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DonW

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Well I've been having problems with the 80 DIY so its time for a new one. This project will be rushed since I have a leak. I purchased a new tank supposed to be 125 gallons. Not!! Got home and Bigt informed me that the IAP 60L 18D 25H was only 115. Oh well, I like the tank it has rounded corners, black back and two square corner overflows. The first project will be the stand. My goal is to have the stand done in three or four evening. Normally its a three night job but I'll be doing it a little different. With the drastic increase in lumber prices I'll be veneering the oak plywood myself to increase its thickness to 1", 1/4 oak plywood over standard 3/4 plywood. This should only cost me one extra night in the bag press. I would like to thank PSAS, as a member I saved a nice amount on my tank and return pump from Blue Sierra.

So far the only specs I have are:

Iap 60x18x25
Sump 40G acrylic
Return pump Iwaki 30RLXT

Thanks
Don
 
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DonW

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Here is the steel stand frame. The outer will be oak stile and rail panels. I decided to go steel so that all three sides can be removed easily. Although the front panel will have a door, I wont have to crawl in it to make changes.

Don
 

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Well Don, with a steele frame and 1" sides that thing should be pretty stable! How's it coming along dude?
 

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LOL on the wood cost I just got done with my stand myself. Made it way to big but I still like it. The stand sets up 40" and is 3'x5' for my 50gal. Made it that size for storage of alot of different thing under the tank.

But it cost me like $120 By the time I left hardware store.

I hope everything works out for your tank as well
 

DonW

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cronicreef said:
LOL on the wood cost I just got done with my stand myself. Made it way to big but I still like it. The stand sets up 40" and is 3'x5' for my 50gal. Made it that size for storage of alot of different thing under the tank.

But it cost me like $120 By the time I left hardware store.

I hope everything works out for your tank as well
I think it would have cost you 5x that for hardwood. 1" oak ply is $100 sheet. and RS oak is $7 bf. $120 sound like you got off pretty easy.

Don
 

DonW

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big t said:
Well Don, with a steele frame and 1" sides that thing should be pretty stable! How's it coming along dude?
I took a break from the plumbing and stand this week-end. I decided to do the electrical and lucky for me my house is being remodeled, my wife hates to see me cary the saws-all in from the shop. Right behind where the stand will be I installed 16 outlets and to the left and up I installed eight switches. Eight are for lighting with four switches/timers on a dedicated 20a breaker. Eight are for the rest, four are switched and on a dedicated 20a breaker. No power strips this time around.

The only concern I have so far is the 18" deep tank and stand. With the stand being 36" tall I am concerned about being top heavy. I think Ill weld some tabs onto the stand then lag bolt it to the wall studs behind the tank.

I got my leak stopped with weldon 16 so I'm slowing down a little and doing the extra's. This week I'll get it plumbed if I can get my hands on a CL pump.

Don
 

NaH2O

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Don - I had the same concern with my stand being 36" tall. We did attach the stand to the studs, and it made me much more comfortable. My stand is about 10" away from the wall.
 

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That's sweet Don! I can't wait to see that baby up and running.

So it appears that you're going to have everything electrical hooked up to switches on the wall...I like that idea?

Eliyah
 

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Hey DonW, I see you made a split for the suctions, looking good, wonder if you thought about adding a connection between the two loops?
 

DonW

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Scooterman said:
Hey DonW, I see you made a split for the suctions, looking good, wonder if you thought about adding a connection between the two loops?

I think the split is the safest. Really did not consider connecting the loops.

Don
 

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how is the noise factor from the two ampblasters? Looks good dude, your getting pretty close huh?
 
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