Woodworking is my primary hobby so it is nice to be able to mix it with planted tanks. I will post a few pictures of my tank stand for the 6' x 2' 220g that is waiting for me to finish this.
This stand will be made of walnut (to match a 75g stand already in the room) and sycamore for the bits that do not show. Sycamore is lighter weight and strong; I did not want this to be too heavy to move and it will be plenty stout. Several days work to get some components to assemble:
Now a dry fit to tweak joints and see if I can actually put this together in one big step:
Top view of the dry fit:
The front will have doors on each side and in the lower center section. Upper center is a drawer. No floor on the two ends so the canister filters can fit. The stand is 27" high for a 30" high tank.
Updates will be here as it progresses...
Last edited by tomfromstlouis; 07-16-2012 at 12:46 AM.
Reason: update photo links
Location: West coast of the east coast of the USA.
Really nice build Tom. Love the sliding dovetails. Maybe I should have had you build my "Never ending" project.
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That will be too much light, enough that you will soon be discouraged by the constant battle against algae, especially black brush algae. Much better would be a pair of 2 bulb lights, separated by about 10 inches, to get good spread of light over the whole tank, and keep the intensity down to the low medium light range. Add a good pressurized CO2 system, which will be a trivial expense compared to what you already have invested, and you can grow any plants you want, with only minor algae problems.
Not sure how you figure it is too much light. Per page 4 of the brochure I linked to, the fixtures give 50 to 80 PAR at 24", (per your tables) firmly in your "medium light" range. My lowest substrate is actually a bit more than 24" from the fixture.
I have moderate experience both with and without CO2 and want to avoid it for this tank. I am willing to dose Excel if that will help me get past the algae stage intact....