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Old 03-28-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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55 gallon reef project.

Bought this tank and stand real cheap. It is used and needs some repairs on the stand and some work to replace the top rim or repair it gotta do some research to see what I will do.
It has both hoods but missing a light. Not too concerned about the missing light because I intend to get LEDs for it any way.
It came with an old Regent Aquatec 200 HOB canister filter. It runs with no leaks so I thought even if I cant find the filters for it I can use it for extra circulation. Along with adding a power head or 2. I have a sump that was purchased with another tank I intend to set up on this one.
Well I am off to do the needed repairs on the stand plus I am gonna sand it and stain it. It is in kinda rough shape but it will be a nice project.

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Old 03-28-2013, 05:09 PM   #2
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Well I got the stand repaired and stained today. Will let it dry over night sand it again with some 100 grit sand paper and get a matt clear coat on it. Then the stand will be done and will get on to the tank rim repairs and decide if I want to paint the back of the tank or buy a back ground for it.

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:15 PM   #3
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Before any work done on the stand.

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Old 03-28-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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Nice job refinishing the stand! I assume since you're getting LEDs you will be making this a Reef?
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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Oh the title says "reef project". Lol. Anyway good luck with the build!
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:49 PM   #6
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Lol. Thanks. I am enjoying working on this.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:46 AM   #7
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Any one have any ideas for how to repair the top rim and cross brace on a 55. I have thought about useing fiberglass and epoxy then sand it down smooth and paint it.
Still not sure if I sm gonna paint the back of the tank or put a back ground on it.
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As far as bground..id paint it.. I just finished my moms 20 gal we r doing today.. Paint doesnt show the precipatate from the salt getting beyween the tank and the b ground... Just make sure u paint couple coats allowing drying time between each coat and enough time before install....
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As far as bground..id paint it.. I just finished my moms 20 gal we r doing today.. Paint doesnt show the precipatate from the salt getting beyween the tank and the b ground... Just make sure u paint couple coats allowing drying time between each coat and enough time before install....
Thats probly what I am going to do. Any sugestions for what paint to use? I got epoxy and fiberglass to fix the top rim and I am gonna have to paint it after repairs figured I would go ahead and paint the back while painting the rim.
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Just finished a laquer clear coat on the stand. Now on to tank repairs.

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