In wall tank finished

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well i ditched the marine idea and thread i started there.
i decided to use the tank as a grow out tank so will do a quick build thread here.


first i built the stand, fitted the top then sealed it with stain, i also used PVA the stick the add a wooden floor underlay which will act like the polystyrene most people use for any imperfections between tank and base, its also a water barrier but its not realy for that.

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i then painted the tank black on 3 sides and i gave each panel 4 coats

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i then added the framework needed to hold the doors for access to the tank in the area i had made.
i also added small batons to hold the light fixtures and drilled a whole through the wall into the cupboard under the stairs as i had a socket added in there for the tank electrics.

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i then test fitted the tank and stand again to check clearences for the doors.
the white on the stand is filler

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i bought the wood needed to make the doors and cut them to size.
i had to drill the doors to accept the hinges, i used hinged that had adjustment to get decent shut lines once the doors are fitted
i then test fitted the doors and fitted the lights

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i then primed and painted the doors on both sides, the paint is the same paint used on my walls.
i primed and sanded with a brush but painted the top coat with a roller as i used this on the walls and wanted the same finish.

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the filler strips needed cutting and test fitting, we then painted them and stuck them to the framework with no nails

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i then added sand and a few fish were added yesterday.
i will be using an FX5 filter which was half filled with new media and half filled with media from one of my other FX5's.
i only need to add a peice of skirting to the bottom of the stand and will do that this weekend when i am off again.

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