90 full DIY setup

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    Hi guys I'm starting this project that I was wanting to do for a long time now. Couldn't decide on final measurements but finally made up my mind. This will be a full system DIY attempt and will be a learning experience for me in some area's of the build. Got some very cool ideas for this system and hope I will be able to pull it off like I in vision it. Let's just say there won't be any other system like this. Now I am realy putting myself on the spot for pulling this off. :laughing7: But then again nothing like a bit of pressure to push oneself to get better results :occasion14:

    I will do a full step by step journal of the whole build at different steps of the build for those interested.

    First up the cabinet
    ◆ From cutting list to completed build and sanded ready for primer coats
    ◆ From primer coats to final finish of sprayed parts.
    ◆ Then final assembly fitting doors ext.
    Dimensions would be 900W x 600D x 800H

    Then the tank
    ◆ From cutting list to prepping to assembly to finishing
    Dimensions would be 900 x 600 x 450H

    Finally the light unit
    ◆ From prepping to assembly.
    ◆ The finishing process
    ◆ Final assembly and testing
    Still deciding between 5 or 6 x 39w HO T5's

    Just as a small teaser the wood is already cut and ready to go. :p
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    Hope this will be of some help and encourage some to build there own setups :headbang:
     
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    Nice man looking forward to this project.

    Good luck :occasion14:
     
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    Good Luck, I love it when people try out cheaper DIY projects. Please post allot of pics. :headbang: :hello2: :notworthy:
     
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    Thanks not exactly about cheaper but more about wanting something different. Something custom built to what I would like. And yes maybe it would work out cheaper in some respects because I do it for mysellf I don't charge labour obviously :evil6:


    Will post alot of pics with full step by step directions how to go about this or not :evil6:
     
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    just a little update on this project. Made some progress on the cabinet. Not exactly in a hurry and with all the photos being taken it takes a bit longer as well. But here is a progress photo so long. Not one of the best pics but you get the idea :evil6:

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    Will hopefully get to the to the write up and sifting of the photos next week. There was a crap load of photos taken. More than 200 so its going to take a bit of time to work through.
     
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    looking good :icon_thumright:
     
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    nice wood work as usual :)
     
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    Thanks :thumbsup: funny nobody asked about my odd/different holes on the side and why not the Halfmoon shaped hole like the ADA units.
     
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    Looks very cool Pierre!!

    Have you seen the Na cabinets? Very similar with the holes on the sides like you have there for filter piping ecs.
     
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    Just had a look at them. Pretty cool. Just thought the slots would be more practical and versatile with pipes going straight up front, middle or back depending on the scape and requirements at the time. You can also get the pipes almost upright and close to the cabinet and tank without any unsightly bends. Wanted to do two horizontal groves in between the three vertical grooves but thinking it might be a bit overkill in the end :scratch:
     
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    +1, very cool cabinets, the Na ones.
    Those long slots are for the lily pipes, they make these long stainless steel ones, but I prefer the glass lily pipes, looks way more classy
     

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