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Old 09-29-2013, 01:53 AM   #1
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My 125g Peninsula build


This build is going to be a slow going process. This tank will be a peninsula in our basement family room acting like a room divider. My Plan is to have all equipment hidden and out of sight. I will be building everything myself. This tank will have a 55g sump for filtration.

So far I was able to get the stand pretty much all formed In with exception to finishing off the center braces.


Making all the cuts. Ignore my fancy saw table

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Getting it drilled for 2x 1.5'' drain lines


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Old 10-01-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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Put the tank on the stand tonight and ran into the first problem. Luckily this stud is not load supporting. A little time with the jjg saw and problem solved.


Thanks to JackD, I was able to pick up the sump and get it in place for plumbing measurements.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:50 AM   #3
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I like the start. Looks like a nice sturdy stand. What are the notches for on the center upright supports legs.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:14 AM   #4
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I like the start. Looks like a nice sturdy stand. What are the notches for on the center upright supports legs.
Thanks, I ran out of pocket hole screws for the center brace uprights, so I temporarily tacked them in place with some scrap wood backers. I will be making another wood and supply run this week, and those will be taken care of
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:57 PM   #5
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Whoa...we're doing very similar projects. Subscribed!

I like how you've incorporated the plumbing end into the base stand - cool.
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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Whoa...we're doing very similar projects. Subscribed!

I like how you've incorporated the plumbing end into the base stand - cool.
Thanks Crazy, I checked out your thread. I enjoyed the read, good job!
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:10 PM   #7
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Quick update

Moved the tank in the house yesterday and did some more plumbing.
I have to get a few more parts today then she will be ready for water.
Here is a quick question for everyone, Do you think the acrylic sump will be fine sitting directly on the carpet or should I go out and get some plywood to go under?

Also, please excuse the mess. This room is the overflow room for the stuff we havent unpacked yet from moving



Still have to finish off the return lines, that should be completed tonight


The center returns are purposely made to be restricted. Since water follows the path of least resistance, I wanted these to have more restriction causing less flow to the center and more to the end.



My to-do list:
-Finish return line plumbing and install mag drive 18
-Finish in sump drain plumbing
-Install drain line pipe support
-rinse and add soil/substrate
-build canopy frame and install halide lighting
-track down a drift wood package from Tom Barr that will suit my hard scape vission
-Skin stand
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:48 PM   #8
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That's a pretty cool idea for the returns...will be interesting to see if you've restricted enough. Have you glued them yet?

Very curious to see how you'll do the canopy...haha, I'll probably copy you!
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:05 PM   #9
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It would be a very good idea to cut out the carpet under the stand, so neither the stand nor the sump sits on the carpet. If it sits on the carpet the stand will slowly sink down a bit as you add water, possible stressing the plumbing, and definitely stressing the attachment to the wall. Just use carpet tack strip under the carpet where it meets the base of the stand. This will also make future replacement of the carpet much easier, and prevent water splashes from seeping under the carpet.
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Good idea for a tank to divide the room, but be careful with that door. You may want to put a stopper of some sorts so the door handle can't hit anything on the stand or tank.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:58 AM   #11
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Big change in plans tonight and rather disappointing. This tank will no longer be used as a room divider and it will no be placed against the wall like a standard tank
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Hey I think the returns are pretty cool as well. I have not seen anyone do it like that yet. Only downside is if your going to run CO2 and your tank isn't filled to the rim, you could introduce to much surface agitation in the form of splashing mini waterfalls. With a return system like that I assume your will be running a pretty strong pump.

As far as the Acrylic sump resting on the bottom, its not good. Unlike glass tanks, acrylic tanks need a flat solid surface across the whole bottom. Glass gets its support on the 4 corners. If you haven't noticed, all glass tanks are actually elevated on the bottom lip and not flat bottomed like acrylic tanks. Even though your probably not going to run the sump at full capacity, that bottom surface, is still the bottom in which the greatest pressures exist. Worst case, I would at the least place a sheet of plywood there. Best case, I would add some cross supports on the the bottom frame as you did with the top and elevate the sump. This would also make the stand that much studier. I am using pretty much the same structural design as you and I just did this for my quad 40g stand. Even though I am only half way done, the bottom end is very solid. By adding cross bracing on each level of the stand it only adds to a sound structure. Better to have the tanks on the stand while full compared to being on the floor and emptied.
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Oh no! What happened? What does this do to your plumbing situation?
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man this look like a killer build sorry it is now a wall piece not a room divide
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:37 PM   #15
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Thanks guys. Rearranged the house and this rooms purpose changed. The wife asked if we could put it against the wall to better fit the rooms purpose. She has been more then supportive and understanding and the point that i have been without a tank for over 1.5yrs I was pretty quick to say OK.

I got this thing filled and running Sunday night and had the first major setback with this build. The tank that was used for the sjumlo was extremely bowed out on the sides and bottom. When attaching the baffles I attempted to sick the sides in as much as possible. After 2 days the bottom corner seam started a slow but steady leak. Tonight I will be picking up a new, complete sump as a replacement.
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