View Full Version : Noob chronicals, it's a atart

10-02-2014, 05:43 PM
Well here you have it the very beginning...
I picked up our custom made steel frame, we painted it matte black with a rust inhibiting paint, it does have adjustable legs/bolts but I decided to try it without them in hopes of distributing the weight across the floor joists instead of point loading on two.

There is a small hole in the floor behind my tv which i dropped some layout string down, checked in the basement to where the nearest joist was and placed the stand so it spans 4 joists. They are layed out 16" on center and it being 48" wide lays it out perfectly over the joists.

Next figured out how deep the rear external overflow is, adjusted stand far enough away from the wall to accommodate with a little extra room, and walla! Its sitting in place. Next was to level the stand, took very little, one side raised appox 1/8", done. Next shimmed every 16" to be sure to transfer load to joists.

I really contemplated how i wanted to do the sump area, what i decided to do was to cut a piece of the foam board to fit inside of the frame and silicone it in, my hopes are that if we have a minor leak or small spill this will be my first indicator as it holds in this potential water tight pan...hopefully!

My sump will set in here as well as all my other equipment, probably grab pics of that tonight when i set it in.
A though I have had is should i attach a piece of plywood to the back to mount powerbars, controllers, etc to, thinking this might be a good idea, but if I fill it with plywood it will inhibit things like drain and return lines. I guess I need to get my head around how this will all come together first.

Well thats enough jabbering for now, will post more pics and questions as we SLOWLY progress.


10-02-2014, 06:22 PM
Looks good, i also used 1/4"styrofoam under my tank.
Having a metal stand you could take advantage of magnet to mount power bars or just cover sides with plywood to attach them to.
you need air circulation in the sump area. What are you planning to do
for the front of the stand? cover it? if so you could also use magnets on a cover

10-02-2014, 06:26 PM
The intention is to build a wood surround later on, maybe get the wife to make a cloth one for now attach with magnets

10-03-2014, 05:29 AM
Starting from a good solid foundation like a pro :-)

10-03-2014, 02:42 PM
Thanks kien....
Here is a picture with the sump in place, and skimmer sitting in its compartment.


10-06-2014, 02:04 AM
Got one of my buddies to help move the tank into position, I really hope I dont ever have to move it again. Wife cleaned all the tape and residue off of the outside of the sump


10-06-2014, 06:04 AM
Great work so far, looks good!

10-06-2014, 06:16 AM
way to go on the right track for a nice build.:thumb:

10-06-2014, 11:40 AM
Can't wait to see what it is going to look like when you fill the tank and put lights and rocks in it

10-06-2014, 01:07 PM
Putting the wife to work on the tank, like a BOSS. :-)

10-06-2014, 01:10 PM
Also, a couple of things:

1. What's "atart" in your thread title ?
2. Have you considered having your build thread moved to the Tank Journal forums ? Tank build threads/journals generally go there :-)

10-06-2014, 01:33 PM
Looking good... won't be long and it will have water & be cycling!

10-06-2014, 01:36 PM
Also, a couple of things:

1. What's "atart" in your thread title ?

2. Have you considered having your build thread moved to the Tank Journal forums ? Tank build threads/journals generally go there :-)

Well the atart was supposed to read start but my fingure don't work so well on these little keyboards, and I cant find either eedit function to fix it

As for the tank journal, I agree, I will probably move/start a new thread over there, this kinda started as a noob asking questions and giving updates as i go along.

As for the comment on getting the wife in on it, ya her idea, we do everything together, I didn't have to ask she just did it. This reeally isn't my build it is our build.

As for equipment, we do have one light an LED evotech gen2 will try to find a second used one once we get started, we now need a pump, heater, plumbing and rock to get this thing rolling.