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I wanted to make a stand for my 55g so I made up some plans of what look I was going for.


Drew out the dimensions


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Finished. I mounted a 24'' light inside the stand also. The stand ended up costing me $150.



I am moiving on up from a 20g planted DIY CO2 & ODNO Lighting to a 55g Pressurized CO2 & PC Lighting. The 55g was my Fahaka puffer's tank and now he is moving on up to a 150g.

Here is the old 20g


Old 20g & 55g before I found out that he wont allow plants in his tank...



My old Eclipse 3


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I like your sand substrate tank. I've never seen plants rooted in sand before, I didn't think it could be done.

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I got my 150g (5'x 2'x 2') brand new w/ glass lids and lights for only $150


Its got 1/2'' thick glass!


I wanted to make a stand for this tank also, but was kinda scared to because of all the weight it would have to support. The tank alone has to be at least 200lbs. The water after it is filled will weight ~1200lbs for a total weight of at least 1400lbs I didn't really have a design but I was thinking about using 4x4's to build the frame untill I got to HomeDepot and 4x4's 8' long cost ~$9. So I went with 2x4's instead for ~$2.50 8' long.

The finished product. Hopfully it holds...


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everything looks great, but the main question on my mind is...

where did you find a brand new 150gallon for only $150?!!!!!!!
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The stand holds I still need to put up the sides to make it look nice. Also need to orginize all the wires/ equipment. I have 100lbs of gravel in there right now, but I want to get another 50lbs bag.


Here is my soon-to-be 55g planted tank. I got a 48'' Coralife 65w x4 light; a lot nicer looking and bright than my ODNO lighting I'm using 100% Flourite. There is 4 bags in there right now. I got PetSmart to price match $12.99/ bag. It only took me 3 hours to wash the Flourite This pic was taken ~2 hours after adding water, still a little cloudy. I'm using a 10lbs aluminum CO2 cylinder with JBJ regulator. Right now I have a Boyu CO2 diffuser that sucks so I am planing on building a in-line CO2 reactor.


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everything looks great, but the main question on my mind is...

where did you find a brand new 150gallon for only $150?!!!!!!!
There was an add on recycler.com for it. The guy had a bunch of new tanks/ stands he got from a buisness that was moving. This was a custom made tank that someone ordered but wasn't on the shipping crate when the company moved. So he got it, and I bought it


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I like your sand substrate tank. I've never seen plants rooted in sand before, I didn't think it could be done.
Thanks bro, it didn't last for long after my puffer got ahold of it...


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Great Photos!!! That is one lucky puffer!


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That's an awesome job on the stand. And it came out to cost only $150. Wow. I need to get hold of some plans!
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That's an awesome job on the stand. And it came out to cost only $150. Wow. I need to get hold of some plans!
These are the plans. It's all the wood you need for it and then you can just look at the pics to figure out how to put it together. For the doors I just took the peices I cut out of the front and put molding around the sides. I used screws and liquid nails on all the joints. Then used putty to cover all the screw heads and uneaven edges. You can pick up the molding from HomeDepot.


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Great Photos!!! That is one lucky puffer!
Thanks. Yeah, he's only 8'' right now but he will grow to 16'' soon. When I got him 4 months ago he was 3''....


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I made a CO2 reactor, but I think it has a leak so I have to take it out and figure out whats up. Here it is under my stand:


I have all my extra plants in this tank now. I am working on getting most of the plants I need before I start aquascaping:


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I love this journal. I love the first stand you made. Keep these excellent pictures coming....

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Thanks I'm making a bottom to the 150g stand right now so I can put a 20g & 10g under the 150g. I'll post pics when I'm done.


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