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So i went to the lfs on sunday and low and behold they had a 33l in the store. I saw it and had to have it so being the poor college student i am, i bought it. I got it drilled that afternoon from another lfs (not taking a chance on a brand new $100 tank). When i got it home, i was looking at the stand for my old 55g and realized how much that stand is not sump-able. So being the DIY type, i googled a dual 55g stand and went to home depot today and got the materials (had them cut it too, which they forgot to charge me for). So my living room looks like a lumber yard atm, i have a bunch of pvc fixtures in my storage closet, and i still need to figure out a cover for the front of the stand that will be removable. Looking to make this a very sleek looking tank.
 

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Looks good so far

Green machine have some very good looking step by step vids on a few of there display tanks

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$100 for that tank? I picked mine up at the LFS for $35. Either I got a great deal or you didn't. ;) Its a great footprint to work with. Unfortunately mine is in storage for the time being. Enjoy it!
 

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Update for the Day. Stayed up till 130am last night assembling the stand. Found out that the plans i followed had the wrong size for 31" support beams, should have been closer to 30.5". Owell, hopped on the scooter and went to the woodshop on campus. Used my time between classes to finishing installing everything on the stand. After class I headed to walmart and bought paint and primer. The stand is currently primed, drying and waiting for the black. Still debating on what to cover the front with.

Other things i need to hash out
1.) How to do my lighting, i have a 48" t5ho that i will be using (maybe hang it off the ceiling)
2.) Gotta get my post body kit sealed right for my pressurized co2
3.) Substrate and decorations. I have 3 nice pieces of driftwood i may use. The gf wants black sand, but i may do play sand
4.) Fauna and Flora will come at a later date. Keep the videos coming (that was really cool) I want my tank to be one of a kind and a local show stopper.
5.) Gotta get glass cut for the sump set-up. Still havent decided what type of sump layout i want. And i need to get a pump (gonna grab one from harbor freight, got a buddy who swears by them)
6.) Gotta plumb the pvc/ sump

Gotta give credit for the stand design: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/Double_55_diy_pt1.php
 

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Keep the videos coming (that was really cool) I want my tank to be one of a kind and a local show stopper.

6.) Gotta plumb the pvc/ sump

Isn't that tank in the video amazing :). Interesting layout, how it's bermed on the sides like that. Love the river stones too. Check their website out, it's all inspiring stuff.

IME, play sand has a high amount of silica in it. I used it for a tank a while back, and had a 3 month diatom bloom :icon_eek:. It was eternal and rediculous. White sand reflects more light (which could be a good thing or bad thing) Black sand hides algae and diatoms. Brings the color out more in fish and plants.

When you get the glass cut for the sump, keep in mind to try to seal the sump as much as possible. I used weather stripping, rubber grommets, and tape on the seams. From my current tank, I've had issues with the CO2 offgassing via the pvc overflow and the sump. Try to make it as airtight as possible )tubing, wires, etc. You'll save yourself headache and wasted gas.
 

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Ok, the stand is now black and moved into position. Got all my lighting hung too, just gotta wait for the stand to dry all the way and move the tanks on. one of the lfs wants me to make the tank into a reef (tempting, but soooo expensive).
 

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I've done a cloth drape once, it never really looked "right".

Maybe consider a simple panel that could be held in place with 4 - cabinet door magnets. I think you might find that a clean, modern look. It also would not take advanced cabinet building skills to do.You would need 4 cabinet magnets and a handle or knob. I've also seen a single 3/4" finger hole drilled in the upper center to remove the panel.
 

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The sides would only be used for support and so the front stays in place.

Otherwise, you'll have to use magnets as DogFish mentions or some kind of hook/latch system.

it is an option, the GF thinks a good sheet of cloth might work too. I want a solid panel though. Not worried about the sides since the plywood is already on there
 

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Damn thats comitment carrying the wood on a scooter haha

Couldnt get away with that in brisbane haha

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Update for the afternoon:
Got the tanks moved into position. Ran out of steam for now (got a math exam tomorrow night)

I am going to go with the magnetic panel option as far as covering the sump

Thinking Fluorite for the substrate? Need input here, wanting to keep the substrate size small (particle size) And want something that will be good for plants

The reef idea is still out there, just don't know anything about saltwater, but the guy at the lfs swears it isnt hard (just need a skimmer and a sump pump for salt as far as equipment goes) Anyone have advice here? How hard are reefs to set up and maintain?

Would be cool to pull the black plastic trim off the top, but i want to keep it covered and i'm not sure if the tank is designed to handle being rimless.

And the closing note, thanks for the input so far everyone.
 

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