Tank stand - Wood / Steel or what?

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  1. Matt

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    I'm in the process of planning new tank (50cube) with sump below. Will have RBTA and sticks ;)

    Now the question:

    The tank stand, should I make it out of wood? My dad can make me one out of stainless steel/whatever but wood might look nicer?

    what are your opinions?
     
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    Make the frame out of Metal and then clad it in wood. Best of both worlds.
     
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    wood is nice and easy to work with but then so is steel..either way they both need to be coated: wood = varnish and steel (assuming it is mild steel) = red oxide/ enamel or just simply galvanise.. galvanising is R8.60 pkg so could add considerably to the price.

    for a small tank such as that id personally go wood.. simpler IMO
     
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    Wood may be affected by damp and destabilise the tank (or worse crack it) as long as the steel frame is adequately protected from the salt water, it will stay put. Not only that but of similar strength, steel gives you more room underneath.
     
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    Nice ;)

    Secondly, if its a 50cm cube (125L tank), how big should the sump be??
     
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    3rdly its going to be full of twigs and a RBTA (once its matured).

    Should I go 250W MH or would 150W suffice?
     
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    The sump is there to hide your kit and add to your volume which helps to stabilise the water perams, so as big as you can fit in, inside the sump frame.
     
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    as big as possible taking into consideration the equipment you may want to purchase to assist in running the tank in the future...
     
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    If only 50cm high 150w will be fine.

    Sump as big as you can fit. I am a believer that sump should be bigger than tank, but that is not possible for most people.
     
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    Thanks guys! Would sump be cube shaped or does that not matter?

    Im a big fan of keep it simple stupid, so only planning on having a TS1, large DSB for filtration, and return.
     
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    A cube would fit rather well, and the K.I.S.S rules always works for me:)
     
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