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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I'm back in Victoria and I am going to pick up my tank tomorrow. I have some cool idea's for what I am going to do with this tank so I thought I'd share some of them with you guys.

New stand - I have a brand new stand design to try. This is similar to my DIY 45/55 Gallon stand design, but its taller, and has more vertical supports.

DIY 3D Background - I've always been intrigued by the "Back to Nature" style 3D backgrounds, and the DIY concrete backgrounds but I have always been leary of the cost, weight, and annoyance of having something to seal against teh inside of your tank.

Given my misgivings I've come up with a rather funky idea. Build a shadowbox style enclosure to sit behind the tank. I am currently in the process of building a 6 foot long rock face that will sit behind the tank itself giving the illusion that the tank is a river cutting through the rock. The entire background will weigh less then 10 pounds when complete, and will add 6" behind the back piece of glass. This will not hold water or anything, but is simply there to provide the illusion of depth and hide the filters.

To make this project even more interetsing I am building a moon light system into the background box. This will effectively back light the tank with a slight blue glow when the main lights go off.

New Tank Layout - this tank is going to be modestly planted now, and will have a lot more open space then it did previously. There will be no slate "reef" in this tank any more as I want to showcase the background.

New Substrate - One of the reasons this tank will only be modestly planted is the need for a sand only substrate. This is going to be a showpiece tank for my loaches, and will require some rather soft sand.
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Sounds like some good ideas, I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures of your background. What are going to use for your moonlight system? I would like to eventually build one for my tank but wasn't really sure where to start.

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Well.. My tank pickup has been delayed.. I have to grab it tomorrow. However.. The wood for my aquarium stand is being delivered tonight so I have some FAST assembly to do... I will take some pictures of the process though.

Tomorrow I hope to get the tank.. and the sand.. and get the tank filled and the cycle started.
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Nice wood arrangement. I like the stand. Is that just plywood all around? Looking forward to seeing more.

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Awesome wood! I really like it.
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I'm jealous. That wood is perfect scale for that tank.
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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 01:42 PM
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Oh man, I can see this developing nicely with that wood Gareth...

Ummm, is that stand going to be strong enough for the long haul bro ? I dont want to frighten you but you know how us "Tank Failure" guys get nervous. The stand looks great but I would put some 2x4's or something in there for insurance...
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This is more then strong enough :-) 3/4" Cabinet grade plywood. The carpentry supplies place said it could hold almost twice the weight I"m putting on it.
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Your setup is really coming together. I like the drift wood and the stand is really nice. One question though, how are you going to hide all the filters and equipment?
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There is space behind the stand.. and I have not ruled out the possibility of doors over the left and right cubby's
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Yeah, that would be cool, but then you would have to drill holes in the back for the equipment to come through. i would just leave it as-is and do like you said, hide the stuff behind the tank.
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wow! i love your wood!
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It looks good Gareth!

I can't wait to see how you are going to plant that monster! Any preliminary planting plans you can share with us? I think it would be neat to get and idea now, and see what the final set up turns out to be!

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heh, my "original" thoughts never end up being the final product Mike... bless those that can stick to a plan. :lol:
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The carpentry supplies place said it could hold almost twice the weight I"m putting on it.
Do they offer "guarantees? :lol:
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