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Postby mel_cp6 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:53 am

Thanks.
I knew it was to good to be.
I'd they honored what they quoted you then you're one lucky guy.
Now post the new pic pls.
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Postby jmlp3 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:41 am

Hey there Big Daddy, I had to ask, as a fellow Ontarian, that was an impressive build. What was the final cost of materials, and how long did it take you to make it? As well, at the moment, how long have you had it up and running? One last question, as far as your own build, do you feel it is more stress free since you made it as compared to a store bought.

I like this, and would like to build one of my own too some day.
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Postby BigDaddyK » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:17 pm

mel_cp6
I had already made a deposit on the agreed upon price so they were kind of obliged to honor it.

jmlp3
Including all pumps and lighting etc I think I was around the $1200 mark. I took only a couple days of actual work time. If you plan it out it's a pretty easy job. I've had the tank running for close to a year now without any issues (knock on wood). I built it for the personal gratification. I like to build things and I enjoy a challange.

I'm really happy with the outcome and I'd do it again in a second if I had anymore room in my house to build one!!
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Postby mel_cp6 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:24 pm

What size of wood did you use for the front window frame? I've been thinking of building one but I have to figure out what dimension I can easily bring to the basement stairs.
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Postby BigDaddyK » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:30 pm

I glued (and screwed) 2x2 to the plywood on the bottom and the sides. Across the top I have a 2x2 glued to a 2x4 across the top. Also on the top I have a piece of 4" wide lumber from front to back to eliminate any flex in the glass.
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Postby mel_cp6 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:05 pm

Cool. I'm thinking of a tank that is 16" high by 90"L by 20"w. I will try a mock up with 2x4 basic frame to see if I can bring it down to the basement. if I can only bring down a 7' tank then it may not be worth it for me when I already have a 125g.
Did you do anything to reinforce the corner seams btw?
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Postby BigDaddyK » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:09 pm

mel_cp6 wrote:Thanks.
I knew it was to good to be.
I'd they honored what they quoted you then you're one lucky guy.
Now post the new pic pls.


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