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Old 03-14-2012, 12:20 AM   #21
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Let's hope!!

So tomorrow morning I'm going to get 2x6 and a couple 4x4s to finish off the base cabinet skeleton and start the canopy skeleton. As of the moment I don't have a garage so I have to use a friend of mines down the road or else the base would be done already.

I'll take some pics of the progress and post em up. Any thoughts yet to a transfer method?
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:29 AM   #22
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Let's hope!!

So tomorrow morning I'm going to get 2x6 and a couple 4x4s to finish off the base cabinet skeleton and start the canopy skeleton. As of the moment I don't have a garage so I have to use a friend of mines down the road or else the base would be done already.

I'll take some pics of the progress and post em up. Any thoughts yet to a transfer method?
I used 3 20g Rubbermaid containers. Filled each up with about 15g then filled 2 up with rock and last one with coral and fish. I put the sand in trash bags. I disposed of the rest of the water and picked up the tank and stand with a couple friends.
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Check out the thread called "My new 150g...my pride and joy" it is the best aquascape I have seen.
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I would not put silicone over the old caulk. That will not hold. If you want to reseal it, you'll need to strip the inside clean.
I wouldn't even use a 10 year old tank as a display, that might be in my house for another 10 years, without resealing it.
If you take your time and do it right, it will not leak.

As for the transfer, I would cycle the new rock in a bin(s) with a heater and power head, and then do the swap all at once- break down the 75 into rubbermaid bins, and then swap out the tanks, re-aquascape, then add livestock.
I would thoroughly rinse the sand bed before adding it.
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Got the stand Skeleton built. Finish height of it is 41" or 3 foot 5 inches.
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Got the stand Skeleton built. Finish height of it is 41" or 3 foot 5 inches.
Sorry forgot the pics
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I like it.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:07 AM   #28
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Thanks!

We decided were going to paint the cabinetry white since a lot of my finishing material can come preprimed in white.

If you look at the top I used 2x6 on the outer frame and 2x4 on the inside. I recessed the 2x4 frame and web so I could use 1/2" plywood to help disperse the weight better and it helped square the top as well. ( it was a 1/16 off corner to corner) the top and sides will be covered in primed mdf 1/2". Crown will surround the top and a standard 1x5 around the bottom. So the base is 8'3" x 2'. With the crown and top on the area will grow to 8'7-8" x 2'3.5-4". I will be centering tank side to side and it will be pushed to the back leaving a 2.5-3" ledge in front of the tank.

I'm planning on sanding the plastic trim thats on the tank and painting it white as well. I think the fake wood is lame.

I forgot to take pics of the tank after the pressure wash. A couple small areas have to get scraped by a blade. 200 degree water at 2300 psi couldn't free it all off the overflows. I guess when I strip them I'll let them soak in straight vinegar for atleast 24 hours.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:15 AM   #30
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Mdf is known to grow mold and snap under moist conditions so it's dangerous to use on a stand. And that's because it absorbs moisture and it will weaken over time.
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