Finished my second aquarium


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After multi-decade hiatus from the hobby, I recently returned. It started with a 75-gallon aquarium and a 20-gallon quarantine tank. Someone heard through the grapevine that I was looking for an aquarium and gave me a 110-gallon tank. The only problem was that there was no stand included. Well, me being me, I said I’ll take it. I started looking for stands only to find that they are costly and hard to find in my area. Shipping costs were seriously ridiculous! I could buy a 125-gallon combo from PetSmart for the price of a stand for the 110. Feeling Somewhat discouraged, I thought that I would just let the tank sit unused until I could mentally justify buying a stand. My wife, who is less patient than I, said you could buy one or build one, but get that thing out of the garage. I said that I can’t build one. She said look it up on youtube, there are videos for everything. it turns out that there are several videos on this very subject! First off, let me say that I am no carpenter! I am a pilot and an electrical engineer. I have successfully built a couple of kit planes but never a piece of furniture. More importantly, nothing that holds over 1000 lbs of glass, rock, water, and fish! I was fearful that this could end up a massive mess on the floor if I screw it up!

Well, I am happy to say that everything is still standing proudly and without issue. I spent just over $100 to build a stand and hood. If I were to make another one, I could improve upon it, but I am delighted with the outcome overall. I have this tank in my media room, which is in my basement. The beauty of this is that I was able to run a drain line from my canister filter to my sump. The drain line allows me to drain water from my aquarium by turning a valve. No buckets, no mess! My media room also has a wet bar, so I ran water directly to my aquarium from the sink water supply lines. I can send temperature adjusted water directly to the aquarium. We have a whole home water system, so the water is aquarium safe. I also have 2 smart power strips which allow me to control them through siri or Alexa. I can say Alexa, feed fish and everything turns off. Then a timer turns on my surface skimmer after 10 minutes and everything else after 30 minutes. I can voice command each individual item on or off which is sort of cool. There are timers set as backups in case I forget to turn something back on. For those that are interested, my build list and a few pictures are below:

110 Gallon Aquarium
Home Built Stand and Hood
Fluval 48-60 Plant LED 3.0 lighting
Fluval FX4 Canister
Aquaclear 110 HOB. (new in box came with aquarium)
Eheim Skim 350 surface skimmer
IceCap 3K Gyre Pump
Hygger HG-921 800w heater
Eheim air pump 400
2 AHRise smart power strips/surge suppressors



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