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  1. AThomp12

    AThomp12

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    Brief Description
    Hello! I am working on my Interior Design Masters at Pratt in Brooklyn, NY. For my thesis, I am designing a hotel with a roof top pool which also includes a glass bottom that would, ideally look down 5 stories to the bottom of the lobby.
    Ive spoken to a few local structural engineers about glass thickness, and recommendations for bonding materials, etc and they said I should speak to someone who knows about large scaled aquariums.

    This is where you can maybe help!

    Here are a few questions:
    1. What are the pros and cons of glass vs. acrylic? Specific to weight, durability and strength.
    2. What would be the thickness of the glass and/or acrylic, specific to the dimensions I'm working with?
    3. Imagine the pool situated at the top of an atrium: what sort of materials are available for the structural beams supporting this pool? I would prefer for majority of the pool bottom to be exposed, aesthetically.
    4. What would be appropriate bonding techniques?
    5. And last, would anyone have any recommendations of online sources that have floor plans, sections and/or elevations of any large scaled aquariums? It would be nice to see, as a reference.

    Thanks for reading, I hope this isnt too off subject :)
    Amanda

    Also, I attached some inspiration images, in case you were interested.
    Tank size
    roughly 25ft x 15ft x 10ft deep
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    28051.95 US Gallons
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    What livestock do you have?
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    Water Parameters
    I dont know about this yet but I was considering salt water.
    What lighting is over the tank?
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  3. Singularity

    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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  4. lIghty

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    That works out like 330g/cm2, and over that size I would image it would have to be 1" think?
     
  5. Falcon

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    speak to sean koekemoer,also a member on this forum.then there was some dude who made a type of basement to keep a large freshwater aquarium for arowanas,although not very pretty( read fugly only due to no decent lighting lol) i guess you could use some of the concepts still.

    http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8952
     
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  6. AThomp12

    AThomp12 Thread Starter

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    Thanks!

    Ill look into both.:thumbup:
     
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    poiromaniax MASA Contributor

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    I would also take a look at Reef Central Online Community

    There is a sub-section for Large Tanks, aswell as large tank manufacturers. Im sure they can help you (and they are all in the U.S ;) )
     
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