Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > DIY Projects
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-28-2005, 02:28 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: las vegas
Posts: 109
Where did you come up with the design? I am looking to build my own 55g tank and canopy and would love to copy yours... Also I basically dont have any equipment to build. How much do you think the project would cost me?
__________________

__________________
manooosie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2005, 02:38 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 697
the frame is similar to a garf design. The exterior is a cobination of MDF and pine. Without proper tools it's hard to say what'll cost. I used just some basic equipment Skill saw, dremel, sander, power drill, etc. I didn't have a table or mitre saw which would have been best but i made due and it turned out good. materials ran me about 60 bucks i believe.

Just follow the garf frame so you know it'll hold the enourmous weight of your 55 gallon and then cover it in whatever fashion you desire. That's the fun part


link to garf design: http://www.garf.org/tank/buildstand.asp
__________________

__________________
75g reef
zenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2005, 01:09 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 697
Canopy is ready for paint. I just wiped it down with a wet rag therefore the wet spots.





__________________
75g reef
zenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2005, 01:48 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Cleveland ohio
Posts: 361
Send a message via ICQ to JProx Send a message via AIM to JProx
looking good zenn, can't wait to see a finished project.
__________________
JProx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2005, 09:47 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 697
Canopy after paint and poly. The flash really brings out the imperfections and honestly it looks a lot better in person. But as you can see it didn't turn out perfect and i'm a little dissapointed that it didn't turn out a better...but it still looks really nice and will work good. But i do think it'll look better when it dries too. the bottom pic is of the coralife lunar fixture installed.





Now just waiting on the ro/di filter to show up next week and the glass shop to finish my order so i can put my sump together. Still plan on filling the main tank with water on wed.

On a side note. I realized it is way cheaper for me to order aragmax sand online than at my lfs. I might possibly be able to get them to price match....we shall find out soon enough.
__________________
75g reef
zenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2005, 02:17 AM   #16
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Cleveland ohio
Posts: 361
Send a message via ICQ to JProx Send a message via AIM to JProx
lol i have a saltwater only fish store, that just adopted a price match (+10%) to internet sites policy. i was planning on getting them to use this on a mag drive pump and maybe some Mh bulbs / fixtures. i remember when sears first started doing this policy, me and friend raped them for so many brand new vid games (Gt 3 -13bucks, 2nd day after release was the biggest though.)

anyway, if you are talking about the finish on the canopy being imperfect, it could just be a polyurthane problem, sometimes when you have very high humidity (in cleveland for the past 2 wks we have had horribly high humidity) it doesn't cure correctly. its possible to fix that by taking some very fine steel wool (#00, or #000) and just give it a slight rub over the problem areas, that should make it uniform and hard to notice the imperfections.
__________________
JProx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2005, 06:18 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 697
FILL DAY HAS ARRIVED!!

Got the RO/DI unit in the mail and installed it last night. Also, I started filling the display tank today. The sump is drying after siliconing the baffles in place. Should be filled sometime tomorrow







__________________
75g reef
zenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2005, 12:35 AM   #18
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kansas USA
Posts: 7
WOW 8O ! nice
__________________
Fish_2345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2005, 03:56 AM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Central Kentucky
Posts: 6,015
Send a message via AIM to greenmaji
Its looking way cool!
__________________
greenmaji is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2005, 07:16 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 697
WOW....was i nervous when i plugged in the pump for the first time today. But i bit the bullet and thankfully everything works just how i planned. It's running well. The only thing i'm a little worried about it the return elbow at the top of the tank....the return pipe in the overflow is only press fitted into place like the instructions told be but i'm worried the mag 9 may blow it out of the bulkhead sending water jeting up into the canopy. But i haven't seen any signs of that happening but am still apprehensive. I may fab a brace or something to hold it down just for peace of mind.

But here's the pics of the sump in full action.





__________________

__________________
75g reef
zenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
75g, diy

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My 75G FOWLR build thread. (woot) partypalooza5 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 524 01-21-2011 11:42 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.