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Old 11-14-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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From scratch 55g tank stand build.

Okay so I have looked on the internet and not found a stand like this one is going to be. I bought a very badly looked after 55g tank (one month old but neglected but as per photos cleaned up good) and have two 10 gallon tanks I need to build into a stand together. Please feel free to comment as we go along. Vinegar clean really well thats for sure
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:35 PM   #2
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nice tank. wonder what you had in mind for the stand.
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:44 PM   #3
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I have to include the two 10 gallon tanks into the stand as I have not been able to find a stand made in Google pics and would like to build them below this one to transfer baby's or problematic fish to. I am going to use external filter system for the big tank and the two 10 gallons have been running with internal filters and have had no problems. I would like to make the canopy raise in a motor and am open to any and all suggestions you may have. I have only decided on two things so far Wood frame 2X4 so building around that is the only restrictions so far.And putting some sketches together maybe if enough subscribe I will post all and get votes on best and build it.
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That tank cleaned up pretty well. Even comes with Snow White. Perfect!

If you are using an external canister filter for the 55g, you have factor in some under tank space for that which would take away the look from the two tens. I'm assuming that there will be a center brace between the two tens? If so, the canister could go right in the middle. Or you could mount the canister to the side of the stand.

Take a look at your local fish store the next time you are there and measure how high their lowest tank is from the ground. Then imagine you are in your house and think about whether you would enjoy looking at those two tens at that eye level. I would suggest raising it up slightly than having it just 4 or 5 inches directly from the ground. Just remember that you need adequate space between the top of the 10 gallon and the roof of the stand to perform adequate maintenance (e.g., can you get a good siphon going to vacumm out the detrius from the tank bottom to the bucket?).

The 2 x 4's could be painted out and then you could cover them with a nice skeleton shell. Just remember the inside walls.
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:51 PM   #5
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Fresh water

I have never owned a canister filter and now that you pointed that out. I think I need to purchase the goods for the tank and then design the stand around them. I left 50cm to first shelf for the canister but then again they get bigger than that.
The equipment I have picked looks like this

1 X Fluval E 200w Advanced Electronic Aquarium Heater 280L
1 X 1200 LPH External Fish Tank Aquarium Filter
2 x Under Gravel Filter for a 18" x 12" Aquarium just a bit of extra filtering
2 X Aquarium Powerhead Sacem Pulsar 350 = 400 lph attached to gravel filter uplift tube 3/4 tank gravel 1/4
1 X HAGEN ELITE 23" (58CM) AIR CURTAIN DIFFUSER - FLEXIBLE
2 x 5cm wooden air stone
1 X JAD LARGE MAGNETIC ALGAE CLEANER & THERMOMETER AQUARIUM
1 x 6 - Way Aquarium Air Valve Gange Manifold Air Splitter
1 x RESUN Aquarium Silent Two Way Air Pump 180L/H AIR-3000

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What missing what is a no no.
The red

The under gravel filter is old school but I used it and it worked really well before all the new stuff so just that bit more so so little cost. Attach a small power filter to the uplift tube GOOD OR BAD I AM NOT SURE WHERE I GOT THE IDEA
Is the air pump enough for the wood and air curtain?
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You forgot the light fixture, timer to turn on the lights, check valve to prevent back siphoning to the air pump, gfci power bar and a water conditioner (unless your using reverse osmosis water).

The undergravel filter is not necessary but okay. Don't let anyone ever tell you that you cannot keep plants and have an undergravel filter system. The ex-president of my aquarium society has had his system setup for over 12 years and he has grown many types of plants with much success. The only nuisance with it is that the roots will tangle into the undergravel plate.

The powerheads will work well with the filter tubes. The air pump is also sufficient for your diffusers/bubblers. That gang manifold should have an adjustment knob on it that will help you disburse the flow more evenly.

What do you plan on keeping in this tank?
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thanks for the feedback

Lights check I have a set from the previous lid and are in good condition
Check valves I have.

Timer I have never used one but It will be a worth while investment.

Any thoughts on the filter I worry about height it needs to pump about 1.2 meters and I know from a 900lt per hour pump I have for my diy gravel vac in the DIY section they not that strong.
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