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Old 11-10-2017, 12:37 AM   #11
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Update time!

I've been working on finding a nice way to finish the trim boards for the stand, still not totally happy with how they are looking.

I decided to set up the tank and finish the stand in place so I can test out everything and get it cycling. I got everything in place and put back the overflow from the tank to the sump.



Everything I plumbed in seems to be holding water well, unfortunately there was a small leak coming from somewhere right next to the aquarium in the old plumbing. Looks like I'll have to find a way to disassemble it without wrecking the glass and replace those parts as well.



I'm glad I decided to test now but looks like I have more work ahead of me.
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Looks like it's been quite a while since I've updated this thread.

Setting up the tank turned into quite a bit larger project than I had initially planned, usually how these things seem to go.

I was able to fix the small leak in the bulkhead fairly easily, but when I got it set up the tank ran far too loud for my liking. I ended up trying a few different methods to quiet it down, but eventually I drilled a second overflow, and control the lower one with a gate valve to keep basically a full siphon where the pipe stays essentially full of water. The second overflow is mainly a backup and just takes the small amount of water that doesn't flow through the first. This basically silences the overflow, and I just have a small humming sound coming from my return pump.

I didn't like the look I got when I finished the boards, so I ended up priming and them painting them a kind of teal color.

I also stripped off the white backing, took a lot of hours but I think it was worth it. I painted the back black, and added masking tape behind to protect it a bit so I don't accidentally scratch off any paint.

I didn't end up taking a lot of pictures as I went along, but have one of the finished aquarium.

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That turned out really nice!
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For future reference, a simple vinegar stain made by throwing rusty nails into a gallon of white vinegar produces a nice graying effect, which is much more barnwood looking than many of the stains you can buy. May take several coats.
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For future reference, a simple vinegar stain made by throwing rusty nails into a gallon of white vinegar produces a nice graying effect, which is much more barnwood looking than many of the stains you can buy. May take several coats.
Thanks for the tip, I have a few other projects to build that I might try it on! I really didn't like the grey stain I used.
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