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Old 04-20-2009, 10:57 AM   #1
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My turn - RedNeck Dave's 110 gallon "Tank Makeover"ld.

Finally! I have things in motion and I started my 110 project.

I purchased a used tank several months ago. 110 gallon.

It included a 30 gallon acrylic sump tank, sump pump, overflow, stand, lights, etc. for $200.00. Of course I was stoked!

But I didn't like the lights, or the stand and the silicon in the tank was green from algae. Oh.. and when I picked up the acrylic sump tank... I pulled the side off.

So I decided to start over! I fixed the sump tank with Weldon #3.

I removed all the silicon from the inside of the 110g. I taped everything off and applied a new bead. I filled the aquarium almost a week ago and everything seems fine. It's still filled in my shed.

Over the weekend I started on the stand. I decided to build it 48" tall. Then I built a 1-1/2" counter for the top. I used two pieces of MDF sandwiched together. I glued and nailed them together, and then I covered it with laminate using contact cement to bond the laminate to the MDF.

I decided to go with a tall stand, because I wanted the aquarium to be the focal point of our dining room.

My tank is 18" wide, but I made the top 24-3/8". I'm going to drill through the back of the top for the over flow and return plumbing. After I build the lighting canopy, I'm going to build matching pieces to hide the plumbing on the sides of the tanks.

I still have loads of work to do on the stand.. trim, doors, etc. But I thought I would start posting now.

I'm hoping to have the project complete in a month or so.

So I will start by posting a picture of the tank setup that I bought off E-bay.

Sort of a "Tank Makeover" thread.

Thanks for looking!
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Very very cool!
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Here is the frame of the stand, and the unfinished counter top.
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Here is the stand in its permanent location.

I won't be able to work on it this week or this weekend....

work comes first


So it will be a couple of weeks before another update...disappointing for sure....but I must be patient! After all, isn't that what this hobby is all about!
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Btw - I covered the stand with 1/4" oak plywood.

I'm still up in the air about the doors. I might order some raised panel doors...
Or build my own with 3/4 plywood. I would cut the plywood to size and wrap the outside of the plywood with shoe mold. (The shoe mold makes the plywood look like a solid piece of oak with rounded outside edges.)
MUCH cheaper than solid oak doors, and easy to build.

I'm also going to add shelves to the inside. An upper one to house my sump, and a lower one to house all the misc equipment and Rubbermaid tubs.
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I forgot to post... filling the tank!
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good shot on the progress... you can also build yourself a little stool while your at it... it should be fun getting in the tank for maintenance.. lol
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Nice! It's saltwater, right? And I agree, a stool would be helpful!

I have one 15g tank with 3 Blue Flame Tetras and two other tetras that I currently don't know the name of. It's my first tank but I hope to get a coldwater one with some goldfish!


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The stand looks great. I build mine at 36'' tall and love it , at that height. Can't wait to see the rest of the build remember lot's of pic's. Good luck.
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I will definitley need a step ladder... but with the additional height I can hide it in the stand! woohoo
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