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DIY 360 gal. Plywood Aquarium
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dale
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PostPosted: 2006.05.10(Wed)23:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way to go Todd!!!

If you could see me you would see a grin from ear to ear. I love it when someone dares to do something. Thank you so much for sharing the process with us. Hopefully it will give others the confidence to try their "imagine if" projects too. It looks even better than I thought it would!!
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PostPosted: 2006.05.11(Thu)10:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again Dale, Steve, Marcos, etc. Not to blow anysmoke up anyones keester but, you all did help with the inputs and advice!

Definitely, I would encourage anyone out there who's thought about building their own to give it a shot. Just be patient is the key advice.

Dale wrote:
It looks even better than I thought it would!!

I second that. What ever happened with the UGJ system you were working on?
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PostPosted: 2006.05.11(Thu)17:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oddly enough, it worked as planned Shocked
I wound up using two maxi jet pumps in line to deliver the right amount of flow. A picture won't show the effect but by watching the fine particles in the tank you can see the uplift effect. I, and the horses, am very happy with the low flow design.
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PostPosted: 2006.05.20(Sat)13:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked I'm impressed!

Came out looking really nice. Feel like building me one? Laughing
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PostPosted: 2006.06.03(Sat)13:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it's brilliant Blackjack. If you think of the humble beginnings, when it was merely an idea, till now. It's realy extraordinary Very Happy

Glad to hear it worked Dale.
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PostPosted: 2006.06.11(Sun)19:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know I am very late to reply to this again but... oh my! that is just amazing! Congrats on it!!!!!
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PostPosted: 2006.06.12(Mon)8:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, very popular thread this!
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PostPosted: 2006.07.04(Tue)15:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again all.

Work has kept me away for a little while, but I'm back for a moment Wink

It's shocking to see how many views there have been since I last was here!

The tank is doing exceptionally well for being an outside aquarium. The fish are all growing and behaving nicely. Already, three females have released babies which is always a surprise.

Plans for the future: I am about to move and unfortunately I will have to drain the tank and transport the fish. However, it will give me the opportunity to make some improvements. I.e. I think that I will cut the sides out and put glass on both ends now. Bulkheads for the overflows will be placed on the botton for standpipes and I will continue to use a modified spraybar. First, I have to find a new house Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2006.07.06(Thu)21:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is absolutely amazing work. And something anyone can really do with a little patience and research. Everyone's got a "things to do before I die" list. I've added making a gynormous plywood tank to mine. Thank you very much for sharing.
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PostPosted: 2006.07.08(Sat)14:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blackjack, from the pics it looks as if the front frame is a solid piece? But in many DIY plans I've seen people construct it from separate pieces to form a frame. To my knowledge as a carpenter, this is very acceptable, as long as constructed properly.

Any specific reason you did this, as it seem like quite a waist to only use the outer +-10cm of a board?
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