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Old 01-09-2015, 01:31 AM   #21
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I build all my stands just like that! I put bracing all around though like you have on one corner. Nice sturdy design. I've yet to put cabinets on but plan to sometimes in future.
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That's the plan I just ran out of wood. Is it necessary to paint the inside of the stand?

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Old 01-10-2015, 09:06 PM   #23
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A little more progress.


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Old 01-11-2015, 11:44 PM   #24
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I should be done with the stand in about 2 days hopefully. Any ideas on how I can mount led lights on top of the tank? I don't want to hang the lights. I'm trying to find a way to have the lights raised about 6 inches off the water line without having to build a canopy. My lights are similar to the Taotronic lights.

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Old 01-11-2015, 11:46 PM   #25
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What I'm looking for is a way to build something mounted to the tank where I can just sit the lights on top of.

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Old 01-12-2015, 10:00 AM   #26
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How about connecting a pair of brackets on the wall behind and using a piece of glass as a shelf? Then the lights can sit right on it, as well as whatever else you want to put there.
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Old 01-14-2015, 02:07 AM   #27
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Sounds good I'm gonna try that but I need to somehow create a bracket that attaches to the aquarium and then put the glass on it. My wife agreed to the aquarium but not moving the mirror that will be hung behind the aquarium so no access to the wall for me.

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Old 01-14-2015, 03:16 PM   #28
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Ahh...then you can use metal conduit. Attach it to the back of the stand -
Conduit - Electrical Boxes, Conduit & Fittings -¬*The Home Depot
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Old 01-14-2015, 03:59 PM   #29
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Does it come already bent like that?

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You can bend it in store with their tool and not have to purchase it...which is what i did, or they sell fittings and elbows and stuff you can simply screw together. Don't forget a can of black spray paint!
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Old 01-14-2015, 04:39 PM   #31
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OK thanks that's what I'll do, and no I won't forget I need black spray paint for the glass. I'm painting the back of the glass black.

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Is a mag 9.5 too powerful for my setup? I'm thinking of splitting it up and dialing back a little on the return.

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It should be ok. I run a mag5 on my 55 setup and simply have it restricted on the return line with a ball valve. It is actually healthy for the pump and something I always suggest.
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:44 PM   #34
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Anyone cut the metal conduit with a miter saw?

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Took care of it. Miter saw worked. Very easy to cut.

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Has anyone used pool filter for sand?

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I have seen it done. Some worry about silicates leaching from the quartz sand, but I just don't see how this is possible, since our glass tanks don't leach anything. Everything I've read thus far states that quartz cannot break down into solution. At least not in 78 degree salt water. I do like the buffering capability of a calcium based substrate however.
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Would this brand work?

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I can't tell you from experience, but my advice would be to rinse it well.
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I cant seem to get this drip under control. Is there an easy button for this?

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