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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby rotccapt » Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:36 pm

thanks for looking out. my last build was a 120 and the front and sides were assembled with 1 inch (3/4 inch actually) oak boards that were glued and screwed with pocket screws. and it stood up well. granted that tank was only 24 inches tall and 48 wide but i think my design should hold up well. i have decided to do a removable center brace. this center brace will also give me something to brace myself on to do maintenance on the tank
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby rotccapt » Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:52 pm

new update i got the back and sides glued together today but i still need to add my screws from the other direction. also i built a 2x6 pedestal to set the stand on to make the tank a bit higher. dont mind the cap board it is just sitting there for the moment i will glue and screw it once i get the front installed

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here is a pic of the corners and how all the slats are installed
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby 13razorbackfan » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:09 pm

Did you glue the wood as well as screw?
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby rotccapt » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:30 pm

yes i used tite bond III
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby cantrell00 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:00 am

Those are some huge RC airplanes hanging from the ceiling. Looks good. I am really curious to see how you join and make watertight the glass to the front frame.
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby rotccapt » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:50 pm

i was wondering if someone would pick up on my planes. us guys and our toys. lol

the glass will be fun i will need a couple people to do it. my first though is to lay the tank down on the face that will need glass then just slide it in and do a test fit then raise the glass up with spacers apply the silicon and remove the spacers. my other though is to just leave the tank upright position the glass and lean it against the back wall apply the silicone and then slid the glass forward and with some precision cut braces wedge the glass in place till it cures. not sure yet.

on a different note i have built as much as i can build with the tank. i will be on a 2 week business trip starting next week and i will be buying the rest of the materials once i get back. but in the mean time i took one of my extra shop lights down and positioned it on a pvc support to try out some lights for the tank. this is a standard 4 foot 2 bulb fixture and i think i like it what do you think? i might go with a 6 foot fixture though

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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby cantrell00 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:28 pm

Will you be able to suspend the light that high above the tank after it is set up? If you can I think it would work. Adding water will will tell you for certain.
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby rotccapt » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:39 pm

yes i can it will be inside a hood that i have yet to make but it is at the correct height
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby cantrell00 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:47 pm

I would roll with it. Having shadows in the ends where the drift wood is resting will look really cool. SA's right?
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby rotccapt » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:08 pm

CA's yea i think i like the look
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby mel_cp6 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:26 pm

That big driftwood fits real good and it looks awesome in that tank.
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby fusion » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:51 pm

Love the look, are you going to make a background for it?
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby rotccapt » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:38 pm

yea im planning on doing something like this guys tank (forgive me i dont remember whos tank this is) Image
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby Ibnzmonkey » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:48 am

Subscribed. I've been looking into building one of these style tanks for an "in wall" type setup for my new home.
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Re: 300 gallon plywood tank build

Postby CCichlids » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:09 pm

WOW! Looks very nice so far. Can't wait to see more :drooling: :popcorn: . I was just curious (because I haven't had any experience with something like this), how long do these plywood tanks last? Given it was properly made, of course. Excited to see the final product! :drooling: :popcorn: :drooling: :popcorn:
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