125 Gal Tank

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Project by becikeja posted 12-28-2012 11:39 PM 2841 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have 2 main hobbies, woodworking and fish (Aquariums and fishing). When it came time to build a stand for my fishtank, I knew I had to go over the top. I built this a few years ago, but have never shared the pics here on Lumberjocks, not sure why. Its better late than never. Hopefully it will inspire some fellow aquarium lovers out there.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#1 posted 12-29-2012 01:03 AM

very nice! I too love fish and fishing. how did you glue up the curved pieces? God bless.

-- Brian M. Sharpe -

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 01:15 AM

What a great job. One of the best I have seen on here evey. Looks solid to boot! The top is cool,, the port hole is cool but I’m on the fence being you loose the side view. Thx for sharing!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 01:32 AM

very cool! looks like the inside a pirates ship!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#4 posted 12-29-2012 01:33 AM

Unique design.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 12-29-2012 01:56 AM

Great aquarium stand! Love the curved lids and the portholes.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 12-29-2012 02:10 AM

Outstanding! This is the nicest aquarium stand/hood I’ve ever seen. You certainly achieved your goal—it is unquestionably over the top, in the very best sense of the phrase.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 12-29-2012 02:15 AM

Awesome job, what kind of fish do you have in there. I really like the treasure chest look.

I am about 1/2 way done with my 125. Aquariums are my second hobby also. When I get frustrated in the shop, I just come in and watch my tanks. Works every time.

Thanks for sharing such a great project with us.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 12-29-2012 02:20 AM

Count me in as another aquarium hobbyist. Count me in as another LJ that is very impressed by this project.

-- jay,

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#9 posted 12-29-2012 04:08 AM

very very cool! I am in the process of building a stand for a front opening bearded dragon terrarium. The hood has to hold 3 hanging heat/vita lites. I really like your top! Great work.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#10 posted 12-29-2012 10:44 AM

Very beautiful work. Great design.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 12-29-2012 03:05 PM

Thanks for all the great comments. It was fun to build.

The curved lid was actually not that hard to glue up. I created a convex jig by cutting (4) 2×12’s to the radius I needed. I then cut a 5 degree bevel on the oak strips and laid them across the jig as seen in the picture above, gluing each side liberally. Once all laid out I took the Concave left over piece that was cut away and placed it on top with some heavy weights and then applied clamping pressure from the sides.

I had South American cichlids in it, a couple of Blue Gene Jack Dempsey’s, a Chocolate Cichlid, an Oscar and some silver dollars. Unbelievably they all got a long great.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#12 posted 12-29-2012 06:14 PM

Most Awesome job! The cabinet compliments the tank very well.

-- Bob

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#13 posted 12-29-2012 07:32 PM

Excuse the comment, but with the top open, it looks like a coffin, but You did a great job and I like the portholes on the side. I’m now in the process of building a through-the-wall 100 gal aquarium, using pretty much the same construction you have used. Did you have to reinforce the floor any?

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#14 posted 12-30-2012 03:46 AM

I did reinforce the floor with a couple of 2×4’s under the floor joists. My tank set over a crawl space so it was not a big deal. I also made sure the tank was perpendicular to the joists. That was probably overkill but when full of water, the stand, the tank, rocks, pumps etc… it was probably pushing 1,200 to 1,500 lbs.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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