aahh I suspected that was what you meant, I wasn't sure either so I covered both options :P
I'm more a "hands on" experienced engineer, Metals Engineer in the fabrication stream. (Cert 3) Mainly in structural discipline and in aluminium boats (100metres +). Not sure if that means much to you but I did an apprenticeship on the tools with studies 1 day a week for four years. The studies basically steer towards things like the design of, the displacement and inturn the prismatic of co-efficient of large vessels in marine environments. (Crikey don't ask me to work it out now though, might need a refresher)
I would have thought previously that plastic or perspex would have been to flexible at the width of only 1 - 1.5"max but with the tension being on the silicone along the entire edge and the key word "low tensile" It's rather logically now that I think about it..
How are the engineering schools down under. I don't know much about them.
I Wouldn't know either sorry.... My key studies were based on Maritime applications so it's a bit different to standard "Engineering"
However in my short period of experience it has lead me to now being a Grade 1 Designer for one of/if not the largest engineering firm in the world.
Currently I'm utilising my experience by helping setup and administrate a supposed "Be all and end all" program that will perfect mining site design all the way from client initial contact and needs, to automated drawing construction and annotation, down to pushing the finished product out the door and onto the field.
, I know!! Friends of mine (Aquatastic) are based just off nicholson road!! They supply Aquotix and generally anyone who wants a tank..
Hey thats a good price your paying, is that including a stand?
I had a 6x18x18 custom built with black trim(FWIW the neatest I have ever seen) a 10mm base, and a twin port side drop filter built into each back corner of the tank for $300. Very VERY high quality tanks...
Have you considered air driven side drop filtration before? I'm pretty sure vebas is using them in a marine application, i could be wrong though i'd have to check it out...they are the most effective, basic and yet intelligent design I have ever seen and used!!
Vebas are great for Marine tanks, fish and equipment if you get a chance to check it out..
Pacco down there is always a wealth of information and is always happy to help out!!
Pretty sure I even saw a blue ring octopus down there at one stage, but i'll be buggered if I would keep one of them!!