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12-05-2013, 03:56 AM #1
Taking suggestions or thoughts on my new build
So I have a 400g tank I got for cheap. It was leaking when I got it, so I tore it down and got it all moved down into my basement. Dimensions were 10'x30"x30". During the process there were a few chips around the edges, as each sheet weight almost 250lb and myself and my friends had a hell of a time getting it moved to my house and to my basement. Because of the chips and the fact that it failed before WITHOUT the chips, I have decided to not just reassemble this as it was, but to make a plywood tank. If you had these sheets, how would you handle it? Currently I am thinking of doing a 10'l x 3'W x 30"d plywood tank, also considering doing an L shaped tank since I have both the front and back panes to work with. The bottom has several holes drilled in it and many different braces siliconed to it, and the top is nothing but a patchwork piece of smaller glass chunks. The smaller sides are totally in tact, so using those are in play as well, though I can easily just toss them or repurpose them.
Any suggestions, advice, or thoughts on how you would do this? Taking any an all suggestions.Who is "General Failure" and why is he reading my hard drive?
12-07-2013, 07:36 PM #2
L shaped tank would be sweet, but would take up a ton of room with those size panes. 10x3x30" is a great footprint and plywood tanks aren't that hard to build anymore thanks to the web. anything in particular you want to know about plywood builds?your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!
12-08-2013, 09:40 AM #3
Would you suggest using just epoxy resin, or fiberglass with the resin?Who is "General Failure" and why is he reading my hard drive?
12-12-2013, 02:58 PM #4
from what I have read, most will use fiberglass in the corners for added strength and just epoxy or liquid rubber overtop.your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!
12-12-2013, 04:00 PM #5
Awesome, this better turn into a long drawn out journal....
But here's my thoughts on the build:
Height - I'd say aim for 36" - 42". That way you have some plywood around the glass.
Length - I'd do 12', that way you have 1' plywood on each end.
Width - see height
Unless my calcs are off, this would end up being a 1000g to 1100g tank depending on the amount it is filled.
One other option would be a penisula tank, have this serve as a divider of rooms, if you have a large open space, have one side as a "man cave" and the other as a fish room, it'd stick out from the wall about 15' after you take filtration into account, and you would use both long pieces and 1 side panel
12-12-2013, 05:34 PM #6
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12-14-2013, 11:52 AM #7
how thick are your panes? over 30" high it is suggested to go thicker than 0.5" (which is a common thickness for large panes).your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!