Dual tank Stand Build

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    Very nice - have a look at some classified and see if you can get an old shipping crate - they usually made from plywood...
     
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    You could also chop up pallets, lie pieces down side-by-side so like "IIIIIII" if you catch my drift. You could easily screw wood in underneath to hold them together. Just my basic idea :)

    The rack looks great though!
     
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    Just what every guy wants to hear about his gf/wife>:D
     
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    @Hendre I get your drift. Years and years ago - probably before you were born - I built a canopy for a 3ft tank and only needed 90 cm x 30 cm plywood. I am sure I managed to get a 1/4 sheet and had it cut to size. I kinda remember the general location of the place - I just need to google it and see if I can find a name for a place in the general location
     
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    Just like the Rolling Stones I decided to Paint it Black. I got some DTM (Direct to Metal) Smooth Black. Got a foam roller and off I went. Got about 15 minutes in and the roller started to disintegrate. Fortunately I bought a pack of 3 rollers so I used a 2nd one. Same result. But the stand is looking good. Will post a pic once I am finished painting. Probably another 1 session until everything is black and then another 2 for a 2nd coat.
     
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    Quick update. The stand is painted black. For some reason the front of the stand did not come out nicely while the rest of the stand I am happy with. Means I will need to sand the front down and then reapply paint. I put the 2 shelves on but haven't done the top yet. All the wood still needs to be sanded and varnished.
     
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    A quick pic of the black stand. I sanded it down and sprayed in yesterday:

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    So I have now cut the shelving, sealed it and added reflectors to the middle shelf. Coming along nicely. Still waiting for the tank and substrate but should be soon.

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    Nice build. What are you going to put on the bottom of the feet?
     
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    I am not sure. The garage floor slopes a bit as it nears the wall. I may just bring the stand forward a bit. Measurement wise the legs are the same length. Once I get the tank on it I will cross that bridge (obviously before I put water in)
     
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    Be careful of the feet punching into the floor. Weld square plate onto the legs to spread the load.
     
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    I cant weld - that is why I used the connect-it blocks. But I see your point. I have put plastic ends onto the tubing. Not sure if this will help.
     
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    Got my tank on Saturday:
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    Put a black background on it, finished off my lighting and moved it into place. I just need to neaten up the wiring and once my fluorite arrives I am good to go.
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    That looks grand, what lights and reflector materials were used? :)
     
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    Thanks Hendre. Its 2 x 54W T5 lights with alanoid reflectors. Will give it a go and if its too much light I can always remove the reflectors.
     
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    That's mad! On a 90cm tank I assume?
    I'm just a low light peasant hehe :p
     
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    Its 120 l x 35 w x 30 h. Wanting to grow dwarf hair grass and make sure it stays short so plenty of light needed. Will have the lights on for 4 hours, then off for 3 then on for another 4. I will adjust accordingly if I find algae is a problem.
     
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    Sounds perfect then, and that's an interesting tank size.
     
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    Yes it is. I wanted about 30 cm of space above the tank to make it easier to work in. I also wanted my breeding tanks on the 2nd shelf to be easily accessible. Once the plants are grown in I will get a few discus to put in there. Not many, only 3 or 4
     
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    Discus sound cool but keeping substrate clean with hairgrass in there sounds like a slight difficulty..
     

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