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Old 12-09-2005, 01:22 PM   #1
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aquarium built into wall

Considering building a 30 gallon aquarium into the wall. Any advice or suggestions? Anyone have any pictures to share that have done this?



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Old 12-09-2005, 03:03 PM   #2
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is this freshwater or saltwater? if you are going to build an aquarium into a wall, a 30 gallon seems like more trouble that it is worth. wall built aquariums are usually large and custom sized... plus, if you are planning a saltwater tank, 30 gallons is a bit small. it will work but it is better to have a larger tank to provide a larger volume of water to dilute changes in water chemistry.

but if you have your heart set on it...

you're gonna need a room to build the support in. that room can store all your pumps, filters, lights, etc. your basically going to cut a hole in the wall, build a stand, and frame the opening with some trim...

add some details as to what you want, and try a google search. there are a bunch of sites that detail the project a lot better than what you are going to get in a short forum response (like this one).

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Old 12-09-2005, 03:40 PM   #3
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Aquarium in wall

Thanks, I will try a google search.

It is going to be a freshwater. It is new construction and I was planning on building in into a kneewall. Afraid to go any bigger than 30 gallons due to the space and the weight.
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knee wall... as in attic!!! that scares me a bit.

as for new construction and weight... you may want to discuss this with your architect or builder to see if the want to strengthen the floor supporting structure below the tank. i have a 55 gallon tank on the second floor of a townhouse (estimated weight is ~800 lbs)... with no added support underneath it. 30 gallons will weigh less than ~300 lbs (unless you add a lot of sand or rock to it).

some links for your review...
http://www.weatherson.com/construction.htm
http://www.oregonreef.com/
many more out there...

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