Well, I finally decided to start up a new 55g planted tank. After admiring all the posts on this forum for the last year, and experimenting with DIY co2 in a 2l coke bottle on a 20g, I think its time to take a small step up to a 55g with pressurized Co2.
Since Im starting from the beginning, I thought I'd share a few photos. I've started with the stand and canopy.
The front and sides of both the stand and top are Oak, and the back and inside walls are Birch.
A few ideas went into the design of the stand. First, I have a simple 55g tank sitting in the garage. I decided that since I will be running PVC over the back of the tank, and I want the stand/tank to be flush against the back wall (without light leakage) that I would trim out the back to compensate for piping/etc.
We've built an inside wall for extra (overkill) support, and to contain the electrical outlets/conduit. (Actually, I'm not to good with woodworking, so my brother in-law deserves most of the credit)
At this point we simply need to finish the doors, and get the stain flowing.
As always, I'd really appreciate your thoughts/input.