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Old 07-18-2010, 01:03 AM   #31
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Old 07-18-2010, 05:48 AM   #32
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Hi, I'm new (March 2010) and started fish only but after learning a little about the corals...well you know.

I looked at your stand, are you sure you have enough support on the corners to keep it from swaying under the weight of your tank? I can't tell from the pictures but it looks like you might have your back 2x4's going through the shelf. If it is, that'll give you some support.

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I think the 2x4 thing in the stands is overrated. has anyone EVER bought a stand that was make for there tank that had ANY 2x4's in it. the compression failure force on 1 2x4 at 3 feet is around 1440 lbs I just set up my 120 on a comercial stand buitl out of nothing but 1x
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:13 AM   #33
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I think the 2x4 thing in the stands is overrated. has anyone EVER bought a stand that was make for there tank that had ANY 2x4's in it. the compression failure force on 1 2x4 at 3 feet is around 1440 lbs I just set up my 120 on a comercial stand buitl out of nothing but 1x
I agree that these stands could be built out of material smaller than 2x4s... I considered ripping them down to 2x2s just to make the stand lighter but then decided not to.. cause its so easy just to use the 2x4s. Even though most commercial stands are built of 1x I don't think I would personally try to build one for myself using only 1x material. Perhaps if I wanted a stand that was painted, laminate or thin veneer I would have tried building it all from 1x, but I am wanting a wire brushed fir finish so I needed a frame to attach the fir to.

I think capj64 was more concerned with lateral support (shear) not compressive strength - which in my opinion was a valid concern based on my design.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:21 AM   #34
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I think the 2x4 thing in the stands is overrated. has anyone EVER bought a stand that was make for there tank that had ANY 2x4's in it. the compression failure force on 1 2x4 at 3 feet is around 1440 lbs I just set up my 120 on a comercial stand buitl out of nothing but 1x
HA! That's funny Last night I was actually questioning the ability of my stand that I bought with my 29g. It is built with a shelf above the tank (pics in my album). Yesterday I decided to turn one of my 10g tanks into a nano reef. I set it on top of my 29g, on the stand's shelf (this is also how the LFS had it displayed) and when I was almost finished filling it, my thoughts were, "God, I hope this holds". So I looked at how it was constructed and you're right! Other than it being made out of nice wood, it's pretty much nothing . It does have a good bit of horizontal support because of the cabinets underneath and since I'm going to have to move the whole thing later in the year, I'm pretty sure that I'm ok....I think

But personally, when building the support under my larger tank, I will be using 2 x because I don't want to tank any chance that 150g of tank life end up on my floor.
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Thinking about this Skimmer... My old one was a pretty cheap one and Id like to replace it with a better one. Any thoughts?

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That's the skimmer that was recommended to me. I just bought a mini for the sump I'm putting together for my 29g. Guess I'll find out
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I was only able to work on the tank project today so I didn't get a lot done but did make progress.

The stand:
I realized that the top shelf could not go all the way across as it would make accessing the skimmer to difficult (it will be on the far right). I decided to cut the shelf back - I still wanted a shelf for test kits, hydrometer etc.. I also put a panel in the back - I will mount two power strips to this panel which will help keep power cords organized and tidy.

I am still waiting for my 1x fir that is being wire brushed - should have it this week. I forgot to order a 4x4 for the corner trim detail I wanted do so I bought one and wire brushed it myself. I cut the corner so it tapers in two directions and has the look of legs. I cut a dato notch into the back corner so it will fit over the corner of the frame. The 1x finish material will butt into these corners. This stand is going to weigh as much as the 100 gallon tank... lol.

Wire brush technique - before sanding.


Stand with corners, back panel and modified shelf. I also applied a couple coats of polyurethane to all MDF.

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After a couple hours of working on the stand I decided to start on my sump. I have been anxious to start this part of the project since I decided to build my own last week. I purchased a full 4x8 sheet of 1/4" cast acrylic (cast is supposed to be better for cutting than is extruded acrylic). I was a little nervous about cutting the acrylic as I have read more than one guy talk about how difficult it can be.

I bought a 60 tooth 10" blade for my table saw (the 80 tooth I wanted was to expensive). I also have a chop saw with a 60 tooth blade. I found cutting the acrylic to be really easy and not near as difficult as I had anticipated. I did not use any water spray or anything like that (a couple guys had recommended doing that to prevent melting). I found that the table saw was the easiest way to get good square cuts. I did use my chop saw as well.

The only difficult part was making the very first cut - my little table saw is not really set up for cutting full sheets.



After the first cut was made it was easier. I had to create a makeshift fence.




Slow and steady worked great.. no melting, no chipping....



After I had most of the pieces cut I decided to try the teeth for the overflow from the refugium. This also went smoothly and was no problem... I used a dovetail template which worked great. I hope the glueing goes as smoothly but I am guessing that is the hardest part...



After that I decided to tape it all together and see how it looked.




I would appreciate some advice here. The Melevsreef website does not list how tall the interior panels are so I am just guessing. The sump walls are 16" high, the Refugium walls are 14.5" high. The baffle between the first chamber and the second (flow is right to left) is 11". The first bubble trap baffle is 10" high. The second is 1.5" off the bottom and has a height of 11.5" and the third is 10" like the first. See any problems here?



I am also starting to think about my plumbing... I can supply water to the refugium from the skimmer or add a pipe with a valve and feed the refugium with water directly from the tank... Thoughts?
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Thinking about this Skimmer... My old one was a pretty cheap one and Id like to replace it with a better one. Any thoughts?

ASM G-3 Protein Skimmer
for the money try this one. I am a huge octopus fan. it comes with a sicce pump too that is dead quiet. It will work as well if not better and does not require the mods the g-3 does.

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