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Old 01-11-2013, 08:39 PM   #196
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Cool! Interesting take on it. I'm still not sure if I'm going to do doors or a curtain down below on mine, but the doors look good. I like how you did the lights too.

I recently made an integrated support for my CO2 cylinder. It supports the tank and keeps it from falling over, and it lowers it down so I can see the gauges easier.



I really like this idea! It goes quite nicely and it's functional.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:49 PM   #197
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I may also go with a modified version of this. Not as long as she built it but I think I could fit my 10 gallon on it as well as my planted bowl. Of course I would need some cross beams under the top if my 10 gallon tank was not resting directly on corners of the stand.

http://ana-white.com/2012/05/plans/rustic-x-console
I think those pics give you a pretty good idea of what it'd look like. IMHO that looks pretty darn good.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:57 PM   #198
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I think my reservations are whatever I build looking crappy (first time trying something like this) and it holding the weight of the 10 gallon (without the corners being directly on the legs of the stand).
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:46 AM   #199
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All these stands are FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!

AnotherHobby, One of the Big Box pet stores, I think PetCo, has a "clamp light" that is Black with a white interior and has a ceramic bulb holder, and they look VERY NICE!!! They are not nearly as big around as the "shop" type clamp lights, but I believe they are 6" in diameter. I am not sure how big around those Par38 led bulbs are, but IF they would fit in the fixtures I am talking about they would look AWESOME with your stand design!!!

I will see if I can find a link and PM it to ya!

Again GREAT WORK EVERYONE!!!
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:44 PM   #200
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All these stands are FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!

AnotherHobby, One of the Big Box pet stores, I think PetCo, has a "clamp light" that is Black with a white interior and has a ceramic bulb holder, and they look VERY NICE!!! They are not nearly as big around as the "shop" type clamp lights, but I believe they are 6" in diameter. I am not sure how big around those Par38 led bulbs are, but IF they would fit in the fixtures I am talking about they would look AWESOME with your stand design!!!
Thanks for the tip!

I know the lights you are talking about. I actually have them bookmarked in case I decide to go down the PAR38 route. I don't know if they are deep enough, so I was going to check them out in person.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:40 PM   #201
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I'm not picturing therse lights. Could you post a link, please?
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:21 PM   #202
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I put my mangrove riparium setup on a new one of these stands. I built it using just 2X4s and I painted the wood a barn red color, which contrasts really nicely with the galvanized. I'll try to get pictures of the whole thing soon.

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:51 PM   #203
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Finally figured out how to make the pictures work...

This stand looks amazing. I love Hydrophyte's design, but my wife wants something enclosed. Best of both worlds!
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:21 AM   #204
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This is a fantastically simple and great looking stand idea. Do you KNOW how difficult it is to find those RTC42 connectors?! None of the big box stores up here carry them, connectorsonly.com will ship for almost double the price of the product! I finally found a lumber yard that would special order them for me. Definitely the most expensive part of this build.

Does anyone have pics of this stand built with 2x4 legs. I can get those connectors anywhere, go figure...
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:56 PM   #205
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The bottom part should have a flat surface. Very nice build but that...
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:38 PM   #206
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I figured I'd come back here and update now that my stand is 100% complete. I'm super happy with the final result, and wanted to tank hydrophyte again for sharing such a great idea.

I originally built mine for a 30" long tank, but ended up getting a 60p sized one, so I had to shorten the stand to 24" long. I also finally built the front cover and side covers using 1x2 cedar. All 3 covers (front, left, right) are attached with magnets (the standard cupboard door kind). They simply click into place and remove super easy. It gives me fast and easy full access to everything on the lower shelf (CO2, filter, heater, reactor, power).

For the light hanger I bent clear acrylic tubing and ran a small chain through it. I feel it visually disappears better than metal poles would. Here is the full final product:



Close up with the panels in place:



Front and side panels pop right off:



Close up of my acrylic light poles:

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Old 07-24-2013, 03:24 PM   #207
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Very, very nice!
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:10 PM   #208
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Awesome, AnotherHobby. Looks great.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:53 PM   #209
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That stand is amazing AnotherHobby!

do you think it would be possible to build this using a kreg jig intead of the brackets?

The 2x4s and 4x4 would be screwed to each other and glued and then the whole stand could be screwed and glued to the 3/4 inch peice the tank is actually sitting on.

I think it would look great assemled without the brackets and with no visible screws
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:42 PM   #210
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Wow that looks awesome! The acrylic poles are a very nice touch!
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