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Old 12/29/2007, 10:39 AM
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inwall tank owners

I'm putting a tank in-wall and I see alot of pic's of the tanks from the front but no back side pic's. I need some ideas on how to brace the tank.
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Old 12/29/2007, 10:58 AM
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Its not clear to me what your question is...Are you looking for pictures of the stands (and how they are braced) for in-wall tanks...?
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Old 12/29/2007, 02:42 PM
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you can just build a 2x4 ot 4x4 frame for the tank to sit on. Brace it as much as you want, but more then 2x4 on the corners and 2x4 in the center is overkill on a 180. Since you won't see the stand not need to skin it, but if you are not going to secure it to the studs (which i highly recommend) then you will want to skin it with something just to help firm up the stand. If you don't want to skin it i wouldn't do anything less then 4x4 framing. how big of a room behind it are you putting the tank in? have you thought about ventilation for the room?? It is going to get humid in the room with a large tank.

i think more info is required.
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Old 12/29/2007, 05:03 PM
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it's my 210 fowlr tank, it's in my basement right now I plan on putting in wall. I have a room I'm truning into a bathroom and not useing all the room for the bathroom so I thought I might put the tank in the wall(as I hate the stand that it sit's on now). Thats what I might do is de skin my stand and use it, I just didn't know how most ppl do it.
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Old 12/29/2007, 06:08 PM
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I have a 180 inwall, the only problem I had was only access from the back made alot of things hard like moving rock and things like that...You may want to think about some sort of access from the front for feeding and such...I will try to get some pics of mine...
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Old 12/29/2007, 06:21 PM
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Here ya go, please keep in mind I'm still painting and such...Oh, and working on the light rack too...

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Old 01/01/2008, 12:16 AM
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Here's how I've done mine. I'm not much of a carpenter/craftsman. Basically I own some tools, so hopefully someone who knows better can chime in with any mistakes I've made. That being said, tank seems pretty sturdy.

A look from the right side. You can see the bottom of the tank (black part) sitting on Owens Corning styrofoam insulation material, then the stand. The top portion of the stand is basically a rectangle, with the front edge sitting on the original studs for the wall (more on that later):




Right side of the stand (left side is the same):



Close up of the front of the right side. The green 2x4 is from the original framing for the wall, as is the 2x4 to the right.



Another look of the front right side, from under the stand:



The top left corner of the stand.



A similar view, zoomed out a little. So, the studs that the wires are running through are from the framing for the room. The wall is a non-load bearing wall, so I chopped those studs down to height. The 2x4 running the length of the tank is the front of the rectangle that I previously mentioned.



And for frame of reference, the tank from the front:





Hope this helps.

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Old 01/01/2008, 01:49 AM
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Here are a few pictures on my in-wall 220. Also a link to the build thread that started me down this path. My stand is built more or less just like Tasher's.

Tashier's

[url]http://thereeftank.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85076&page=2[url]

The stand:


The beginning of the tank front.



The finished product with doors that open on the bottom and a swing up lid on top.

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Old 01/01/2008, 02:22 AM
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Her is some pics of mine. I built a stand and then framed the wall and screwed them together. I got my basic stand directions from and old site www.garf.org from there how to pages. if you wana see more of my pics click my red house and you can look at my thread.







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Old 01/01/2008, 10:05 AM
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here is my 50g inwall.
Here is the backside taken a few months ago after I installed my OM squirt.



an pic of my old sump

I just re-did the whole sump/fuge configuration. I am adding a prop tank too.
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Old 01/01/2008, 12:03 PM
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Check out my website under the "construction" section, tons of pictures.
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Old 01/01/2008, 05:30 PM
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I have a bunch of pics in my thread.
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Old 01/01/2008, 08:10 PM
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Since the earlier post, some additional work has been done to the stand. The original sump was taken down and a remote sump installed. The supports were reconfigured and a floor installed. Some finish trim still remains to be completed. Pond liner was placed under the frame and will be wrapped up on the sides and finished with trim and calk. The purpose of the pond liner is to insure that no water comes in contact with the bottom of the frame.





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Old 01/02/2008, 04:12 AM
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Originally posted by treny
it's my 210 fowlr tank, it's in my basement right now I plan on putting in wall. I have a room I'm truning into a bathroom and not useing all the room for the bathroom so I thought I might put the tank in the wall(as I hate the stand that it sit's on now). Thats what I might do is de skin my stand and use it, I just didn't know how most ppl do it.
I would not de skin the original tank stand if its store bought most of the stands you buy are designed so that the ply wood skin supports the weight not the frame inside of it. Building a new stand is a better Idea. With my 25 0 I built a stand similar to everyone else’s but I added a plywood top to help disperse the weight more evenly. Sorry no pics my camera is shot.
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Old 01/02/2008, 08:11 AM
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Thanx Kingsland! Now my wife wants this too!
Quote:
Mine is currently trimmed like a picture hanging on the wall:
(old pic)
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Old 01/02/2008, 03:02 PM
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I see a tank on here that I know.... hey Deb! Man, that is looking great! I really like the idea of a "remote" sump... maybe someday I will get brave and have you come over and help me with doing that...did youy just recently paint the stand... I don't remember if it was painted when I came over or not...

On a side note... all SPS frags are doing great! I can't believe how fast they are growing.
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Old 01/02/2008, 03:11 PM
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Here is the backside of my 180 inwall, nothing really too fancy but it works great for me... I have half of the back storage/maintenence room dedicated to my tank...

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Old 01/02/2008, 11:22 PM
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Hey Jenni. I love the remote sump. It is way too easy to clean, adjust, and everything else you need to do. Just let me know when you're ready. Yes, I finally painted it after I decided what to do with the extra space. I neglected to mention that the stand is assembled with screws and construction adhesive.

Thanks Matt. It has been a lot of work, but worth every bit of it.

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Old 01/03/2008, 12:17 AM
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Deb... did the paint affect the tank at all?
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Old 01/03/2008, 12:21 AM
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No effects from either the primer or the paint.
 

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