Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > DIY Projects
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 05-03-2006, 12:46 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Rolling meadows IL
Posts: 235
building a big tank and have a small question

i have been researching for about 6 months and now am feeling comfortable with going ahead with my project, i have all supplies needed
i got my directions from the garf site...here is the dimensions they say to go with

Material = Plywood w/ Glass
Tank Height = 24"
Tank Width = 48"
Tank Length = 74 "
Plywood w/ Glass Thickness = 3/4"
Approximate Gallons = 369

Cut List:
3/4" Exterior Grade Plywood
Bottom = 74 " x 48"
Front = 74 " x 23 1/4"
Back = 74 " x 23 1/4"
2 Sides = 23 1/4 " x 46 1/2"
2 Top Brace = 46 1/2 " x 6"


3/8 inch Glass Front
Glass Front = 72 x 21 1/4

i am ok with all this except my Glass for front is already 72 long X 24" high. (and would rather not cut it)...garf says needs to be 72 X 21 1/4....because i will be using 1/2 glass instead of 3/8 can i get away with raising the height to the 26" high which will account for MIN of 2" surrounding glass? i cant calculate on garf as it says
"GARF Does not recommend building a plywood tank longer than 48 inches when the height in more than 24 inches"

what do you all think?
__________________

__________________
sirfishmaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2006, 01:16 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dskidmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Genesee Valley
Posts: 2,616
Can you use cross-bracing in a plywood tank? I would think with proper cross-bracing, it should work. In an all-glass tank, it's the height alone that determines the glass thickness. The length determines the amount of cross-bracing required.
__________________

dskidmore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2006, 01:24 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Rolling meadows IL
Posts: 235
the plans on Garf do call for one cross brace, i figured i could throw at least 2 more if i needed to. I am not sure that 2 inches will be much of a difference, but would rather be safe than sorry
__________________
sirfishmaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2006, 10:39 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Central Kentucky
Posts: 6,015
Send a message via AIM to greenmaji
Carefull about the floor under that thing once you fill it with water..

Good concrete floor shouldn't be a problem, otherwise I would do some reaserch or asking for perfessonal help.

as far as size goes.. I like really wide tanks vs. tall and long.. but I dont think I could imagine going more then four foot but that length would be too much for me.
__________________
greenmaji is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2006, 02:13 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Rolling meadows IL
Posts: 235
i like wide tanks myself, and this is going on a concrete raised floor in my basement....over 3000lbs with only water weight.......i might shrink my measurements to 3 foot wide....but i so like the 4 foot 8O
__________________
sirfishmaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2006, 02:57 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Posts: 720
go for 6 feet
__________________
tbonem91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2006, 06:07 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 468
I would cut the glass, its not too difficult and only a few tools are needed. Never built a tank but have replaced many of windowpanes at my parents when I was younger.
__________________
richiestang_78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2006, 12:50 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Central Kentucky
Posts: 6,015
Send a message via AIM to greenmaji
I dont know if 7 foot is advisable now that I think about it..
you might want to run your demetions by www.garf.org 's DIY tank calulator.
__________________
greenmaji is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2006, 04:05 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dskidmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Genesee Valley
Posts: 2,616
The all-glass version of that tank would require 1/2" glass?

Do you have a vehicle large enough to just take this to a local glass shop for them to cut? If you don't feel comfortable cutting it yourself, that would be the safer way to go.
dskidmore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2006, 04:07 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Rolling meadows IL
Posts: 235
Quote:
Originally Posted by greenmaji
I dont know if 7 foot is advisable now that I think about it..
you might want to run your demetions by www.garf.org 's DIY tank calulator.
IF you read the original post..its says that i went to GARF and that is where i copied and pasted from at the original post....the tank is only 6foot not 7 foot.....so guess you are confused?
__________________

__________________
sirfishmaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
build, building, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Big Tank or Small Tank(s) mfdrookie516 Aquaria Off-Topic 31 09-05-2009 09:37 AM
Building a BIG stand? mkobu Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 4 05-29-2006 02:20 PM
Small light big tank SaltySteve Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 11-16-2004 01:38 PM
Building a small hood d9hp DIY Projects 28 06-11-2003 01:02 AM
Big Lights big Ballast small Tank ReefRaff Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 01-11-2003 10:18 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.