I recently decided to down my 125 gallon SA cichlid tank and bring it back up as a community planted tank. I've found over the last couple of years that I'm not truly happy if I'm not constantly tinkering with my tanks, and plants definitely seem like a good opportunity to do just that
I built my own stand a while back, not sure if it was one or two years ago. It's based on a design from Garf.org and has worked out really well. I've had an open top since then and have just used the glass cover I got with the stand, along with 2x36" regular 30w flourescents.
Here's my plan:
- Canopy framed with 2x2's
- Oak facing on 3 sides (front and 2 sides, back is against the wall)
- hinged top for feeding, but make canopy easily removable for tinkering.
- mount lights and new moonlight in canopy
- interior of canopy will be waterproofed, probably with poly... any suggestions?
So far I've gotten the framing done, this is it sitting in my garage:
I put the face on two nights ago, so here's a pic before I started last night:
Last night I made 3 beers worth of progress, mounting my molding:
My next step is to sand and smooth the corners and prepare it for finishing. I'll be using some staing and gloss to match the base, which is made from the same wood with the same molding. I'm excited to see how it turns out!
Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
PS - I couldn't figure out how to mount pictures from my web site in the post, so you'll have to follow my URL's for the pix. Sorry!