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ambitionz
08-06-2008, 12:15 PM
i just got my oscars a bigger house a 220 g :D now i just need to build a stand for it, filtration, & lights the stand is going to be built out of 2x6 does anyone knows how i can get a plan to build it? i need it to be able to hold the weight and 2x6 i have alot of that wood :) also what do you put on the part where you sit the tank in the stand?

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dcacjc
08-06-2008, 12:33 PM
You might want to search the DIY section, serveral people have posted thier plans.

xtc
08-06-2008, 12:41 PM
Andrew can draw you plans.

UncleSamsPuppet
08-06-2008, 12:43 PM
Well just throw me under the bus why don't you... J/K

Yeah, let me know the overall dimensions and I'll whip you up a set of plans.

Let me know if there are any design elements you want included (extra door at the end of the stand for getting the wet/dry in and out, planked exterior, etc.).

ambitionz
08-06-2008, 01:33 PM
kool thanks the dimensions are 68x30x24 it has the overflow with 2 holes in the bottom i also want todo the sump filtration on the bottom and a canopy?

UncleSamsPuppet
08-06-2008, 01:36 PM
kool thanks the dimensions are 68x30x24 it has the overflow with 2 holes in the bottom i also want todo the sump filtration on the bottom and a canopy?

Not a problem...

Which side are the holes on - left, right, or middle?

ambitionz
08-06-2008, 01:37 PM
theyre in the left back corner overflow

UncleSamsPuppet
08-06-2008, 01:40 PM
Here's a canopy frame design I came up with (and the one I used on my tank). Should be able to support any lighting you want to put in it.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v463/Andrew_H/Canopy-1.png

Stand frame design...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v463/Andrew_H/fishy/07-12-07%20stand%20pics/BudwickStand-Color2.png

Of course, I'll need to modify them to your dimensions :D.

UncleSamsPuppet
08-06-2008, 01:42 PM
How tall do you want the stand and canopy?

If you don't know, how tall do you want the overall unit to be?

ambitionz
08-06-2008, 01:51 PM
i dont know... how tall can it be? the stand i think 36? i want the tank to be viewable while standing up and while sitting on the couch in the living room :D

UncleSamsPuppet
08-06-2008, 01:59 PM
30" stand is considered "tall" (which is how tall my stand is). 30" generally allows for plenty of room under the tank for equipment. I wouldn't recommend anything lower than 24".

xtc
08-06-2008, 02:01 PM
I'll measure my stand when I get home- but it's about 4 inches short for optimal viewing. I like mine a bit taller personally. The only problem is that almost certainly requires a step stool to get into it to clean and whatnot... Also puts hood lights in your eyes when the water level drops (evaporates a bit)- and that can be an unanticipated hassle- I have found.

radioaktiv
08-06-2008, 02:10 PM
i wouldnt even go 24"
the stand im working on now is 24" and i hate how short it is, so im building an extra box under it (stupid)

ambitionz
08-06-2008, 02:14 PM
i want one like this one but i want to build it out of 2x6 i dont know how tall this one is the tank use to sit on this stand long time ago http://bl128w.blu128.mail.live.com/att/GetAttachment.aspx?tnail=4&messageId=2c6d02ad-7c59-4107-a9aa-bae97d50453c&Aux=40|0|8CAC3F1DB9DE9F0|

xtc
08-06-2008, 02:14 PM
One of the BEST large tanks I've seen was a Front keeper (Can't recall his name for the life of me!)- but he had an apartment and put the tank behind the couch with under access from the two sides- not the front- I bet the base of the stand was 36-40 tall and it looked so cool!!

UncleSamsPuppet
08-06-2008, 02:20 PM
68x30x24

Is that length, width, height?

If the tank is 24" tall, then it wouldn't hurt to have the stand a little taller. If the tank is 30" tall I would consider the overall height as a factor.

The canopy I have designed will be 12" above the tank when complete.

So you're looking at: 30" stand + 30" tank + 12" canopy so roughly 6' to the very top.

spxsk
08-06-2008, 02:24 PM
My 270 (31" high) is on a 42" stand see my tanks in signature below, this is awesome for viewing, but tough to work in. I stand on a bar stool the get in, and if there is water in it and I need to work inside I have to don the scuba mask, or drain it some.

42" high is great I think, especially because I keep Geophagus (Earth Eaters) and they spend a ton of time on the bottom, and the top strata fish are very cool to view from almost standing eye level and from below.

PS I also have small children and this limits the number of greasy hand prints on the glass, and is just above their current throwing height for toys,balls, and dolls. The tank is in a room that is their playroom right now and when they are older will be the pool table room so I hope this is high enough to take a little of the worry about cue backstroke as well.

xtc
08-06-2008, 02:35 PM
Excellent to know, thanks...when will that be?:muahaha:


...The tank in in a room that is their playroom right now and when they are older will be the pool table room...

spxsk
08-06-2008, 02:43 PM
Not for a long time, in the mean time they love the "fishies" and have their favorites in there.

ambitionz
08-06-2008, 03:03 PM
the tank is 24" tall 30" wide i would like a tall stand because its a acrylic tank and i dont want more scratches on it in the future :D

kewlkatdady
08-06-2008, 04:11 PM
IMHO I wouldn't put the plywood on top of the stand...
it doesn't offer any structural advantage and furniture grade plywood isn't cheap...

plus you can view the bottom of the tank to check for cracks on such and you have to cut hole for the plumbing under the tank...

none of which are big deals...its would just bother me.

HTH


Here's a canopy frame design I came up with (and the one I used on my tank). Should be able to support any lighting you want to put in it.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v463/Andrew_H/Canopy-1.png

Stand frame design...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v463/Andrew_H/fishy/07-12-07%20stand%20pics/BudwickStand-Color2.png

Of course, I'll need to modify them to your dimensions :D.