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Old 10/30/2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Rob's 300 Gallon Deep Dimensions!

After 10 years with my 175 Gallon Oceanic Bowfront, I think its time for a upgrade.

Here's my current tank, I have accumulated so much and feel it does not have that open space my fish need to swim around and it looks so crammed. My wife wanted to redo our floors and I took the opportune time and say "hey lets upgrade the tank as well." Since I was going to break it down any way, We might as well... I did a long hard research the last couple of weeks, getting quotes from different Vendors and builders. And I finally decided to go with the Marineland 300 Gallon DD. I received quotes from 3 other custom builders and I could not justify the cost difference since my tank is going to be enclosed inside a niche and only front Starphire glass will be exposed anyway. I will just use the extra cash, to either by 3 more Kessil A360's or go Solar and get Solatubes.

So I am here to pay homage to my 175..
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Old 10/30/2013, 04:41 PM   #2
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I have ordered the Tank from my local LFS JoJo's Aquarium will arrive on the 15th of November.

Sump was ordered today from Advance Acrylics from Southern Cali, 48x24x20 100 Gallons, hope it gets here at the same time..

In the mean time, I will need some suggestions on how to prepare for the switch, I have not moved this tank in 10 years, I am thinking about buying a Rubbermaid 300G. Stock tank to house my livestock while we redo the floors and get my space all prepped up.


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Old 10/30/2013, 04:54 PM   #3
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While I wait, I decided to build my own stand. Never done anything like this, but I was up for the challenge. I was browsing the DIY threads the other night and found a DIY custom stand thread that gave me the basics. One of my clients is a lumber dealer and gave me a slamming deal on the wood, total cost was $30!!
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Finished off the Top and Bottom frames, 2x4 on the bottom and 2x6 on top
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drilled some bore holes for some heavy duty 4 inch bolts
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Don't have a work table, so I was cutting wood off the ground
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Used 4x4 for the 2 front corners and one in the back center for added strength
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Almost Done
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Old 10/30/2013, 04:57 PM   #4
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Finished!! not bad for a rookie.

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Just ordered my doors, from a local cabinet maker, and it should be here in 7-10 days. Any suggestions on Skinning, also should I add a 1 inch plywood on top?



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Old 10/30/2013, 06:43 PM   #5
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Old 10/30/2013, 08:31 PM   #6
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I don't know how the 300dd is supported but on my 250dd it has a center brace that I think should be supported. I hope that your plumbing clears the 4x4's on the rear corners. I am not trying to beat you up the stand looks great I would just like to know others concerns if they seen them. I would put the plywood on top to help level everything out. Looks good and your making great progress.


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Old 10/30/2013, 10:01 PM   #7
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Thanks for your concern, the 4x4"s are in the 2 front corners and one in the middle in the rear. I have 2x6 and 2 2x4 in the rear corners. It should hold the 2 tons . Should I go with 1/2 or 1 inch plywood for the top?


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Old 10/30/2013, 10:10 PM   #8
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Nice job Robert!

Marine Paint for sure.

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Old 10/30/2013, 10:31 PM   #9
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I used 3/4 on mine and it is very stout.


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Old 10/30/2013, 11:47 PM   #10
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Old 10/31/2013, 05:25 AM   #11
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Not bad for an amateur. I built my stand for my new build from the same DIY forum. Excellent job.


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Old 10/31/2013, 09:06 AM   #12
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Thanks for your concern, the 4x4"s are in the 2 front corners and one in the middle in the rear. I have 2x6 and 2 2x4 in the rear corners. It should hold the 2 tons . Should I go with 1/2 or 1 inch plywood for the top?
3/4" or 1" will be fine.


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Old 10/31/2013, 09:17 AM   #13
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Sharing a few pix of my DIY stand.

Close up of corner.


Legs.


Complete.


Getting ready for primer.


Done.


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BTW, the top rail is 2x8.


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Old 10/31/2013, 09:28 AM   #15
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Wow, the stand looked really cheap and weak at first with the 2X4's but as I read and saw the pics I have changed my mind.
I have a 215 gallon tank with a stand that is very strong but this one looks even stronger


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Old 10/31/2013, 09:29 AM   #16
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I hope you keep adding pictures of your progress.


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Old 10/31/2013, 10:12 AM   #17
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Nice progress, sweet bikes too!


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Old 10/31/2013, 12:15 PM   #18
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Very very nice tank and congratulations on the upgrade

Im interested in seeing how the 3 kessyl 360w would lit that 300g DD


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Old 10/31/2013, 02:15 PM   #19
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Nice progress, sweet bikes too!
Here you go...little bit of bike porn

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Old 10/31/2013, 02:22 PM   #20
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Well I made some progress today, Bought 3/4" Sandply Hardwood, and 1/2" Sandply Harwood for the wrap.

Just put the top on
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Wrapped the sides
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Now the Front
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Finished with the wrap
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Now I need ideas for the trim and molding. I want more of a modern look.


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Old 10/31/2013, 02:39 PM   #21
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Looking good!


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Old 10/31/2013, 03:05 PM   #22
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Are you going to put a bottom on the stand? What size sump? Put doors on the side of the stand for additional access.

One other thing, not to sound condescending, but I have seen many hobbyist make this critical mistake...

Can you get the stand in its final resting place? Some assume if the tank can fit the stand must as well. To their surprise, the stand does not fit, especially a custom stand.


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Old 10/31/2013, 03:29 PM   #23
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I did a lot of planning, there is a 72" L tank where the new tank is going, so fitting the stand won't be a problem. Also it will be an open bottom. I am trying to find a 72L 3 inch drain pan to put in there. Can't seem to find it. Might make a custom one with acrylic.


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Old 11/01/2013, 10:24 AM   #24
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Just double-check that the rear corner posts provide enough clearance for the overflow plumbing (in their more recent tanks the holes are closer to the end of the tank than in prior year's models). I see you removed the 4x4's already, but bulkhead clearance is a mistake that I always seem to make.


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Oh I like bike porn Looks like my size too LOL

Following along on you build now too


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