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GLA 120p - Pic updates

Thought I'd share my latest project. Decided to change out my ADA 90p for a GLA 120p aquarium. The tank is 48x18x18 so its 12" longer than the ADA90p. It sure will be a tight fit in my office with all the doors and windows. Why there are 5 just in the bedroom alone makes wall space a premium

Decided to use the Hydrophyte "raw industrial" stand design for my stand. So big thanks to him for posting this design. Instead of the red cedar Im going to be using poplar to match my shelving unit. So far I have the tank and the fasteners ready to go and just waiting on the wood and other equipment to arrive. Should be about a week or so.







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Ooooh, nice. Looking forward to seeing this come to fruition.

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That is going to be hell of a stand. I've used that style of corner brace many times and it is a very strong joint. But those pieces are not cheap if I remember correctly.

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That is going to be hell of a stand. I've used that style of corner brace many times and it is a very strong joint. But those pieces are not cheap if I remember correctly.
Thats good to hear. The cost for the metal pieces was inexpensive compared to the rest of the setup!

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can't wait till this tank is up and running! looking forward to seeing this project progress.
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Looking good so far!
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Thats good to hear. The cost for the metal pieces was inexpensive compared to the rest of the setup!
I'm a very budget oriented kind of guy. While not expensive, they are at least several dollars a piece at the local hardware store.

I'm excited to see where you go with the stand. I'm really into the DIY furniture thing lately and fish tank stands are just another outlet. The 'chest' look as I call it is very unique. What kind of finish are you going with on the wood?

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I'm a very budget oriented kind of guy. While not expensive, they are at least several dollars a piece at the local hardware store.

I'm excited to see where you go with the stand. I'm really into the DIY furniture thing lately and fish tank stands are just another outlet. The 'chest' look as I call it is very unique. What kind of finish are you going with on the wood?
Its going to be Minwax Jacobean which is the color of my shelving unit. Wood and and a few other items are yet to arrive.

Bump: So here is intake pipe I picked up from CO2 Art that arrived yesterday. Im running two Eheim 2217s so this will go on one of them. I think it may restrict flow a bit but to add skimming is worth it to me. How well it works is still to be determined. The top and bottom pieces of the skim part are acrylic and the rest is glass.


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That's the best way to go. I stained my corner table, coffee table and tank stand the same color. Slightly different woods, but very similar when finished. I searched the color and it looks very nice. I'm excited to see how the hardware compliments the wood.

Are you going to assemble the piece, take it apart, stain it, and reassemble it? Stain the wood after cutting, then assemble? Or just stain it as one solid piece?

As for the surface skimmer, I had poor luck with my cheap surface skimmer I was using. That is probably of higher quality, but a dedicated unit does a really good job.

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The level of I excitement I have for watching this tank develop is through the roof. Anytime I see a Mot tank journal thread, consider it an instant subscribe. Really looking forward to see the stand complete.

I think a lot of us are drooling for more pictures.
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What kind of lighting are you thinking for this build?
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Looks like we are both setting up a 120P! Super excited lol
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Really like that inflow/skimmer from CO2Art, might have to check them out. Does the glass quality seem pretty sturdy?
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I have been running that same skimmer for a couple of weeks now and like it a lot. I have to play with the amount of trapped air under the top piece to get it working right but once set it runs all week til the next water change.

Sweet looking tank, can't wait to see the new scape. Thanks for the water prep advice in your other thread, that is exactly what I am doing as well, I am sure my tank will look like yours any day now.
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The level of I excitement I have for watching this tank develop is through the roof. Anytime I see a Mot tank journal thread, consider it an instant subscribe. Really looking forward to see the stand complete.

I think a lot of us are drooling for more pictures.
Thanks. Glad you like them.

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Going with the ecoxotics. Thought about buildmyled but decided to stay with ecoxotics.

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Looks like we are both setting up a 120P! Super excited lol
Sweet, Ill have to check your journal out!

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