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Old 12-07-2013, 07:54 AM   #1
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This is how I fitted my new tank.


This has been in the make for a while, but this is how it was installed:
The floor wasn't very suitable (a lot of water damage) so I decided to make a self-supporting shelf using steel studs embedded in the wall.

The first holes.


Supporting the galvanised steel studs while the concrete hardens.


All in place (each stud can take 450lb of static load).
The tank - with water, etc - will be about 600lb.


Wooden spacers to create more vertical room.


Enough space for 3 circuit breakers, a timer, a LED driver and the neutral bar.


Bottom cover fitted.


Top and sides fitted.

Behind the cover.


Empty tank in its final position.


Overflows viewed from the inside.
The tank overflows into a bog filter.


View from the other side of the wall.


Return pipes fitted.


Right-angle bends fitted.


Cover pipes fitted.


New tank in its final position and full of water.
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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thats awesome, great craftsmanship
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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What he said...great execution! The bog filter is a really nice touch. Tank size is really cool, too! What plans do you have for it?

I drove through Port Elizabeth when I was over there visiting family (we drove the Garden Route). You definitely have the climate to pull this off!

We were sorry to hear about Mandela, a great loss for us all.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:00 PM   #4
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my lfs has a floating shelf like this ... but yours is better. the cover looks brilliant. great job!
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:10 PM   #5
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That is so awesome! I have a wall I would love to do this on but will probably never happen. Very we'll done sir!
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:15 PM   #6
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Brick walls can be a challenge. Very nice work and it leaves a very nice feel with no stand.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:42 PM   #7
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That is a one of a kind installation! Very good engineering. The only thing I would change is the cushion under the tank - I think a thinner one would serve the same purpose and be less visible - also paint the edges black. So, now where will you store the fertilizers, fish food, miscellaneous junk, aquatic gardening tools, etc.?

Now is when your wife says, "no, I think I want it over there."
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:17 PM   #8
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yeah, a thin black foam sheet will suffice for cushioning. I don't use any cushioning at all.
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:40 PM   #9
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Great job!
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:21 PM   #10
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Fantastic build!
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:58 PM   #11
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Thats awesome looks like its just floating there
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:49 PM   #12
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I love this look, also.

You could build two additional boxes each about 1/3 the size of that one. Place above the tank in a somewhat "artistic" way - one slightly higher than the other? Hinged fronts that drop down for storage of food, nets, tools, etc. Wouldn't need the steel reinforcement as they wouldn't be holding much weight. Add a potted plant on top and voila! A nicely decorated wall space.
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:48 AM   #13
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thats awesome, great craftsmanship
Thank you Tattoo.
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What he said...great execution! The bog filter is a really nice touch. Tank size is really cool, too! What plans do you have for it?

I drove through Port Elizabeth when I was over there visiting family (we drove the Garden Route). You definitely have the climate to pull this off!

We were sorry to hear about Mandela, a great loss for us all.
Thank you.
ATM I have 10 Congo tetras and two Synodontis nigriventris (Upside-down catfish). I'm looking for some killies.(if the Congos will leave them alone.)
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my lfs has a floating shelf like this ... but yours is better. the cover looks brilliant. great job!
And I thought this might be the only one in the world!
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That is so awesome! I have a wall I would love to do this on but will probably never happen. Very we'll done sir!
I must admit that it was a bit of a mission, but I didn't have many other options. My wife thinks that it was a great idea.
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Brick walls can be a challenge. Very nice work and it leaves a very nice feel with no stand.
Tell you a secret. They're hollow bricks . . .
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That is a one of a kind installation! Very good engineering. The only thing I would change is the cushion under the tank - I think a thinner one would serve the same purpose and be less visible - also paint the edges black. So, now where will you store the fertilizers, fish food, miscellaneous junk, aquatic gardening tools, etc.?."
A decent cabinet maker could have made a more intricate design, such as including drawers, etc. Alas, I'm not very good at that.
BTW: The tank now has black polycarbonate edges on top and bottom.
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Now is when your wife says, "no, I think I want it over there."
She mustn't dare.
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yeah, a thin black foam sheet will suffice for cushioning. I don't use any cushioning at all.
That's daring.
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Great job!
Thank you Ray.
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Fantastic build!
Thank you thelub.
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Thats awesome looks like its just floating there
Thank you. It's a great point of conversation.
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You could build two additional boxes each about 1/3 the size of that one. Place above the tank in a somewhat "artistic" way - one slightly higher than the other? Hinged fronts that drop down for storage of food, nets, tools, etc. Wouldn't need the steel reinforcement as they wouldn't be holding much weight. Add a potted plant on top and voila! A nicely decorated wall space.
Great ideas. Thank you.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:56 AM   #14
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That is really nice looking...

As to the foam, I've seen rolls of stuff intended for use as drawer-liners and such, black maybe ~1/8" to 1/4" thick or so, maybe a couple bucks for a few linear feet (I have no idea...). Your surface already looks really smooth and solid, so the foam wouldn't have much work to do.

A bit late now, but I also think hoppy's suggestion of putting drawers betwixt the studs would be a nice touch (although, pretty limited in storage (but then again, you can never have too much of that...)). If you are brave/apathetic/ambitious/whatever, I don't really see why this couldn't be installed afterwards. use a saber saw or something similar to cut out the wholes, install drawer sliders, and get something to match the material for the drawer front.

Looks great though - you'll have to post pics once you get it fully set up.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:02 AM   #15
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Thanks for the compliments . . .

I've often thought about installing drawers, but I'm NOT good at that kind of work, besides, I was in a hurry. My other tank had cracked and this thing needed to get up and running.
But . . .
I'm still thinking about it. Perhaps I will get a pukka cabinet maker to do the job, more or less as you indicated.

The tank is up and running, but is still not matured. I posted a pic in the member's tank gallery.
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