Has anyone in SA built a Zero Edge Tank?

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  1. durleo

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    Zero Edge

    If you’ve ever stayed at a resort with an infinity pool you’ll be able to imagine a Zero Edge aquarium.

    there are a variety of sizes and models but here’s what they have in common: They have no lid.
    Instead, a Zero Edge is placed within a customized basin. As water overflows the aquarium it drops down along the side into the basin, which then channels the water through a filter to be recycled back into the aquarium.
    The whole process is very quiet. And because this filter system produces none of the splashing or bubbles found in standard aquariums the open surface of the aquarium is glass-clear. Further, the Zero Edge has no visible hoses or bulkheads; it’s a pure fish 360-degree fish viewing experience.
    The Zero Edge’s open-top design does create it’s own maintenance issues. Water evaporates from a Zero Edge faster than a regular aquarium. Fish jumping out of the aquarium is generally not a problem. Curious cats on the other hand . . .


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  3. FransSny

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    Wouldnt be difficult to do at all, I only really foresee a few issues:

    1. The tank would have to be dead level...even the slightest deviation will cuase issues.
    2. Keeping the side panes that crystal clear wont be easy
    3. In SA weather evap could be heavy

    Very cool though
     
  4. gaboon

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    Very cool but coralline inside the tank is enough for me
     
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    Looks wow, if tank glass is spotlessly clean.

    Also, you will limit yourself seriously with livestock options. I had even a Blue Green Cromis traveling down to my sump via my overflow. Now you got one serious BIG overflow. And your snails, will really have a hard time keeping them inside the tank. Also if one of the bigger snails do wonder over the edge, it could cause a lot of water splashing away from its shell, resulting in a strange flood that you do not know what happened after the snail moved on.

    Also needs a serious return pump, or closed loop (semi closed loop) pump to be able to have at least a proper head on the overflow. Meaning the height of the actual water level above the glass edge. Need lots of water inflow to keep that height at about 2mm, all the way around the tank. On a semi closed loop, good luck for any fish that did go over the edge :(.

    Lastly, try to keep kids fingers away. That will be soooo fascinating for them to stick a finger into the running water. Never mind the grown-ups.
     
  6. Manic

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    The main problem I can see is the second you add proper flow it will disturb the surface and then you have problems.
     
  7. Yuri

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    it looks nice and clean
    It is the first time i have seen it
     
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    Essentially it is a giant algae scrubber though, don't want to be the one cleaning it.
     
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    Very nice, would be very expensive I think.
     
  11. brentv

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    I reckon this is a hellova lotta maintenance, Go for a rimless cube, still similar but easier to look after:whistling:
     
  12. danimal

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    beautiful, but ya... super high maintenance
     
  13. Mekaeel

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    Lovely, but maintenance is gonna be high. Not for me, im too lazy :p
    I would rather go for a rimless starfire cube, which im currently planning ;)
     
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    Ya, RiaanP, I can just picture coming home from work with snails all over the outside glass and water splashing everywhere. The snails would probably go there on purpose, nice refreshing flow all the time.

    Very nice looking though.
     
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    Mek, just a quick one, Difference price wise and scratching on starfire to standard? For example 10mm Clearvue glass I get for about R400 a sq.M
    (eg. 1800x600 costs R432!) Is Starfire that much better?
     
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    yes, 10mm and above, then starfire is better. Below, waste of money.
     
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    Nice look and feel, but very impractical.
     
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    I agree.. will have to use thicker glass to go rimless... lol no euro bracing here :p
     
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    Sorry my mistake, it is not Starfire, it is some other name which i cant seem to get now. It is supposed to be more clear than Starfire. Im getting George (Tunze) to build this system for me.
    I remember seeing the difference between 6mm standard and 6mm starfire some
    years ago, and yes there is a difference, the starfire doesnt have that green look to it. :)
     
  20. emteey

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    What were you actually searching for when you accidently found this site? :whistling:
     
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    It would love to have one -if it was easier.
     
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