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Old 03-22-2008, 02:19 AM   #1
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350 to 400 gal. Tank

Well I've decided to make my self a tank somewhere around 350 to 400 galllons. Maybe even a little bit bigger. This is a fairly large project so I though that I would take it to the forums, for more imput. Btw my name is Derek.

So to get to the point, I'm not exactly sure on everything that needs to be done to complete this project. Like how think the glass would need to be in order to support the weight, or if it needs to be specially treated. I am also woundering what types of silicon or glue would be strong enough to hold back this emense ammount of water. As for a frame, I am thinking about making steel frame, but am not entire sure of how think the steel should be, 1/4" mabye? If anyone has experience in making a tank of this size I'd love the help.
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:35 AM   #2
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That is one heck of a project. I've never seen a hand built glass or acrylic tank that big. I wouldn't even want to look at prices of 1" acrylic. Have you thought about 3 sides plywood and the front acrylic? I've seen a few tanks done like that.
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Check out GlassCages.com for some ideas as well as Reef Art Systems. Then look at the 280 build at Melevsreef and check out his sumps too. He used 1/2" glass for the 280 build.

If you are thinking acrylic check out this site for the thickness guide, for glass check here
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1/2 inch to 3/4 glass is best
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Old 03-27-2008, 06:16 PM   #5
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thanks guys.
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Plywood and glass will be much cheaper than all glass or all acrylic.
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:03 AM   #7
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I'm making it all glass, I shouldn't be too costly I can get deals on glass since I know someone who works at a glass manufacture.
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