I told myself a little over a year ago, when I upgraded from my 30g Hexagon to my 40g Breeder, that I wasn't going to upgrade again for at lest 5 years. Well, Facebook Marketplace is a real SOB! I saw this new Marineland 60 Gallon tall tank on there and my mind started clicking. I kicked him an offer, picked it up, and explained to the wife later. lol. Anyway, aside from the Marineland Tank, everything is DIY.
Got the tank home. This sump is actually a custom sump I made 11 years ago for my first ever tank. Excited to use it again.
Got my Eclipse M and Drilled my first hole ever! Little nerve wrecking, but not bad at all.
Needed a stand big enough to handle the tank, sump, and plumbing all in one. I used 3/4" Pine plywood, and solid pine for the face and framing. Turned out great.
Wanted the back blacked out so I grabbed a can of flat black and started spraying!
Dry fitting everything and running plumbing.
Switched everything over to the new tank. It was getting late so my main goal was to just get everything in the water for the night and worry about the rest of the mess in the morning. had to find a way to use my light rack for my 40g breeder.
Started to build the cupboards. Mad shaker style with the tools that I had. Using a Kreg jig and pocket screws. Used a router for my inside panels.
Got the doors painted and installed! Next is the new lighting rack...
For the lighting rack I used 3/4" and 1" aluminum with self tapping screws.
Next post will be the rest!