55g tank build (5 years in the making!)

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55g tank build (5 years in the making!)

Post by hermitcrabdc » Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:28 pm

I had no idea it'd been 5 years since the crabbies moved into the 32g tote. I wasn't planning on upgrading until I moved out. BUT, my ACFs got an upgrade and I felt like the crabbies were being left out. Somehow my parents were open to the idea of a massive tank being installed, and therefore, for the first time in 5 years, I will be able to see the crabs at eye level, through GLASS, and it is going to be beautiful! (Don't get me wrong, the tote served very well, but the time has come..)

I found a pretty good deal on FB marketplace and I got a 55g and a stand for $50. It needs some love before it can be used, but I have nothing but time during this quarantine.

I was able to get a good portion of the junk off the bottom. But my question is, how should I treat the rim? It's a bit melted and chipped on the top, should I leave it or try to sand it down maybe? The tank seems structurally sound, but I'm afraid of hitting one of the edges and breaking something.

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Post by hermitcrabdc » Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:30 pm

More pictures to come as things get going! So stoked for this!

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Re: 55g tank build (5 years in the making!)

Post by Crabby7Crabber » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:06 pm

I'd hyperventilate in your situation :lol:! I'll be sticking around for updates!
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Re: 55g tank build (5 years in the making!)

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:11 pm

Congrats! I would try sanding down any jagged/sharp edges that you find on the trim. It doesn't have to be perfect, just so it can't injure any crabbies.

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Re: 55g tank build (5 years in the making!)

Post by hermitcrabdc » Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:35 pm

I just finished sanding/cutting away the jagged edges of the top rim. I used an electric sander and it would have taken hours to get it to where I wanted it. I opted to use a box cutter and slowly cut away the large pieces. It probably wasn't worth it, but I'm happy with the results :)

I also started what I'm calling the "treehouse." It's going to be the largest piece right in the center. I cut down some wood and fitted them together and drilled a hole for a fake fern. I also wanted an elevated food dish, so I cut out a little bowl in the top piece of wood. Once I'm done cleaning the wood I'll zip tie everything in place.

The next step is to clear out a spot for the tank and then the fun can really begin!

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Re: 55g tank build (5 years in the making!)

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:06 pm

hermitcrabdc wrote:I just finished sanding/cutting away the jagged edges of the top rim. I used an electric sander and it would have taken hours to get it to where I wanted it. I opted to use a box cutter and slowly cut away the large pieces. It probably wasn't worth it, but I'm happy with the results :)

I also started what I'm calling the "treehouse." It's going to be the largest piece right in the center. I cut down some wood and fitted them together and drilled a hole for a fake fern. I also wanted an elevated food dish, so I cut out a little bowl in the top piece of wood. Once I'm done cleaning the wood I'll zip tie everything in place.

The next step is to clear out a spot for the tank and then the fun can really begin!

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Re: 55g tank build (5 years in the making!)

Post by Hermiesguardian » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:34 pm

Awesome!
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Re: 55g tank build (5 years in the making!)

Post by Crabby7Crabber » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:53 am

Nice job! I can't wait to see how it turns out! :D
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