Tank Cladding - What did you do?

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  1. Nemeziz_za

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm interested to see (yes means you need to post pics) and or hear about what materials you used to clad your tank and hide the lights and the sump. How you designed it and what considerations you built into the design would be interesting too.

    Points I am considering are:

    It must Look great, slick and professional but not detract from the DT so it should be minimalistic.

    Provide easy access
    Humidity
    Water
    Salt

    Are issues I have thought about that need to be dealt with.

    So lets see and hear what you did or what you still planning to do ;)
     
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  3. RiaanP

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    I got no cladding... So no picture needed
     
  4. Nemeziz_za

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    LOL @RiaanP, same applies to Henk.

    I saw he had a post in Dec 2011 about cladding and his tank still ahs no cladding at the last reef meet this year.....
     
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  5. Albert Terego

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    I used black perspex and strip magnets to stick it to the stand.

    Advantages - easy to clean, no need to worry about water damage, easy to remove when needed.

    Disadvantages - not slick and professional but from a distance it looks great.
     
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  6. Hammerhead

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    Cabinet is stained shutter ply, the inside is painted with Aquashield for waterproofing, top is open for gaseous exchange. Doors are dummy the front panel latches onto the sides with overcentre catches positioned to catch the clasp under the lip so u dont see it. The whole cabinet can be dismantled if need be if you need to access sump.

    If u want a mordern look you can go with perspex and magnets, no waterproofing is required and its lighter.

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    I have wooden cabinets on my nano's.

    My display nano is only cladded on front & sides. Entire back is open to prevent humidity buildup. The front panel is my door with hinges for access.
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    My new frag cube has a plywood cabined painted with waterproof paint.
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  8. Francois

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    Wow, that cube is on wheels, if you get tired of your viewing spot just move it to a different location :thumbup:
     
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    Lol, its a long story...
    I had my previous tank in the exact location where i wanted this one, but i didnt have any space in my other tanks for the LS in the old tank, so i had to get this one running / cycled & move all the Livestock over & then be able to move this one into place... Therefore the wheels!
     
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  11. Nemeziz_za

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    @Albert Terego; black perspex and strip magnets are a pretty good idea!!
    @Visser; those wheels are rad man, and good skills there. I like the look of your frag tank, that looks pretty sleek. I see you learning from the Jhb boys with that piece of glass on the side ;p
     
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  12. RiaanP

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    One day,
    Panels still needs to be fitted, my sons just holding them in place for the pic

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    Riaan are those permanently employed to hold your cladding?:whistling:
     
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    How do you intend fitting them @RiaanP?
    @MistaOrange, I heard Ice cream is cheap these days. ;)
     
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    I wouldn't let them hold my cladding they wearing crocs!!!:tt2:
     
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    @RiaanP When you getting your cladding done?
     
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    Nem make it the interior decorators problem, i will fly down to help :)
     
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    @Nemeziz_za I reckon you should only do cladding at the bottom of your tank for now... IMO
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    permanently employed, yeah, have to pay pocket money and they have to do something to deserve that.

    Anyway, the planks need to be cut down by about 7cm. Those are offcuts from another project and I just tested it here. Will get a small rubber foot under the plank and those C-clips at the top to attach them to the stand. Stand is powder coated so I cannot drill it. Those rubber parts that you get on toilet seats seams perfect to be used as feet.

    Will do this soon, when I got time... So far, I will be seeing you Cape Town guys again next week.
     
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    @Nemeziz_za - i'm still looking for someone to actually clad the tank. Do you know of anyone?
     
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