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Old 07-02-2013, 06:38 AM   #21
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Wow...I loved it and also use to build plywood and concrete tanks. But I found them to have weakness's like all materials have. Both glass and acrylic aquariums need to adhere to basic structural rules. Cel cast is certainly stronger than welded. (Or is it? Another discussion) And silicon seals have held up for decades. Lead free glass is deluxe but heavy and really expensive. Doing anything but flat surfaces and glass gets crazy expensive. With an exception of some factory made glass tanks that have no seams. Regular glass is too green for anything but pretty shallow tanks.
It goes on, everything is a trade off.

As to plywood, never came up with a coating that would hold up like glass or acrylic. The glass to wood seams were also sometimes a problem. But they were cheap and held water.
I bet you love old wooden sail boats?
I think Mr_X was also a fan of plywood and even concrete tanks.
no not a sail boater :P
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I like big tanks, period! Some of the tanks you mentioned have to be built in place. Concrete, and wood, depending on the size (I don't think anyone is going to make a wood 30 breeder...lol). I wanted a tank that I could keep fish until they were full grown in. I haven't been able to accomplish this and even this 300 is quite limited. I believe my 5" vlamingi tang has already outgrown this tank.
It seems he really wants to take off and as soon as he get's going, he's got to turn around...
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I have the same issue with my 300. These fish need a lot of room.
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Not to change the subject totally, but eventually, I'd like to swap out this 300 for an 8' x 6' x 25" tall display. I wonder what something like that would cost.
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Not to change the subject totally, but eventually, I'd like to swap out this 300 for an 8' x 6' x 25" tall display. I wonder what something like that would cost.
You're saving a lot of money by designing it to be 25" tall. It would depend on what you built it from. If you were doing a build in a new house, you could use almost anything that was saltwater proof and you braced it for the pressure. I too would like to have a 8' plus run for my tangs.
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You're saving a lot of money by designing it to be 25" tall.
I gotta be able to reach the bottom and light it!
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My wife, who cleans the tank (I do everything else) agrees with you. Mine is deep and a challenge to clean at the bottom.
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I gotta get one of dem dere wives....sound like a good addition to my tank!
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Too expensive and faulty software can cause major headaches.
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LMAO.....aighty then. I'll stick to girlfriends that can easily be jettisoned in the event of software glitches...
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