I have been threatening to do it, and now I finally have. We have a friend who works in a fish store. We were there the other day looking at fish and explaining to him that we were looking for a 125 gallon tank. The one they had at the store was $409.99. We were looking for a used one, because we couldn’t justify spending that much. Well later that night he calls us. It seems he got into a contest with his manager that he could sell the tank in 20 mins if he dropped the price. His manager agreed to the bet and dropped the price over 50%. 20 mins later the tank was in our car and we were heading home. Walked out paying just over $200 with tax.
This tank measures 72 X 18 X 21 tall.
Next stop is the lumberyard!!!
Then it’s on to building the deck that will hold the tank. This tank can potentially weigh in over 1500 pounds so I wanted it to be solid. Plus since it’s a built in I will never be moving it. If we ever decide to sell our home, I just remove the tank and drop a piece of granite on it and the new home owners have one heck of a sturdy buffet unit.
Here you can see the meat of it. I doubled up the 2X6’s where the tank will sit. The back 2X6 is to attach it to the wall and give space for any plumbing that may come later. The tank will sit out from the wall about 6+ inches to allow for anything I may need to hide back there.
Here you see some of the blocking in place. I took care that they lined up where my post will go when I install it.
This thing is as big as our couch!!!
This is where our angelfish will soon call home.
I was able to slid it into place without tearing up the walls to badly. My son slid the post under it as I held it up. I then made sure everything was level and then screwed it into each studs on the back on the sides.
As you can see the post are all in place. I can fit a 4ft tank into that center opening to use as a sump if I choose to.
That’s it for now, it’s been a busy day. We should have the tank up tomorrow and water in it. The next installment may not have a lot of woodworking in it, since it will be about setting up the tank, but in order for this to be a full account of the build, that part needs to be included also.
Please fell free to leave any ideas or comments. That’s why I do these blogs. I’ve missed doing them. Glad to be back.
Thanks for reading.
-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks