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Old 06-26-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Of course with the Petco sale I had to get at least one tank!

I choose a 20L. Picked up a 30" pine stand at another store on clearance for $30 so $50 in so far. I have the stock hood and light from my 29g sw setup that I kept so I'm pretty set. Have the heater, hoping 100w will be enough in the winter.

I believe I will be painting this tanks' background black. I'm getting pretty good at it I think.

Here's a picture.....Do you think I should paint the stand black too?

It just seems like ALOT of work, It's a solid full backed stand with the exposed storage area. It also has a drawer that opens to a space for your airpump or other gear.




Thanks everyone!!! This is just the beginning and I am sure I will have alot of questions. ALOT!!
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I think it would look better black, but it's your stand... it's really whatever you prefer.. we don't have to look at it every day
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No matter what you do ... I'm sure it'll look good ... but I'd consider painting the stand black.

Good luck!
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It it were mine,..I'd already have it painted black
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:54 PM   #5
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Well it sounds like I should paint it Black. lol

I'm gonna go start the tank painting now I guess. Then tomorrow i can give it the second coat and start painting the stand.

I'm moving the substrate over from my 10g, it's flourite though. Should I just get something different or move it over? I'm not 100% sure on what and if i will plant it. I have almost 20lbs of black sand I was thinking of using with the flourite, does that sound like an okay idea?

Thanks so far for the input. You all convinced me what i knew all along.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:54 PM   #6
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Awesome deal - Pet Smart have one dollar tetras right now, though I haven't tried to convince the missus to let me get another tank (yet...). I'd paint/stain the stand - although I do like the natural look of wood, especially pine (which is what I do most of my building with), I think darker goes better with aquariums.

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Old 06-26-2011, 09:50 PM   #7
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The pico was kinda planned and this tank sale i just couldn't pass up. The 10g and the neons were getting boring, I need more fish and inverts. Now with the 20L I should be able to keep much more I hope.

And rumor has it there will be just 1 more build outta me by years end...I'm still working it out in my head. So, TBA.
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Woaa! That's a nice looking setup! You might consider staining the stand. It looks superb!
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:27 PM   #9
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Thanks! I just started painting it black. So far only got the back done. Would you believe it was marked down from $110 to 29.99? LOL

if they had another i would have considered buying it as a storage table it's so nice and solid. barely looks like a fish tank stand.
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Very nice, it is going to look good when it is black.
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:33 PM   #11
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I'm heading out to the garage now to paint some more. I got the tank background already this morning so it has 2 coats so far and looks pretty good.

I'm hoping to finish painting this stand tonight and maybe moving it into place in the next day or two.
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Wow, hot deal on the stand! Nice sale on the tank too! When are you shipping me the stand and tank! LOL
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OK so I painted the top of the stand, and ya know what? I kinda like it just with the black on top and the black handle hardware. Here's a shot. Do you think it will be too much black if I paint the WHOLE thing?

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OK so I painted the top of the stand, and ya know what? I kinda like it just with the black on top and the black handle hardware. Here's a shot. Do you think it will be too much black if I paint the WHOLE thing?
I vote for all black
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I agree with Dary!
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:20 PM   #16
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Thanks Dary....

Anyone else care to vote? LOL I am totally leaving this to the voting.

If I did paint it all black I guess i could get new hardware for the handle, maybe a brushed nickel......
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I think all black would be great! And I wish I could find a dealmlike that on an aqurium stand! Can't wait to see how this tank turns out!
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I like it with the black top and accents.
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LOL. You guys are great!!!

Thanks for all the votes, it seems like it's gonna be an all black stand.

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