It all began with a blue idea!

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  1. Mrabkin

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    The heart was yearning after a diving experience to Sodwana...

    Not only that, but a trip to Shaka Marine world made me think of many happy childhood days cleaning a monster 3m x 900 x 900 marine setup with Dad..

    I decided to do it! I was going to build my very own setup, definately not to big, and certainly nothing that will tax my wits and abilities. Something simple... LIKE HELL! It seems that nothing I ever do lands up simple, always complex, always tricky, always challenging...

    So after my big idea I decided to wonder through the havens of the local second hand shop- A fetish of mine, I will admit, that always inspires me for good ideas. This one was not to be expected...

    It was Blue...
    It was UGLY...
    but it was R200!!

    I had to do it, and I did!

    What follows is my real-time story, my blog of my NEW MARINE TANK!!
     
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  3. chikaboo

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    This wouldn't happen to be one of thoe lattice pools with a wire fence round it would it....
     
  4. PeterL

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    :biggrin: When you say that and I read the initail post, I got that mental image too :whistling:
     
  5. Mrabkin

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    The stand... Blue, I Know!

    So this is the blue cabinet...

    The idea was to paint it with a medium gloss enamel (Black- to hide the faults), add some stainless steel and go for a modern, almost retro tank image..

    This is the cabinet as puchased "new" from the 2nd hand store!
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    So i bought the paint, sandpaper, turps etc and began to sand the layers and layers of paint down to a smooth paintable surface.

    BUT THEN.....

    a bit too much sanding and i saw the truth... antique... rhodesian teak (i think)... and o so beautiful!!

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    3 litres of paint tripper, 2l varnish, 2 days of very painful arms, and voilla!!!

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    I'll say it again... two hundred rands.... and about same in consumables... I just :)


    So now for the glass..... Watch this space!!!
     
  6. PeterL

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    We aren't allowed to swear on this forum because we like to keep it clean, but HOLY S**T!! That is a transformation of note, brilliant work man!!:thumbup:

    That sure will make for an awesome cabinet - I am not sure what you would do with the slider but as for the rest of it, very nice looking...
     
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    Great work there mate.... Awesome "treasure" you found lurking under all that blue....
     
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    WOW WOW WOW!!! Amazing job and great buy, needs a true visionary to turn a blue lump to a masterpiece!
     
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    Looks like Oregon Pine, well done on bringing the wood to life again
     
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    Nice work, it looks a thousand times better than the blue monstrosity that it was, and it will look even better once you get a glass box to go on top of it. :)

    Welcome to the forum.
     
  11. Boegie

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    Welcome and great start.
     
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    fantastic looking cabnet
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    NOTHING but a black siliconed tank will do that stand justice !!!
     
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    I am unable to guess the height of the cabinet but if it's low enough the tank can go ontop and the sump inside, the slider then gives access to the sump.
     
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    wow! awesome job on the cabinet:thumbup: will look nice with a big tank on top of it:)
    welcome to MASA!!
     
  16. Mrabkin

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    So there is a fairly large (900 x 420 x 600) glass box to decorate it with... abd yes, a sump below it... have 6 cuts on the fingers, glass box built!!

    Will upload my pics in the am... and by pm will hav done a water test (wish me luck)!
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    if you built it now then i would wait a min of 1 day per mm of silicone between the glass joins before filling with water
     
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    Well, the next steps have proceeded (nearly) according to plan!

    Have an issue with a small chip on the base which presented itself only once the tank was full!! Murphy's law!!

    Going to have to install some bottom bracing just to be sure.. also have added extra sructural support to the cabinet and ordered a sheet of marine grade ply to ensure good base support..
    [​IMG]

    Here it is!! My new, non-leaking tank!!

    Close up below of top braces:[​IMG]

    Have also completed my sump, so now to get hold of some sand and good base rock. Any ideas for inexpensive options?
     
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    Ah I see you waste no time in beginning:thumbup:! For sand you can buy reggies play sand, it's cheap,it's the right size but it'ss dirty so clean untill the water runs clear over it. Allot of our sponsors sell base rock you can give them a call,or you can make your own just have a look at the DIY forum.
     
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    looking good! how much is reggies play sand?
     
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    It is about R35 or so per 20Kg bag.
     
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