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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-12-2008, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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low tech 10g, diy stand and lighting

Ive been wanting a 10g for my cherrys so i finally built a mini stand,hood and lighting. its made from 3/4 birch plywood and some moulding scraps. painted it with krylon fusion, the only water proof paint thats cheap.
just got it set up today and going to plant it tomorrow if i can wait that long lol. putting a ac20 on it thats been running on other tank for weeks, used substrate and used water. steath 50w heater.
i figure if i load it down with plants ill have no worry of cycle. im glad i decided to journal this tank so i can see the plant growth. This is the experimental lighting as i want to make a reflector for it but going to try it without one. may buy a hampton bay light later but well see how this goes 1st. going all low light no co2 and low light plants, moss, java fern,crypts,amzon,anubias. figure the 50+ cherrys will like this better than there 5g there in now.
my pool sand dividers are 2liter coke bottle, cut with scissors and used a razor blade to score them so they bend to L shape without breaking. worked and looks great. rocks hold them down and elcheapo way of keeping them apart. painted the tank rims the same blk color so it blends in better.

now just have to figure out dreaded plant placement! im sure ill rescape 10 times before i like it lol.











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Is the inside of the hood still painted like that?

Looks bigger than a 10 gallon...


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Is the inside of the hood still painted like that?

Looks bigger than a 10 gallon...
Yes the inside is still like that, gonna paint it white tomorrow till i build the reflector. ill use metal roof flashing and homemade metal break to bend it. i went and looked at the ah supply reflectors so im gonna copy theres. it should be plenty for a 10g low tech tank i hope. if the lights arent enough i have plenty of room to move and add more fixtures. im using the spiral bulbs on a 29g and have no problem with medium and some high light plants.since theres only gonna be a few plants and 90% on middle/right i figure the light is ok for now, well see. this is just my experimental lighting now lol.
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im building 2 more 10g hoods next week but they will be more simple maybe lol. i like building them. i thought about buying 2 10ghoods with the screw in bulbs and replacing them with the spirals but i have the wood and time so why not. and i can always sell them later when i upgrade to bigger tanks.
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Looks good! Gonna be planted? (probably stupid question)
Lol yeah planted for sure!! im anti plastic plants and fake anything so its a must. ill add some petrified wood i have in other tear down tank and more plants tomorrow. this is my real try at aquascaping a tank.

already started planting tonight since i cant wait, pissing the fish off in other tanks getting plants out so late lol. great pic moment when the angels and brass tetras are actually sitting still.
ill post pics tomorrow of plants, already about full as its gonna get as i dont want it over crowded, already have a tank of that now!
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Wow, that is a sweeeet canopy and base. Especially from 'scrap' molding! I foresee a trip to the lumber section in my future.

Is the trim around the lid one piece, or two glued? Any chance of a close up?

That's gonna be an awesome shrimp display. Nice work!
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the hoods trim bottom is called large base cap, used in house on top a 1x6 or 1x8 to make baseboard, alot of older houses have this.the top of hood trim is called beauty mold, used to make false panels on walls and doors. there nailed and glued to edge of hood. heres a pic of the base cap up close, camera died before i could get one of beauty mold.

added some roundtifolia, small java ferns, L. madagascariens windlov portion. heater is like that so i can get the temp right.


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Thats pretty sweet looking!

How do you like using the Pool Filter Sand (assuming thats what it is)? I was looking at using it for my 10g... Does it hold the plants down?
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