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Talking Northey87's 120!!! Update 2-1-2011 (56k)

I am currently 22 and just purchased a 120 gallon tank and stand from Petsmart back in January. I got a great deal on the tank and was a fool in buying the stand. Basically I too excited about getting my tank up and running and purchased a lot of equipment, most of which I still plan on using. Since coming back to earth I realized that I did not like the stand I had purchased and had purchased some equipment that was sub-par. I have been a woodworker since before high school and have built many custom made cabinets.

(I built this entertainment center just before I left for college back in early 2006)

Thus, I have come to the conclusion that I am going to build my ULTIMATE stand for my 120. Now, I have a ton of ideas to implement into my stand, some I have seen before, some I have not. So, this is going to FUN!

Some "outta the box" ideas

1. Integrated wiring for all electronic in the stand, including GFCI's, a bank of switches, and all the outlets needed.

2. Two pull out drawers/trays built into the base that can/will support a full 10 gallon tank a piece.

3. Two standard drawers to store stuff, but, with a 1/2" thick clear acrylic glass top to be used a work space/place to set wet stuff down. Obviously acrylic because of its non-absorbency and easy clean-up.

4. Since the stand/tank will be in a place where childern a present, I am looking at the possiblity of electric cabinet locks to keep the equipment and childern safe, but keep a clean look.

Those are just a few ideas, plus I have a bunch of other DIY ideas. I have already started to purchase some of the specialty supplies but unfortunately I will be unable start building till this summer after I graduate and move back to PA. I want to use this thread as a step by step on my progress and maybe show/inspire others when they build their own stands. Now I know that this stand probably not fit into the normal persons budget, this stand will probably cost a couple grand. Anyway, I hope you find this interesting and maybe a little inspiring.


PS. Once the stand is built I will move on to the tank itself.

___My 120 Gallon___ EHEIM PIMP #407, 2x 2229, 2x 1250 Hobby Pumps, 1x Ecco 2236, and 1x Eheim Sludge Extractor

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Wow, that stand is epic


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Wow, that stand is epic
Which stand? I only see a entertainment center but a nice one indeed.
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Sorry, I just added the tag to the pic to explain it.

Thanks for the compliment!

___My 120 Gallon___ EHEIM PIMP #407, 2x 2229, 2x 1250 Hobby Pumps, 1x Ecco 2236, and 1x Eheim Sludge Extractor

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Well, figured I would list the things I have and the things I will need to get/look into.

Things I have;

2 Eheim 2229's for filtration
2 Coralife 18w Turbo Twists
2 300w Hydor inline heaters
10# tank of Co2
1 Azoo regulator
2 DIY reactors
2 bubble counters
1 PinPoint PH controller
All misc Co2 stuff
Float switches for emergency shut offs
Electric flow control valves for ^^^^
2 sunlight supply T5HO retro fit kits (4x80watts)
LED moon lighting
1/2" acyrlic panes for drawer lids
Heavy duty 150# drawer slides for under cabinet tank drawers

Stuff to buy/look into;

Electric lock equipment (found just need the money)
All building materials for the stand itself
All wiring materials
Most of the plumbing materials
Not sure what I am going to use to control my lights, but I am looking into a RKL for that job
And some other stuff I have yet to think of

Anyway, here is the basic list, I am sure there will be more to follow.

___My 120 Gallon___ EHEIM PIMP #407, 2x 2229, 2x 1250 Hobby Pumps, 1x Ecco 2236, and 1x Eheim Sludge Extractor

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Well, I guess if you're gunna get a 120g tank, you might as well go all out on the stand too.


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Yeah, my wife won't let me get anything bigger, she worries about the 120 being to big! The major fraise here is "trust me, I know what I'm doing"

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Too big as in too heavy? A 120 only weighs 1200 lbs... that's no problem for standard modern construction.


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No, not too heavy, too much water.

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Yeah, my fear with huge tanks is that they'll break.


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Yeah, my fear with huge tanks is that they'll break.
Yeah, that's why my dad won't let me get anything larger than a 20 gallon.


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20?! ow that sucks! well i think a couple grand is a bit more of a dent in my pocket. i thought staying under 50 for mine was a bit to much!! lol i only spent 50 that included stain and i think it came out great. it looks like old barn wood!


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Well, it the cabinet itself won't take more than $400ish, its all the extras and equipment that will take most of the budget.

___My 120 Gallon___ EHEIM PIMP #407, 2x 2229, 2x 1250 Hobby Pumps, 1x Ecco 2236, and 1x Eheim Sludge Extractor

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Actually, I think you'd be more apt to break a small tank than a large one. The larger tanks with 1/2"+ thick glass are not very easy to bust. But at any rate, 120 gallons on the floor is no smaller problem than 250 gallons on the floor.... either way you're getting some serious water damage... lol


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One more thing to add to my aquired list, gas springs for easy canopy opening. I found the ones I need, I just need to order them.

___My 120 Gallon___ EHEIM PIMP #407, 2x 2229, 2x 1250 Hobby Pumps, 1x Ecco 2236, and 1x Eheim Sludge Extractor

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