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Nugget 03-02-2012 02:05 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
Where the build is now on day one

Nugget 03-02-2012 02:06 PM

Supports are glued and screwed
Started fitting the supports
Supports in
Planning the base
Everything glued and srewed
Where I went crazy with the polyfiller

Nugget 03-02-2012 02:07 PM

Paint (rear)
Paint (front)

Nugget 03-02-2012 02:07 PM

silicone thickness
fingers crossed

Nugget 03-02-2012 02:08 PM

Cut hinge hole (35mm)

Spacing of doors]

Doors hung

Doors closed

Nugget 03-02-2012 02:09 PM

filling after planting

Nugget 03-02-2012 02:10 PM

Bushkill 03-02-2012 03:57 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 04:04 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 04:08 PM

nice DIY

Nugget 03-02-2012 04:11 PM

Thanks all!!

Nugget 03-29-2012 01:18 PM

week 1

week 2

week 5


Nugget 04-26-2012 07:51 PM




Next morning

Next few days/weeks


sorry for the crappy phone pics

kwheeler91 04-26-2012 09:05 PM

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

Nugget 04-27-2012 01:11 PM

Have a few, but nothing showing the tank build.

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