Thank you Ciklido. I wouldn't say "perfect" though! This is the first stand that I've ever made this large before and there were a lot of good lessons learned.
I understand that from the photo's, it's hard to tell the size of it all. It's actually about 8 1/2 feet long, 36 inches tall, and about 3 1/2 feet wide. Being a two-dimensional photo, I understand that the eye mainly relies on monocular cues. Refer to retinal image size I.e. know size of objects and terrestrial associations. In a couple of pictures you can see some chairs in the background and a door in another. Try to associate and/or compare those sizes together.
As far as the tank, it actually on there! In the last couple of pictures the tank is sitting on top. Yes, it has three supports running verticle (there's latex gloves on the ends of them). Those are only there to prevent the center of the top rail from bowing. They will be removed once the glass and top braces have been installed. It's quite ugly though, huh?! That is actually what this thread is mainly about; the construction of the plywood tank. However, I've found along the way that for something this large, pretty much everything has to be custom made to accomodate it! I just included these additionaly items as I thought people would be interested. _________________ Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
Once again, the glass arrived today but, the middleman told me that the wholesaler had cut it all wrong. He said he wouldn't feel right trying to sell me something like that. I appreciate his efforts and honesty.
Well, I guess I'll just keep working on the stand! I've been adding moulding aroound it lately and for something that looks so simple to do, it's kicking my butt! It's a lot of cutting and if you get in a hurry, I guarantee that you'll cut one end at the wrong angle
It's all just "loosely" tacked on there right now and some corners need to be pushed together more. For your viewing pleasure:
As you can see, the moulding is not done, I still have to putty over holes, sand, put the doors on, and paint. So, there's plenty to keep me busy! _________________ Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
For now, yes cichlids will be put in there. Since I also enjoy fishing, a few friends and I one night were half joking/half serious about "stocking" it with maybe a few crappie sitting on the couch and casting. Hey, maybe the wife won't get so mad about me spending too much time at the lake!
Finally, the glass arrived this past weekend and I was able to install it. It was quite a simple process really, but with limited assistance, I didn't get pictures of the actual installing process. Ulike acrylic, silicone will adhere well to the glass and epoxy paint. So, I picked up about 4 tubes of GE I Widows and Doors from Walyworld. I laid about oh, 1/2" wide bead all the way around the wood where the glass would go and it only took 2 tubes. Next, set the glass glass inside using good crew coordination. Pressed it up against the silicone, laid the tank "face" down, and installed braces to help push out the air-pockets.
However, I won't leave you hanging! Here are some pictures of it being filled the other day. I did it on the ground first to ensure there were no leaks or other problems. The stand is also almost finished. Trim, doors and misc. stuff is all done and I've began applying the primer now.
When the glass was installed, the tank was actually laid face down so all the weight was pushing on the silicone. Here, it's tipped upright and the braces are about to be reomoved
A better look at all of the braces
Starting to do a test fill
About half-way there
And, the moment of truth. It's completely filled
It's holding as I hoped for about three days now it's been sitting full. Soon, I will drain it, place it on top of the stand, and give both a final coating of black paint.
More to come... _________________ Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
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Okay, here's the moment you've been waiting for...
I finished the stand finally and put a coats of "Earth black" color paint on the everything after it was primed.
Although I used the sand from my other existing tanks, it took an additional 3 bags for a total of about 10 bags of sand. The rocks are all real and the plants are I believe Vallisneria Americana.
I still need to make the canopy, but this is with only the 10k power compacts on.
This is with the power compacts and the metal halide.
A long view from the left.
And, a panoramic view that I stitched together.
It's hard to get a feel for how large this is from the pictures alone. Perhaps I can get a picture up of someone standing next to it. The fish seem to love it. There's almost a completely different behavior now. It's hard to believe that it's finally together. Thanks for all of the interest! _________________ Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
Very very very nice... I wish I had the time/skill/paitence to do a peice of work that nice _________________ 75g Trimac
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