Ray's First Build

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  1. Ray Laneville

    Ray Laneville Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I've wanted to do this for years but am finally doing it!
    My son brought me his used Fluval 5g set last week, We set it up and cycling it. That got me hooked and I bought a used 90g reef setup last night at my LFS. I got :

    90 gal tank...no markings on it....looked at pictures of tanks online. Looks like Aqueon Megaflow
    sump Pro Cleaner Aquatic systems 125 wet/dry with prefilter
    light - brand is current. metal halide and LED. no model number and could not find like pic online
    skimmer - coralife 125
    heater - stealth ETP-200
    2 spare metal halide lamps 150 w
    Danner mfg. model 9.5B submersible pump
    A couple power strips, a timer, assorted fish foods

    Today is my day off - I will be cleaning stuff and making a wish list to get started.
    I'm not going to use the stand. I'm going to build custom as part of a larger wall unit/entertainment center to fit my bar room. Luckily, it's a converted garage so floor is a slab with tiles - no support issues. Planning begins today. I couldn't lay it out till I found a tank so I'd have tank dimensions. I will try to lay out the parts I bought and take a "before" pic today.

    I'm pretty excited about it all

    Here goes..............
     
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    nautical_nathaniel Jack of All Trades, Masters in One R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Be sure to take pictures! :D
     
  3. Ray Laneville

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    ok. before pics. Here's all the stuff I bought:
    aquarium stuff.jpg

    Here's where it's getting built in. freshwater tank and everything else moving out
    before wall.jpg

    Pics are probably not that interesting to you all but I wanted before pics before I start. Now off to cleaning tank and equipment
     
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    taking a break from cleaning. scaly deposits on the overflow box are tough. the overflow box has an inner and outer wall, not going to be able to clean between them. took the risers out and cleaned up nice though with vinegar water and scotch-brite pad. Quitting tank cleaning for today - going to wait for a warmer day so I can bring it outside with hose.
     
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  6. Ray Laneville

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    Well, started clearing the area on the wall where the tank will go this morning. I'm not going to use the stand that came with it, going to build custom to match the bar and stuff I've already built in the room. Was thinking of 6 4x4 legs with a 2x6 frame on top to hold the tank. I know that will be nice and sturdy, does it seem like overkill? Whenever I look at those store bought stands, they look to me like they are not built strong enough for all that weight (although I know they must be strong enough).

    Anyway, I'll build the skeleton of the stand like I mentioned, then enclose with 1/4" oak plywood, stain and 3-4 coats of polyurethane. I built my bar the same way, came out terrific.
     
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    working 3-11 shift this week so I'll see what I can get done in the mornings, although the weather is starting to turn nice here in NC, have a lot of outdoor stuff I need to do as well to get ready for spring. Managing my time is the hardest thing for me.
     
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    Got the spot cleared out for the stand build. Luckily, I can build it in place and avoid the moving problems I've seen in other's threads. The door in the pic leads to the backyard so I can set up my saws out there and not make a huge mess. I'd share my plan, but from past experience building lots of things, as soon as I start building something, I think of better ways to do it and the plans go out the window. So next step, Lowes for lumber maybe tomorrow. wall cleared.jpg
     
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    I was wondering if anyone had an idea of the ideal height for my stand. Storebought stands seem kind of low - looking down at the tank. Also I was thinking of using boards across the bottom of all the legs and sealing it so it would act as an overflow sump for the sump area so any spillage wouldn't end up running out on the floor. Has anyone else done this? Just random Sunday afternoon thoughts as I ponder my stand build.
     
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    Following for updates! Looking forward to watching this progress.

    My stand has an enclosed bottom with a PVC floor (thin sheet) that has been sealed to the framing. Helps to hold a little water if (when) spills happen.
     
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    Probably going to start stand build tomorrow morning. I think when I build the skeleton of the stand, I'm going to go to Lowe's paint section and try to get a gallon of mixed and returned paint from the clearance rack and paint every surface for protection. Won't cost much and I don't care what color it is, will all be covered up. I imagine moisture and salt and stuff would be an issue in the stand. Also going to try to take the tank outside and clean it. Does anyone think it would be a good idea to set it on some 4x4s to raise it up and fill and soak it? Should I add vinegar or something? The overflow box is double walled and I see a lot of deposits and crystallized stuff between there.
     
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    started building stand this morning. didn't have all that much time to work on it after going to Lowe's for lumber and gathering tools, but it's a start. I made the height at 37 1/2 inches just because the 96" boards cut up into 3 even 32" pieces and a 5 1/2" wide 2x6 on top. I'll finish this part of it tomorrow. I'll probably build out the front before I enclose and put on the plywood top so the cabinet under would be bigger and also have a ledge in front of the tank to set things like test equipment while using. The right side will be built out with storage cabinets on bottom, then perhaps a medicine cabinet style section above that for small items (testing stuff, food, etc.) On right of that build for stereo cabinet and MAME arcade machine. Be quite a project all in all. But first, tank stand.
    stand.jpg stand2.jpg

    Right now, I just propped it up on leg boards on left side for pics. Finish that tomorrow. And any other bracing it might need. Does anyone think I need support legs in the center or will the 2x6 top frame be sufficient? There is a wooden ledge on the wall behind the top, I may attach it to that as well.
     
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    Tomorrow I am going to drill a small probe hole into that ledge behind the tank. I don't know what it is. If it's concrete in there, I think I'll get some tapcon screws and screw the back of the top board and the back legs right to the wall. Will add stability.
     
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    tank up on stand. Have to finish closing in the bottom but I want to get water flowing. Next step - buying rock and building reef
     
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    empty tank on stand.jpg
     
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