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Old 05-29-2008, 08:23 AM   #31
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Lekyiscool Im sure formica is better because it is a more durable surface. But considering the cost and the chance for making a error, I would say Im very happy with the results but you must be patient. The stand took an entire weekend. Each coat was allowed to dry 4 hours then sanded with 300 grit sandpaper and wiped down with a clean tact cloth between coats for a total of 9 coats. The clear coat gives it a hard protective layer. LMK and I will tell you the exact products I used.
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:26 AM   #32
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did u scape anything with the rocks?
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:36 AM   #33
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No, I tried to level the stand but could not get it leveled, due to my old oak floors. Ill try again tomorrow.
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:59 AM   #34
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I purchased a piece of 12"x12" acrylic for about $2.00. Just score and snap into shims.
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:30 PM   #35
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Good idea nstyn8. Ill look into it this evening.
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:32 AM   #36
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Any updates? This sounds like it is going to be awesome! *subscribed*
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:32 PM   #37
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My floor is so uneven and with a rimless tank it would show. Even if the tank looked great, if the water level was not level it would drive me nuts . So Im replacing my hardwood floor , but I should start up again this weekend. The fish that I special ordered are not at my lfs yet so I have some time.
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:39 PM   #38
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How to know you're obsessed with tanks: you replace your floor so the tank looks better

Wish my mom would go for that She's currently in the state of mind of "NO MORE TANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:43 PM   #39
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or you could just put shimms under the stand...a lot cheaper than new floors
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:20 PM   #40
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I tried shims, it was level lengthwise but from front to back it was off, I would need 3 inches of shims on one corner. The floor was in the works already, but my 120gal tank did not permit it. Ill try to have the tank scaped this weekend but not fill it, cuz I have more rocks I want to try.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:51 PM   #41
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ohhhhhhh! you failed to mention that the floor was in process or in need already...makes a little more sense now...

sounds like my room my parents have hard wood in the whole house except for my room where 800lbs of tanks makes floor remodeling difficult...I should brobably put floor jacks under my room...!
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:12 PM   #42
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I am following this.

You should show us pics of the different hardscapes you hare contemplating.
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Old 06-27-2008, 07:11 AM   #43
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Ok, I now have level new floors. 7 extra beams were added to the floor for good measure. Tonight I leveled the stand, placed the tank and added water to make sure it is level.



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Old 06-27-2008, 07:13 AM   #44
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i despise marimoball and his awesome tank, lol, i looks awesome so far!!! cant wait for plants and then fish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-27-2008, 07:22 AM   #45
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You are one patient guy!! By now, I'd be dying to get the plants, fish, etc. in there!!
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