Rhenerie's 75g DIY display tank journal
Alright it's time I started a tank Journal.
My plans for this tank are really long and drawn out, so it will be some time before there are any pics of water in the tank. However if anyone is into DIY then you may enjoy your stay. Nearly every aspect of this tank is going to have a touch of DIY. So I want to start of by setting some goals for this tank, and this thread.
A place to talk to myself (maybe others)
Post pictures in a chronological order of this build so I can come back and enjoy at some point(or remember the stupid things I tried.)
Maybe share some knowledge/experience with fellow hobbyest.
The tank goals.
Be attractive in every aspect.(this is going in the living room of my new home)
Build/DIY as much as I can and take pride in it.(or shame)
Accomplish a decent aquascape that even hobbyest enjoy.(unlikely)
Incorporate a lush carpeting plant. (Currently thinking HC/Dwarf baby tears)
Automate as much as possible.(also DIY this if I can)
Ok so that's out of the way, I'll look back in a few months and can judge my failures now! So this is the current state of affairs. I just recently brought the rest of my aquarium supplies out of storage from the move. Previously my wife and I had a 40g breeder set up as a high tech tank. It was fun but relatively low budget and definitely not display worthy. Beautiful tank and plants but more of a makeshift stand and wiring and such. Upon bringing the tanks home, of which we have 8 (3currently running) the 40g had severe frame damage from spending a few nights in the back of my car in the cold. It was a Petco $1 per gallon tank so I wasn't too upset.
So with all my tanks, equipment and supplies laid out my wife and I decided we need a real display tank. We discovered Preuss pets in Lansing Michigan sells Deep Blue Sea brand 75g tanks for only $99.. Done deal, I was always disappointed with the quality of most tanks and the price at the larger ones. The Deep Blue tank has edge ground glass and great black silicone finish, and the frames are much heavier duty then the competition.
Tank done.... So much more to go.
So before we even picked up this tank I knew it wasn't going to just be sitting on some 2x4s. It really needed a nice stand. I absolutely despise particle board, and I'm not a big fan of Oak either... So this left me with two choices.. Buy a very expensive hardwood stand.... Or build one. Obviously I am going to build one. Step one is easy, make it structurally sound. Easy throw some 2x4s together. (I know I said it wasn't going to sit on 2x4's but just wait.)
Last edited by Rhenerie; 04-17-2017 at 05:40 AM.