Got bit by the bug, sort of...

Discussion in 'DIY' started by xcaret, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. xcaret

    xcaret Guest

    Been working on this little thing; tank is old, picked up maybe five years ago, completely purple inside.
    Vinegar soaked paper towels and a credit card took care of the purple.
    I didn't know what to do with it so the little tank stayed stored doing nothing.
    I went to HD and got couple panels of plywood, nice pine and started to cut...
    Probably will sit in the basement for a long time until is finished.
    Tank is a plexi, 3/8" 24x24x12 I've decided to add an external overflow box, maybe two drains and the return line in the same box. I have a black plexi aquarium top that I picked from Boun? waaaaaay back and I knew eventually I would have use for the 1/4" plexi.
    Previous owner had it running with a 4-way closed loop so I'm going to go the similar way.
    Most likely will end up selling it but will take a while for it to be completed so might as well enjoy the distraction I feel I need some times.
    For the finish I picked up some Varathane brand stain, dark brown I believe is called Kona.
    Now I have to pause the months long project since I have the tools somewhere else; table saw and router are at a friends house where another sort of DIY thing has been going on since September '15
    The front part of the canopy will flip up, a piano hinge will do the trick.
    For the lights I have a large Lumenarc or a Sundial HQI but this is the 150W, then again is just a frag tank 12" deep. Below couple 20G tanks (that no one showed interest on the pay it forward thread) will do for filtration; one (refugium/macro) will be drilled for a bulkhead and raised on a platform so it drains into the sump/skimmer/return tank. Skimmer will be brought back from the forgotten shelf; ER RS-80.

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  2. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    That's a cool stand. Kona is pretty dark brown. I used it on a box I made out of Cumaru and it ended up darker than I had wanted. What species of wood did you use?
  3. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Guest

    Nice work as always!

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  4. Newjack

    Newjack Supporting Member

    Awesome stand! nice attention to detail.
  5. xcaret

    xcaret Guest

    Wood is plain pine (plywood cabinet quality) trim... don't know, just spare bits of wood; nothing fancy.
    I'm building a deck out of Machiche, going to ask for spare wood, small chunks for a cutting board to have at home and a small bathroom shelf.
    I acquired a thickness planer for the deck and ended not using it; I been having the idea of 2x4's regular pine and redwood to make my own work bench but will take time, have to get used to operating a planer, just a new thing to learn.
  6. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    It may have been a good thing you didn't end up using the planer on the machiche. It's got a varied and interlocking grain that can be prone to tear outs. It would cut through the pine with ease but it's quite common for 2x4's to be warped and bowed. You could run them through a joiner to get a straight edge.
  7. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Fangs right to your ass!
    Welcome back
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  8. boun11

    boun11 Supporting Member

    Fill it up with water and come over to my place for some frags :)
  9. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    Must be a small bug!
    Big bug is coming :) :) :) :) :)
  10. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    Looking nice there Mario. I like it
  11. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    :eek: He's back?o_O
  12. xcaret

    xcaret Guest

    I kind of wish to say I'm back but have to wait. At home cannot have a tank, the only place is at my brother's and seems the building will have seismic retrofitting work, has brick foundation and most likely steel beams and concrete walls will be added.
    My brother still has one of those Ocean Treasures tanks so that might be a good choice to get back in.
    This little frag tank set is just to keep my mind little busy, little clear.
  13. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Well if you miss a bigger tank, I guess I could let you change the water and scrape the algae on mine.
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  14. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    nice stand Mario!
  15. bee505

    bee505 Guest

    Nice wood work.

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  16. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Very cool design. I like that.

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  17. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    The curve plexiglass one?
  18. xcaret

    xcaret Guest

    One of the fish only tanks, blue back and sides; It would have been way nice to get one of the rounded ones!
  19. reefstud

    reefstud Guest

    Nice stand !
  20. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    Haha, if it helps push you back in, the 37g oceanic you so generously gave me could be yours again! :) Nothing wrong with it, but sure would give me a good excuse to get a bigger tank. Hahaha.

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