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The155BowFrontBuild

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by TheRealChrisBrown, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    The 155/180 bow front has long been my dream tank. Recently a 155 popped up here on the forum, and it met my price criteria....free. Thank you @68RUSTANG! And big thanks to @68RUSTANG @SynDen, @Gabe&Brandi, @kchristensen8064, @Dr.DiSilicate for helping me move it on either end. My thoughts are to replace my 150 tall with the 155 bow front, but use the existing sump (located 1 floor below display, in my basement)...so more of a tank swap with construction of a new stand for the bow front.

    Pics of tank at Tony's house on his back porch:
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    Once I got the tank to Loveland I began work on cleaning it up. I decided I wanted to remove the corner overflows and install a Reef Synergy overflow. I also wanted to add 2 holes for the return lines so I didn't have anything running up and over the back wall like I currently do on my 150 tall.

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    Since I was removing the overflows, that would likely mean a complete reseal as well since the overflows were in place with the original factory seal. When I removed them there was a gap in the silicone where the overflows used to reside. So I painstakingly removed all of the silicone, and prepped the area well. I went with the black colored Momentive RTV-103. I used blue painters tape to make straight lines and went to town sealing it up. Turns out I applied too much silicone and/or didn't remove enough of it...when I pulled the blue painters tape it left a lip of silicone that was about 1/8th of an inch! I let it fully cure to see if it would lay down, but it didn't. After a week of staring at it, I decided to re-do it. So, again I painstakingly removed all the silicone and started over! What a PITA.
     
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  2. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    The bow front stands can be tricky to build because of the angles, makes it a little more complex than a rectangular stand. I found plans on one of the national forums...but they didn't include the angles of the cuts on the front of the stand. So after a little trial and error I figured out 15 degrees seemed to work well. I went with all 2x6 construction, except for 2 supporting 2x4's that I added at the junction of the angled pieces. There are 10 2x6's that will carry the weight of the tank (~2000 pounds), which should hold way more than the full tank (12,000 lbs)...should be a safety factor of 6x. Then I cut some 3/4 inch plywood to the exact tank dimension and added it to to the top, my thought being to disperse that weight as evenly as possible.
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    I glued a lot of the connections and spots where 2x6's were laminated together. And used 3in screws on everything except the 3/4in top....I used 2in. screws there.

    I'm going to "skin" the stand in something, my wife and I can not seem to agree on much...but I'm thinking something that involves maple/hickory/walnut with slate stacked stone on the corners....
     
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  3. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looking forward to seeing this build as it progresses. Looking awesome so far!
     
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  4. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I think I would have used 3/4” ply and cut 1/2 through it so it could be bent. Yours is much stringer though.

    Hard to agree with the wife on stuff for sure. We are cutting out kitchen and picking finished with two artists is hard... I’ll let you know now that “I work at a university and you just teach high school” isn’t a great way to make a point. Just trust me. Lol


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  5. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looking good cant wait to see t I is filled with water.

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  6. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

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  7. Legonch

    Legonch Emerald Reef Supply M.A.S.C Club Member Featured Sponsor

    looks great!!!
     
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  8. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Looks good keep the updates coming!


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  9. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I can't tell you how many times I chuckled to myself this week as I was scraping silicone out of the bow front.....laughing because I've told countless people (including you) things like "it's not a hard job","piece of mind" and things like that. As my back is all jacked up tonight from working all hunched over I can confirm that those were ALL LIES! lol
     
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  10. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Couple days here, after the silicone cures we'll see if it at least holds water.....lol
     
  11. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Haha agreed but I'm glad you said it at least the piece of mind part is true

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  12. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    That’s one hell of a risk! Fingered crossed for ya!
     
  13. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Concerned because it's a bow?
     
  14. Legonch

    Legonch Emerald Reef Supply M.A.S.C Club Member Featured Sponsor

    I think when I did my 180 I let that cure for two weeks. I wanted to make sure that stuff was hard


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  15. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Just the reseal scares me!
     
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  16. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Where did you find your silicone? I have had a hard time finding the RTV in black.
     
  17. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    You really freaked me out because I read somewhere on the internets that one should never reseal a bow front...but then I found other threads that said it was entirely possible. I'm going to fill it about 1/3 of the way for a week....then another 1/3 for a week...then full for a week or 10 days.

    I'm going to drill it first though...nothing worse than waiting a month to make sure it hold water, then cracking the glass while drilling it!
     
  18. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Off of the Amazon. Was $16 ea.
     
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  19. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Found it! Thanks. How many did you go through for just one of your reseals? Lol
     
  20. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Ya man if it was me I’d spend the $ for new a peice of mind is priceless! Don’t want to derail you cause anything is possible I truly beleave w proper execution you will be fine. Allow for proper cure of seams and drill when you can lay the glass flat on a surface amd all will be fine.
     
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