Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Alamos Sonora Mexico and Green Valley Arizona USA
I thought that I would update this thread.
I've had to go a different dirrection.... and it's costs.. The Mesquite wood was about $1000. Pipe required about 32 cut and threaded pieces, which was also proving difficult to solve.... Total costs was looking north of $1500usd to build the 2 part stand.
I've gone about as opposite as possible... I puchased 3 36"x14"x54" Black Home Depot Shelving.... combining them yields 2 36"x14"x72" stands, with many leftover parts. I then purchased a high quality 4x8 sheet of 3/4" plywood to construct panels that would augment the wire shelves to add support to distribute the weight and prevent bowing. I'm staining the plywood planks Ebony/Espresso to blend in with the black shelves and black pvc and black cables. The tanks sit directly on 1/4" cork which sits on the 13" x 25" x 3/4" plywood planks which sit directly on the 36" x 14" shelves.
Here's a few photos:
Intial break-in tests that lasted two weeks... pictured is just 1/2 half of the stand:
To test, I constructed the shelves to 54" (don't need the top shelf at 72" as I'm not hanging the lights nor storing anything for this 'break-in' tests) and placed all of the tanks/sump sections. Originally filled the water to 50% for a day... Then went to 100% and left them for two weeks on my back patios. I worked around them, shook them, cleaned them, bumped them, etc.. No leaks. So, I'm confident they will do the job.
Details on the wire shelf, plywood plank, and cork mat interface.
The cork mat is the exact footprint as the 20L aquariums. The planks are routered and sanded on both sides. The cable/tubing/plumbing access holes are 3 on each end, measuring 1 1/4" diameter. They are strategically placed to correctly stradle the wire supports built into each of the metal shelves so that plumbing/cables can pass through unobstructed. The plumbing is 3/4" or 1/2" black vinyl tubing, so it all fits (illustrated in photo).
Close up of plumbing/cable pass throughs.
With 6 holes on each shelf I'm able to accomate overflows to sump, drain, and return from sump as well as cables for LED lights, cable heating, and wave pump.
Costs for these stands with all of the work is in the neighborhood of $250. Won't be as pretty as I wanted, but should still look pretty good with all of the focus on the glass, fish, plants... I'm even going with black filter socks and black poret foam in the sump to just minimize everything...
Last edited by FischAutoTechGarten; 09-15-2020 at 07:38 PM.
Reason: fix fotos