almost cube tank build

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  1. mupwi

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    Hi I am going to be moving into a smaller place and have diciced ill need to downscale the tank. I want to do it properly from the getgo this time and whant to start it from scratch.

    my plan is for a 600lx500wx450h tank water level at 400. preferably rimless. as a diyer I would like to build this myself but am looking for somone in durban with some tank building experience to help me in this as it would be my first tank build.

    lighting

    1x150w mh

    4x 24w t5

    led moonlights

    all diyed. I have the mh and the t5 endcaps looking for the t5 balasts. was planing a similat setup for the 4 ft so have 3 54w double ballasts and 2 spare 150w mh maby I can swap someone for the smaller ballasts.

    probably use the small 2ft I have at home for a sump with cheato and the skimmer and maby some extra LR and my diy ato.

    looking to keep mainly sps and a few fish like 3 chromis
     
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  3. brentv

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    I reckon on this tank at a water level of 400 H you could go considering it's rimless 10mm sides and maybe a 12mm base, black den braven aqua sillicone and it will look very neat!
     
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    mupwi Thread Starter

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    that thick the online calculator I checked out suggested 6mm I was thinking of upping it to 8 for a bit more safety factor whats 10mm cost these days last time I checked the price jumped bigtime going from 8 to 10 maby I need to skip the rimless idea budjet will be tight with the other moving costs
     
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    Mupwi,
    I have made tanks up to 500 high in 6mm over the years and never had and break or crack, these had bracing.
    I haven't checked but reason I say go slightly thicker is you might add a wave pump maker and this does add an extra dimension to pressure, might be a little more cost to go 10mm, but if you can afford it (about R600-R700 a sq.M in Durbs) you can get your rimless then:thumbup:
    Base you could go 10mm too actually...
     
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    I have a 600x600x400 rimless(water level at about 370) I built with 6mm glass. Still holding fine and no bending visible on the glass.

    And I agree with brentv - go for black silicone. I looks awesome.

    You can look at Max98's tank. We built them together, so they are identical.

    This is my tank:
    [​IMG]
     
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    I would also go with thicker glass, makes one sleep better at night!
    I have a 650 x 650 rimless cube in 12mm and strong as a ox!
     
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    That calculator works for euro braced tanks.

    tjiPPi
    That is a nice looking tank.
     
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    Thanks RiaanP
     
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    Cubes are always fun to work with... Much more interesting than your traditional rectangle tank. .:sleep1:
    :001_tongue:
     
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    10 mm Glass

    If you go 10 mm Bluff glass (0314674083) - near you are the cheapest , may also be cheap in other thickness!

    May also want to swap ballast (have a duel for 24/38W)

    Hows your currenty setup!
    lol
    :peroni:
     
  13. mupwi

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    Hi eric where about are they? How many of thoes balasts do you have? Curently my tank is in hybanation mode have moved all my LS to a friends tank. Just have the return pump heater, skimmer and light for the cheto runing with the live rock
     
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    Just gave them a call R600 for 8mm and 680 for 10mm so not much difrence actualy
     
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