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Old 08-08-2012, 12:28 AM   #1
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My first DIY stand and tank build.

This is a thread of all my notes from my first stand and tank build. This is manly a place to keep an organized track of my entire project from start to finish.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:37 AM   #2
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Welcome to AA be sure to post pics for us and if you have any questions we'd be more then happy to help. What do you plan on stocking in this tank and have you read up on how to cycle a tank.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:04 AM   #3
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The stand is made of 2x4's. It's a total of 21 boards. This is the website I used for the stand design and dimensions. http://freshwatercichlids.com/do-it-...aquarium-stand My stand is 48 inches tall, 36 inches wide, and 19 inches deep. It took 5- 16 inch boards, 4- 37 inch boards, 4- 46 inch boards, and 8- 41 inch boards. The top and bottom are put together first. Then the legs are made and screwed to the screw strips. After that the legs are screwed to the bottom then the top is put on and screwed together. I used pressurized wood on this build. I have been told negatives about PW but since I had already purchased it I went with it anyway. The people at home depot cut the wood to the lengths I needed and were very helpful.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:52 PM   #4
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Ahh, the famous north American dog fish, one natures most extravagant creatures. Known to swim the span of a waterway in chase of a yellow tennis ball within minutes! Nice stock idea for the new tank
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:33 PM   #5
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Lol she always seems to know how to get her pic everywhere.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:42 PM   #6
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This is the stand after 5 coats of minwax ebony black stain and seal.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:43 PM   #7
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Looking good and looking forward to following along.. good luck and welcome to AA your going need us after this addiction.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:51 PM   #8
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Now that is a heavy duty stand! Nicely done. How do you like the stain? I've stained and painted. I like painting better unless I'm going for a wood look. Either/or, a coat of poly will seal it up nicely.
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Thanks everyone. Def like the black stain. Still have to sand and do two coats of poly. I really wanted to make sure I sealed it good since I used pressurized wood. Heard things from people that the chemicals from the wood leaked into their sump.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:55 PM   #10
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Also any insight is greatly appreciated. If any one is an expert in plumbing for sumps I could really use help with that. I have ideas on how I want it to look. Just don't really have any idea about occur pipes. Went to home depot and was completely lost.
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