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Old 10-20-2009, 06:56 PM   #21
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Just curious, but what's your budget for this project? The glass or acrylic alone will cost a small fortune.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:29 PM   #22
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Maybe you could use transparent aluminum. That's what Scotty used.
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:24 PM   #23
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If you were going to build a tank that big out of concrete, why put it into the garage? Build it outside with the glass facing a window.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:17 PM   #24
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well putting it outside would be perfect....only if it was on wheels bc i live in nw ohio and i belive the wether gets a lil 2 cold for that small about of water i would end up with a museum desplay lol. as for the budget no fish or pumps or filters im shooting around 7-8 thousand but no way to tell untill i price the glass and cant price the glass untill i know how thick
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:06 PM   #25
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Just remember that acrylic can be buffed out relatively easy so I'd go with an acrylic window. I would give one of the fiberglass manufacturers a call (I linked them earlier) and see what they recommend for a thickness. I'd also give SeaClear and Tenecor a call just for the heck of it.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:41 PM   #26
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lol, winter. sorry, I forgot.
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:03 PM   #27
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I'd cross-post this on monsterfishkeepers.com. There are at least dozens of people on there who have done something similarly ambitious. One guy recently moved a five foot Arapaima gigas to a newly constructed tank, so you really don't need to be working this out from scratch. There's plenty of experience out there, it's just not on the guppy forum.
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if it was my tank its be saltwater and id have snook, trout ,redfish and other native fish in florida
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lol, winter. sorry, I forgot.
It would be someone from Florida who'd forget about us up in the great lakes area!

Sounds like an awesome idea though, good luck!

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Hello Strokinbyeu,
A while back when I was researching different DIY projects I came across a great link regarding a guy who had built a big tank like the one you are hoping to complete. So I went looking for the link and found it for you.

Building a 1700 gallon Shark Tank

This guys tank isn't exactly as big as the one you plan on building but should definately provide you with helpful information into what you can expect.
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