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bearwithfish 09-10-2010 07:07 AM

10 gallon all in one
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so here is my entry into this months DIY contest....

a ten gallon all in one tank will have the benefits of a larger system without a ton of space being used. major brands cost from $150 USD to $600 USD and often have to be modified. as this one was built i took into account the amount of maintenance i was up to and what i wanted the over all look to achieve...

so to start
a simple empty AGA 10 gallon tank
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some thick plexi (i chose 1/2 inch as it was available for a good price)
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cut the plexy into the following pieces
3x 2" by 8"
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and the back to fit snuggly inside of the tank
11.75" x 19.5" (i think. follow the rule of measure twice cut once)
and cut the over flow
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i used a square to assist in Superglue the baffles in place
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this needs to set up over night so next i get the tank clean and ready... i did not take pix but trust me when i tell you cutting away the lip on the inside of the rim at the back of the tank is the best thing you can do so you can get pumps in and out and work inside that small space if needed.....

next came my friend in all projects.
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tomorrow the finished product....

james7139 09-14-2010 07:31 AM

Sweet project bear!

cant wait to see it finished

bearwithfish 09-14-2010 07:39 AM

oh man i forgot i started that thread LOL the pix on my other PC at home and i will attempt to post tonight thanks for the reminder LOL

james7139 09-14-2010 08:12 AM

lol np.

did you finish it or something?

bearwithfish 09-14-2010 09:51 AM

oh yeah its done and will be actually going out in a trade this week end LOL i just kinda build these things for the fun of building them even if i have no real intention of using them LOL...

james7139 09-14-2010 10:10 AM

does like homedepot sell acrylic

bearwithfish 09-14-2010 10:31 AM

yes they do if you want to build one you should get the thickest you can get (close to 1/4 inch) i got this stuff at another place and for areally good deal but if i ordered it online it would be around $75 for the 1/2 inch stuff i used...

onefish2fish 09-14-2010 10:41 AM

thats looking good bear, wish i could have seen you using it and had it stocked. at the very least this makes a great informational thread for others. would love to see the finished product.

bearwithfish 09-14-2010 11:21 AM

as soon as i post.. as for using it.. well i want to really focus on the 50 and then i am thinking i may consider another large tank in a year or two depending.. besides who knows i may just build another for the fun of it and run it in the interim LOL i can never make up my mind you know that...

bearwithfish 09-14-2010 07:42 PM

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