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Old 08-12-2012, 12:58 PM   #11
 
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Hey guys check out my new DIY stand with my 75 sitting on top. I plan to add the sand and water today and load it up with plants.

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Good carpentry skills there.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:39 PM   #12
 
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Thanks Byron, it really was not to hard to build. I watched a youtube video on the framing, then sorta winged it on the trim/covering. Framing was done for around 45 bucks and the trim, paint etc cost about 85. Not a bad stand for the money spent and I can brag about DIY LOL. I am adding the sand now and wow its hard to clean up. This is going to take some time to get the water right with the sand. Im thinking about walking the Tn river bank this next week to find some driftwood to add in. Have you ever tried driftwood from the wild? Id love a stump with some roots branching off sorta in a volcano look.
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:01 PM   #13
 
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Thanks Byron, it really was not to hard to build. I watched a youtube video on the framing, then sorta winged it on the trim/covering. Framing was done for around 45 bucks and the trim, paint etc cost about 85. Not a bad stand for the money spent and I can brag about DIY LOL. I am adding the sand now and wow its hard to clean up. This is going to take some time to get the water right with the sand. Im thinking about walking the Tn river bank this next week to find some driftwood to add in. Have you ever tried driftwood from the wild? Id love a stump with some roots branching off sorta in a volcano look.
Wood collected locally is a real risk. If it is now in water, it can carry various pathogens that might wipe out your entire fish stock. Fish living in the local watercourses can carry far different immunities to various pathogens than those in fish from another area such as Amazonia or wherever. The fish there will not likely fend off introduced pathogens from here, and vice versa.

Then there is the issue of toxins that the wood may have absorbed over the years. No amount of boiling can effectively deal with these. And wood of course takes up liquids fast, and may release them very slowly. I had this happen with a chunk of soft wood (purchased in a fish store no less) many years ago.

Soft woods also rot quickly, so the wood should be hardwood so it will break down more slowly, which is fine provided it is safe.
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:17 PM   #14
 
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Byron, would letting bleach in the sun for a couple weeks help? I really want to keep the tannins by not soaking it, although I did that for 3 days.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:18 PM   #15
 
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Byron, would letting bleach in the sun for a couple weeks help? I really want to keep the tannins by not soaking it, although I did that for 3 days.
I do not know if "baking" in the sun will do anything for tannins, but I would suspect not. In water the tannins will naturally leech out, slowly or more rapidly if boiled.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:19 AM   #16
 
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Nice stand!!!!
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:20 PM   #17
 
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Thanks, the tank is finished now and planted, I will put a picture up soon. Working long shifts at the moment.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:59 PM   #18
 
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Here is a new picture with some of the plants.


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Hope you don't mind the edit. I figured this is what you meant to do.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:14 PM   #19
 
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That's a gorgeous tank! I'm just starting to plan what plants will go into mine...hope mine looks that good!
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #20
 
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thanks to both of you. I have added a few more plants since the picture.
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