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Hi all,

This is my first post on here so I apologise in advance if any of this is in the wrong format.

Here are the progress photos so far of just one of my current projects. I took a metal bookshelf frame and fabricated clear acrylic shelves with a lip surrounding the sides and back to stop ideas sliding off. I then threaded the side surrounds to allow them to screw to the frame and also be able to hold the required weight. Before installing the shelves I resprayed the frame to a grey to match the existing furniture in the room.

On to the tank! I measured the area I had to work with on the top shelf and fabricated a seamless acrylic tank to fit onto it. The tank measures at 50cm length x 15cm deep x 20cm tall. All edges are diamond polished as with the shelves.

Below are the photos of the progress so far:
 

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Quick update on progress. I'll get some better shots on my camera as well later on.

The light and filter arrived yesterday so I got those set up. I went for:
.Arcadia Classica Stretch Freshwater LED 18w 50cm 15 x LEDs
.Dennerle Nano Eckfilter.

I also scaped the tank this morning using some spare plants I had from a previous project and some news ones. I went for:

.Eleocharis acicularis 'Mini'
. Lilaeopsis mauritiana
.Staurogyne repens
.Bacopa 'Compact'

The tank is full of oxygen bubbles at the moment so I will get better photos as the tank settles down.
 

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neat idea... I may steal later, can't wait to see this develop
 
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neat idea... I may steal later, can't wait to see this develop
Im glad I could provide some inspiration! I am actually considering producing these as kits if anyone is interested!

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Very cool interested to watch this progress!
Thank you! I'll post a few updated images soon! The fish for it are on their way as well!

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Wow.. you are very talented
Thank you for the kind words! Thats much appreciated.
 

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Very cool!

I'm curious about how you fabricated the shelves. Could you tell a little about what is involved with fabricating with acrylic?
 

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Very cool!

I'm curious about how you fabricated the shelves. Could you tell a little about what is involved with fabricating with acrylic?
No problem, I first CNC cut the shelves themselves with the side and back pieces which are were the screws are tapped into. I then bonded these on and threaded the holes for the screws. All pieces were then diamond polished for the crystal clear finish. I specialise in acrylic.
 
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