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Old 11-10-2013, 12:03 AM   #1
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Duo DIY Quad 40g Breeder Stand / Fish Wall


Alright everyone, I have talked about my multi tank build in a few of my comments for quite some time now. The time has arrived to put those words to action. I have been designing and planning since last summer for both my Phase I and Phase II builds. I have gone thru numerous revisions and finally came up with the best setup for my plans. This thread is only of my Phase I 'Garage Fish Wall' build though. I actually started the process in June as I organized and cleaned up. I wanted to get a little ahead to make sure things were going smoothly before posting. Each weekend I inch a bit closer to being able to setup one tank to start. Once I actually start setting up tanks though, I will setup a few journals and continue life of the stands there. Enjoy!

The Clean Up
Location of build determined. I have quite a bit of stuff to cleanup.




After a month of organizing and building an outside shed in between this build, this is what the cleaned up area looks like.

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Here is the CAD plan of my build in mind. I am still debating about my sump tank setups though. The dwgs is of 10g tanks currently. I can get modified 20g's or use a 30g breeder and split it with a divider to make two sump areas.
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Week 1 of Stand Construction
-framing cross member precuts


-framing construction


-breaking ground


-all frames completed
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Week 2

-upper and lower leg precuts


-lower legs assembled


-first rack assembly


-bottom legs placed and middle shelf frame added


-rack 2


-racks 1 and 2 after week 2
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:32 AM   #5
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Week 3
-upper legs assembled


-top shelf frame assembled


-racks 1 and 2 after week 3
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:53 AM   #6
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Week 4
-plywood tops cut to fit and edges rounded by router


-plywood tops for top and middle shelf assembled. bottom shelf is only loose fitted. it will remain loose for ease of shimming purposes down the road.



-at the end of this week both stands had all exposed surfaces sanded with both hand and belt sanders.
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:04 AM   #7
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Week 5
-rack 1 stained


-rack 2 stained



-back also stained


I will post this weekend's (Week 6) progress by Monday hopefully once I get this weekend's progress completed. That will then bring you all up to current date.
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nice dude. this looks seriously sick.
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This is something I'm very interested in doing myself eventually so I will be keeping my eye on it ! Looks great can't wait to see the end result
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Thanks for the compliments. I feel that I put alot of effort in to my fish plans since last year so I too am hoping for good results in the end.

dasob85 I took a look at your 40 stands and it pretty interesting itself. The pipe work is interesting. I will be attempting drilling holes next weekend or the week after for the tanks I do have. I need two more 40s to have all 8 tanks. My bulkheads are on the way along with my hole saw kit. It will be my first time drilling though. I have watched several videos on drilling. My intents is to create a template using a 1x6 and not have to worry about the 45 degree start. Did you have any issues with drilling or anything extra to add. My piping won't be as complex as your though for all eight will feature the Bean Animal overflow.

Stevenjohn21 are your intentions for your garage as well? I am hoping for good results as well that's for sure. For the first year, these tanks will be experimental. I will setup one rack and take them thru the 4 seasons......excuse me, the 2 seasons that Texas has, lol. I will run these tanks as Aquascapes only during the experimental period. I need to know how the temps will hold up in my garage before adding fish. I have 2 ideas in mind for cooling. 1) will be evaporative cooling. Each display tank will have a small fan blowing across the surface. Should work great with a sump in which will keep the display filled to its rim. If evaporative cooling isn't enough, I have a diy cooler in mind to try.

If all goes well
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I had no problem drilling all of mine. I did 60 tanks in a day. I bought a drill press and a good bit. Used plumbers putty and put cutting fluid inside around bit. Made a template out of cardboard. Each tank took about 5 min start to finish. Broke 5 10g and then gave up. Glass was too thin.
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I bought a drill press as well although with so many tanks, making a template could work too. I drilled 2 different sizes for the return and the drains. I also did the bean animal but I considered the placement inside the tank looking symmetrical. I also wanted to save some space in the back since the 40 is already pretty deep so I had to do some 90 degree bends to the side in order to put in the street elbow for the open drain. I think the next time I do this for the other rack, I'll be making a diy box on the back of the tank and then you can have the bulkheads point straight down and make it look cleaner too. Good luck drilling and I look forward to seeing updates subbed
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Looks good! Can't wait to see it all finished!
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Great start. Pretty obvious you did a lot of planning. I'm curious why you decide on stain vs. water proof paint?
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Great start. Pretty obvious you did a lot of planning. I'm curious why you decide on stain vs. water proof paint?
I decided to go with stain as well on my stands. I've had them for a year and have yet to get them wet. So as long as your careful and neat you won't have a problem.
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