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Hey Everyone, I've been reading about stand making since I have an idea and want to boost my information about the subject.
My idea is to build a large single stand for two tanks of two sizes, one a 55g and the other a 40b. The purpose is to connect the tanks via an overflow and use the 40b as a refugium/sump/display. I don't have a lot of money to work with so I need to do this as cheap as possible. I figure that if I create a connected system I can avoid purchasing a new filter for the newly acquired 55 since the 55 stand is far too small for a diy sump and commercial sumps are way too expensive. The 40 is already sufficiently filtered with a canister, diy bio reactor and sponge filters. ]\
I drew up a diagram of the tank layout as I envisioned it but wanted some opinions on that as well as if it's possible to build a 7 foot stand to support this weight. The tank bottoms will be level leaving a little more than a 4 inch difference in height between the two.
Shown in the diagram, I plan to run an overflow box from the 55 to the 40, and return water to the 55 via a return pump and rigid plumbing behind the tank.
So, assuming this design will work and is safe, is it possible to modify any of the popular diy stand designs so that a 55 can sit in the middle of the stand while the 40 takes up the full width. I'm not much of a carpenter though I've built basic stuff in the past and I'm moving close to my father soon who has a lot of building experience, I was just concerned about the 55 not being supported enough in the center of the stand.
Is it possible to build a continuous stand of this length or should I consider building a stand for each and connecting them. I wouldn't even be doing this but the wife wants everything to look coherent so the two stands I have pushed together just isn't good enough.
When I have the money, I will create a large sump underneath the tanks and filter that way but I've estimated costs and that's way out of my price range for a long time, I figure I could do this.
Finally got everything complete a couple weeks ago and it's all fine tuned now.
The complete setup is:
-Two DIY stands with treated 2x4's and oak plywood stained black cherry, with driftwood stained doors.
-One 55 gallon and one 40 gallon tank
-A single overflow connecting the tanks and a dual overflow feeding the sump (with only one overflow running.)
-Reeflo Blowhole 1100 adjustable external pump, set in the middle around 800 gph
-DIY lights, sockets and plugs bought from e b a a y, shades bought and painted high gloss white inside and textured black outside. Each light running 42w Daylight CFL
- 5 goldfish (an oranda, two comets, a ryukin and a telescope)
- 3 skunk cories
- two loaches playing clean up on my snail population
- Large crypts
- 3 African Clawed Frogs
- A few swords (Radica, rosette), some water sprite, anubias, and dwarf sag. Wanted to go all fast growing in this tank.
29 Gallon Sump filled with lava rock, bioballs and foam, coarse and fine.
I need to take some better pictures, just got these so far.