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Old 10/19/2005, 01:31 PM   #1
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46" tall stand for 130....

image intense!
finally got the pics of my stand construction...

relation to size...




paneling...



doors just leaning against stand...


more to follow....


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Old 10/19/2005, 02:05 PM   #2
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great looking stand


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Old 12/31/2005, 11:16 PM   #3
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Re: 46" tall stand for 130....

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more to follow....
keeping me in suspense here.


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Old 12/31/2005, 11:50 PM   #4
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Awfully tall...but I'm sure it won't budge with all the weight that will be on top.

You must have some long monkey arms to reach the bottom of the tank or must intend on putting your swimming shorts on and getting into it!


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Old 01/09/2006, 10:19 AM   #5
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Well, I have got the stand stained, moved into the room and tank on top filled for weight testing and closed loop test operation. Sorry its been a while but I will post the progress pics in a couple days.

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Awfully tall...but I'm sure it won't budge with all the weight that will be on top.

You must have some long monkey arms to reach the bottom of the tank or must intend on putting your swimming shorts on and getting into it!
Monkey arms? Try Plastic Man! Yes its tall, but this is to provide a perfect viewing height without bending down. The inside of the stand is anchored to studs at the sides. Also I have a nice step ladder accessible for placement/ cleaning, Im 6'1", but no way am I able to reach the bottom of the tank as its final height is right around 71" tall!


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Old 01/09/2006, 02:31 PM   #6
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Nice stand....better save some money for a set of long tongs, your going to need them...LOL


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Old 03/16/2006, 07:57 PM   #7
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Any updates? Trying to plan me a new stand and liking this design.


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Old 03/17/2006, 07:59 AM   #8
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Well, still waiting for the money alloted to purchase the lighting, which will eventually be the Soleset HQI 2 x 250w with T5. Since they are $1,399.99, it hasnt been easy convincing the wife to go for them. I do have pictures but havent gotten them on here yet. I now have the sump installed/ partitioned with the acrylic 6" dia. to 4" neck DIY skimmer at 36" tall just about completed. I will place the pictures hopefully this weekend to let you all see them. Its has been a long slow road with a honeydo' list a mile long from the wife, so I apaologize.


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Old 03/17/2006, 08:20 AM   #9
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If you can build a stand you can build a hood. Just get some retro kits and put in your own lights for much cheaper.


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Old 03/17/2006, 08:24 AM   #10
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Nice looking stand. Build a hood to match.


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Old 03/26/2006, 09:52 AM   #11
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Bump, lets see more !!! !


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Old 03/26/2006, 10:06 AM   #12
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I'm with gath2; DIY a canopy w/ lights for much cheaper than $1400.


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Old 03/30/2006, 10:00 AM   #13
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Well, if one has the means to get the lights, what would be the better route to take? Would there be any greater benefit to purchasing the Soleset HQI 2 x 250w with T5 even though I will be covering the fixture with the canopy top closure? I have read the reviews on the product and they are all thumbs up. Also, other threads have convinced me to go with what you want now vs. having to tinker with the retro with additions later on?


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Old 06/06/2006, 11:30 PM   #14
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Well, the wait is over, I am so sorry it took me this long to get back to you but I have been burning the candle at both ends.
Its been a great project and I am finally getting to enjoy it.

sump insertion
lighting arrives
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/...cs_011__2_.jpg
testing

bulb

skimmer complete with 6 hour skimmate. The Sedra needle wheel rocks.

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Old 06/06/2006, 11:30 PM   #15
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the calm after the storm

my custom overflow suction towers

return to sump 1 1/4" x2

digital lighting controlers

looking into the fuge


adding more rock and transfering from my 55.

some happy campers


stand complete and adding rock as I go....


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Old 06/06/2006, 11:34 PM   #16
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Thats all for now, its late and I gotta get going to bed work comes early. Hope you enjoy.


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Old 06/07/2006, 12:45 AM   #17
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wow, thats looks absolutely awesome. i really like the color of the stain you chose.
the lights look great. what others were trying to say earlier is that you can buy retrofit kits. this means you can buy reflector, bulb, ballast, socket and wire them yourself for alot cheaper. you can get the exact same quality as a pre assembled lighting assembly. for me, fixtures are for open top smaller tanks. when you have a large tank with a canopy, you can use retros and get the same quality for alot less. the only downside is they arent as attractive, but like i said, it doesnt really matter when you have a canopy. but reguardless the lights look great and if your happy with them, no biggy.
also i was wondering what you planned to do with the top. i can see that the setup lies flush with the wall but theres a gap at the top. do you plan to drywall that in?
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Old 06/07/2006, 09:13 AM   #18
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Looking good, Aaron!

Always mice to see the work of another local DIY-er....




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Old 06/07/2006, 08:57 PM   #19
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moore_rb- thanks, I have been watching the progression of yours as well. I cant believe the power from your eductors. Nice construction BTW on your tank as well. You have some great acrylic skills.

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also i was wondering what you planned to do with the top. i can see that the setup lies flush with the wall but theres a gap at the top. do you plan to drywall that in?
keep the pics coming.
Well, I was going to either leave it open or build a louvered face panel to let the air circulation from the fan still travel from the top down the back.... but its still being pondered as I am planning to add a chiller here real soon. The temp never bumps over 81, but I would like it to maintain at 79 and get rid of the humidity in the room.


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Old 06/13/2006, 09:44 PM   #20
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Took some more pictures tonight that I thought I'd share. A couple new additions to the tank are live rock, a Sohal tang, two more peppermint shrimp (3 total), a long spined urchin, a spotted goby and the rest of my softies from the 55 gal.







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Old 06/13/2006, 09:46 PM   #21
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Old 06/30/2006, 07:02 AM   #22
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Wow Aaron....great looking stand and the finished product, including the fish and coral is a killer combination. Glad to see that it all worked out.

I am currenlty trying to find some plans to build a stand for my 55 gallon and wanted to know if you came up with the design for the stand yourself or if you found these plans online somewhere? I really like the overall frame design of your stand and wanted to get started with something like that. Let me know if you got these online, etc. Thanks in advance and again, great end product.

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Old 06/30/2006, 07:44 AM   #23
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Adam- Thank you for the compliments.

I just started building it like a boxed frame and added some reinforcements along the way, so it was pretty much a build as you go project. Turned out to be more than enough support as this frame would survive a tornado. I think if I had to do it all over again I would make a three door facia for the fact that center accessibilty is key with the sump and skimmer. I think if you follow the 2x4 approach with the triple corner support would be a bit much for a 55 gallon, but its piece of mind thats for sure!
Thanks again and good luck, if you have any questions just PM me.


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Old 07/20/2006, 11:17 AM   #24
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