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  • Need some help with canopy....

    Hey guys well i am almost done with my new stand for my new 275 gallon tank (60"x44"x24")

    anyway i need to build a canopy, and it will be about 12-18 inches high still not eactly sure yet, need to take more accurate measures...

    i need to know what to build the fram out of?

    either 2x2s or 2x4s?

    it will have 4 reef optic IIIs pendants and 4 36" VHOS in is....

    what do you think? i have till tomorrow to decide!

    thanks guys!

    Nick
    275 Gallon Envision Acrylics Tank, 70 gallon sump, BK 300 internal, Zeovit, 5 sequence darts (1 on a oceansmotions 4-way), medusa dual controller, 2 ebo jaer 250w heaters, 1/2 hp JBJ comercial chiller, 4 RO IIIs w/14k hamilitons, 4 VHOs super actinic, deltec pf500 Ca Rx, 3 reef ceramic pillar, and 1 reef ceramic mini-reef, 5 ceramic closed loop intake screen covers, with 50ish pounds of LR

  • #2
    What are you going to skin it with? 3/4" ply? if so, 2x2's would be more than sufficient. I would glue them as well as screw/nail. Also glue the skin onto the frame. Gorilla glue would work nicely. Just my $.02.

    CAReefer
    265 gallon SPS tank. Bubble King 300 Internal, MRC CR-6 Calc Reactor. 3 400 watt 20k Helios. 90 gallon Frag tank plumbed into main display.

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    • #3
      If it were me, i'd use 2x4's, just because. I agree about gluing as well. I glue all the wood together. It's stronger than nails.

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      • #4
        i am actually going to go with 1x4s or 1x6s to use to frame the 2x2s or 2x4s, to match my stand then throw some molding on it to match the stand...

        i just hate that the 2x4s take up so much room..... because the 2" part has to sit on the tank...

        ALSO there will be no top on this.... i will use either 2x2s or 2x4s to mount the lights with.,...

        what do you guys think?

        i will use glue and screws for the frame..... then nail and glue the 1x4s grade A pine to it... or 1x6s.....

        what do you guys think now?

        thanks!

        Nick
        275 Gallon Envision Acrylics Tank, 70 gallon sump, BK 300 internal, Zeovit, 5 sequence darts (1 on a oceansmotions 4-way), medusa dual controller, 2 ebo jaer 250w heaters, 1/2 hp JBJ comercial chiller, 4 RO IIIs w/14k hamilitons, 4 VHOs super actinic, deltec pf500 Ca Rx, 3 reef ceramic pillar, and 1 reef ceramic mini-reef, 5 ceramic closed loop intake screen covers, with 50ish pounds of LR

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        • #5
          I built a smaller canopy out of a material Home Depot had. It is something like a PVC. The material I used is 5/8"x1-1/2". I found it in with all the trim molding. They have different sizes as well. Nice stuff as it should not rot or have any problems w/ water contact. IMO I don't think you need alot of strength from the frame as if you use plywood this will give alot of strength. I've seen some of the stands the tank manufacturers using less of a frame. I don't know if they have a larger size or not. Maybe you could double this stuff up to get 1-1/2"x1-1/2". Then glue and screw as previously mentioned. Just a thought .
          Take Care,
          Chad

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          • #6
            Thanks, but i think i would feel safer, with atleast 2x2s...

            right now i have my canopy built with 2x4s and its REALLY sturdy, but i wonder if 2x2s would work?

            thanks!

            Nick
            275 Gallon Envision Acrylics Tank, 70 gallon sump, BK 300 internal, Zeovit, 5 sequence darts (1 on a oceansmotions 4-way), medusa dual controller, 2 ebo jaer 250w heaters, 1/2 hp JBJ comercial chiller, 4 RO IIIs w/14k hamilitons, 4 VHOs super actinic, deltec pf500 Ca Rx, 3 reef ceramic pillar, and 1 reef ceramic mini-reef, 5 ceramic closed loop intake screen covers, with 50ish pounds of LR

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            • #7
              2x2's would work. I was thinking you were asking about a stand when I first responded. 2x2's will work fine.

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              • #8
                Oh heck no, i built me stand out of 2x6s and 2x4s.... haha.

                Madison so you think 2x2s will hold 4 pendants and 4 Vhos?

                it will be an open top and i will run 2x2s across to support the lighting....

                what do you think?

                thanks!

                Nick
                275 Gallon Envision Acrylics Tank, 70 gallon sump, BK 300 internal, Zeovit, 5 sequence darts (1 on a oceansmotions 4-way), medusa dual controller, 2 ebo jaer 250w heaters, 1/2 hp JBJ comercial chiller, 4 RO IIIs w/14k hamilitons, 4 VHOs super actinic, deltec pf500 Ca Rx, 3 reef ceramic pillar, and 1 reef ceramic mini-reef, 5 ceramic closed loop intake screen covers, with 50ish pounds of LR

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                • #9
                  Nick if it's open top I would try and suspend them from stainless steel tubing or angle or a powder coated steel. I think over time 2x2 wood could end in a mess.
                  JMO,
                  Chad

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                  • #10
                    how do you figure? if you seal it properly, why would it end in a mess?

                    an open top will allow the heat to escape from the pendants better....

                    i dont see how it would end up in a mess? could you explain it to me? i would think if i sealed it right with like 4-5 coats of sealer then it would last...

                    wouldnt the stand do the same thing? i mean its 2x4s and 2x6s????

                    thanks!

                    Nick
                    275 Gallon Envision Acrylics Tank, 70 gallon sump, BK 300 internal, Zeovit, 5 sequence darts (1 on a oceansmotions 4-way), medusa dual controller, 2 ebo jaer 250w heaters, 1/2 hp JBJ comercial chiller, 4 RO IIIs w/14k hamilitons, 4 VHOs super actinic, deltec pf500 Ca Rx, 3 reef ceramic pillar, and 1 reef ceramic mini-reef, 5 ceramic closed loop intake screen covers, with 50ish pounds of LR

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                    • #11
                      Like I said JMO. Personally I would'nt feel real comfortable w/ all that weight,voltage, and money hanging above how much of a investment and livestock dependent on a 2"x2" piece of wood with a minimum span of 44".
                      Sorry for any confusion I've added to your thread.
                      Take Care,
                      Chad

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