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Old 09-29-2011, 11:37 PM   #1
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125 Gallon Tank Stand build and Set-up

I'm new to the saltwater reefing world but plan on jumping in feet first. So far I've been collecting everything I'll need to get set up.

I'm currently building a stand for my 125 gallon (72''/20''/19'') and utilizing a 55 gallon for my sump/fuge (48''/13''/20'').

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I wanted to have full access to the front without support beams getting in the way. I ended up doing this by using two 2x6's as a cross beam to take the "brunt" of the weight. I've seen other stands with no support beams what-so-ever; so, I feel confident.



I used a pocket jig to "toenail" some of the screws in for added support





I saved some serious cash by grabbing old furniture parts from IKEA's "As Is" section. I picked up those black all wood cabinet doors for two bucks a piece, no joke!


What might be the biggest challenge is building the "shell" around the base. In order to have full access I want to be able to pull the whole face off.



I used Liquid Nails and wooden dawdles throughout to better reinforce the stand.

When I bought most of the items I have it came with a lot of extras. I have a bunch of things I won't be using like a acrylic wet/dry sump and aquariums. Send me a message if you need anything, maybe we can just trade extras? Just ask, I might have it!

I also have a few sheets of 1/4'' 36x48 acrylic I plan on making a custom sump out of at a later date. I haven't decided on a design yet, but, a fuge is very important to me.

More to come...
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:07 PM   #2
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How has this stand held up? I am in the process of planning a stand build. I will want a 55g fuge under my 125. Not having a center bar would make it very easy for maint/ replacment.


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Old 03-25-2012, 02:35 AM   #3
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It's rock solid. I bet you could drive a semi over it. I think mixing in the liquid nails was a worthwhile contributing factor.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:40 AM   #4
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How big is the wet dry and how much?
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:25 AM   #5
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Looks rock solid, great job keep the pics coming.......................
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:07 PM   #6
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Wet/dry? How much? What?

Thank you for your interest in my build. I have recently sold this tank and stand and bought a 150 gallon starphire 50x30x24. I want to be able to view my tank from three sides, like a peninsula. In this case a fat and short one.

The traditional way to me.. looks like a fruit stand or a vending cart. In my new design I'm constructing two islands.

My new stand will be constructed out of 1'' thick plywood. The only downside to this design is the stuffs expensive. It does however allow a lot more room for equipment.

I would still be more than happy to answer any questions, I researched this quite a bit. I also consulted a friend of mine who is a structural engineer.

Mike
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When I bought most of the items I have it came with a lot of extras. I have a bunch of things I won't be using like a acrylic wet/dry sump and aquariums.
Lol I meant this.
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Wet/dry? How much? What?

Thank you for your interest in my build. I have recently sold this tank and stand and bought a 150 gallon starphire 50x30x24. I want to be able to view my tank from three sides, like a peninsula. In this case a fat and short one.

The traditional way to me.. looks like a fruit stand or a vending cart. In my new design I'm constructing two islands.

My new stand will be constructed out of 1'' thick plywood. The only downside to this design is the stuffs expensive. It does however allow a lot more room for equipment.

I would still be more than happy to answer any questions, I researched this quite a bit. I also consulted a friend of mine who is a structural engineer.

Mike
Cool. I know you'll like the tank. I've got a 150g with the same dimensions now.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:44 PM   #9
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Do you have any pictures of the finished product?
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