Alright so, I'm thinking of building my own tank since i've gotten pretty good at building sumps and all that. And now, with more space between the contact points i should be able to make the silicone job strong and durable while still being aesthetically pleasing. But first, a couple questions.
The dimensions i'm looking at are 24"Lx16"Wx15"T. This is approximately 24.something gallons which is a great number for me, since i like nano's. I thought i was going to like this 25G cube thing.. but ultimately it turned out to disgust me. Probably just because it's too tall.. and i don't have lots of money to spend on beautiful SPS
that would like the high light. And now, with a 24" tank.. and only 15" deep, the lighting possibilities are pretty wide. 24, 36, and 48 inch light fixtures are the most popular sizes around. I plan to make this a zoa tank, with some nice LPS
like duncans and blastos, definitely some monti caps, maybe a chalice or two, but probably no acros. Too expensive and if something goes wrong.. dear god. I mean, if i can get one for a steal sure.. i'll take it.
ANYWAYS. I'm here to ask the experts so back on track.
A couple things i'm worried about
Should a tank like this have a brace of some sort? It isn't many gallons, and I was planning on making it rimless as well. Also, what thickness should the acrylic be? I was thinking 1/4". I could go higher but i just want to know if 1/4" is enough, it's cheaper. I'm choosing acrylic because acrylic is clear unlike cheap glass that has the green tint. And starphire is just too expensive. Plus, acrylic is cheaper and easier to cut holes in. Oh yeah, and the overflow design i want to go with is a built-in external overflow, meaning, the teeth to the overflow will actually be cut in to the back panel of the tank. This way, there is no overflow box IN the tank. Pretty cool right? I've seen it done on really nice and expensive tanks and thought i could definitely pull it off. My dad has a tile cutter now so i can definitely pull off some nice, slim, clean cuts.
Another thing, i need a REALLY good type of silicone that won't turn ugly colors from long term exposure to saltwater, and WON'T give-in or corrode from long term exposure.
Alright guys, that's all for now, so please suggestions, advice, and answers to my questions above would help me in soo many ways you don't even know.
Also, just as a reference, if anyone wants to steal my ideas or create their own, the place where i'm getting my acrylic has amazing prices and the shipping is fairly cheap.
Thanks again guys!