A Sterant-Designed Build

PA2019

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I have been working on building my first PVC enclosure using the @Sterant sticky and am almost done. I am using the Veranda-brand 1/2" PVC sheets from Home Depot.

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After gluing the back to the bottom I was worried it wasn't strong enough to stack another enclosure on top, so I decided to use PVC screws spaced 6" apart in addition to the clamping/PVC cement that is mentioned in the original sticky thread.

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I had several 2x4's from a previous project in the garage so I decided to build a basic table. I added pivoting wheels to make it easier to move the tank around the room/house if necessary, and gave enough clearance for my Neato vacuum to get underneath.
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My final step is to attach the top and finish the aluminum tracking. I plan on supporting the top as I hope to stack an identical tank on top.

Is a vertical support in the middle needed as well if I stack another enclosure on top?

If I place width supports roughly 12" from opposite ends of the tank I can either fit a 36" UVB fixture diagonally or a 24" UVB fixture perpendicular to the supports.

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Does beneficial UVB spread out over a large area of a tank or is it mostly contained directly underneath the UVB fixture? The answer to that question will help me decide the best orientation of the fixture.
 

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Nice enclosure! UV will be strongest directly under the bulb. How much UV you get to the sides will largely depend on the reflector on your hood and proximity.
 

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Finished the 4'x3'x2'. Added a 20 watt 6500K LED across the top, used heat shielding metal tape under the flood/CHE and cleaned up the cords with some nifty cable ties. I added a beefy 1" thick vertical support for the front, I still might add a 1/2" piece in front of it to hide it, but either way it should help prevent bowing if I stack another on top.
 

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I love it! But I can't see how you open the doors to administer to the inside.
 

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He has two sliding glass panels. He just has them so sparkly clean that upon first inspection they are easily missed. Awesome BUILD

Thanks @Blackdog1714

I can see how building indoor setups can become just as addicting as designing outdoor enclosures. If I make another I’ll invest in a table saw. Using a circular saw with a straight edge is painstaking work.
 

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Thanks @Blackdog1714

I can see how building indoor setups can become just as addicting as designing outdoor enclosures. If I make another I’ll invest in a table saw. Using a circular saw with a straight edge is painstaking work.

The key is the over all work area. With a real cut guide circular saws are awesome since you move them and not the panel. Trust me a large panel will walk on a tabletop saw too! If you get real about it the table has to be huge to safely support everything. As it is you got a heck of a DIY
 
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