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Old 08-21-2013, 03:10 AM   #1
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Manzy 40b (update planting started 1/16/14


After the birth of my daughter, I was overwhelmed trying to keep 9 tanks(4 high tech) I took everything down with the exception of two tanks one riparium and one low tech tank too hold 1-2 of each plant species.

I've kept everything from nano tanks too large tanks. Ive always wanted a 40b but never had one. My plan is too just have 1 really nice 40b I've been collecting stuff for this build for a while now.

I started building my stand this week. Here's where I'm at.

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I will be doing more work on it this week and I will post updates as I go. Thanks for looking! Enjoy!

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:28 AM   #2
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That stand is a tank!
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:54 AM   #3
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Yeah it may be slightly overbuilt, but I wanted to make it sturdier than the average stand. Most of them tend to have some flex. I put 600lbs on it(2 of my larger friends) and it didn't budge. Tomorow I'm going to start skinning the sides with tongue and groove knotty pine paneling.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:37 PM   #4
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Only had a little bit of time to work on the stand today. I cut some 1/8" ply and nailed it down to even out everything with the strong ties and screw heads Click image for larger version

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Old 08-23-2013, 12:58 AM   #5
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A little more progress today Click image for larger version

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Old 08-25-2013, 01:49 AM   #6
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Taking a break for now, hopefully I will have the doors built and hung by the rest of the night.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-25-2013, 01:57 AM   #7
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Looks like it's going to be a real beauty!

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Old 08-25-2013, 03:03 AM   #8
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Nice stand there. Looks good and sturdy. I am sure the braces cost more than the wood or close to it. It would look just as good if it wasn't skinned. It has a nice industrial style to it with brackets being visible.

I like redundancy when it comes to a tank stand. If you look at it from the stand point that would prefer your tank staying on its stand or on the floor, its a no brainier.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:42 AM   #9
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I also really liked the idea of and industrial style stand, if I didnt have a 16 month old running around I probably would have gone that route.

Yeah the braces may have been overkill. I stole the frame design from someone's 40b reef build I saw while googling, that stand looked really nice and simple so I replicated the frame. I'm in to the whole stand roughly 220$ the brackets ran me around 75$ of that, I had no idea they were so expensive until I got to home depot with my list. I was not exactly thrilled when they rang everything up, I think it will be worth it though.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:06 AM   #10
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I need to straighten the knobs out and put a floor in, probably some more trim/moulding work. But I'm calling it a night on this. Click image for larger version

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Edit: I straightened the knob
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:15 AM   #11
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And the tank is in place! Click image for larger version

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Old 08-25-2013, 05:16 AM   #12
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Great craftsmanship!

And that manzanita is out of this world. so gnarly
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:18 AM   #13
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Very nice! You're so handy.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:49 AM   #14
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I really love that manzy you got! It looks epic.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:46 AM   #15
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That is a terrific cabinet.
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