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New stand for 75 gal acrylic

I had posted some questions in another thread about building a stand for my custom 75 gal acrylic tank . I decided to just follow the normal plan using 2x4's all around . So I thought I would start a thread to show my progress . It will be slow as I have to work within budget constraints...lol

The first is a before pic...
The second is after changing the canopy...when I first built this I was using T8's but now I use LED's so it didn't need to be as tall and I am changing the color some to a darker brown . The boss said I should use the same paint for the trim as is on the trim in the den where the tank will sit . It will look good .
The third is the skeleton of the new stand taking shape. I am making the new one about 6 inches taller than the old one so you can see in the tank better . Anyone see any problems or have suggestions let me have them .
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Finished the skeleton today and put on a coat of exterior latex paint to help protect the wood and I plan on putting LED strip lights under it so I can see to maintain the sump and see in the storage area . The white will reflect the light better . I went ahead and got the plywood,hinges,and other stuff I need to finish it . I had to dip into my savings , but I am afraid it may get to a point where Home Depot and such stores will close all day and I would have to wait till who knows when to get it finished . The darn thing weighs a ton , like I knew it would , but I believe you could park a car on it so I won't worry about it holding the tank . Anyway here is a pic after the finish....
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Got some of the skin on and the led's put inside . I wanted to do the lights now so I could move around inside the stand easier without all the sides on .
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Got the skin on and the doors painted and the foam board glued to the top . If the weather holds I should be able to finish the painting and trim and hang the doors and trim the stand out .
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Got the trim on and started hanging the doors . Only got one done and I had to replace the piece of skin on the right with the clamps . I brought it into the garage so not too far to go when it's done . I am going to move the 15 across the room this weekend and get the process started....lol
The tarp is to keep the dang pollen off it .
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Got the stand finished and the tank and sump cleaned up . Need to put 2 pieces of trim on the front sides once it is place . They come off when I tip it off the dolly if I put them on now . Hope to get the 15 moved and this one in place this weekend .
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Got it setup in place and filled . All went without a hitch . The boss informed me that the grand kids want to keep the 30 in the bedroom , so I will put everything from the 15 and the stems from the 30 into the 75 . The stems just don't do well in the 30 . Then I will have to concentrate on propagating plants to fill the 75 . Now the fun starts . This is the best pic I could get this evening . Will try to get a better one tomorrow .
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Nice job on the stand and canopy!
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Thanks Dee . I didn't want anything fancy to distract from the tank .
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That looks great! My wife and I want to build our own stand when we get our 210-gallon tank and looking at build like yours really helps.

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Thanks . I copied ideas from the web . There are a ton of how to's out there . I just took some and modified to fit my needs .

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Got the plants and fish from the 15 moved over today . The fish love the bigger tank . The Ottos went and hid so I guess they like it too . The pool filter sand I used was supposed to be tan but it is whiter than I like . Hopefully it will darken some with age and dirtiness . Either way I will live with it cause I am not going to change it out....lol . Here is a better pic .
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Nice job. What did you use for the skin? Are the doors the same material with the white trim glued on? Looks very nice!!

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Nice job. What did you use for the skin? Are the doors the same material with the white trim glued on? Looks very nice!!
Thanks DanG . I used 1/2 inch ply for the skin and 3/4 for the doors and put the trim on . I had the doors cut out of the 1/2 inch , but they warped so easy I redid them in the 3/4 to stop the warping . And when I say 1/2 and 3/4 they are whatever they sell close to those measurements these days....lol

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