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09-02-2012 11:17 AM
the_intricacy ugh, this looks too beautiful to drill holes for your hardware!
09-02-2012 03:40 AM
robb.ferg thats a beaut!
08-31-2012 09:14 PM
rocksmom Very nice, those polished brackets are sexy

I'm also looking forward to seeing how you scape the two. I have two as well, but mine are going to be separate. I'm still scratching my head as far as what to do with them though.
08-31-2012 08:10 PM
acitydweller gorgeous stand! nice metal work
08-31-2012 06:38 PM
tomfromstlouis I like your idea of these two tanks next to each other. I love the polished hardware look.

I will be very interested in what you put in these and how the scapes relate to each other.

Tom, who is finding himself being sucked into the long tank craze....
08-31-2012 06:06 PM
cashman So, I got ambitious and finished it out. I put a Kobalt 2" Wire Cup Brush (part # 0323652) on my drill and went to town polishing down the brackets. Had to be careful not to jump off onto the wood or it would make a scratchy mess.

Before:



After:



Close up of the brushed finish:




Here's the full thing with just room lighting:




Here's the full thing with the skylight blinds open (it's a cloudy day in TN):



Overall, very pleased.

I do have some black easyLiner brand shelf liner that I'm going to double up under the tank for cushion and evenness.
08-30-2012 12:59 PM
cashman Oh, and yes I will clean up the brackets once I'm done with the coat and sand.
08-30-2012 12:58 PM
cashman Finally got around to staining the stand. It has 1 coat of Satin finish poly on it as well. I like the way it came out. Almost like an exotic wood. Half tempted to put one tank on top, and one on bottom so I don't have to make another stand, but that would defeat the 6' purpose. Anyways, I hope to get the second coat of poly on it and have it finish sanded this weekend.




Top and Bottom shelf pieces:

08-22-2012 06:23 PM
the_intricacy Looks great! If you're going to stain the wood dark, might I suggest you paint the brackets black? Blackened connectors on wood (dark or light) looks hawt.
08-20-2012 02:07 AM
cashman Well, I went a whole different direction. I rebuilt one stand in an open format. I will be staining it a dark mahogany or similar, as well as putting a shelf on the lower level. Definitely harder to put together to make sure that it's all square and level, but I like the look. The brackets aren't cheap (~$5/ea), so, I will be staining and finishing this one stand out and then build out the other as the money comes in as each stand will take 8 brackets.

08-17-2012 06:23 PM
cashman So, I'm having this idea of "use what you have". I have some leftover 3/4" solid red/white oak flooring that is 5" in width. Also have 3 custom oak stair treads leftover. I'm tossing around the idea of using the treads for the top, and running the flooring boards vertically in such a manner that I can create the illusion of 1 stand. On the front side, I would let the 'tongue' of the last board of one stand stick out and fit in the 'groove' of the other stand. That way I would only have to skin the two outsides, since the two middle sides would be hidden.

Hate to keep letting the extra wood just sit in my garage. Might be just enough to make it happen.

Here's a picture of my bonus room after I laid it. Yes, it was unfinished. Got high quality, hand milled for $2/sq by an Amish gentleman in Ethridge, TN.

08-16-2012 05:05 PM
cashman
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Originally Posted by the_intricacy View Post
Very sweet! I guess someone else has beat me to the punch, with doubling up on these beauties! Btw... these tanks are 12 Gallons, not Liters!
The "L" was for Long.


1) I haven't decided how they will be positioned yet.

2) My office is up a narrow steep set of stairs, so two smaller stands were easier to manage. I did make them myself, but they are not yet done. There will be plywood (on the top at minimum) yet to come.

3) I chose a 30" height. I tried 24", but it was way to short to look right

The more I think and research, there's not a cheap, reasonable method to run two tanks on one filter, so I will be going with two filters. Will just extend the build out time of the second one as I wait for additional funds.
08-16-2012 04:40 PM
the_intricacy
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Originally Posted by KenRC51 View Post
nothing is wrong what that. What if one end get clogged up or the flow rate changes in one end? Then one tank will over flow.
lol, damn I'm glad SOMEONE was thinking ahead!
08-15-2012 08:59 PM
KenRC51 nothing is wrong what that. What if one end get clogged up or the flow rate changes in one end? Then one tank will over flow.
08-15-2012 07:54 PM
the_intricacy Very sweet! I guess someone else has beat me to the punch, with doubling up on these beauties! Btw... these tanks are 12 Gallons, not Liters!

Some questions:

1) Are you going to keep the edges not touching as shown in the OP photo? I'm wondering if there'd be a problem having the glass of two separate tanks touch each other. I'm in a seismic zone, so I might have additional problems doing that.

2) Are these stands are DIY? Did you put a top face underneath the tanks, or does the top look like the bottom, upside down? Are you planning on putting faces on the sides, or leaving it open? Was there an advantage to making two 36" stands instead of one 72"?

3) How tall are the stands?

4)
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Originally Posted by KenRC51 View Post
BTW, how do you run 1 filter in 2 different tanks?
What's wrong with two of these?

... and double the intake and outflow hardware? I was thinking that would work, but haven't tried it yet...
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