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Old 01-17-2007, 04:56 PM   #1
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HELLO! this is my first post here at aquarium advice and i look forward to becoming part of your (seemingly) already great community. i hope that me not having fish at the moment and being new to the site will not give the impression that i am new to the hobby or inexperienced. a am in fact very knolegible in the area of fish. i do however have many empty tanks as i just moved and had to get rid of my fish i do plan on filling them soon though! Sadly i have no fish at the moment... but i am working on a rather large project, making a 8x4 FOOT! tank. this tank however will not be an aquarium but a paludarium! ~part land part water~ it will consist of an oak waterfall, an small pool that goes down to another waterfall, a bit of rapids, and then finally the main pool that will have about 50 gal in it... what inspired me to do this you might ask? well on a wonderful walk along the bank of a small stream here in Ohio i noticed the wonderfully diverse population among the rapids and pools of the stream, along with the intricate root systems that many of the pool-fish lived among. i was immediately hooked and went out to buy every book on Ohio streams and the fish i could find. I was very suprised to see that unlike popular belief that the cold-water fish here are boring and dull that they are very colorful and vibrant and that there are many types of these fish. i will be working on this project for a wile and may have many questions to ask but i will to be sure to keep you all posted on anything that i do to it.
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Old 01-17-2007, 05:10 PM   #2
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Sounds VERY cool, can't wait to see pics. Welcome to AA.
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Old 01-17-2007, 05:12 PM   #3
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It is an unwritten law that pics must be posted especially for all unusual projects.
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Old 01-17-2007, 05:44 PM   #4
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well i will be happy to post plenty of pictures as the project developes but at the moment i have a 55 gal tank and thats about all... the rest is in some notebooks and my head but i have the plexy on order (should be cut this weekend) have an "expert" welder to help build the frame for the tank to be held together.... (a friend who's in the buisness) and we've ordered the angle iron for that.... umm im about to make arrangements for the cocos panels to be shiped in from the Netherlands so im pretty much set just got to wait! ist sooo hard to do though! oh yeh THANK YOU!
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Old 01-17-2007, 07:00 PM   #5
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Sounds like a fun project FK.
I, like everyone else here, can't wait to see how it progresses.

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Old 01-17-2007, 07:17 PM   #6
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Sounds like a very interesting project. PICTURES


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Old 01-17-2007, 10:07 PM   #7
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i look forward to becoming part of your (seemingly) already great community.
As a DIY'r, and a recent newbie, I can say that you found a good group of knowledgable people...past and present posts have helped me alot in my projects...we welcome you and look forward to your progress...as everyone else has said "WE LOVE PICS"
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Old 01-18-2007, 03:21 AM   #8
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so like an awesome concept..
I'm looking forward to seeing results.

My only issue is this.
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have an "expert" welder to help build the frame for the tank to be held together.... (a friend who's in the buisness) and we've ordered the angle iron for that....
Being a metal engineer myself, I would strongly advise against using angle.
RHS would be a minimum spec for this size tank. Angle will twist, warp and bow. Perhaps to the point of destroying your creation.
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hmm idk i'll have to say something to him.... he seemed to think that it will hold great... well i will ask. hhmm well ill tell him i have a second opinion!
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Let me know what he says.
I'm curious as to why he suggested angle.
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