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Hello all,
I found a 45 Gallon tank with an iron stand outside. The stand was rusting, and the tank had the most amazing mineral deposits. CLR and some sanding took care of that. However I wanted to make a DIY cabinet and hood. Since the money was tight, I opted to add paneling to the iron stand. This project took me a day and cost me about 40$.

Materials used:
1X 8by4 plywood 15$ Canadian, got it cut at Home depot.
Glue 4$
1X L wood to hide joints. 11$ (see pics)

So instead of buying a 300$ hood and stand, by a cheap iron stand and add paneling to it!!
Pics attached below, a work in progress!


The glue I used, very important! I initially planned to use a glue gun


The materials, 1/8 or 3mm thick wood - supposed to be used for paneling but with drywall support, however the stands metal beams are good enough support.


Attaching the front panel


The aquarium with 2 shoplights T8 and T5


The sides go on


View from the front, there is some messy glue but that will be covered later


Some more


Almost done!


With the L joint wood

Now for the hood.
The hood is super low-tech and simple. and quite fragile, however it rests on top of the shop lights






That little cup holds Flourite, just a water test I guess


The DIY Driftwood, found it near stream, hopefully not too contaminated.

And the finished product





ANY COMMENTS/CRITIQUE WELCOME!
 

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Turned out nice! Good job! :thumb:

Are you going to make any doors on the front or sides for storage? Lots of space under there :wink:
 

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How do you plan to access your filter? Will you just be using HOB style filtration? Finishing the top with "L joints" cut at a 45º angle would probably clean it up a little. :)
 

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under_control said:
You used CLR in your tank? Good luck with that...
... I don't see how that's a problem providing it was well washed out afterwards.
 

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under_control said:
You used CLR in your tank? Good luck with that...
I read on the CLR bottle, Clean coffee pot with CLR, rinse 3 times.
If its safe for me and you after 3 rinses, I think its safe for the fish too, Ill probably wash it more than 3 times obviously lol :dancing:
 

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RickB68 said:
Turned out nice! Good job! :thumb:

Are you going to make any doors on the front or sides for storage? Lots of space under there :wink:
King of curious about that myself.
 

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RickB68 said:
Turned out nice! Good job! :thumb:

Are you going to make any doors on the front or sides for storage? Lots of space under there :wink:
I dont think so, there too much to do in the aquarium itself... maybe later

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How do you plan to access your filter? Will you just be using HOB style filtration? Finishing the top with "L joints" cut at a 45º angle would probably clean it up a little.
I got some more L wood today and some decoration pattern type as well to clean up a bit more
 
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