Re: [UniQuaria] Need Help building custom tank
- The tank is 30" by 36" by 4.5"
On Nov 7, 2012, at 19:31, sevenspringss@... wrote:
This is not a new concept. Many hobbyists have built their aquariums into
their walls, although I'm not one of them. One main point is that you can't
use a wall that in any shape or form is a load-bearing wall without first
reinforcing that wall. A new header of sufficient strength would need to be
installed in the top of the opening to run the load from above out to the
remaining uprights in that wall on either side of the opening. Depending on
the size of the tank, you may need to install a lolly column beneath this
wall, in the basement to support this additional load. This also ensures that
the bottom of this opening cut into the wall remains level, without a sag
from the tanks weight over time. Some similar installations are done using a
wall near a closet, so that the maintenance can be performed from inside the
closet where the back of the tank protrudes, rather than into another room.
A canister filter can then have a place to be set up without it being
intrusive in the other room, as can any electrical wiring or plumbing.
- What size acrilic would I need for that
On Dec 1, 2012, at 16:46, sevenspringss@... wrote:
That'a about 21 gallons. It would weight about 174 pounds.
- I'm not familiar with the strength needs of an acrylic tank. You're better
off asking an independant aquarium manufactirer such as Tom Fiala/Twin Oaks
at glasscages.com (inquires to be asked at glasscages@...). I'm sure
he could tell you the thickness of the acrylic needed, and could even build
you your tank at a reasonable cost. Depending upon where you live, he may
even be able to deliver it to you nearby, as he has a regular schedule of
drop off points around the country.