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Old 12-06-2006, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking for ideas for my 10g tank. I have one made up but makes the top look a little too bulky. Once its finished I will post pics.
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Here's another thread with the same topic that might help.

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...nclosures.html

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Here is the link for the one I built.

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...nopy-done.html

I also made one for my 29G tank that I will be finishing this weekend.

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Here is the stand and canopy I built for my 100 Gal 15 Years ago, The stand was built 6" deeper than the tank and a support stand for the canopy was attached to the stand behind the tank, also providing space for the plumbing to the sump.

These are the only pics I have found of this setup. I know I have more but I don't know where they are, This pic was taken while moving the tank. Notice the dolly under the tank and the water level in the tank, I wouldn't recommend this method of moving but with 4 guys it worked.



This is the canopy open. it has 6 48" T-12 bulbs staggered for coverage and an early moon light, a 3 Watt clear bulb for a night light. the canopy is made out of Oak and Oak plywood for the top, it hinges up for tank access. the reflector is white epoxy paint.



I wish I still had this set up, I sold it for $500.00 about 8 years ago.
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bpimm, that canopy and stand are excellent! I like the sleaker lines and the quality of workmanship is obviously high. You sold it!? I suppose you must have had a good reason, but what a loss. I hope the buyer appreciated what he got.
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nice hood bpimm, I'll be putting in an order shortly.
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Beautiful cabinet and hood, both! Did you have any corrosion problems with the hinges?
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Here is the hood I made: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ight=hoppy%27s
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That is one fine piece of Hood Hoppy.
Bpimm, great set up also, I wish I was good with woodwork, I am just good with Metal and I don't like the metal frames very will, not homey enough for my taste.
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bpimm, that canopy and stand are excellent! I like the sleaker lines and the quality of workmanship is obviously high. You sold it!? I suppose you must have had a good reason, but what a loss. I hope the buyer appreciated what he got.
Thanks, I really liked it to but I got out of the hobby for a while and it took up a lot of space. Wish I had it back now.

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nice hood bpimm, I'll be putting in an order shortly.
Maybe when I retire I'll have time to make it for you.

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Beautiful cabinet and hood, both! Did you have any corrosion problems with the hinges?
Thanks Hoppy, no corrosion problems at all, the front three sides were rabbited to sit over the tank and the back of the reflector sat on the tank top and formed a crude seal. the back where the hinges are was open to room air.

Thanks for all the nice comments
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