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Old 08-29-2008, 02:59 AM   #1
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A big upgrade project. Advice appreciated

I had my parents over this past weekend and my dad came up with what may be a good idea. He knew I want to eventually get a bigger tank within the next year. I decided on a 180gallon 6' long tank. He suggested that I put the new tank where the tv is and put the tv where the tank is now. As you can see the tv is in an indentation in the wall which is 7.5' across and about 3' deep. Then we started thinking I could have "cabinets" built in to fill the void areas and have the top part of the cabinets lift up so I can access the tank and the lights can be mounted on the ceiling of that indentation you see. so essentially it would be/look exactly like an in the wall fish tank. The way my couch is, I could easily put that tv or get a plasma and hang it on the wall where my tank is in the picture. What do you guys think about this idea? Any other suggestions?
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Old 08-29-2008, 03:13 AM   #2
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180 Gallons.. I envy you =P
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Old 08-29-2008, 03:19 AM   #3
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That sounds like a great idea, and will look good IMO. If you have cabinets/wood/false cabinets that fill all the voids around the tank to the ceiling it would deff look great and built in(because it would be, lol). You dont have much to lose putting something on the sides as your only losing a small viewing angle from the side and it would look much better IMO

The only thing that would be better IMO is a custom tank made to fill that opening again with the cabinets top/bottom.
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Sounds like a nice plan. Is there any way to get access to the tank from the back of the wall? Just thinking...if it's enclosed in the space there isn't much room to work with. Would be nice to have a back door.
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I was gonna ask the same thing as ccc. If you fully cabinet that thing in, access to behind will be difficult for plumbing or whatnot. What's on the other side of that wall?
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That is a good point, I didn't even think about that. An access door is out of the question. A guest bedroom is behind that wall but I am not adding any extra doors in the room. Do I really need that much access to the back if I get a reef ready tank?
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I have just a 55gal and it's up against a wall, there only about 2 inches between it and the wall.

Everytime I do something with the tank I am mumbling under my breath about how I wish I could get to the other side and have more room. It is much easier when you can get to all of your plumbing and have room to work with.

It's not impossible, but if you close it in there, which I think would look amazing btw, you will have a great deal of trouble anytime you have to get back in there to do any maintainence.

It looks like you might have room to work with for pocket doors on the other side if it is in a guest room. those sliding in wall doors.

just my penny for the day.
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You could put a set of double doors in the guest room. It would look like it was just a closet, but give you the access you want.

Just a thought...
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I have a 125 RR tank that is about 3" from the wall. That's plenty of room to drop a ph power cord, etc down the back side so I can connect it to power under the tank. You should replace the outlets in that wall with GFCI outlets.

In 5 years I have never had a problem where I needed more room to the back of the tank. I occasionaly have needed to grab something that fell behind it from the sides though Thinner arms would have helped

One thing you will need to consider is that the bulbs will need to be changed every so often, so access to the light fixture is important. This is especially true if you get a 6' long light fixture instead of individual pendants.

You wil want to make sure that you plenty of room over the top to get to the rear overflows. They do need occasional maintenance (running a brush through to clean out any gunk). You just need to be able to access them as most of the work will be under the tank, so don't completey fill that area.
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As long as you sit down and take all things into consideration(like this thread) then you should be able to come up with something that looks good and works.

I mentioned "false cabinets" or something to fill in the sides, meaning something that is removable or swings open(hinges) for slightly more access. I think you could do the same for the top that is on a hinge and the door swings up for access to the lights. This way it would look built in with the doors shut as it would cover ALL the empty spaces, then more room with it open. Some nice wood like kitchen cabinet doors.

Another thing would to have the tank not centered in the opening, so you would just have a door/panel on one side, then you would possibly have room to get near the back(but only on 1 side). I guess if you cannot fit back there then that wouldnt matter.

Just food for thought.
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