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Old 12-03-2011, 02:46 PM   #171
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So the lid supports I got from rockler.com were to stiff for the hood. When closing it the screws pulled out from the wood. I'm going to look into getting some others eventually but for now I'm just propping it up.

Also, the electrical. I simply bought another switched power strip (again, the rarest item on earth for some reason) and I got everything as tight and neat as possible inside. The CPR is hooked up, super silent (surprised) and everything seems good. I need to get a filter on the CPR soon. I'll probably try and make one.

The lighting rig worked out great and all I have to do to change a bulb is remove the stands and it'll pull right out. I gave a 1/4" on each side so it wasn't tight.

Lastly, the hidden handle and vents worked out well. Both great internet finds. Future plans are the moonlighting next month and possibly a fan for the lights if the temperature gets wacky. I am going to make covers for the sides so you can't see behind the background as well. I also have some plastic that came with the glass top to cut up and fit around the back portion to help with evaporation and moisture inside the hood.















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Your build has turned out great, awesome job on everything.
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:11 PM   #173
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Nice set up!!
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:44 PM   #174
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BTW, it's apparent that I haven't vacuumed in awhile from these pictures I just finished a big cleaning after looking at them lol.
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:14 AM   #175
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Looks fantastic, what a great job! Very nice effort indeed
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:08 AM   #176
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Beautiful tank! I've been lurking for a while

You mentioned using some plastic on the back to help with condensation and moisture. Did you seal the wood to prevent rotting or mold?
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:22 AM   #177
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I just finished reading this thread... Awesome... I love the media ideas on your sump... Love the set up... Makes me want to rework my African set up... Very nice.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:38 AM   #178
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Beautiful tank! I've been lurking for a while

You mentioned using some plastic on the back to help with condensation and moisture. Did you seal the wood to prevent rotting or mold?
I didn't seal it. I painted it with Killz primer that's for high moisture areas. I had it left over from our bathroom remodel this summer and just used it to save some money. The top of the tank is covered with glass so there isn't any direct contact. I'm hoping it holds up. If it doesn't, that's what threads like these are for
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:46 AM   #179
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Great idea. I've got some Killz in my garage, I may have to pull it out when I get some time (I've heard people use Thompson's too).
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Again it's my first build. I don't know anything about what I'm doing, just making some guesses and such. I'm also doing this DIY on a budget so if I were going a different route I could buy sealers and such just for this project. Also, note there are different kinds of Kills. I used the high moisture area Killz from the remodel.
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