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Old 09-23-2004, 08:22 AM   #11
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remember this peice of advice people with REALLY big aquariums shouldnt throw rocks
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Old 09-23-2004, 10:28 AM   #12
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you also have to keep in mind that you won't be making the entire structure out of glass. Honestly, you'll probably only use glass on one viewing side of the structure. the rest will be poured concrete and as mentioned above will likely be constructed much like a swiming pool. Because the frame is concrete, you can use glass/acrylic and silicone with out any worries. The preassure from the water will hold the pane against the frame and actually help with the seal. (see attached) Of course, you would probably be better off trying to use a rubber gasket and a bolted pane, silicone simply for leak protection.
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Old 09-23-2004, 02:23 PM   #13
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if someone can find strength specs on the materials I can play with some numbers and see what kind of force you'll be dealing with on the sides. It would be alot easier if it wasnt so tall
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Old 09-23-2004, 02:49 PM   #14
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wouldnt it be nice lalalalala haha just a thought... why don't you approach a professional company let them do all the specs, talk through your designs get the info you need then do it yourself? sneaky eh?
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Old 10-15-2004, 04:51 AM   #15
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this sounds like an awesome project so i will add some input. here is a link from an amazing forum about building a 1700 gallon shark tank http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...00g_tank_1.php hope to help you out on this amazing project
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Old 04-02-2005, 07:33 PM   #16
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Well the only tank I have ever seen that large was the salt water tank at a state aquarium. It was only 9 feet high but the glass front was over 6 inches thick! I don't know if it was because of safety reasons but if it takes 1/2 inch glass for anything over 24 inches tall then every 2 feet would be 1/2 inch, 7 feet = 3.5 inches thick! A guestimate but makes sense. Contact the army corp of engineers or your local aquarium and ask them.
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:48 AM   #17
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well i find this page in other post around here, maybe near to what you want, but still it is in french but the images are awesome.

http://membres.lycos.fr/lafuitedebretx/index.html
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Old 04-05-2005, 03:54 AM   #19
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The only thing you need to determine glass thickness is the height. You can have a 50,000 gallon tank that is 21" high and use the same glass they use on a 70 gallon aquarium.
This is not quite right. While you are exactly correct that the pressure will not be any greater, the same pressure on a larger area equates to a larger force. Also, for a longer piece of glass, the supports are farther from each other, increasing the stress in the middle of the glass.
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Mark my words, I will one day build a supersized tank like those *nod*
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