for the peace of mind nonetheless.

While the tank is definitely a focal point of the room, I did not want it to overpower the room. In addition, I have always had an affinity for long, shallow tanks. I investigated a custom tank to make it as long as the space would allow but the cost proved not to be worth it. While looking for any other options, I came across SR Aquaristik’s line of rimless tanks. The 32.3g dimensions are about 39.3 x 13.7 x 13.7 using 10mm glass with black silicone. This really checked a lot of boxes for me as it gave a little more room than 22g variations from Ultum and Aquamaxx, black silicone (personal preference), and thicker glass (personal preference).

The tank arrived late last week and, despite FedEx’s best efforts to destroy, arrived in one piece thanks to great packing by SR Aquaristik.

For now, the tank will sit on the office floor while I get the stand built. I have sent a cut list to a cabinet maker that will complete(as I don’t have the tools to rip plywood properly) and I will build the stand myself. I am tentatively scheduled to pick up the cut pieces later this week.

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Re: Matt’s 32.3g Rimless - Return to the hobby

Postby MattM » Fri Nov 19, 2021 9:49 pm

The stand…

Due to the odd footprint of the tank, a DIY stand was inevitable. There will be a lot of firsts for me with this build and this stand is one of them.

I opted for an all plywood build to maximize interior room, minimize weight, and provide a modern look. I have never built this style before so it should be an adventure. In an attempt to improve chances for success, I had a friend, who owns a cabinet shop, cut the pieces based on the measurements I provided. I picked these up today. I may try to build this weekend but will most likely wait until the long Thanksgiving weekend.

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Re: Matt’s 32.3g Rimless - Return to the hobby

Postby Steely185 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:04 pm

Looking good so far. I will be following along in jealousy.
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Re: Matt’s 32.3g Rimless - Return to the hobby

Postby MattM » Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:32 am

Steely185 wrote:Looking good so far. I will be following along in jealousy.
Thanks. Your old 48” shallow tank continues to be on my list of favorites and a source of inspiration.
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