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Old 03-08-2011, 07:17 PM   #1
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Tire Tank/Stand build

Was at my local tire store the other day and noticed a 10 gal tank in the corner with a few fish in it. The owner has kept it there for several years and the fish looked well kept. So I was INSPIRED to build a better one!

After working out many issues with public display,add space , ease of use and different tire sizes (yep itís a real tire) here is what I've got done so far.



Canít give out to many details here but

16 Gal +/- .5 gal
Tire size is 20" id
Light will be on timer (custom build)
Canister filter that will run a Reverse undergravel filter (want to keep gravel cleaning down to a min)
Inline heater
No live plants
the face of the tank will have a fake rim look (very little profile)
the bottom space will have room for a rim

Now a question I have been working on and I'll ask you guys/gals what you think.

SHOULD THE TIRE ROTATE? It will add over $200+ to the build and some safety issues that would have to be addressed.

as a side question I know what it will cost and my time but what do you think I could get for this completed item?

More pictures of the completed tank in the near future.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:36 PM   #2
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Haha nice!

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Old 03-10-2011, 12:32 PM   #3
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If this is a display item for a store then I think it would be cool to have the tire rotate because you just KNOW that someone will try and do it. If it is for your house then I would say no.

As for how much? I honestly don't know anyone who would buy, plus you would have to give an idea of how much the materials are to have a better idea.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:52 PM   #4
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update on tire tank/stand

After a few days working on the project got the mechanics of the lift done, the tank installed in its place, reverse undergravel filter cut and ready, painted inner workings, canister filter ordered and front glass is in but not installed.
Here are a few pictures

this one shows the undergravel filter and the background. I made it with 2 colors or fleckstone a sheet of paper(torn) and a perm marker.

this one shows the cabinet area where the tank can be lifted up 6" or down 2" from its current spot

side view with tire retracted in display mode. there will be a cover over the back side that hides the lights and tank

the tire extendeds out to be able to work on tank or change the tire out.

full view


to answer the question of material cost around $600 and I am still wanting to make it spin. Safety is my biggest issue with it.
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how are you gonna access the inside of the tank?

gonna cut the pipe behind the tire? then you wont be able to fill up the tank to the top.
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interested to see how this will turn out keep the pics coming
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well not done yet but alot closer than before here are a few picture of the workings and outside




still got to put some doors on it run the hoses and pump get the power run around and complete the painting. I dont think I'm going to make the tire turn. Its just to involvled. I'll be lucky if I get the money/time I got into it out as is.
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Looking forward to the final product. Very interesting idea!
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Looks really awesome very redneck lol it would be sweet to build it out of some big mudding tire.
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