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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old 09-05-2016, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Gnarley's 120 Build Thread :D

Well its time to move up

We recently bought a new house in Denver (NC) and with the additional space, I got the go ahead for a new build (YAY) If any of you followed my old thread, this one should move along a little faster than the last (Hopefully). My goal is to have the new tank wet within the next 2 months.

Anyway on to the build.

Step one was to rip out the carpet and put down vinyl tile down where the tank will be. The reason for this is, we are putting down wood floor in the spring (Tax season ) and I need to have something permanent that I can work around, that will go with the new floors.

So here's what that looked like...









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As for the tank, I picked up an acrylic tank from a member a couple months ago, and the plan was to sand it down and start new I looked at glass, but I really wanted a new clean tank without any scratches and the only way I could swing it was to put in a little elbow grease.

So anyways, I started sanding it yesterday, and it was not easy LOL. I manage to get the left side in & out, as well as the inside of the front in about 4-5 hours.

I started with a 1000 grit, then worked my way up to a 2000, then 3 stages of novus all by hand, and finally Plastix to finish it off. And I must say it turned out pretty good. Unfortunatley, pretty good is not what I am aiming for, so it was back to square one.

After I finished there were still a few deep scratches that I could not get out with the 1000 grit paper. So it was back to Lowes. I picked up[ some 600 grit and started again. I sanded frint, sides, and top in and out with the 600 grit, then went over it and where ever there was a deep scratch I had missed I filled it in with a sharpie, then sanded until the scratch was gone. I spen 8 hours on the tank today and only managed to get the 600 grit done. So maybe tomorrow I can get started with the 1000.

Heres, a couple shots of the first try & then where I'm at today...










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yay a new build!
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Heres my plan for my new stand....

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Helluva a job my friend, I did it on a 220 acrylic I had...ugh...your's looks like a great sanding so far...should look clear as can be after the 3 Novus products man.

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As for the tank, I picked up an acrylic tank from a member a couple months ago, and the plan was to sand it down and start new I looked at glass, but I really wanted a new clean tank without any scratches and the only way I could swing it was to put in a little elbow grease.

So anyways, I started sanding it yesterday, and it was not easy LOL. I manage to get the left side in & out, as well as the inside of the front in about 4-5 hours.

I started with a 1000 grit, then worked my way up to a 2000, then 3 stages of novus all by hand, and finally Plastix to finish it off. And I must say it turned out pretty good. Unfortunatley, pretty good is not what I am aiming for, so it was back to square one.

After I finished there were still a few deep scratches that I could not get out with the 1000 grit paper. So it was back to Lowes. I picked up[ some 600 grit and started again. I sanded frint, sides, and top in and out with the 600 grit, then went over it and where ever there was a deep scratch I had missed I filled it in with a sharpie, then sanded until the scratch was gone. I spen 8 hours on the tank today and only managed to get the 600 grit done. So maybe tomorrow I can get started with the 1000.

Heres, a couple shots of the first try & then where I'm at today...

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Yea, and just to be sure I grabbed some plastix and a Powerball to do a final polishing
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Better you than us my friend! Lots of work but I'm sure it will be great when it's finished.
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Looking good! I'm planning to upsize. I wanted to double up on my tank size so I'll probably do something around the same size as yours. I'll be keeping my eye on your build.
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Managed to get the 1200 grit done today .

Up next is the 2000 grit.... by hand....ugh!

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Looking good! I'm planning to upsize. I wanted to double up on my tank size so I'll probably do something around the same size as yours. I'll be keeping my eye on your build.

I have always loved a 4' 120. It's the depth, after you have a 2' wide tank it's very hard to go back to an 18" tank. It's amazing the difference 6" makes (that's what she said lol)
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