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Old 01-20-2007, 04:25 PM   #11
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hhmmm he says "simply because it will be good to make a tight frame on the tank" he seems to think the angle will hold fine and that there is no way it could twist with the plexy in it. says "quarter inch plexy is plenty strong to be held strait with angle on the top and bottom of the tank."
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:16 PM   #12
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No way is 1/4 inch acrylic gonna hold that dimension of aquarium... Acrylic tanks half that size are made with 3/4 inch or even 1 inch. 1/4 inch glass is more like it, but I still think for an 8 foot long tank it should be 3/8 or better.
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:34 PM   #13
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hhmmm he says "simply because it will be good to make a tight frame on the tank" he seems to think the angle will hold fine and that there is no way it could twist with the plexy in it. says "quarter inch plexy is plenty strong to be held strait with angle on the top and bottom of the tank."
oh my bad, i thought you meant the stand framing for some strange reason...
Having said that I do agree with sicklids last post. The plexy will bow and stress the joins inside the angle.
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Old 01-21-2007, 02:05 AM   #14
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Sorry I just realized that you did say "palludarium", not "fishtank"... That is definitely a horse of a different color if the tank is not getting filled all the way.

Even still, I worked with acrylic daily for years, and I have doubts that at 48" x 96" the plastic is strong enough. I know the prices of the materials too, and I would hate to see you have to scrap all that acrylic after you built it and filled it just to find out you need thicker material.
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Old 01-21-2007, 06:30 PM   #15
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ummm you see my setup is a very complicated one......and very odd at that there are basicly two parts to this palludarium.....
1. a 55gal fishtank that is being.....reformated..... to serve as the main pool of the tank.....
2. a 8 foot long, 2 feet tall, and 18 inch thick plexy addition.....

so the tank is not wholely 8x4 feet but a 4'x20" and a 8'x2" tank combined to make a sort of sideways L shape...... rotate that to that right 90 degrees. and thats the basic setup for my tank.... sounds weird but we got it figured out..... so i hope that answers your question....
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OK.. So the acrylic part will not be holding water... Got it..

I STILL WANT PICS WHEN IT'S DONE!
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:22 PM   #17
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dont worrie there will be plenty... when im going though construction... not happening yet though...im sad a little behind scedual (sorry about my terrible spelling)
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It sounds like alot fun and hope it all works out in the end. have you figured out your stocking list yet?
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Old 01-23-2007, 06:30 PM   #19
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well not exactly because im going to take a risk (and please dont correct me on this i know its risky and im taking every possible step to prevent anything bad from happening) you see im going to accualy catch the fish in the local stream that goes into the Little Miami river....... with a net i know i can catch them because ive done it before (with a net) just to see the species that are in the area and to check for anything i should be concerned about (signs of pollution, parasites ext... ) but even though their rare (i've caught very few) im going to try and find some rainbow, green, and other various darters.. along with a school of mosquito minnows.... some sort of cat/sucker and possibly a soft shelled turtle.... and if i can get any impute *does anyone know about crayfish and if darters are fast enough to keep away from them?* thats basically all though. OH YES the land umm i want to have a number of assorted frogs and salamanders too....
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