I've finished the base of my Dream Office Tank
, and I'm onto the hood today. This is my first tank build, and I'm a bit worried about mold/mildew building up inside the hood, especially considering the fact that the hood will be constructed entirely of wood (mostly 1/2" oak ply). The rough dimensions are: 5' wide x 1.5' deep by 1.5' tall.
I've been toying with the idea of either shellacking the entire inside, kind of like they used to do with the hulls of those old wooden ships. The other idea, and the one that would save me some time/work is lining the inside with that "Flex Seal" stuff (the commercials for this product feature a guy sitting in a boat on water after the bottom, previously riddled with tons of holes, has been sealed with the product).
I've also considered adding a vent fan to the top of the hood to take the moisture out, but I'm REALLY trying to avoid this because the tank is in the bottom level of my raised ranch and the humidity is already high enough down there.
First question: am I worrying too much about the moisture issue?
Second question: which sealing method would you recommend?
Third question: do I NEED a vent fan or even an open slot in the hood to let moist air out?
Thanks in advance for any advice!