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TBakes Return to Planted Tanks! 40B and Cube DIY heavy

Hello all -

Ive been away from the hobby for 7 or so years due to an international move and life getting in the way! Working from home due to Covid so I decided I needed something nice to look at while on endless conference calls!!

Ive had the tanks sitting in crates in a closet since moving back to the US in 2015. The Fluval Ebi was a high tech shrimp tank before so I will probably go the same direction. I made the stands in my wood shop. The larger one is 2x4 structure skinned in birch plywood and old maple flooring. The smaller is birch ply and walnut. Tops are laminated birch ply edged in walnut. I dont think I will do inset doors again for a long while!

The light on the little tank is an Asta 20 freshwater. The 40B will have a pair of 30 Finnex 24/7 CRV suspended from 1/2 conduit that I still need to spray black. CO2 will come through the wall behind the little tank.

I hope to get the scapes going over the weekend.


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Where did u get the stand for the cube tank?


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The stand for the cube tank is a real stand out.


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Thanks for the feedback. The stands are both DIY from my woodshop. Like many here, woodworking / DIY and aquaria seem to be a good combo!
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One of my favorite parts of getting a new tank is building a custom stand for it. Yours look great. The Birch plywood is a great skin to work with, and any kind of leftover wood flooring is always going to work. I like the inset door idea. My last build for my 120 I ended up just using a removable panel hung with a French cleat as a ''door''. I like being able to completely remove the panel to be able to access the canisters, c02, and electrical without worry of damaging doors or hinges.
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Which material should i look for? resistence and weight distribution?

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Here is some DIY stuff on the light rig for the 40B.

Cutting 3/4x3/4 1/16 thick aluminum angle for the light support. The goal is to suspend 2x 30 Finnex Planted+ 24/7 CRV lights.






Riveting the pieces together with a Harbor Freight rivet tool.




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It fits both lights! Now just need to drill for the suspension kit and paint the frame and support polls black.




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Here is some DIY stuff on the light rig for the 40B.

Cutting 3/4x3/4 1/16 thick aluminum angle for the light support. The goal is to suspend 2x 30 Finnex Planted+ 24/7 CRV lights.






Riveting the pieces together with a Harbor Freight rivet tool.




Test fit:


Rivers I used.


It fits both lights! Now just need to drill for the suspension kit and paint the frame and support polls black.




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What about the wood?

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Not sure what your question is @victorusaconte ;

Are you asking about what wood I used or for recommendations?


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Not sure what your question is @victorusaconte ;

Are you asking about what wood I used or for recommendations?


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Yes, what materia did u use to make the stand, i will do one as well for my nano tank

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Yes, what materia did u use to make the stand, i will do one as well for my nano tank

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I used birch ply with walnut faceframe and door. Pocket hole construction. I might have some pics of the construction.




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Some more progress shots. I actually got some plants from a fellow member and needed to get them wet!

This shows the little mounts for the 1/2 conduit. I think 3 bucks for 5 from Home Depot. Size 0.



Painted and mounted.



Adding the suspension kit. It was maybe $10 from Amazon. I also spray painted the aluminum frame in Krylon high temp black.


It works!


I tapped the conduit to screw on the adjustable wire guide. You can also see the little plastic plugs to cap the end. Worked perfect for the 1/2 conduit.



Inside of the stand is painted white. Installed a TP-Link smart strip with 6 outlets. Will use this to control the light on the little tank and the CO2.



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My noob hand work vs yours pro work hahahahahaha

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Here is the little tank with a temp scape just to get the plants wet.


Filling with RO from a 32G Rubbermaid Brute using a little Rio 600 pump. I wheel the Brute from the RO system over to the tanks. Still need to figure out a minor leak on the RODI system.


I forgot how annoying Fluval Stratum is to plant in. The CO2 tank is going to move to a closet behind the tanks but I just wanted to throw it on quick. I am using a micro pollen glass style diffuser but will be adding Griggs style reactor once I get around to making it. Filter is a Oase Thermo 100. Jardli SS lily pipes. I like it so far. Good flow and love not having the heater in the tank!



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