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  1. Whats a biscuit? Like the plastic things in Ikea furniture? I should have screwed the frame, and then pinned all the trim. Was my first real woodworking project. I will definitely update the thread when I take the thing down.
  2. There are no screws anywhere in the stand. I just used whats often called a "pinner" , its a small nail gun used for finish carpentry. I had to use quite a bit of nails, as they are pretty small.
  3. I like the idea of putting the piece on the bottom. I would have to redo the trim, but that is not impossible. I never really thought of that, with the sump inside! That seems like my best option to hold things together, without having to completely start over.
  4. I did add this at the time of construction, but it could still rack the other direction I guess. Its only 1/2" plywood, and goes 2/3 the way up. I think the corners separating is more attributed to the weight. Weird thought, but I have insanely high flow in this display, all of which is directed toward the front wall of the tank. Could this pressure of water moving in this direction cause the stand to lean outwards?
  5. Thanks a bunch! I originally didn't do that across the back because I wanted more air to cool the sump section, but given it lying against the wall I guess thats probably not necessary.
  6. Thanks for all the responses sorry for the delay I was out of town all weekend. I may be interested in this option depending on what something like this would cost. I am having a hard time parting with the one though because I am into it about $500 and weeks worth of labor. Plus, I built the whole light fixture from scratch, and its made of the same materials and stained to match. The frame is made of poplar, and I recognize the racking issue as this thing is 38" tall. all the corners are covered with maple trim, as well as the bottom and the top. The top has a large piece of maple used as a crown to hide the base of the tank. The sump is a perfect fit inside the thing, meaning I had to slide it over the sump when I set it up. The doors are just attached with hinges and have glass inserts, so they do nothing structurally. I attached a picture from when I built it below. I live in Seattle. Yes, the tank is completely level, its rimless so that was a must! And thank you, I just hope I can keep it. Glad this thread is getting some attention, all the experienced opinions are appreciated!
  7. Thanks everyone for responses! Just trying to prevent every reefers worst nightmare! :/
  8. Possibly but I am leaning more toward just the overall weight. This is kind of what I am thinking, although I am not familiar with the term sheer. I used a pinner, so small nails. I then used glue as well for the corners, but mostly nails. I guess I am mostly worried about the long term stability of the stand, and whether or not I need to look toward building a new one, possibly with a steel frame. I will probably do some of this when I take it down, and put some pressure on the joints and see if they hold well before setting it back up completely.
  9. Thanks for asking, I just posted this today. Not exactly a good update but would love some input! I will add more photos and maybe some coral photos soon, growing nicely!
  10. Try to ignore the fact that I didn't take the first picture completely straight up and down, and I know the canopy leans inward toward the wall. I did that to help with the room turning blue.
  11. I built this stand for my 55 cube, and 40 ish cube sump. The frame is made of poplar and I beefed it up with maple trim all around. The tank has been operational for about 10 months, and sadly I have to take it down in 2 months, for a big move to Denver. I want to bring the whole setup with, as I have poured and ton of time and money into it. Although, I have noticed that the stand seems to be leaning away from the wall just a little, and the trim pieces as the base are slightly pulling away form the poplar, about 1/16"-1/8". The base of the stand is 1/2" inch away from the wall, and the base of the display is 1" away from the wall. I want to know how much of this could be attributed to the weight of the tank settling, versus some structural instability. Either way I am quite confident it wont be a problem until the move, but am nervous about setting it back up. I attached pictures below, and if anyone could give some expert advise it would be appreciated.
  12. I used to have a large cespitularia. They are very sensitive to touch, my clown fish about killed it numerous times. They also don't like too much light or flow. Most sensitive softy I've ever owned. Sent from my VS986 using Tapatalk
  13. Would take one of each if I lived closer too, great looking frags glws Sent from my VS986 using Tapatalk