Building a cube 800x800x800 ???

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  1. Wiley

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    My current tank is 1500x600x600
    I'm thinking of building a cube
    Is 800x800x800 a nice size?
     
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    Cubes are really awesome, 800x800 is a great size, I wouldn't do 800 high though, its so difficult to work in the tank when its so deep
     
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    Agree, 800 cube is a nice medium sized tank, but you will have to go shallower. Max 600mm. This will make maintenance easier & you will require less lighting to grow corals.
     
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    Ya maybe 700 and water level till 650. Overflow in the center of the tank. Wanna build a box in the middel 100 x100 for the overflow so all 4 sides are clear and visible.
     
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    Maybe a 1000x1000x700 then? Water level 600?
     
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    You can actually go for your 800 height as you are thinking. I personally love the taller tanks, it gives you great scaping options. Another great thing about deeper tanks is that you can raise your rocks up of the bottom and create a shelf. The water height could still effectively be '600mm'(above the rock shelf) but now you have a lekker space for your fish to swim freely underneath. I've found that fish are more comfortable when there is a shelf to hide under and look out from. The shelf idea also greatly improves circulation when there is less rock to hamper flow above your sand
     
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    Hmmm, are you going to make it a centrepiece in a room or is it going to be against a wall.
    I would keep it at 800 cube. (Not too much maintenance & still enough space to keep some nice fish & corals.
    If its going to be a room centrepiece, you can go to 1000. Just remember that it costs a lot more to fill the extra space with corals & LR.
     
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    Love the 2nd pic on your link. With a center overflow. :thumbup:
     
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    I'm going for a centerpiece. Want to be able to go all round.
     
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    Okay I'm going for 1000x1000 x750 high. Water level at 700. I think it's nice size?
     
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    @Wiley

    Cubes are awesome
    And you are awesome for taking a liking to cubes ;)
    Having said that... have a look at my cube. . .
    Two mistakes i made was making it so high, it looks amazing with this height but scaping is a biiiiatch and if you dont have a good enough long handle scraper its a pain to get your arm all the way down there. Unless you have a tunze magnet (costs about R1000) then you good. I have not found an easy solution YET for cleaning off stubborn algae right at the bottm.

    You will swear and curse your life countless times for choosing an 800 depth but after you happy with your scaping EVENTUALLY and found a better method than me when it comes to reaching the glass all the way to the bottom, then you'll realize it was all worth it :).

    Mistake #2 was making it a long drop overflow. DONT DO THAT!!! lol Splashing sound can only be fixed with a sheet of thick batting from top to bottom.

    800+ depth is only for the brave and dearing ;)
     
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    Try the flipper mag cleaner they awesome, they around 400-450 and they good for 12mm cant believe how well the blade side cleans. I had a tuff clean algea growing on my front pane and the window scraper only did so much...
     
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    From where hammer???
     
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    Thamx a lot for helping. I'm making it 750 with water level on 700. Think 700 is nice.
     
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    I LOVE that design also...:drool5:..I found it on GlassBox..I've shown that picture to so many Builders but sadly it's something that will have to stay a bit longer on my Wish List...just to pricey...if you still weigh in LEDs and Skimmer...:(
     
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    i used to own a 800x800x600 cube.
    they are great! its still my favourite tank!

    i fully agree with what everyone is saying about the depth being an issue. at 600 i could just clean near the bottom. i recon you could go to 650 without to much issue, 700 if you have long arms! i wouldnt go deeper...
    keep in mind the deeper you go more powerful your lights need to be.
     
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    Hey Belinda ya I'm going to build 1 soon. It's my favorite .
     
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    Depth is not a probleme I'm use rapid led DIY they so powerfull.
     
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    Waiting for my glass ordered it today 800x800 700high
     
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