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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2012, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, I'm Stu from Glasgow, Scotland. I've been keeping fish for over 15years now, and this is my latest tank which I picked up last night.




Its an aquamedic perc 120 4x2x2 and custom cabinet, containing sump and 24 electrical sockets.

Immediate plans are to completely reseal it, and to replace all the wood panelling on the stand, as well as build a pelmet and hinged hood for it. Then I need to sort out the pipework for the sump.

I've not really had a think about how to scape it yet, or which way I'm going to go (it's been years since my last planted) but I will have a plan drawn up in the next few days, and be sure to keep this thread updated with the progress.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2012, 09:34 AM
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What a lovely tank.
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can't wait to see the final outcome
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Nice tank and that seems like alot of sockets
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Nice tank and that seems like alot of sockets
Thanks, and yes it is a lot of sockets lol, this was previously a marine tank... Still a lot of sockets.


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Didn't get much done today.

Scraped all the black from the back of tank as it was tatty, took a look at My neighbours sump set-up, so I know what I'm buying at B&Q on Monday, started stripping vinyl from stand, but the MDF has had it, so new plan is to replace it all with black chip board (so it matches the furniture) I'll cut and build all that on Monday too.







What type of paint can I use on back of the tank? I'm doing it blue.


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On the outside, whatever. On the inside, krylon fusion.

Nice tank. 4x2x2 are wonderful dimensions.


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What type of paint can I use on back of the tank? I'm doing it blue.
Try blue window tinting sticker/vinyl easier to remove later.

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Drawn up plans for the sump, now I need to figure out how to put the Co2 into the sump and keep it in the water until it reaches the tank.

Anyone done it?




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Awesome set up, congrats on the purchase. Building a Griggs or Cerges reactor would be the best option I believe. There are several threads in the CO2 forum on this site.


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Got to work on the pelmet and lid today. I'm really please with how it came out.

Pics are in chronilogical order.

B&Q Initial cuts


Cut, ready to go


Measuring


Fine tuning the cuts at home


Set to give a 3inch drop below top of tank



Pelmet test fit (perfect of course)


Hinges fitted to underside at front, and topside at back (3 on each fold)



Lid complete



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Just need to get the doors on and it's build complete, waterproofing and painting next.












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