|Project by DaveTPilot||posted 09-28-2013 12:16 PM||4456 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
A 275 gallon IBC tote repurposed as an outdoor fish tank for my aquaponics system.
The cover serves a few functions.
1. Reduces light to help curb algae growth
2. Keeps leaves and other debris out of tank
3. Most important: Keeps kids out to the tank! Murray Hallam of Practical Aquaponics says, in his Australian accent, “Kids and water is a dangerous mix. Kids, water and fish is diabolical.” (I just thought that was really funny.)
The cover is made from the same solid, (not laminate), hickory hardwood flooring that I used to build this project…oops I was going to reference another project but I apparently neglected to post it on LJ. I’ll add the photo here from my webpage. I will post that project here on LJ when I can access the pictures on my currently broken computer.
The “pickets” of the Tank Cover are all solid hickory. Anyone who has ever worked with hickory knows how hard and heavy it is! I didn’t have any pieces long enough for the “rails” so I used some red oak I had in the shop.
The finish: Two coats of boiled linseed oil for protection and to darken the wood a little. Followed by two coats of spar urethane for ultimate rain and UV protection.
Thanks for looking!
-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com