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    Stand design

    If you have a tank on a stand (not 'in-wall'), the stand will need to be placed away from the wall in order to allow room for the behind-the-tank plumbing. Two questions:

    1) Do people do anything to hide the plumbing from view (e.g. extending the stand trim back beyond the edge of the stand)?

    2) How do you ensure you have access to the plumbing for repairs, etc.?

    Any pics of existing stands showing relevent designs would be appreciated.
    Nick

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    Lucky for me, my tank is in an area where it is sheilded by a wall on either side so all that you can see from the front view is part of the top off container that sicks out past the edge of the tank. I do have access to it all though.

    I would post some picks but I am not at home right now.

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    I have come across a couple of old threads which discuss this question:

    http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...hreadid=338930

    http://nguyen.smugmug.com/gallery/29804/1/1035355

    The general approach seems to involve building the stand a bit too big and then adding a removable panel behind the tank.
    Nick

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    I solved that problem by building an enclosed stand. I have my tank shifted 6" forward so the plumbing runs down behind the tank within the enclosure.

    I have my sump shifted back so any drips from the plumbing (or from the freaked out Wrasse -- sigh) will land in the sump.

    Here are some photos from when I was building my stand.
    The tall oval openings have covers and are for accessing the plumbing once the tank is in the way.

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    Very nice Cres. Wish I had better carpentry skills Were the side sections of your tank made from a single pice of wood?
    Nick

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    Yes. This was made from a couple sheets of 4x8x3/4" Maple veneer plywood.

    The sides are one piece each. The back is one solid piece (no holes whatsoever). The shelves are supported along the tank perimiters. I have the bottom built with a 3" drop from the doors and sealed. The paint isn't water proof (exterior grade, but, not water proof) and I sealed the bottom and sides to be "mostly water proof". It should hold water (in the event of a sump breakage or pipe burst) for a while. Hopefully long enough for me to get the vacuum running. ;-)
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    The stands I have built in the past have all had rear overhangs. Solid not removeable on some, hinged on other (budget issues). If you can allow about 5-6" and you'll be fine.
    Jason

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