150g Saltwater fish tank

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Project by bbandu posted 03-05-2014 10:04 PM 5529 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok so about 3 years ago I decided to upgrade my Saltwater tank from a 90g to 150g tank. So I began the adventure of building a stand and canopy for my new tank.

Well since I live in Califorina and we have lots of earthquakes here I decided to go with a metal frame for the stand.
I used 1 1/2 square steel tubing for the frame.
The materal

Welding it up

Frame welded and gusset plates installed

Stand primed ready for exterior coating for rust prevention

Well now that I had the stand frame complete it was time to get to the real heart of the project the woodworking side.
I decided to use 3/4” Birch plywood for the poplar for the stand. All trim was made from the poplar so it all matched after staining.
Stand framed with trim

Door frames (used the same 3/4 Birch plywood for the inserts) this allowed about 1/2” of the insert panal to stick out the back of the door. I did this because I wanted the door to hold its own weight, all doors are attached with magnets for east removal.

The canopy was also built with removable doors as well as a toy box lid for easy access to the inside of the tank. The lights that I was going to install required the use of ballast. Ballast in aquarium lights tend to get hot and I did not want this heat inside the enclosed canopy. I created a built in box inside the canopy to house the ballast but still allow the aquarium to be completly against the wall.

Doors complete, stand and canopy complete

Final product stained with mahagony stain.

And this is why I built it.

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 01:04 AM

Beautiful, both the stand and tank. You running metal halide lights, or are these day people using LEDs?

-- --Bob

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#2 posted 03-06-2014 01:22 AM

We’ll a lot of people still use T5 fluorescent or Metal halides, LEDs have come onto the market pretty hard in the last 4 or 5 years. I am currently running (3) 120w led fixtures over the top of my 150g tank.

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#3 posted 03-06-2014 01:31 AM

Nice tank and stand. Well done!

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#4 posted 03-06-2014 01:32 AM

Love the stand and tank! That blonde naso looks fat and happy! (Well really all those fish do! =D) An aquarium stand is one of my next projects also, but I am only upgrading from a 20 tall to a 40 breeder with bean animal overflow….I need to make the LED upgrade too, its too darn expensive changing the bulbs on the t5s…

But anyway, great work again!

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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#5 posted 03-06-2014 01:38 AM

Holy moly! .... quite a project!

You could put ten 150 gal tanks on that metal frame! nice welding job, way beyond my skill set.

You have a lot more fish than I do. You went with live rock too.

My fish food supplier and tank builder wouldn’t let me have Live rock. I felt like he wasn’t giving me enough credit to keep it up but, I have nice fake coral and it’s easy to clean so maybe he was thinking low maintenance and less money. But I sure like the way yours came out.

I built my own stand too. You can see it if you like. It’s called the four year project.

Glad you joined LJ! Look forward to seeing more of your work.

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#6 posted 03-06-2014 01:51 AM

Beautiful Tank & Stand My Friend! Be Proud Of That One!!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 03-06-2014 02:08 AM

BPatterson – Upgrading from a 20g to a 40g will make a big difference, you will have tons of real estate compared to the 20g. I am not sure but if you search for a local reef club you might be able to find a good used set of LEDs.

Reedwood – Yea I know that I could put awhole lot more weight on that stand, but it serves two purposes. Extra security in case of earthquakes and piece of mind for the wife.

Yes that video is of my tank, and because it’s a reef tank I had to go with live rock. If I went any bigger then the 150g I would probably go with artificial corals and rock myself.

I was very impressed with you stand, do you have some more detailed pics of how you built the stand, would love to see them if you do.

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 02:10 AM

Thanks Rick I am proud of it and enjoy seeing it everyday.

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#9 posted 03-06-2014 06:48 AM

Wow, great work!

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#10 posted 03-06-2014 12:47 PM

Great looking stand and tank

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#11 posted 03-06-2014 07:27 PM

That ain’t going anywhere.

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#12 posted 03-07-2014 12:29 AM

In a worst case scenario, the base can do double duty as a bomb shelter. LOL A great looking project.

-- Art

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#13 posted 03-12-2014 03:31 PM

Wow! Awesome work on the steel frame and the wood work is just gorgeous. Like the canopy and finish.

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