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Old 04-22-2008, 06:43 AM
 
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check this thing out!






it was a display case from a restraunt i got for free! its inner dimensions are roughly 3.5 tall, 4 feet long, and 1.5 feet deep. you should have seen the look on the boss ladie's face when me and a friend hauled this thing through the front door. im not even sure where to start on this thing. i suppose i should dig up that post by mike(defaced) on his wood and epoxy vivs. some more pics-













sliding front glass doors, ill have to find a way to lock them i suppose. time to play :twisted:
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That is so awesome. Lucky you.
Can't wait to see what you do with this.
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Lots of possiblities.... And many hours spent waterproofing
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Nice score. Those dimensions equal about 157 gallons. Waterproofing it, and then lighting seem to be the biggest concerns. I have always thought about making a tray at the bottom that is about 4 to 5 inches deep to hold the water and substrate, but I never needed to do it.

Keep us updated. Also, nice looking dog. My Rhodesian Ridgeback looks a lot like your dog.
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You should make some kind of acrylic base for that man. At the bottom. A substrate dam is deffinitely in order or you'll be picking it out of those sliding window tracks CONSTANTLY. I'd suggest a 4-6 inch piece of plexi glass in the front, as a substrate dam. you could always do a box all the way inside the tank with plexi, only around 6" tall though, to save on $$. Waterproof the rest would be your best bet.


Or maybe even some kind of brown laminate flooring, liquid nail'sed to the back.




Goodluck!
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Lucky Man..

Gotta Keep an Eye on this project.

Will you set it on the Floor like it is now?
Or will it be up on a Stand?
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You should make some kind of acrylic base for that man. At the bottom. A substrate dam is deffinitely in order or you'll be picking it out of those sliding window tracks CONSTANTLY
great idea nick i will definitely incorporate this into the design. i think i will epoxy the whole thing and build a glass or acrylic "box" for the inside base.




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Will you set it on the Floor like it is now?
Or will it be up on a Stand?
jpstod- i will definatly be building a short stand. 1.5-2 feet tall. otherwise i dont know how i would drain this monster. thanks for the comments everyone i will update this as often as possible although i am anticipating this to be a long term project!
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I'm definitely keeping an eye on this thread, I picked up an old display case 32.5"H x 20.5" D x 64" W internal dimensions, and had the same idea, but wasn't sure where to begin, this will be a big help.
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I'm definitely keeping an eye on this thread, I picked up an old display case 32.5"H x 20.5" D x 64" W internal dimensions, and had the same idea, but wasn't sure where to begin, this will be a big help.
nice- we'll start a display case revolution. people will be hitting up department stores and restraunts all over the world! :lol:
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I'm definitely keeping an eye on this thread, I picked up an old display case 32.5"H x 20.5" D x 64" W internal dimensions, and had the same idea, but wasn't sure where to begin, this will be a big help.
i got the same in the garage ive had for a long time. One of those projects that never got off the ground i look forward to some ideas, maybe this will get me off my @$$ to get this thing going.
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