I've been on a planting kick ever since I watched my brother take his last breath during the end of his long battle with lung cancer in April. He left behind a wife and 3 kids that I love very much. I had a 125 Gallon reef tank for a while but left that behind when we got married and moved out of the ATL and into the northern sticks. Since it's too cold to play out in the yard anymore I figured I'd finally build that planted tank I've always wanted and dedicate it to his son who is going on a climbing trip in south america. I've been doing the fish thing (both fresh and reef) for upwards of forty years now and have had an established lightly planted 29 for many years now but this one is special.
My ideas normally start on napkins but this time I stepped it up to paper.
I call it Beefcake Jr.
I overbuild cars on the side so this was no different and I like the sound of 2X6.
Surprisingly, my wife and dogs were not as thrilled as I was about my new impact driver.
I had this nutty idea to have a tower fan blowing on some shiny fabric that has LED RGB controllable lights shining on it to help create a shimmer effect from hell while viewed through the frosted privacy film adhered to the back glass.
The test proved to be cooler than expected.
Built a strong shelf base to aid in the light actuators and false wall installation.
A thick plywood top was applied and to my surprise, my wife's aqua blue yoga mat was a perfect fit and required no trimming. again, my wife was not as thrilled about this as I for some reason. I mocked up some cardboard and fabric to see what the canopy will be like. I'm going with the in wall open right side look with a removable panel of sorts and a maintenance platform that rolls out of the stand that I can safely stand on.