My new planned tank

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  1. NICOLENE

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    :lol:hi there all ,

    I'm new and would like to get your opinion and input on my new tank i'm planning. It will be 1m x 50 cm x 70cm x 50cm x1m . a panoramic tank. I have no idea what the liters will be in the display tank so if anybody can help me with the formula to calculate it it will be great. i'm planning on putting soft corals , friendly fishes , invertabrates and some sps in. i want the tank to be as close to reality as posible and most important i want the tank to be 100% right to ensure that no fishes die unnecessarily. i bought a secondhand tank from a petshop in nelspruit that became a real massgrave for allmost all my fishes. I decided to name my tank chimeracay wich means dreamreef. i would like to get everybody opinion and advice while i'm building my fishes new dream home.:wave2:
     
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  3. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    sounds interesting

    not sure i understand the tanks shape correctly .... any chance of a sketch of what you have in mind??
     
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    A very warm welocme to you!!:wave2:

    You have certainly come to the right place for guidance and advice!!

    My recommendation to you would be to do as much research and reading as you possibly can before you buy anything. Planning is key. This will save you lots of money, frustration and keep your fishies from dying!;)

    Please start by going to the "Links" tab on this website and read, read, read!!
     
  5. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    like this??

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  6. lanzo

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    yip thats it
     
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    back and sides are 1000mm and then the panels coming in 45 are 500mm
     
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    cool design :)
     
  9. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    well if you want 1m sides 70cm front pannel and 50cm angled pieces then the back has to be 1.4m, which at a water height of 50cm gives an in tank volume of about 880L
     
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    Nice design...
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    what glass thickness are you planning on useing ???
     
  12. NICOLENE

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    yes sure i just have to ask lanzo for some help on that , i'm very new to this and can't get the picture to add or paste. the bad part is i'm not even blond.:) Lanzo (you all know him) is the specialist that will be getting everything going.
     
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    sorry neil this is how it's going to look...

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    no worries

    looks lekker Lanzo ....

    what height is the water going to be and how do you calculate the safety factors on a tank like this with a different to normal shape?

    with the front, the siliconed corners will not be at 90degrees, does this have an impact on the structural strength, and if so how do you compensate for this?
     
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    Tank is going to be 600mm high....water level will be at 575mm

    We use thicker glass than normal to build the tank and at the corners we add a small piece of glass(will post pics when tank is finished)...the bracing is very important in this tank...we are using much larger braces than on a normal tank(that covers the corners;)
     
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    Thats a very unusual design its gonna look nice when it is completed...
     
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    different but nice:) will wait for the picks...picks make everything look a whole lot better:thumbup:
     
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    thank you , will probably get started next weekend. will show some pics as we're going. can't wait myself.
     
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    i was just feeging my nemmie and was wondering how high the average tank is from the floor , the reason for that is that i have to get a chair close every time i want to feed him just to be able to reach him. i planned to lift my tank 80 cm from the floor but with the height of the tank itself added i'll be to short again.

    do you think i should decrease the height from the floor or should i just keep a permanent stepladder next to the tank.

    this might be a very stupid question but is it possible to put the sump and filters on top?

    i've seen someones design of a coffee table tank , where will the lights & sump be then?
     
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    Something i have often wondered is why most tanks are so low. Considering the importance of the sump and the amount of time we spend fiddling down there, why do we make it as small as possible. I like the idea of the sump becoming a part of the show.

    The benefit of a slightly higher tank would be eye level viewing. A ladder provides a great place to hang wet tank towels syphon pipes etc.:)
     
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    My tank stands 1.7 metres high and I use a small ladder to clean and maintain it as well as lots of space to work on the sump. I hate tanks with low stands
     
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