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The Hillbilly Homebrew Hour

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Well, maybe I lied just a little. This is certainly going to take more than an hour, it may best be described as a series. Welcome to this weeks episode.

To set things up, I have been without a tank for almost twenty years. College, raising three children, a couple of residence changes, and a change in career helped keep me busy. But in the last two years, I have acquired and set up two tanks. One, a 29g at home. And two, a 55g in my office. Both are/were planted. The 55 still stands in my office, but I put the 29 up for adoption. That brings us to the real subject of this thread.

You see Martha(who has some strange affinity for me) agreed, in what she certainly looks back on as a temporary lapse of sanity, to allow a larger tank in the house. "You can have it if it will fit right there", she said. I dwelled on the possibilities for a few days, and decided that "Ol Monday" and I could transform our allotted space into 125g of pure paradise.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to Ol Monday.

We used to have an intimate relationship, but not so much anymore. I divorced her for a pencil shortly after college. We still have a friendly relationship, and she agrees to help with demolition and a small amount of construction.

In what I thought was an impressive strategical move, I begin while Martha was away at a baby shower. I'll have this roughed out and she will be able to better understand the big scheme of things much better when she returns. Well, we had a few delays during this phase, my pencil boy biceps not being the least.

I get the paneling down.

And I put Ol Monday to work on this barrier between us and the glory of 125g of pure paradise. Martha walks in to find this.

And with a notable quiver in her voice exclaims, "Oh my God, what have you done to my house?"
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Ay! Nice!

It took me high and low, it went fast and slow. Nice, nice, nice.

And something akin to a 6" H beam seemed to be mentioned too!

Thank you! Looking forward for more!

I do not want to dilute your wonderful thread, except I must say this is one of the most entertaining threads (and I'll bet anyone -- ANYONE -- trims it will be the best) in the history of planted aquaria. Thank you!
6" I wall tank install? support for removal of load bearing wall?
Very perceptive my dear Watson! Sorry I didn't get to ya earlier, one of the mods needed a fix. Welcome.

I do not want to dilute
As long as you don't water down the liquor, you are welcome. Come on in, have a seat. I'll even pour you one. And by all means, keep those cards and letters coming.
When I first saw this thread I passed it by thinking it concerned DIY CO2. Then I saw a post on the APC Spy and decided to come visit. This is a great project and a very entertaining read. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes.
When I first saw this thread I passed it by
And I ad lib from Forrest Gump:

Titles are like a box of chocolates.

I hope you enjoy.
Great thread! I had to subscribe. You've got guts. With my wife, I would have been killed on Tuseday right after I set Ol' Monday down ;)
I would have been killed
I feel your pain.

And Welcome.
I hope that 6" I-Beam is already there and that you don't have to try to install it. I have an I-Beam that runs the length of my basement ceiling for structural integrity. I specified it in the construction of my house so I know what you are talking about.
This Thread is a pisser! (can I say that??) Man, you know how to treat your women, well done! Absolute gold!! Definitely along for the ride :)
And Welcome.
Thanks! I've been here a while. I have just never posted. Niko pointed to the thread on another forum that I frequent, but it was your handiwork that brought me out of hiding.

I'm still trying to figure out where I can build an inwall setup. Keep it up! I need some good ideas for my "dying days" :slywink:
...I'm still trying to figure out where I can build an inwall setup...
Have you closely inspected ALL the walls in your living room?

You know at least one of them (if not more) are begging to contain a fish tank...

I hope that you don't have to try to install it.
Nah, that's what the guys in mechanical are for.

I'm glad you stopped in.

Definitely along for the ride
And what a long strange trip it will be.

Cost???? Now that you've come this far with the ripping out of your wall(s), this is almost a non-issue! :)
It may cost him the better part of his manhood if he doesn't get that wall patched soon...

He may need to pick up a nice pickling jar on your next trip to the hardware store.
Good Luck !!!
Thanks, I am certainly going to need it.
intothe new,
for your amusement, here's another guy who had too much fun with his tank rebuild.
too much fun
No such thing.

There is no bad food, only bad cooks.

Thank you for the link. Design and mechanical are holed up in a motel 550 miles from the project, they actually have to pay for the privilege of gracing Martha. Production is a little slow at the moment, but theory can always be discussed. I assure you that the entire "Team" will review the thread.
here's another guy
Beyond admiring the incredible candor, the seriousness of intention, and the lack of inhibition that is displayed in that thread I have one selfish statement to make.


Thanks JERP, I needed that.
Updates..... I'm going nuts without updates....

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