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Old 09-18-2010, 05:12 PM   #11
 
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So I've got the tank fully set up now and cycling... put some rocks in it and a piece of driftwood. I plan on adding some live plants, and maybe some more driftwood... I'm trying to think of something to fill the tank vertically but the decorations I've seen in the stores around here are all too ugly and waaaaaaaaay too expensive so hopefully I can satisfy that desire with the plants that I choose.




I am a bit worried because I noticed that the long sides are bowing a little bit. In a tank this large, is it normal to have some bowing? Should I drain it and do something to prevent that bowing?
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:33 PM   #12
 
Nice looking tank! I wish my room was big enough to put a tank like this. I would fill it with like 50 neon tetras (woooooo glitter) myself. How about some amazon sword for plant? Are you putting any background?
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:19 PM   #13
 
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looks really cool so far. Lots of work thus far, I bet. I can't wait to see it planted and with fish. What are the dimensions of this tank? IT looks similar to one of my tanks.
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:45 PM   #14
 
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looking good
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:14 PM   #15
 
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It has been a ton of work so far, but for some sick reason I'm enjoying every minute of it!

Amazon sword looks nice, i'll keep it in mind. I think i'm gonna keep the background pretty plain... maybe just some solid dark green.

Dimensions are 48"x18"x18".

Today's progress - had a friend at work weld me a frame for the top to take care of the bowing. So I drained most of the water out so I could see if the top fits... scraped all the old silicone off from the old crappy frame (it was just a bunch of plastic pieces put together, so really no structural support whatsoever... purely aesthetic). tested the fit of the new top... and it's a smidge tight. I'll have to take it back to work and file inside the corners a bit, and then it'll fit like a glove... so then the next step will be to weld a brace across the middle, then blast it and powdercoat paint it.

on friday I designed a canopy to sit on top... sent it to the laser to get cut over the weekend... just a really simple one but it'll look really sharp once it's blasted and powdercoated as well. Gah... it's getting so close to being done. I cannot wait. Man... thinking about the metal work is making me feel really lucky to work where I work. :)

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Old 09-21-2010, 12:41 PM   #16
 
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look like a lot of diy this should be interesting =)
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:27 PM   #17
 
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Solid black works well as a background. You'll have lots of green by the end of it. :)
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:50 AM   #18
 
Is there a brace? For large thanks most have a brace to help support the glass.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:39 AM   #19
 
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Is there a brace? For large thanks most have a brace to help support the glass.
The newly built frame is made out of 1/8" thick angle iron. The canopy that I designed ended up being welded directly to the frame due to a miscommunication/bad foresight on my part, so it's all one solid piece. (I'm a bit unsettled by the idea of "what if I have to take the whole lid off for some reason?" but I think the hinged opening as well as the large hole that the light will sit on will give me enough access that HOPEFULLY I'll never have to worry about that...).

Lid should be ready to paint today, so hopefully I can post pics of the final tank setup this weekend.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:47 PM   #20
 
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Pic with the lid on... I tried to get the best angle that I could, but the tank is very large, and I'm pretty short so I was standing on something and holding the camera over my head pointing down and just praying that I got most ofthe lid in there...



As of today, the tank is now filled with water, cycling once again... I will be adding one last detail to the lid - the big hole that you currently see is where the light will sit. Long annoying story about the sheet getting welded upside down into the frame, and something getting spliced in the wrong spot resulted in the gap ending up smack dab in the middle of the tank rather than off to the side as I originally designed it... but I'm being too critical I think. In any case, I'm not comfortable with the fact that the cord runs very close to the water coming out of the filter, so I am going to make something for the light to sit in that provides a waterproof barrier between it and that filter.

so. this picture is sans light for now (taken yesterday, so not filled with water yet). I hope to pick up some plants and also have that frame/barrier for the light completed on friday.
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