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walnut stand for a 220g

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.

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This should be very interesting, and beautiful. I will be following this.

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Nice! I am following along too...
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Nice! I am following along too...
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On the assumption that more pictures are better than fewer, here are some:

Fred poodle could not stay interested long enough for you to see his best side. Stand glued together:



Finish is one coat walnut dye, one coat garnet shellac (for a warmer tone), one coat urethane (for some water proofing). With finish:



Closeup of drawer runners installed:



Haul it to the office, install tank, add doors:



Each end underneath will have a canister filter, center section for the python:



I did not fill it all the way, just enough to start water logging the driftwood. This is only a rough idea of the planned scape. Primary fauna will be altums:


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tomfromstlouis,

Looks like you need a better image host site.

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That is a spectacular stand, and it looks like the aquascape will be equal to the challenge of competing with the stand. What lighting do you have on the tank?

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I'm diggin it too.... good stuff
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Very impressive stand! Now show us some better pics of the Healey.
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..... What lighting do you have on the tank?
Two 36" 4 lamp HO T5 from Aquatic Life. At 39W per lamp, that gives me enough light to grow medium light plants like swords, no? Tank is 30" deep.

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Really nice build Tom. Love the sliding dovetails. Maybe I should have had you build my "Never ending" project.

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Two 36" 4 lamp HO T5 from Aquatic Life. At 39W per lamp, that gives me enough light to grow medium light plants like swords, no? Tank is 30" deep.

http://www.aquaticlife.com/sites/def...ets/420036.pdf
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.

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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....
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