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Old 02-06-2010, 11:35 PM   #11
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ok.. need second opinion here.. had to take care of some othr things, but now about ready to start finishing this project. im a little torn on how to finish the area in front of the tank. im down to 3 options. 1 is cheap and easy. 1 is easy but not so cheap. 1 is hard and eh, moderate cheapness.
first idea is to use drywall, painted to match the wall. cheapest and easiest, but i worry about damage from cats exploring or whatever. shouldnt get wet, as all access will be from back, but never know.
second is using 1/4" birch ply wood, maybe stained, then urathaned. probably look nicest i think and is what im leaning towards.
3rd is mirrored. yes, mirrors. top and bottom of the opening. i figure will give it depth. fairly cheap, as can just buy plate mirrors from lowes or something. but cutting around that stud would be hard, and also, although looked ok in practice and on paper, not sure how would look finished. might be over kill....

i personally, leaning towards option 2. lady of the house is option 3, wallet likes option 1. hmmm open to suggestions..
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:17 AM   #12
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Can we have an updated pic please? It would help me. I think the mirror idea would look cool though.
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what is the rest of the room? drywall? panelboard? cinderblocks? :S
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Old 02-07-2010, 02:53 AM   #14
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ill have to take some new pics, with a better camera when i can, but it hasnt changed since the previous pics really. its the 'shelf' area in front of the tank.

the room is currently being remodelled (well whole house is) but it is drywall. unpainted as of yet. probably be a wood floor in there. i plan on raising the shelf area up, so what ever goes on, will be above the plastic trim of the tank, so you wont see the plastic trim, just the glass. (may be a bit awkward if tank ever developed a leak mind you..)
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Old 02-07-2010, 03:14 AM   #15
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Well in that case I definately reckon the glass. The way the glass would reflect your aquarium would look incredable.
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I think the wood would look nicest.
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:30 AM   #17
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i do too, unfortunately, my vote was vito'd by the higher authority.... so going with mirror.. i got some mirror tiles and after cutting them all to fit nice.. cat decided to check it out, jumped up and knocked half onto the floor.... alas, got to cut more but been called back to work so not had time to do much to it... once wasted all this time with mirrors will see, im right, but until then.... one downside seeing already is, mirrors show up every little scratch and blemish in the glass... this is an old tank that had coral in it before, glass has a fair few scratches from where it was broken down and so forth...
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Any pics? I'm sure it looks great regardless.

cat decided to check it out, jumped up and knocked half onto the floor

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no pics yet.. ill get some once i get the mirrors in place.
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Sounds good.
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