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Nugget 03-02-2012 01:05 PM

ADA 55 gal aquascape (new pics)
 
Okay so here goes
I am going to build a 4ft aquarium based on the ADA 120P setup. I got the wood (18mm supawood) and damn this wood is heavy.
In the past few weeks I have been collecting supplies to build the beauty its gonna be. Today I bought a 4x54w T5 Pendant, midday Giesemann and aqua-pink giesemann tubes.

Got the wood
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0157.jpg
Where the build is now on day one
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0159.jpg

Nugget 03-02-2012 01:06 PM

Supports are glued and screwed
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0160.jpg
Started fitting the supports
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0161.jpg
Supports in
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0162.jpg
Planning the base
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0165.jpg
Everything glued and srewed
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0166.jpg
Where I went crazy with the polyfiller
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0167.jpg

Nugget 03-02-2012 01:07 PM

Sanding.....
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0174.jpg
Primer....
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0176.jpg
Paint (rear)
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0177.jpg
Paint (front)
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0178.jpg

Nugget 03-02-2012 01:07 PM

tank
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0180.jpg
silicone thickness
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0182.jpg
fingers crossed
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0186.jpg

Nugget 03-02-2012 01:08 PM

Cut hinge hole (35mm)
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0187.jpg

Spacing of doors]
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0188.jpg
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0189.jpg

Doors hung
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0190.jpg

Doors closed
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0191.jpg

Nugget 03-02-2012 01:09 PM

filling after planting
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0209.jpg

Nugget 03-02-2012 01:10 PM

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/IMG_5909.jpg

Bushkill 03-02-2012 02:57 PM

That looks like absolutely awesome work. MDF by any name is just very heavy. Great job taping off the outer silicone beads. One of the cleanest DIY's I've seen in some time. What adhesive do you use?

What are you planning on keeping in the cabinet long-term? It looks like it may be a little too air-tight depending on what's in there.

Can't tell how thick the glass is, but have you seen any bowing across the long panels?

Nugget 03-02-2012 03:04 PM

adhesive for silicone was plain bostik aquarium silicone. the glass is bpar and 10mm thick.
their is a few holes (sides and back) so its not air tight at all. Inside the cabinet is the filter, co2 bottle, ADA ferts, timers ..etc
Their has been no bowing and this tank is regit!!
tank dimensions are
120x45x45 (cm)

menoseloso 03-02-2012 03:08 PM

nice DIY

Nugget 03-02-2012 03:11 PM

Thanks all!!

Nugget 03-29-2012 12:18 PM

update:
week 1
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0212.jpg

week 2
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/IMG_5945.jpg

week 5
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/IMG_6038.jpg

Now
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...get90/FTS2.jpg

Nugget 04-26-2012 06:51 PM

SURPRIZE!!!

Layout
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0128.jpg


filling
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0129.jpg

Next morning
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0144.jpg

Next few days/weeks
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0154.jpg
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0218.jpg

Trimmed
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...0/PIC_0241.jpg

sorry for the crappy phone pics

kwheeler91 04-26-2012 08:05 PM

Do you have any pics of the tank building process? Looks great I never would have guessed diy.

Nugget 04-27-2012 12:11 PM

Have a few, but nothing showing the tank build.


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