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375 gallon stand!!!!!

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The R/C Man

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Hey everyone!

This was just dropped off at the house. :D It will hold my 375 gallon acrylic tank and 100 gallon sump as well as all of it's equipment. The stand was made from 2x2 steel. It measures 96"x30"x36". Today I will make a trip to the marine store to get the paint. The tank and sump will be completed after I get back from the desert in November. Boy I am excited!!!! :D :p :D
 

big t

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I think that steel is a great way to go on the bigger tanks. Nice. So you stationed at Fairchild? If so are you a tanker guy? Sucks you have to go to the 'sand box' Try to have fun, I have a buddy that is just getting back in a week. He says its HOT!
 

The R/C Man

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Jeff,
Thanks dude!

Tom,
Yes I am at fairchild..... Since I have to move every few years metal was the only way to go. I was in the "sand box" last year this time also. I think it is about 118 degrees or so... YUK!!!

The plan will be to build some cabnet work around three sides and use the gussets as mounting spots.......

Greg
 

Playa

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Greg it looks terrific, I look forward to see the progress of your reef. I hope you use this thread to do a nice chronologic description of your new reef.

Best wishes!

Luis
 

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Looks good Greg! I have been very happy with my steel frame. We used a marine topside paint on our frame. The great thing....if you ever want to go longer, you can always weld a new frame onto the old one :D
 

The R/C Man

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Thanks Everyone!

What do you all think about painting it. I was going to use boat paint like Nikki did but when I talked to the guys at the marine place they just recommended Rustolium. They said that should seal it just as well and is much cheaper. I thought about powder coating it but it is going to be hidden anyway...
 

The R/C Man

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Hey everybody!

Well I have started the prep work. I have rubbed it down with denatured alcohol to get most of the dirt off. I will drill the mounting holes in the gussets for the cabnet and use a wire brush to clean the corners and around the welds. Tomorrow the stand will be cleaned one more time with acetone and then primed. I should also be able to the first coat of paint on. I will post some pics during the primer phase......
 

The R/C Man

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Ok, the prep work took much longer than expected. The good news is that it is finally completed. :D Today the last few mounting holes where drilled and the stand was primed. Boy is my pointy finger is sore... :) :rolleyes: :) Tomorrow I will start painting the final color (black)...
 

The R/C Man

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Thanks Nikki!

Hey Everyone!

Here is another update. The stand is painted and I filled the ends with expanding foam. The next step will be to purchase some plywood for the top and bottom. I will probably seal the wood with an exterior paint to match the stand.

Unfortunately I will be out of the country for a couple months so the project will be on hold until then. The good thing is I will have plenty of time to design the cabinet.......

Cheers!!!!!
 
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