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Old 04-13-2009, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default stand build in "raw industrial" style.

i have made a few stands in what i guess is called "raw industrial" style--construction or design rendered with sturdy, relatively low cost materials and with intentional unfinished appearance.

this one holds up a 65G Tall.



the next shot shows the corner joinery detail. these are galvanized framing connectors. the stand is rock-solid.



i took some new pictures tonight. i include several views to demonstrate specifics of stand build.

here is the whole shebang with tank and green salad on top. all of the tank system components and stand--less the Teklight--were easy to find and pretty economical.



that Echinodorus flower spike is reaching way out into room. the other plants still need to grow in some more. i used Riparium Supply stuff to plant all of the emergent plants. the underwater plants are planted into pool filter sand. they get bi-weekly ferts and Excel every day. the underwater plants do more or less ok like this because the water is mostly shaded by the emergent stuff.

the aquarium is an Aqueon 65G with the top rim popped off. well, it didn't exactly pop off. i wrestled with it for the better part of an afternoon and i was lucky not to slice my hand wide open.

this is view under stand with Filstar, houseplants, electrical and chicken.



...more detail. the only equipment under here is the filter, a powerstrip and timer. the shelf is a simple rectangle--note gap on each end. i used "sanded" plywood for shelf, using primer as sanding sealer, then a layer of paint and finally several coats of oil-based polyurethane. this gave me a nice finish



this shot is from beneath shelf. four of these brackets hold it up.

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Very nice tank and stand. Thanks for sharing.
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That stand is very attractive! Good job.
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better built than any store bought one - and looks real nice to me
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That is a beautiful stand! What kind of wood is that, and what kind of finish did you use?
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I was gonna ask that-the wood looks nicer than 2x4's.

Also- where did you get the nice galvanized connectors?
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Your local building supply should have those brackets.
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i think that the wood western red cedar. this is used for building decks, so you should be able to find something comparable. it is important to used the fully kiln-dired material, not the still green stuff.
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I am not a fan of an open stand, but I like these. Good job
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yeah, I like a door to hide stuff, but this could be easily modified and retain the same cool look.
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