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Old 03-03-2020, 11:01 PM   #1
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Glass thickness for tunnel

Being particularly selective with which fish to be showcased is just the icing on the cake. What most fascinates me with aquariums is the atmosphere and scenery itself. I've been brainstorming my next tank build and my days of being an OTR semi truck driver I have a room in my house that nicely fits a 4ft lenght by 6ft tall tank and I would like to base the theme on my days traveling through the rockies... giant Portland cement mountain, sand waterfall incorporated in, trees, winding road with scaled toy semi trucks... then I thought maybe a train track, bridges... then it hit me if I'd like to see a train in the scenery I should have a working train!!! What a great idea the love and details of train enthusiasm and aquariums together! So right off the bat what's wrong with that picture??? Electrical components and water... right? So here's the kicker... imagine an acrylic tunnel if you will, rectangle base track sits on with half cylinder tube sealed over the track, or maybe a 90 degree quarter cylinder for the side of the mountain track and all the wiring and terminals on the side of the tank with two tunnels leading out and into the aquarium. Figuring out glass thickness is relatively easy on a calculated form you know how thick should my tank be. My question is determining thickness of the acrylic tunnels inside the tank? Do I just assume half inch thick because that's what the chart says for 360 gallons or how can I calculate the pressure of water at different heights to determine glass thickness?
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That is ambitious thinking!

Welcome to the community.

An alternate idea is to build the mountains out of the top of the tank and have the train run across, on say some kind of bridge or "road" or combination of the 2.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/434808539024952459/

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Hoping the links work and help you think "outside" the box!!!
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Great pictures! It certainly is an alternative... I started getting an idea if I were to have scaled semi trucks and other vehicles on a road how could I get them to move? Came on a thought those toy race tracks with grooves and a pin under the car. Looking at telephone poles I'm thinking have a " t " shaped pin under the trucks that keep them against the roads for inclines and declines, have all pins connected like a chain that is rotated with a small electric motor and sprocket.
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Your imagination and ability are where the tank can go / what it can be!

Will be fun to see what you make. Sometimes just getting something set up is a great starter, to practicing with how ideas will work in every day life .
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