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Planted Tank Upgrade! Pic Heavy!

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Hey Guys! 

Sorry I haven't been on in such a long time! But I just wanted to show you guys what I've been up to!

I bought a 55 gal at a Pet Supplies Plus dollar per gallon sale (wow!) and finally got my hands on one of those, along with a hood and a light about a year ago, and it sat...and sat...and sat...in our spare room for quite some time, until I got my fiance to get started on the stand he said he was going to build this spring!  

 

So for the stand, he took 2 4x4"s and cut them to 20" for the legs (because with the height of the stand plus the tank, anything much above that and I'd have to get a step stool to work in it, and I didn't want to do that...), and took around 6 2x4's (I don't remember how many exactly, sorry) for the sides, supports, and sides of the bottom.  Then he took a 1/2" sheet of ply board for the top and the bottom as well.  All put together, and it looked something like this:

 

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And then we took the tank off of it and stained it, and it came out like this:

 

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Eventually we got back to putting the tank back on the stand (we also have a yoga mat under the tank too, to help try to level it out), and got back to the important stuff ;)

 

Like adding plant substrate...

 

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 Then sand and water...

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And finally!  Plants!

 

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After about a month, we added these two cuties, along with a bubble wand and some rocks :)

 

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Enjoy :)

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Looks great!!!!! 

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He did a wonderful job on the stand.

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Fantastic! I love your fish and that little grassy plant is gorgeous, how do the fish like it?

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:thumbup2:

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Thanks guys!  He did put a lot of work into the stand, I helped some, but I still didn't do nearly as much as what he did, but shop class was his thing ;) And I think they like it, I don't think they knew what to do when they were first let into it though.  They just kind of hung around the bottom and hid next to the plants for a while until we started feeding them lol.  Now they swim wherever though.  Thankfully they don't pick too much at the plants - just a little at the dwarf hair grass and the big bushy plant in the corner - but that thing has grown to the top already, so I think it'll be fine lol.  

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Love this!! And amazing job on your tank stand. :D

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The whole setup looks awesome from top to bottom.

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Awesome stand and your tank set up is very nice :)

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