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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Finally finished my 120 gallon stand and canopy

Well, it only took a year or so, but I finally finished the stand and canopy for my 120 gallon tank. The main construction was 2 X 4's and then skinned in all cherry! The filtering for this tank will be two ehiem 2028's and lighting is a Coralife 4X65 CF with lunar lights.

This is the stand finished but awaiting stain and poly




This is the finished tank, in its resting place!



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post #3 of 53 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Its also pre wired. Those switches on the side that you see, control the 2 rows of lights. I'm waiting for some mineralized soil, and then I'll start the hardscaping.
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Nice craftsmanship! I like the trim work you did.
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Nice craftsmanship! I like the trim work you did.
I agree, it looks like something you can pass on down in the family. I a couple of centuries they will may say it all started with you and now they have 20 factories making stands for the hobbyist who cares about quality and craftsmanship.
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Looks awesome. A little weary of the access you have from the top. Not great for trimming and such, but I guess this is something you can approach as needed.

Love the stain choice. Really classy looking.

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Thanks! That was the deal i made with the wife! she said i can have a big fish tank as long as the stand matchees our furniture. So i figured...I can do that! It took a while, and learned alot as I went along. I'll get other pictures up as soon as i start the hard scaping (still waiting on some mineralized soil)

Creedy- you are right...it can be tough with trimming since the stand is roughly 30 inches and the tank is about 28-28 inches on top of that. I'm going to try and keep this a low tech tank. I'm running a CF coralife 4X65, and each row is on its own timer, so i'm going to see if maybe 1 row for 8 hours with a burst of 1 hour from the second row of light...we'll see b/c i dont want to be doing weekly trimings in this tank

and this is a picture of the base prewired, and also the water change drain plumbed in to the wall, before the tank went on






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"water change drain"....*drool*

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Oh, by the way, the stand looks awesome, too!!!!

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What are the switches on the outside for?

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What are the switches on the outside for?
Each switch is a timer switch which controls the dual gang box on the oppisite side which will have the two rows from my CF lighting attached to it. Since its on the outside of the stand, I can also manually turn them on or off easily

Oh, and the hole around the water change drain is all sheet-rocked and spackled and painted.
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At least the year work shows. Great looking setup you got going there.

I have to admit I'd be scared of the tank drain. You know how many fish/shrimp/plants I've had to save from the bucket?? But with a tank that big I understand the convenience. Can't wait to see it up and running.
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Beautiful furniture quality job. Will the tank bottom be drilled so nothing has to go up behind it? And, I see what looks like a water supply line in the wall, but no drain, or is that a line that leads to other valves so it acts as both the drain and supply?

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Beautiful furniture quality job. Will the tank bottom be drilled so nothing has to go up behind it? And, I see what looks like a water supply line in the wall, but no drain, or is that a line that leads to other valves so it acts as both the drain and supply?
Thanks!

I'm actually going to be using 2 canister filters. I currently have a 55 gallon tank That has an Ehiem 2028 and a 2026 running it. I'm going to buy one more 2028, and take the one on the 55 gallon also, so this way i'll have two 2028 on the 120 gallon. I also have an inline heater and UV sterilizer that will be plumbed into the filter returns. The drain line that you see, comes out right above a slop sink in the basement, and has the smae valve end on it. So what i plan to do it connect the section that you see in the pictures in line to one of the returns from my canister filter, this way I can just open the valve and have the canister push water down the drainage line to the slop sink. Then for refills I have a python end that connects on to the sink faucet and i will connect that to the valve thats comeing from the wall above the slop sink, and i can send water back through.
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Wow....great looking work. I now have my motivation for a big one now. I have the perfect wall for a 7 foot tank, will be using this thread as it goes along to get the wife on board. Any chance you would be willing to make another set and sell (preferably in less that a year!)

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Hey....you never know how this economy is going to go...i might have to end up going into the aquarium stand building busniess....hahahaha
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