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post #31 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-16-2009, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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The water test went very good. I filed it up and whola had no leaks, so I let it sit in the garage with water in for 2 days just to make sure I had no leaks. After, I had a friend come over and we disassembled the stand and moved it into the house. Only problem was when wife came home and she saw I had cut the carpet where the new tank will go . Is been filled for a couple of weeks and has the plants from my old tank in it, Ill get some new pics and post them. I allso started to build the walls around the tank now that its settled down and doing good.
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Sweet, no leaks. I can't wait for the pictures. These plywood tanks amaze me.

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post #33 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-16-2009, 01:07 PM
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I find it amazing how different people see different things in the same picture

Sounds like you need to lock those wheels up, Orlando has wheel envy
not gonna lie, first thing i noticed as well...
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post #34 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-17-2009, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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This is a shot of the overflows that I put in they are 2 1/2" from the top of the tank.
With a ball valve I can control how much water goes into the filter. The filter is a 55g tank converted to a sump i built as well. If the power goes off and it will where I live, in the out going side of the sump there is a overflow in there as well. I also built in a valve to do water changes in the sump controled by a ball valve its conected to the overflow. It works surprisingly well. I also have a toilet tank valve with water hooked to it for fresh water to go to a holding tank. So when I do a water change I have around 30 gallons fresh water with a pump in there for a water change. The only problem I have had with the sump so far is the outgoing side I need to get a backflow device to stop the siphon from the spray bar. I have found one at a local plumbing supply store and will get it in before i sheetrock the wall. The other shots are of the tank on the stand after I put on the pond armour and the plexy installed.
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I am not a fan of the black >.> Would it be possible to put slat on the walls? or something to livin it up?
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post #36 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-17-2009, 11:54 AM
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I think the black walls are great... you're supposed to look at the fish and the plants, not the walls
That said, I like the slate idea as well, it would look nice, too.
Nice build!
I am curious to see the sump setup, once you have it all together.

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Hey, nice progress! It is starting to look really good

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post #38 of 51 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 02:56 AM
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Any updates? I would like to see a shot with some happy
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post #39 of 51 (permalink) Old 07-28-2009, 02:08 AM
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Those are some sweet tubulars man. I had a set of Zipps but they were destroyed in a crash.
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post #40 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-02-2009, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I just put new decals on the wheelset and they look nice! I really havent been doing much with the tank for a little while the tour was on and I had to get out and ride a bit myself.
As for the tank I've had some ups and downs with it. It was going good, when WHAM! my co2 regulator went bad and really messed up the tank, ie killed most of my fish. I figured I would rebuild my sump since the tank was down for a bit. So I rebuilt it seams to be working so much better now. I"ll try and get a few pics of the set up now. As for the wall its all built and I put the first coat of mud on the joints the other day and will sand it smooth and add one more coat should be good for texture and paint then.
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post #41 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-03-2009, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Looks great! (and nice road bike!)

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Nice. Funny the trouble guys get into when the wife is away
Indeed! My wife is going out shopping all day next Saturday (tax holiday), and my diabolical scheming has already begun. Plans include buying some new FW fish, corals, setting up a new tank, and drinkin' some bir with the boys.
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Hey, it looks really nice! That watersprite will really fill in the tank well

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post #45 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-03-2009, 04:57 AM
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this looks like a fun project. i want to build a tank someday, but it won't happen anytime real soon because it's so easy to just run to the store and grab (and pay for) another Aqueon.

i have an idea for a very wide and shallow tank to be viewed from above that i might build with plywood or sheet PVC.
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