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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2011, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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PPM's Tank and Stand Build

This project has been an on going project for the last year in my spare time.

I'll start with the painting process.

It's pretty simple. Clean the glass really well and make sure when you mask everything off to cover everything that isn't intended to get painted.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2011, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Now if something like this happens to you. Like it did to me. Don't touch it, don't try to remove it. Just paint over it. You will never notice it but if you smear the paint it will be very noticeable.

The last pic shows the little debris painted over. Cant notice it when looking into the tank.
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I painted the tank last May/June. I had it sit for a couple of months to really harden. At first you could easily scratch it off with your finger nail. Once it really dries its impossible to scratch off.

I actually had the sit for several months. I started on the stand in April/May.

I didn't take pics of the complete process but just of the rough frame and the oak shell.
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Are you sure that stand will hold?
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With 2 2X4's on each corner and a middle support not worried about it. I'm actually further along in the project just posting it all at one time.
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Are you sure that stand will hold?
lol, I think he was joking, that stand could hold a car

I think I'm a noob
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I kinda figured Booger was joking around. It's my first DIY tank stand wanted to make sure it was strong enough.

My Dad dropped by one day and the first thing he said was "What are you building a elephant stand". I knew at that point I over did it.
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Here are a couple of pics of the finished stand. I went with a bombay burgundy and black scheme. They are Minwax poly stains.

I used cabinet doors from Menards. The light fixture I made from some conduit and I machined a corner piece out of 3in aluminum round stock.
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In my canopy I have 2 AH Supply 55 bright kits. 110 Watts total. About 2.75 watts per gallon give or take. I also have fed a line for a DIY moonlighting as well. Still working on this.

I picked up a power strip from Menards and modified it to fit.

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Wow that's hardcore stand...very well built.
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I'll post some more tomorrow but would like to here comments so far.
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Wow that's hardcore stand...very well built.
Thanks.

I was actually thinking about building one the way you did. The raw industrial type look.

But I really wanted hide everything on this tank.
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Nice!!! Love the stand!

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Here's a little update.

The first pic is how I started out. Then I found the plants that grow well. Which is the second pic.

The manzinite wood will come back just growing the tank out a little more
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