Alright I impulse bought a 40 breeder around new years from petcos $1/gal sale. I've been slowly and lazily working on setting it up. I'm getting fairly close now, much is DIY including the stand, lid, light/hood, which has all been getting put together. It will be a planted tank ofc with quite a bit of light, but no CO2. My intentions are to set it up at a cost of ~$150, not counting plants and stock. I always have excess plants so those are not an issue. Stock IDK exactly yet.
The stand was the first thing I made. It is a dual stand. I've nothing to stick on the bottom yet.... but I made it dual anyway! Rounded cost was $20, it was $17 for the wood and nails which is all I bought. Had stain and polyurethane siting around.
Then the lid which is simple enough, but none the less required a lot of measuring and more thinking they you would expect. The lid effects the dimensions of the hood which effects its light output and spread. So lots of double checking to make sure lid/hood/lights would work together. The lid isn't fully done but its pretty close. One reason I was set on a custom lid is I found the opening of the premade lids way to wide which would of given less then awesome light cover on a tank 18" wide. The lid I made as an 6" wide opening then an 8" wide section of glass which leaves about a 3" gap at the rear of the tank. Which is mostly covered by plexi. The glass and plexi are currently curing with some silicon on them. I just used some random tubing I had laying around to run around the edges of the glass. The reason for that is because it is regular pane window glass from Ace hardware and it has sharp edges! The glass and plexi was cut for me and cost $13. I'm not gonna bother with the tubing and what not, but it was a whole 6cents a foot originally.
The light housing is built, its half wired ATM but needs some more parts and Menards is out of one of them
. The silly light is gonna end up being over 1/3 of the cost when its done and its not even gonna be T5 lol. I could of bought a cheap/crappy one off ebay for less but I have to be picky about my light
. The wood was about $17, being much nicer(and thinner) wood then what the stand was make out of. Its 36x11.5x3.5 in dimensions.
More to come soon