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Old 05-18-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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thinking about making a huge tank

thinking of making a wallquarium but don't know if i want to use glass or acrylic glass is deffinantely cheaper any cons?
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Depending on what size you want to go. Many companies switch over to acrylic around 250-300 gallons. Don't thing you can get a glass tank bigger then that. I believe it is because of strength issues but i'm not exactly sure why.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:37 AM   #3
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pat is right, it depends on the size of the tank. If its going to be huge I would use acrylic. Not only is it stronger but acrylic is actually much clearer than glass. I think after glass gets over 3/4" it starts to get a very noticeable green tint to it, while acrylic can be very very thick and still be crystal clear.
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yeah i'm thinking way over 300 gallons i'm thinking 8 foot tall by ten foot wide by four foot deepnow how many gallons that would come out to but i know glass is about 100 dollars cheaper than acrylic on peices that big and i was thinking of just buying the sheets and going from scatch myself
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:12 PM   #5
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yeah i'm thinking way over 300 gallons i'm thinking 8 foot tall by ten foot wide by four foot deepnow how many gallons that would come out to but i know glass is about 100 dollars cheaper than acrylic on peices that big and i was thinking of just buying the sheets and going from scatch myself
Plugged the numbers into an online calculator and it came to 2394. Would be a little less depending on the thickness of the sheets.
You're looking at about 20,000 pounds filled.
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i was thinking of just buying the sheets and going from scatch myself
Holy monkey nuts that would be very brave of you. I don't think i could sleep at night knowing i had made a tank that big my self. lol

If you make this tank you better have a ton of picture so we can all watch as it goes together and gets started up.
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You might want to call a tank builder and give them the size you are looking for and see what thickness of acrylic you are going to need for a tank that size. I would love to see that when it was done.

What are you thinking for filtration?
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Plugged the numbers into an online calculator and it came to 2394. Would be a little less depending on the thickness of the sheets.
You're looking at about 20,000 pounds filled.
10 tons, for the uninitiated.

I hope you have a structural engineer.
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Is there a fantasy section to this board?
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Is there a fantasy section to this board?
You never know, he may have the money (going to take a ton) to build this tank. In addition to money, he will need to find and talk to a lot of people to pull it off though.
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