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    Nick Shades' 21.7 gallon Aqua Japan

    And so begins a new chapter.

    Should take me about a month to complete.

    Petco Imagitarium powder coated metal stand designed for a 40 gallon. I liked its price, and that a 20 long will fit easily underneath it for a sump. It looks like it will be very easy to skin.
    New pics 4/7/19:

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    More to come later.

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    Last edited by Nick Shades; 04-29-2019 at 03:51 PM.

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    Reserved!

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    Ahhh… the feeling of a new project can't be beat, especially when it has to do with planted tanks

    My OCD is kicking in and must tell you to center that stand so it's directly below your picture frame!! LOL!

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    Yeah. The location is not a final one. I had bigger plans to incorporate the picture into its idea. I might still do it. Depending on whether or not I can drill this tank. We shall see.

    And this tank will be a reef. The other tank, if they drill fine, will be a planted.
    Last edited by Nick Shades; 03-04-2019 at 03:23 PM.

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    Awesome! Can't wait to see it!
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    NICE!

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    Can’t wait to see! I’ve been wanting to start a reef tank but it looks overwhelming. Following for your setup!

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    So, my wife managed to convince me to clean out the garage this weekend, and i didn't get to do as much on this tank as i intended, but in the procedlss, i found my diamond glass cutting bits, and this morning, i cut the two holes for this bad boy.

    I had some bulkheads on hand, but i was just a little leary about using them, as the gaskets are now over 4 years old.

    These, i bought from petworld for about 18 bucks for both of them. (yeesh!) but at least I got it out of the way, and did not have to wait another week for them to cut in.

    Updated pics in the OP, but here is the garage, now.


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    Man! I thought i had more base rock!

    Spent about $50 today on some just to get some ideas. Going to order from online to get the rest, along with a better drill bit.

    The following pic is just sort of an "idea" of what i am working with. I've never done a return or an overflow quite like this, so it is new, but it should work pretty well.

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    I have a bunch of white/gray lace rock left over from my Malawi tank. You are welcome to whatever you want, Nick.
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by geektom View Post
    I have a bunch of white/gray lace rock left over from my Malawi tank. You are welcome to whatever you want, Nick.
    Would be awesome, but i need that super porous aragonite!

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    I might actually text you later, now that I think about it, Tom.

    I will be in riverside picking up some base rock from a connect that kole hooked me up with, and it could do quite well on tue very bottoms.

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    I will be home tonight after 6, so let me know!
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    ****! I texted you earlier. Did your number change recently? I am back in redlands.

    After getting a connect in riverside from Kole and a guy on the Socal Frag pack, I managed to get a ridiculously good deal on live rock for a BUCK 25 A POUND.

    This guy is the sickest deal in the WORLD. And his choice of rock is the best outside tonga. I have NEVER seen so many huge and in tact pieces. It blew my mind.

    Yesterday, I spent 50 bucks on 10 pounds of "decent" pieces.

    I spent 25 bucks just now on 20 pounds of a+ amazing pieces.

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    The middle piece clocked in at over 13 pounds.

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    Update on the woodwork for the skin of this stand.



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    More update on the woodwork for the skin of the stand. Front panel is almost done. I am totally excited about how i got this to look, and how I plan to interface it with the sides.

    It is still alot of work before I can get it wet, but I am really looking forward to the next couple of weeks/days in completing this.

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    Looks good

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    Coming together! I think i might get a slightly darker wax so that i can actually see contrast against my floor

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    Hahah! My paneling attempt actually lines up! My dove tails going into the frame are just a scoche long, though, and I need to trim them.

    Too late to use powertools right now, so they will have to wait until tomorrow.

    I had an audition tonight that I bailed on, and I DEGAF. This was fun to actually see come to fruition.

    I am going to finish the tails to match perectly, weigh down the tops so they are flush, and then add a little bit of a slightly darker stain to the raised ends after sanding.

    MAYBE i will get this wet by next week.

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