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60 gallon reboot-Aquascaping for serious now

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So I have a 60 gallon tank that spent 15+ years as a home for a snake. It just sat on top of a table, so nothing special. The snake died and my hubby gave me permission to turn it into an aquarium.

I cleaned it and tested it for leaks which is passed. I wanted this to be a nice piece of furniture so out came my carpentry tools and I built a cabinet for it.
This started as 2x4's and sheets of wood.
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-30-2014, 02:40 PM
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the cabinet looks real good, can't wait to see the rest of the build.
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This post is retro. It's already built and finished.


So, I also had to make a hood for it. Here it is together and unfinished.
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Your woodworking skills are amazing!!
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That stand looks incredible. Nice!


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can't wait to see something inside it...
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The inside got painted and the outside was stained and finished. This is after the first pass with a satin finish.
The "skeleton" is 2x4's and then skinned in oak plywood. It's overbuilt to the point where you could probably sit a small car on top of it but I'd prefer it to be too strong. I use oak wood veneer tape to hide ugly plywood edges. It stains just like wood and easy to use.
This cabinet is heavy. A quick, cheap, homemade furniture dolly helps move it around.
I made a jig to drill evenly spaced holes so that shelves are adjustable in height.

When I get my light bulbs in, I'll get some pictures of the construction on the hood. There are a few things I'd do differently.
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Nice! I am in the process of building a custom stand for a 40 B and I wanted to know what wood you used to wrap the stand. I initially wanted to do MDF and lay some Di-NOC vinyl wrap but it looks like it will be more expensive VS staining the wood.


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Nice! I like the trim you added to the stand.


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Thanks!

The tank is currently running as a low tech tank. Recently, we redid the floors and so the tank was tucked away in another room for a few months. It was severely neglected during this time. But it's moved back into the living room and I still have green plants somehow. However, I'm tired of waiting for it to grow and I want a carpet so we're moving to pressurized CO2 and med-high light.
The last time I did CO2 was a failure. I could grow plants but I could also grow every kind of algae known to man. That was with a DIY CO2 with yeast mixtures. I was a full time college student and worked so I had a hard time keeping up with maintenance. Hopefully I can make this system more stable.

Some eco-complete arrived today. I've secured a source of CO2 where they'll fill cylinders onsite. That means I get to keep a shiny new CO2 cylinder. Aw yiss!
The cylinder should arrive tomorrow. Exciting stuff for me since I've been staring at the solenoid regulator unit thing for the past week.
AH supply is sending me bulbs (CFLs) and should be here Thursday. I'd like to move to LEDs but that's not in the cards right now.

Wondering if I should order my plants tomorrow? It takes two days, yes?
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First setback.

Imagine my surprise when I begin putting the CO2 system together (after I've ordered plants) and find a broken gauge. The box was not damaged so this is a defective part.

Thanks Aquatek.
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I've been photoshopping to come up with a plan. Suggestions? Comments?
Wonder if the sword should be in front of the driftwood?
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So here is the finished cabinet sans hood. I Added some Eco complete and am running the filter to clear up the water so I can see what I'm doing. I'm going with something a little different from my original plan.

The bulbs didn't come in today as expected. I will soldier on though. The reflectors could use a good cleaning anyway. Plants will be here a week from tomorrow.
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The stand turned out great!


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I like it! I'm impressed by your use of photoshop to plan it out. I wish I had thought of that for my tank!
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