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Old 05-04-2005, 08:30 AM   #1
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Custom building a 170G tank

oke the time has finally come to start thinking about my new tank. I just got a new drawer cabinet in the livingroom and it has a great space to build my new tank on. The tank will be 1 meter x 1 meter and about 75 cm high (excluding the light canopy) which should be able to hold about 170G of water. After some research I decided to use wood to build the tank and use glasfiber and epoxy resin to make it strong and waterproof. The tank will have an inboard biological filter concealed behind a 'rocky wall' (also made from glasfiber+epoxy) I'll post pictures and questions as I get along.

Right now I'm wondering about how thick the front glass pannel should be for the mentioned size of aquarium...?
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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here's a picture of my living room corner where I'm building the tank. (note the styrofoam packing of the cabinets on top, its gonna come in handy when building the aquarium back )
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Old 05-05-2005, 02:36 PM   #3
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170 gallons of water weighs close to 1400 lbs (640 kg)... are you sure that cabinet can hold up that much weight???

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I'm quite sure it can not! The weight is supported by two long beams along the wall and an additional 3" x 3" beam going straight down in the middle. The cabinet could be pulled right out
Thanks for your concern.
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Old 05-06-2005, 12:08 PM   #5
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For now I've put my 45G coldwater tank on the cabinet it's the home of 9 carassius auratus (4 'homegrown'), 1 leuciscus idus `auratus`, 1 gobio gobio and a fish I caught in the wild but is still to small to identify

This is what I want to make of it:
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Old 05-09-2005, 06:20 PM   #6
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heres my 45G tank sitting where my 170G tank will be build:
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Old 05-09-2005, 06:32 PM   #7
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Veel geluk met het bouwen van je aquarium.....Ik zou het zelf niet proberen

It looks good, although I would be a bit concerned about that much water in a tank I built myself......you hae to trust yourself 100% to do that, and maybe be a bit of a risktaker :P
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Old 05-27-2005, 10:26 AM   #8
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I just got me a 50G barrel that I'm going to use for tap water. Plan is this: I'm going to cut the barrel in 2 (top to bottom) and place the two halfs next to each other. Tap water flows into the first barrel, which is equipped with a pump and bubbles. After one week the water is pumped into the second (half) barrel and the first one is replenished with tap water. From the second barrel the water is pumped into the aquarium at a very slow rate (the 25G have to go into the aquarium in about one week) An overflow pipe will be connected to the sewer.
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Old 06-03-2005, 07:54 AM   #9
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I just got the frame for the front back from the welder, check it out:



and in front of my current tank for size comparison:

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Can't wait to see it up and running!!!
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