Well, I've been on this forum for surprisingly long without ever having shared an aquarium journal. That's not to say that I don't have any (5 active right now
) but I wasn't really prepared to share them - my zeal definitely outstripped my reason (and capacity), and they showed it.
So, here's to changing all of that!
First, I made a stand for a 48G GLA tank. Actually, I made two. I tried my hand at using a rickety circular saw for the first one in conjunction with applying the "measure once, pay twice, rush-it-like-it's-gonna-run-away" rule, which resulted in a not-quite-square finish with haphazard doors. It also developed some lovely character (read: it's sagging under the weight of the tank because what-does-an-electrical-engineer-know-about-bracing-sigh).
Then I procured a proper table saw and switched my strategy to "measure seven(teen) times, cut once". I assembled the now perfectly square pieces and beheld:
Seemed almost criminal to paint over that. Almost.
Those soft-close hinges from Blum are just too much fun! In fact, if anyone else sees this thread while trying to decide on their stand hardware, I would highly advocate these hinges (from Rockler) over the variety from Lowes or Home Depot. I've tried the full-overlay hinges from both, and the ones on this stand just blow them out of the water, not to mention having integrated dampening. /gushing-about-cabinet-hardware
As I alluded to earlier, the aquarium is actually running, cycled, and populated. It's also barely planted and lit with ... a halogen floor lamp. For now. That lamp has grown the lushest java moss I've ever seen in my tanks though, and that's without
CO2. I don't even like java moss.
I promise an FTS once I've moved it over to the new stand and ... revised ... the lighting scheme but here are some shots of the inhabitants in the interim:
Parotocinclus cf. britskii
Hypoptopoma sp. Peru