selch Posted June 7, 2005 Share Posted June 7, 2005 I've been planning on building myself a real tank stand for a while now and have finally put together some preliminary drawings. I'd like to hear people's opinions on this design, especially if you can point out major problems with it. The idea, like most stands I guess, is to make room for and put all of my gear in one box. This should also make it possible to swap out for larger tanks, assuming they'll fit on the top surface. (Currently running a 12g and looking to go to the Oceanic 30g cube one of these days.) So here goes: This is the front with the doors and drawers closed. The two largest areas on the front would be doors, while the others are drawers and a panel to hide switches. This image shows the doors, drawers and panels removed. All of my filtering gear (Fluval & Sump/Fuge), chiller/heater combo and skimmer should fit nicely. The right side will hold a custom built top off tank and its pump. The top area that has all the colored boxes would be a recessed area hidden behind a panel that will hinge down. This area would contain my digital thermometer readout, timers, switches to be able to turn off any piece of equipment and either 2 or 4 outlets for those times when you need to plug in your egg beater for some quick aeration. And above that panel would be a pull out breadboard for extra surface area for doing maintenance on the tank. Here's the foot print of the two main areas of the stand. Its pretty obvious where things will go. The dark gray areas are grommets, or holes, from the top surface, to pass various power cords and hoses down below. The red power center boxes are where I envision wiring all my outlets in a unified box(es) that's tied to the front switches and timers. I believe I'll also have room to spare to wire in a UPS for those times when I need to run a powerhead and heater when the power goes out. The entire stand will be on wheels and power will come from a single outlet. So on my hardwood floors, I could conceivably move my tank anywhere by just unplugging one cord. The interior will be built out of melamine (plywood with a plastic surface - like they use in cabinetry) to help with water spillage. The top surface will also be made of a similar material (probably plywood that I'll laminate myself to suit the decor) with a lip on the edges, also to help with water. Oh, and the skimmer will be a AquaC Urchin that will sit in the custom sump/fuge to save space. Each side of the stand will have a 4" computer fan built into it to help with temps and the back of the stand will be either vented, open or a combo of both, maybe with a fan or two as well. I think that's everything. I've already began purchasing supplies and construction is scheduled to begin this fall. Estimated cost: More than I'm willing to tell my wife. Thoughts? Link to comment
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