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Old 10/23/2017, 03:00 PM   #26
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October 13 another piece of gear arrived a Tunze ato system.


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Old 10/23/2017, 03:01 PM   #27
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Time to begin the stand....

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Old 11/01/2017, 06:38 PM   #28
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Well Sunday I cut all the pieces



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Old 11/05/2017, 09:43 AM   #29
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Deep Reef's 150 gallon tall DT hurricane Irma build

Well today I put it all together,


Used corner clamps for alignment.

Put the frames together, used 1x3ís to support the sump area and attached them with pocket screws. I did this instead of using 2x4ís like my last build to give me a little deeper water retention area in case of a leak.


Then assembled the pieces

The stand is a foot longer than the tank as Iíve created a side compartment to house the controls. To give me as much room as possible I also pocket screwed the vertical 2x4ís in this area.




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Old 11/08/2017, 10:12 AM   #30
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How tall did you make the stand?


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Old 11/09/2017, 09:52 PM   #31
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looks like a great restart


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Old 11/12/2017, 08:48 PM   #32
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How tall did you make the stand?


Originally the plan was to make the stand 36Ē high. However, when I was rough fitting things it seemed too high. I wanted to be able to see over the top rim of the tank. I dropped it 1 inch to 35Ē.


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Old 11/12/2017, 08:48 PM   #33
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Old 11/22/2017, 07:10 AM   #34
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Stand ready for wrapping



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Old 11/24/2017, 08:44 PM   #35
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Cut the pieces for the canopy, pocket screwed them into a frame


Then assembled


Checked the opening


Finally, I received the 24x48x 1/4Ē abs sheet for the bottom of the tank. My last tank, I used egg crate and it held a lot of detritus that the clean up crew just couldnít get to.


Officially my rock was ready to come out of its 2 month soak today but since the stand wasnít finished it will have to wait


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Old 11/25/2017, 09:32 AM   #36
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Its's coming out great. Are you going to put doors over the 2 x 4s?


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Old 11/25/2017, 09:42 AM   #37
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Installed the mounts for my AI Hydra 52ís. I made them removable so I could get the bracket in and out.



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Old 11/26/2017, 09:00 PM   #38
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Its's coming out great. Are you going to put doors over the 2 x 4s?


Yes doors are on order should be here any day. I didnít make them as I donít have the tools to properly route for the inset panels.


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Old 11/29/2017, 08:43 PM   #39
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I lost power from Irma for about a week. Thankfully I have a vortech battery back up for my pump. After 70 hours I took the battery pack to my mom's house (she had power sooner than i) and recharged the battery pack and then brought it back home. It kept my tank alive. I'm sorry to see you lossed everything.


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Old 11/30/2017, 06:17 AM   #40
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Just curious, why did you get a full sheet of abs to cover the bottom of the tank? You don't want your sand/rock against the glass?


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Old 11/30/2017, 08:24 PM   #41
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Just curious, why did you get a full sheet of abs to cover the bottom of the tank? You don't want your sand/rock against the glass?


Yes to protect the glass. Many of the custom tank builders use abs on top of the glass.


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Old 12/07/2017, 01:54 PM   #42
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Where did you order your rock from? Also can you go into a little more detail on the build of your canopy, looking to steal some ideas for mine.
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Old 12/07/2017, 05:31 PM   #43
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Where did you order your rock from? Also can you go into a little more detail on the build of your canopy, looking to steal some ideas for mine.
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Rock was all from BRS. Canopy was built using 1x3ís for the sides and 1x2ís to connect them together. The pocket screws helped me to eliminate some wood bracing I had last time. This is making the canopy lighter. Last time my wife had difficulty opening it to help me feed.

I install the 1x3ís where the hinge will go raising them so they will be even with the top. I do this as most hinges have a 1/2Ē or less dimension to the screw hole and if the plywood top was there I would be screwing into the side of its edge which wonít be strong.


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Old 12/07/2017, 05:33 PM   #44
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Openings cut


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Are you using a piano hinge? for the canopy.


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Old 12/21/2017, 10:25 AM   #46
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Deep Reef's 150 gallon tall DT hurricane Irma build

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Are you using a piano hinge? for the canopy.


No Iím going with flush hinges in stainless steel. The piano hinges around town are either brass or nickel. My last hinges were brass and started corroding.

Flush hinges are nice as the can be surface mounted and they close into themselves so the gap they create is minimal.

That is why I used the 1x3 on end were the front and rear canopy meet. I also installed it so that the top of the 1x3 was even with top of canopy.

This provides for a solid place to screw and not screwing into the side of the plywood


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Old 12/21/2017, 10:33 AM   #47
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Deep Reef's 150 gallon tall DT hurricane Irma build

Finished all wood work except for drilling ventilation holes in rear and top and sanding.

Canopy



Stand

There is an inset piece on the left side of the stand. I bought a piece of marble tile to lay in there creating a place to work or place something so the extension portion of the stand for controls will be useful

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Old 12/22/2017, 03:10 PM   #48
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Ventilation holes drilled in rear for supply fans and also in top to relieve hot air.


Ready for sanding and stain and paint


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Old 01/07/2018, 12:05 PM   #49
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Currently painting the inside but the cold put a stop to it. I did get a skimmer for Christmas




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Old 01/27/2018, 01:27 PM   #50
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Interior painting is complete



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