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How much space above aquarium?

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Projects' started by ryewalk84, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. ryewalk84

    ryewalk84 Amphipod

    For starters, my excitement got the best of me. I am purchased a tank to replace my current 125, polished it all up and made it like new. About to build the stand for it and realizing that the space that I will have above the tank will be 12 inches. the tank has a 72x24 footprint and is 36 inches tall. I’m not planning on building a hood for it and the opening are a decent size.

    Should I move forward or cut my losses, sell it and find something else? The height is already going to be a pain for aquascaping but with the space between tank and ceiling I’m not sure if it’s going to be manageable.
     
  2. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    What type of lights do you plan on running. What type of corals or scape.
    Lots of factors to consider. My tank is 36 inch deep and lighting is proving to be difficult.

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  3. ryewalk84

    ryewalk84 Amphipod

    I made my lighting. It’s LED. My worry is will I be able to function in the tank. Get to things, clean etc with such a little space at the top. My plan was to hang the lights on a track that would move them out of that.
     
  4. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    I would suggest a good set of grabbers. Could you build a new stand to reduce how tall tank sits.

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  5. ryewalk84

    ryewalk84 Amphipod

    I have grabbers that work pretty well. What kind of lighting are you using that you’re having trouble with?
     
  6. ryewalk84

    ryewalk84 Amphipod

    I’m building the stand so can make it any height but any lower and all filtration would have to be housed separately. So that’s doable but floor space is already tight.
     
  7. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    I run metal halide. Problem is the penetration to the bottom. I like sps from sand to top.

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  8. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    12 inch clearance to access the tank from above sounds pretty tight to me. Might work, but could be tricky.
     
  9. flagg37

    flagg37 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    So 3’ tall tank plus 1’ above. Is your stand really 4’ tall or are your ceilings lower than 8’?
     
  10. ryewalk84

    ryewalk84 Amphipod

    Stand will be 35 inches tall. Ceiling height I think is 85 or 86
     
  11. flagg37

    flagg37 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Man, that is short. That’s got to be a basement. Are the ceilings finished? You can get a little more space if you run the drywall around the joists kind of like a coffered ceiling. That is going to be a lot of work for only a little more room and it will look awkward if not done thoughtfully.
     
  12. ryewalk84

    ryewalk84 Amphipod

    It was built in 1903
     
  13. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    You said you are building the stand. In that case of just make the stand shorter. Maybe make it 28-30 inches tall and give yourself a bit more room

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  14. ryewalk84

    ryewalk84 Amphipod

    My skimmer height is 25”. Plus the size of a 2x4 and plywood puts me at a height of 29”. Will need another 2” minimum to get the skimmer head off the body so now I’m at 31”. I’m thinking I’m going to try and lower the stand to 24 and build the sump outside of the stand. If I can’t make that work I’ll have to scrap this tank and look for a different one.
     
  15. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Could you place the skimmer in between the 2x4 slats. Or do you have a separate utility room close that you could turn into a fish room. I personally love that my sump is not under the tank.

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  16. ryewalk84

    ryewalk84 Amphipod

    I thought about getting it between 2x4s but there just isn’t enough room. I would love to have a separate room but I don’t think that would fly....
     
  17. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    If you just do it it's hard to go back lol. Better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission. Brahaha

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  18. halmus

    halmus Sardine Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Secretary

    Is there room to build the stand wider than the tank? A few feet on either side to make it look like a piece of furniture? You could get a little extra head space for the skimmer and possibly access from top down with some flip up lids?
     
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  19. ryewalk84

    ryewalk84 Amphipod

    You’re brilliant! I have been running all sorts of scenerios/designs in my head and never thought of doing that! Back to the drawing board! Not sure if I have the room but will defiantly try to make that work.
     
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  20. halmus

    halmus Sardine Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Secretary

    Here’s a video if you’re looking for ideas.

     

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