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    Tested the water again. It wasn't down to zero...

    Tested the water again. It wasn't down to zero ammonia completely but it did drop from 1ppm to 0.25ppm.
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    Mutts are awesome [emoji4] Ok, I have removed...

    Mutts are awesome [emoji4]
    Ok, I have removed the food from the tank and added pure ammonia instead. I'll test again in 24 hours.
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    Dog [emoji4] he is a mix, many of which are...

    Dog [emoji4] he is a mix, many of which are breeds that are prone to cancer unfortunately, including boxer.
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    Awesome, thanks again! And yes, the surgery...

    Awesome, thanks again!
    And yes, the surgery went very well. The vet had found cancer in his leg which was why it was so sudden. I figured bringing fish in would make him want to walk around and...
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    Ok, perfect! Thanks! Will pull those food pouches...

    Ok, perfect! Thanks! Will pull those food pouches out today then and add pure ammonia instead. Hopefully the pouches didn't do too much damage to the cycle.
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    Ok, that is true, the pouches are not too big but...

    Ok, that is true, the pouches are not too big but no way to measure what they are releasing unfortunately. I did check though to make sure when I started that there were no ammonia removers in the...
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    Ammonia levels rising

    Over a month ago, I started a new 55 gallon tank. I started a fishless cycle by adding drops of ammonia until I was at about 5 ppm. I added Tetra Safe Start to the tank to get it going and ammonia...
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    I'm actually using Minwax with polyurethane in...

    I'm actually using Minwax with polyurethane in the stain. Will it need extra later?
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    And just finished the first coat of...

    And just finished the first coat of stain.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180121/be8b030a41608570b5136fdb3673dddc.jpg
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    Both sides. Took about 2-2.5 hours per side.

    Both sides. Took about 2-2.5 hours per side.
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    Yep, used a stencil to trace out the design and...

    Yep, used a stencil to trace out the design and then used a wood burning tool to fill it in. Thanks! I'm happy with it!
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    So I mentioned in one of my replies on here that...

    So I mentioned in one of my replies on here that I was looking to add a compass design on the side, was just trying to figure out how I would do it. I ended up trying my hand at wood burning a...
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    Lmao you would be correct on the weight I can...

    Lmao you would be correct on the weight I can tell you that. But I am very happy with it so far and can't wait to see it when it's finished. Just wanted to get everyone's opinion on the structure and...
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    Here is about where the tank edges rest. If I...

    Here is about where the tank edges rest. If I have about 1in thick flat plywood and 3/4" pink foam board on top, will that back edge still be an issue or would i need to add in some extra supports...
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    Ah ok I see what you mean. Now that you mention...

    Ah ok I see what you mean. Now that you mention it, the stand is deeper than the tank so the back will be off but front and sides do rest directly on the support. Maybe need to look into adding...
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    Well the bottom tank trim will be resting on the...

    Well the bottom tank trim will be resting on the plywood. Under that are the 2x4 supports. Do you mean create a hole under where the glass panel will be?
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    Managed to get a new pic next to a ruler. This is...

    Managed to get a new pic next to a ruler. This is the worst of the warp now.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180119/f28805e262369ff3a4b450f85448fad6.jpg
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    Yep! After sanding and raising the one edge, I...

    Yep! After sanding and raising the one edge, I placed a level near the edges and seems pretty flat. I still wouldn't go without the sheet of foam but no where near as warped as it was.
    The lip you...
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    Ok I sanded down the middle some more and got the...

    Ok I sanded down the middle some more and got the warp down to about 1/8". For ref, the lip there is exactly 1/4". I then detached the top board and shimmed up the one end in three places that was a...
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    Nice! Yes, the frame is black so that will work...

    Nice! Yes, the frame is black so that will work perfectly. I was thinking paint but the tape will work much better.
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    Awesome, thanks. I was wondering what the best...

    Awesome, thanks. I was wondering what the best size would be for this. Hoping to reduce the size of the warp but I'm thinking using 3/4" versus 1/2" anyways couldn't hurt at all.
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    Yes, I am! Just picked out stain yesterday and...

    Yes, I am! Just picked out stain yesterday and did a test but it will still be a while, have more work to do. Made the doors already and picked out handle and hinges. I also want to add a compass...
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    Oops, sorry I should have mentioned. The first...

    Oops, sorry I should have mentioned. The first pic was taken right before edges were sanded. I know exactly which one you are talking about and that was sanded down, along with the rest, so that all...
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    Yes, every piece of the frame is held with wood...

    Yes, every piece of the frame is held with wood glue and screws. Frames around the outside panels, not pictured here yet, are held together with wood pegs and wood glue. The panels were then attached...
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    I know exactly what you mean. I actually have 2...

    I know exactly what you mean. I actually have 2 cats and a dog. I have spent just as much time considering their safety with this stand as I have the safety of the fish. If it's possible for them to...
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