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Postby The King Crabb » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:44 pm

Steve C wrote:King..I love the tank man, what's your stocking plan for it? And new pics??


I'm going to be putting it in my bedroom and have 20-30 Saulosi in there, species only tank :)

Haven't had a chance to work on it, sorry! I know it's been a week but it's been one heck of one and now it's Halloween, I should have time to get materials tomorrow and hopefully make some more progress!
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Postby jchild40 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:06 pm

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Postby bac3492 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:19 am

After having read through this post, i have taken some interest in trying to build something of this stature. Maybe a foot longer, similar height and width.... i am interested to know if there is a support bracket in the center of the tank much like a standard 55 gallon tank??? If not... is it 3/8 glass? Im interested in what keeps this thing together.
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Postby The King Crabb » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:04 pm

No support brace! Not sure what thickness the glass is... I haven't measured it but I can when I get home, I'd assume it's somewhere around 1/2" - much thicker than a standard 55G.
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Postby zharnotczar » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:49 pm

Wow, you got a deal on that tank. I'm trying to build my tank that's either 3 or 4 feet long and the total cost of my glass is looking to be much more than that.
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Postby bac3492 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:54 am

zharnotczar wrote:Wow, you got a deal on that tank. I'm trying to build my tank that's either 3 or 4 feet long and the total cost of my glass is looking to be much more than that.


Look for recycled glass. It will be significantly cheaper... avoid tempered as well
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Postby zharnotczar » Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:57 pm

bac3492 wrote:
zharnotczar wrote:Wow, you got a deal on that tank. I'm trying to build my tank that's either 3 or 4 feet long and the total cost of my glass is looking to be much more than that.


Look for recycled glass. It will be significantly cheaper... avoid tempered as well
I don't know where to get recycled glass around here. Any tips on finding that? I just don't think I trust the glass quality of recycled stuff I could find... Also, tempered glass is obvious to avoid.
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Postby The King Crabb » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:24 pm

zharnotczar wrote:I don't know where to get recycled glass around here. Any tips on finding that? I just don't think I trust the glass quality of recycled stuff I could find... Also, tempered glass is obvious to avoid.


You could try buying a used tank and cut the glass? I'm sure you could find a used 55G for around $50.



UPDATES! Finally got around to it (last night, but it was too late for pictures), made some serious progress and feeling good about myself so far!

First thing I did was put on the backing, since I think everything looks better once you put a big chunk of something on there!
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I also got the front leg support on there, should have done this earlier since it was so easy.

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Then I reinforced some of the rings on there, I went with 4" wood screws.

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Now for the shelf! I'm really liking the direction I went with on this and it looks like it should turn out pretty legit!

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This is roughly what the shelf will look like (but with spaces on there), I just laid them all hodge-podge so I could see what it would roughly look like and decided to share it with you!

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And here is where I left off, with the exact middle of the upper shelf (haven't started the lower one yet) glued on. I'm going to be gluing each slat on with about 1/16" space in between each one (I have a guide, no worries). I wanted the let the center one to sit overnight since that will be the one that all the other pieces are modeled off!

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Postby bac3492 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:14 pm

zharnotczar wrote:
bac3492 wrote:
zharnotczar wrote:Wow, you got a deal on that tank. I'm trying to build my tank that's either 3 or 4 feet long and the total cost of my glass is looking to be much more than that.


Look for recycled glass. It will be significantly cheaper... avoid tempered as well
I don't know where to get recycled glass around here. Any tips on finding that? I just don't think I trust the glass quality of recycled stuff I could find... Also, tempered glass is obvious to avoid.


Construction sites, craigslist or any kind of swapper sites or magazines are a good place to check. Most glass you can clean up with a razor blade.


King Crabb... Everything is looking good. I look forward to seeing the end result :thumb:
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Postby quentin8 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:16 pm

looking good :thumb:
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Postby Steve C » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:00 am

Comin' along very nicely :thumb: :thumb:
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Postby Aulonocara_Freak » Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:16 am

:thumb: NICE! :thumb:
10 gallon:
Wild Type (Class N) Endler's
5 x Otocinclus Catfsh
5 x Amano Shrimp

20 gallon long:
4 x Kribensis + Fry
3 x Amano Shrimp

2.5 gallon:
RCS Tank

65 gallon:
18 x Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi Lemon Jake
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Postby CITADELGRAD87 » Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:43 pm

Looking great, King. What did you decide on for that panel, it almost looks like finished finish grady ply in the first photo, but I think I see a tongue and groove edge in another photo.

Looks great either way, but I know you were considering unconventional material.
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Postby The King Crabb » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:11 pm

I feel really dumb saying this, but I have no idea what it's called. I completely forgot to check what it was, although I can tell you it's some sort of thin plywood, about 1/16". It was only 11" and almost the exact height I needed, I just had the guy cut a foot off the end and it fits within 1/16"; not bad for $11!
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Postby cantrell00 » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:29 pm

The King Crabb wrote:I feel really dumb saying this, but I have no idea what it's called. I completely forgot to check what it was, although I can tell you it's some sort of thin plywood, about 1/16". It was only 11" and almost the exact height I needed, I just had the guy cut a foot off the end and it fits within 1/16"; not bad for $11!


The plywood is Luan.

Told you the tank had a ideal foot print!

Looks great..

One thing I have learned about woodworking, especially building structural pieces like this. You cannot go wrong with sheet rock screws! Just an fyi if you ever build another one. Get a good combo countersinking bit too (if you don't already have one)
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