Well… we finally got it done. The old aquarium stand is gone, and the new stand, freshly painted, has taken its place. As you might guess, this took a little doing. I’ll walk you through the process in this post.
Really!? Is painting geeky or salty? Not exactly. But this post is a follow-up to Do It Yourself: Aquarium Stand, in which I built an aquarium stand with a lot of help from my father. At the end of that post, I described painting it. Turns out, you don’t really want to take furniture painting advice from a home improvement warehouse. So, I’ll be describing how to fix a piece of expensive, home-built furniture, after it’s been painted wrong.
Last weekend we finally decided to add some new corals to the aquarium. I had stalled because I didn’t want to add new live stuff until we had moved the aquarium to the new aquarium stand. Yes, the aquarium stand I “finished” on January 2nd is still not being used – more on that in a future post though. But, since coral is fairly safe out of the water for short periods of time we decided it was as good a time as any to add some more color to the aquarium.
I mentioned last post that my father and I built a new aquarium stand. We built it over the last two weeks in December, 2009. I’m really pleased with the result, so I want to share how we did it.
I definitely got the “bigger is better” bug a month or two back. No, I haven’t bought a new 800 gallon aquarium (yet). This post is going to discuss the kinds of options I was thinking about, why I dismissed most of them, and what I really intend to do.
First, however, why would bigger be better? There are a few specific advantages to larger scale:
- The bigger the aquarium, the more impressive looking it is
- The larger the volume of water, the more stable the environment. For example, the temperature of the water will take longer to change with a larger volume
- A larger volume of water can support a larger “bio load”. This means, you can keep more fish, corals, and other invertebrates in a larger aquarium Read More