Plywood/Glass 350G build (in progress)
!!!!!!!!!!!DISCLAIMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This is a work in progress! I'm also building a new house and this tank will take me several months to complete!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, I've been obsessing over this tank for the past six months. My girlfriend, friends, and co workers are more than tired of hearing about it. After planning every aspect of this tank that I can think of I've finally started to put it into motion. I have 2 T5HO four lamp ballasts, 10 endcaps, and 8 bulbs (6500k) ordered and on the way (along with my 18 gauge copper wire). And this morning, after working a 12 hour shift all night, I payed $400 cash for a 125 and a 50, both dirty but in good structual condition. Couldn't turn that deal down. Now I'm back at work, chugging red bull (3 hours of sleep) and I'm more excited than ever. Please, please, PLEASE, if you notice something is wrong or that I didn't think about for the love of God tell me. and without further adieu, here is my plan, followed by pics of the tanks and the final plan.
This tank will be an "L" shaped aquarium, but will not be a corner piece. The main tank will be 8 feet long on the back end and will be the only side without glass. The "back" of the short side will be 6 feet long. The front of the short side will be 4 feet long and the front main will be 6 feet long. 2 feet deep and 2 feet wide. The main back (totally plywood) will be built as an outset of a staircase. The short end will extend a hallway and act as a barrier between part of the living room and the kitchen. The filtration will be a 75 gallon sump built out of plywood. It will be housed underneath the staircase. The plumbing lines will run from the tank, through the wall, into the sump. The tank and sump will be waterproofed using Pond Armor. Lighting will consist of eight 54 watt T5 high output lamps mounted in the canopy about 4 inches above the tank. The lights are my main concern as initially I will not have CO2. Will that be too much lighting? Stand will be 4x4s and 2x4s finished with furniture grade hardwood plywood. Canopy will be made of the same plywood and 2x2's as mounts for the lamps/ballasts. After it's built and the outer plywood is all stained all of the seams (stand, tank, and canopy) will be covered in trim. Ideas, criticism, anything.... never built a tank before and I'm paranoid that I'm forgetting something.