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So I don't usually share much of what I do as I am not one who takes ridicule well but I have decided to post up a small build thread,or should I call it a Re Build. I have a stack of aquariums I am needing to move up stairs. Basically I am taking down a number of my aquariums and setting them back up more efficiently>This stack had a 40 breeder anemone tank,a 40 breeder planted medium tetra angel tank, and a nice shallow frag tank on top.First things first and I have to build a stand in my room and bolt it too the wall.

Stay Tuned and I will get you some pictures.
 

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So first off I had to get all the lumber from out back of my house upstairs where I am making the stand,it will be too big once finished to lug up my L stair well. My oldest son is my on call guy helper and my camera man,while my youngest is some how always in the midst of the construction.

My son catching all the action as usual,some times he fails to tell me I am on camera.
 

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The tools of the trade are simple for this model.
Just going to use 2 by 4s and 2 inch screws after making pilot holes and boring out the entrances for the screw heads to fit in snug.

Don't worry the holes in the bed are not from the inappropriate use of power tools but from doing backflips on the mattress :roll:
 

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First I have to make three frames for the inside of the stand. These I just clamp into place,drill a pilot hole, and drive the screw home!

Here you can see I am attaching the inner frames to the outer supports.Don't mind the mess in the background, we all know how it is to excavate a bedroom for renovations or moving so dont give me too much guff. I had to move much of my bedroom into the closet temporarily and the extra tools and wood don't help with the mess.
 

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I see TANKS!!! And a Gilly! And a SUUUUPER cute MINION!!! ^__^
. . . Three cheers for tank builds! Thank you for posting this - can't wait for the next update!
 

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So I have the stand finished and up against the wall,I will have to re route all the cords when I am done with this wood work.
As I stated before I build my stands to stack,so this tank needs to be anchored to the wall. I found the studs in the wall and added a 2 by 4 to the back of the stand to act as support.
I added some boards up top to assist with storage like fish food and utensils.
 

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Can't forget to drill the holes for the plumbing. I am still contemplating making the whole stack salt but I don't want to re home my angel tetra tank.Looks like I need to make more room.
 

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Looks like things are moving along quickly over there - this is a fantastic step-by-step guide. Great work!
. . . I can't help but ogling ALL THOSE TANKS in the backrounds of these shots - it's driving me crazy - I NEED to see more!!! >.<
 

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You should have seen this wall before! This is my bedroom and it previously had 13 water holding aquariums and 4 terrariums. I have taken almost everything down,even moved my head board tank, and am redesigning things to be more efficient. You will be disappointed to hear that I am taking most of the fresh water out and trying to turn it to mostly salt.
 

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O.O And I complain about maintaining SEVEN. . . freshwater. . .in my entire HOUSE! >.<
I AM kind of sad to hear that you're getting rid of the freshwater setups (especially since you never even showed them!), but if this means more room for your lovely collection of zoas, I'll *TRY* not to cry too much. How many tanks do you HAVE?! You probably have to go count, don't you?!!! You need to get busy with that camera of yours (or have your son do it >.<) once you get this build together and the tanks settled back in their new homes. I admit to being especially curious about the headboard tank. Was that a custom build? Sorry. . . give me the chance, and I'll derail any thread with a barrage of questions!!! Keep up the great work on the stand build! Can't wait to see the next update!
 

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Don't worry too much as I am simply consolidating,so I am not getting rid of any fish, and just changing the layout of my house.For now the bottom tank will still be fresh.I really want to get my tanks with similar needs together so coral tanks in my room and fresh water everywhere else...kinda.Its a work in progress.

As far as number of tanks I don't like to count as I am always scheming for more wich means doing what I am doing in this thread,taking down tanks to put more up.
This number would also be different if it included tanks without water such as terrariums and such.
 

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Heehee - YOU, my friend, bring new definition to the term Multiple Tank Syndrome! ;-)

AND I LOVE IT!!!

COUNT THEM!!! COUNT THEM ALLLLLLLL!!!! *insert maniacal laughter here*
I love that you refer to consolidation of like-needs tanks as 'changing the layout of your house!'
. . . a beautiful thing, that!

I'm derailing your thread (again) I just can't resist!!! Your house looks like TOO much fun!
(I'd get lost in there for days, eeerrrmmm, more like months, I think!)

All apologies, and back to the building!!! ^__^
 

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Awesome thread! I love reading and seeing these projects take flight.

I would love to do a 30g long double stack stand.

This is how it starts.. stay tuned.
 

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Here are a few pics of the tanks right before and during the break down.


This is a 40 breeder that houses a pair of angels,many breeding columbian tetras,diamond tetras,striata loaches,clown loaches and a few catfish.Maybe some thing else I am forgeting.But Gotta drain er down.
 

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This is a 40 breeder salt reef tank that I house a number of my anemones in particularly entamacea quadracolor types.But to be honest I am more into the corals so I might down size the anemone population..."Might".


Don't mind the algae I was just going to do all the clean up in one sweep.

And then there is one of my frag tanks on top.I don't know if any of you have moved reef tanks before but it is a tedious process when there are alot of corals involved and as you can see there are a few.
 

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Got the fresh water moved first as it was the easiest and going in the bottom of the stack.
Going to aquascape a bit and pull some stuff out.
I like to start with the slope effect with the gravel.
All Natural.
 

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When moving the salt tank I could not get my big long tentacle anemone off the bottom of the tank glass.Sooo I had to move the tank with alot of sand and some water,this made it heavy and I have an L stair way to get it through.Poor guy.
 
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