R3verb's new 60 gal Cube!

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    R3verb Time to add some coral!

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    Sorry to hear about the death of some of your 90 gal tank inhabitants, but this sounds like an excellent project! I'm really looking forward to seeing some photos :thumbsup:
     
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    R3verb Time to add some coral!

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    Whoop whoop! How long do you have to wait for it to be delivered?
     
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    R3verb Time to add some coral!

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    Tank build update! I picked up the tank last Thursday!!! IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!! Marineland 60 gallon cube. Specs said it was 24"x24"x24" but it turns out it's actually 24"x23 13/16"X23 13/16". I know this SEEMS like splitting hairs but man am I glad I didn't start building the tank stand before I measured the tank for myself! Here's a few pictures of the tank:
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    And my first dogfish (this is the look of a very mad dogfish)!
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    Woodworking project began tonight as well. Here's a few pictures of the store-bought entertainment center that I am trying to match the style of and then the beginnings of what will be the stand:

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    I want to make sure to capture these little details. If you look, they intentionally cut gaps into each seam. These are those little details that will make what I'm making look like it matches what I already have. Matching the glass (or getting new glass for all 3 doors) and matching the hardware (or replacing all of the hardware) will also really help with this.
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    The cabinet part of stand. This is all made out of a single piece of 3/4" Alder plywood. Plywood is super strong so it should have no trouble at all holding the tank up. The front of the casing will all be made out of solid Alder hardwood but I didn't get any of that cut up tonight.

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    It's all just held together with clamps in these pictures but I'll use a couple of Festool dominos to get a really tight fit and a super sturdy base. Notice how the top sits on top of all 3 walls instead of inside of them and the bottom sits inside of the outer walls. This means the weight of the tank will sit on a single piece of wood, a very even surface, and then the weight is distributed to the walls of the case and straight down to the floor. This should give me a SUPER strong structure. There will be some bracing on the inside of the stand as well to avoid any bowing of the top piece.

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    More pictures to come! Hopefully tomorrow I can get the hardwood cut to size and maybe get the case glued up!
     
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    I get the impression you're a bit excited! :D

    All looks excellent, I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses. Oh and I love the dogfish! :LOL: Cute little fella, what's their name?
     
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    R3verb Time to add some coral!

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    OK! Tank Update! So the stand is ALMOST done. The case is completely built, now I just need to sand and stain it and I should have it siting in my living room within a WEEK! Pictures to come :-D
     
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    Excellent, that's exciting news! :D Looking forward to seeing some photos :thumbsup:
     
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    R3verb Time to add some coral!

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    Ok, I know it's been a really long time but I've been working on the tank and not on the updates so I apologize for that. Here's the progress since we last left off:

    Here's some of the up close detailed shots of the face frame and how it matches the rest of the furniture in my living room:
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    Next, the stand got stained, finished and put in the house!
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    And then finally glass and hardware were added:
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    And last but not least, the tank on top sitting on some neoprene rubber:
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    Next, it was time to build out the DREAM sump so I ordered a TON of stuff from BRS and it all came in one day. It was like fishtank Christmas 2 weeks after Christmas lol:
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    So after getting all of that stuff, I made a sump stand and an upright for all of the things I needed to attach to it (this is post getting painted white and while the red is drying):
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    And then getting the plumbing all figured out. This tank is up in my living room but I have it plumbed down to my cellar under my house. It's great because the ceiling is way too low for it to ever be a usable room but perfect for storage and fish stuff! In total, there's about 30' of pipe between the sump and the tank but only about 8' of head pressure so it worked out really nicely (plus my wife is happy because no more buckets in the living room!) The other thing that you don't see if here is that I installed a dedicated 20amp breaker that is only for the fish tank. This is a luxury but a great one if you can do it. The other 2 yellow wires go to a gang box under the tank so that I can still control my lights and powerheads with my APEX without having to buy a new power bar (think of it like making your own extension cords.):
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    And then finally, after having to be a carpenter, a plumber, an electrician and a painter, I got to put water into the system!!!:
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    And here's a few pictures of the "finished" product (I say finished because there is still a lot to do but now it's all fish tank stuff instead of woodworking, plumbing etc.)
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    Sorry for not taking you guys along on the ride a little more. Hope to keep updating this thread as things get a little more fishy!
     
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    That is looking awesome! I love the nice job you've done with the cabinet, it looks ace.

    On a random note, I couldn't help but notice Pandemic in your board game collection - I love that game! :D
     
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    I love cubes.. Great job on the DIY
     
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    R3verb Time to add some coral!

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    Quick update! I know these are few and far between but here it is!

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    There's some algae issues right now but that's going away quickly. Next up, the latest from the basement!

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    It's actually a little more done than in this picture but I'll get there when I get a new shot. Lastly, the APEX is set up! super happy about that. Hopefully the dKH will come up a little more and then it's time for coral!!

    casey
     
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