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Old 01-21-2008, 10:27 PM   #1
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125 reef build

I picked up my new Perfecto 125 RR tank before Christmas and finally got around to starting the build. I will be putting this tank in the same spot my 75 sits now. I'm going to have to move my chocolate labs kennel too. The only time she ever goes in it is during a thunderstorm.



The new tank looks HUGE. Thats a 10g with an angel as the sole survivor from my 55 fw breakdown from a few years ago.



On to the stand construction. Keep in mind I am doing everything with only a circular saw, compound miter saw and hand saw in my basement. Basic 2x4 construction. Notice the OSB on either side. I had my roof done in the summer and kept a few pieces just in case. Well my precision measurements left me exactly 1" short. 1/2" OSB on each side and I'm good to go.



Next I wrapped it with 1/4" birch plywood.





Cut out the openings for the doors. The doors are 1x5 tongue & groove. They are build, just not attached to the stand until I get it upstairs.



Put the moulding on and it's ready for some stain. I'm going with Golden Oak. The pics really make the plywood and moulding look like totally different colors. They really aren't as different as it looks. I think the stain will blend them nice.




I'll keep updating as I go. I can take pics of just about anything, so if anyone has questions, fire away.
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Even though I had a store bought (Oceanic oak) stand, I still slapped a couple coats of polyurethane on all of the inside. Over the paint, of course. Did the insides and the top edges where water was likely to come down the glass onto it.

Still gotta add the bottom shelf, huh?

Also what is that, about 2" of the bottom of the tank is gonna be hidden by the moulding? Looks kinda high from here. Seems like it should be only as high as the trim at the bottom of the tank.
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I probably won't do anything to the inside of the stand since everything that's normally under the stand will be in the basement. The outside will be stained and then a few coats of polyurethane.

I'm not putting in the bottom shelf until the tank is in place. I'm hoping to take the plumbing down thru the bottom of the stand.

The plastic trim on the tank is 1 7/8". That's how high the moulding is so you will just see moulding then the glass.
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:11 AM   #4
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Looks great so far. Can't wait to see the finished stand.
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:02 PM   #5
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Looking GOOD!

How are you going to move the 75 out to the way? Are you taking it down to move it and setting it back up while you complete the plumbing on the 125?
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Stand looks great so far. When we made our stand they plywood got a little warped and now the doors don't sit just right.
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:47 PM   #7
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Unfortunately I'm going to have to break down the 75 and set it back up till I'm ready. I tried to figure out a way to empty it, move the 125 in place and just fill that, but there's too much involved with the plumbing. Until I move the 75 I don't know exactly where to go down thru the floor. My plan is to have all the plumbing go down inside the middle section of the bottom of the stand.

I don't anticipate any warping. The ply isn't structural and it's glued and nailed to the 2x4's.

I got the stand stained tonight and will be putting on a few coats of the poly tomorrow night. Also got my tracking # for the 3 spider reflectors I ordered from HelloLights. They will be here Friday so I can work on the canopy over the weekend.
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It looks good.
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That`s a great looking stand. You seem to be pretty good with building things. Cant wait to see the rest of this thread.
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Very nice! I wish I had documented the progress when I built my stand. There is a kid down the road from me, he and his dad are asking me to build them a stand like mine so if I do that I will document things every step of the way.

I would suggest sealing the inside of the stand even though you aren't going to have any equipment in it. It's just a good idea to do and doesn't take very long.
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