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Blackwater 02-10-2009 11:11 PM

Homemade canopies and stand photos
What kind of craftsmen/women do we have here? We have photos of the tanks but no “HOMEMADE” stands and canopies. Show off what you did for the over all presentation of your tank, storage and odds and ends that are not by the book or a local store items. Has anyone come up with a lighting system built into the canopy?

onefish2fish 02-11-2009 12:03 AM

im in the process of building a stand right now, its going to be simple but alittle more complex then my usual simple 2x4 stands.
heres a google sketchup preview of what it will somewhat look like
sump under and cabinet to the side.
i have build my own t5 lighting as well. dont have great pictures of it but its very simple. just endcaps with standoffs mounted to a sheet of plywood with balasts on top. next tank will have them up inside of the hood that you see in the previous pictures.
this is the best i have of the lights
heres one my father built

now wheres yours?

dagizmo19 02-11-2009 09:05 AM

I just completed the stand for a 55 gallon I will be setting up soon. I will post some pictures tonight, and try to get the google sketch-up made for it.

aspects 02-11-2009 09:12 AM

now this is a stand...

4x6 + lag bolts = SUPER STURDY

this thing will hold up a house

...or a bunch of 8' tanks

Tyyrlym 02-11-2009 09:17 AM

Obviously I need to get a picture of my 48 gallon's stand. 3/8" x 3" flat bar and L-bar welded stainless steel.

Blackwater 02-11-2009 11:09 AM

1fish2fish, That stand would look great....cant wait to see that built. I have just started mine and was going to put photos up when I started the thread but something is wrong with my sync between my camera and laptop. I will get photos up soon. Im thinking of doing something with leds on my 20 gal tank after the top is finished.

onefish2fish 02-11-2009 01:17 PM

thanks and aspects that stand is overbuilt big time, from the looks of it, the other stands you built are the same way lol

Tyyrlym 02-11-2009 01:34 PM

Overbuilding a stand doesn't cost all that much. Underbuilding costs you everything. With something like a tank stand if you don't have a margin of safety of at least 2 you're just asking drop a tank. Given the variability of a material like wood and the skills of your average home carpenter I'd say 3 at a minimum.

onefish2fish 02-11-2009 01:48 PM

i agree with overbuilding but using tree trunks and 4 bolts a corner is alittle redic. IMO.

i found this off the internet sometime awhile ago and works great. i want to say if the tank is longer then 4 feet then the red and yellow pieces have to be 2x6s

Tyyrlym 02-11-2009 01:53 PM

I don't disagree, the one that he showed is definitely overbuilt even by my standards. I'd rather see something like that though than a guy who was going to support a 300 gallon reef tank on a few two by fours with awful design.

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