Planning a tank

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  1. NO3

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    Hi guys

    Looking at setting up a tank in my new place?

    The question is.........................................?

    wide and short or tall and thin? and i cant decide

    I was looking @ 2000 x 700 x 700

    Any ideas?
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    That do sound good.

    Thin tanks, as in front to back and your rock scaping looks out strange. Too tall and upright with not enough space for corals. But too wide and you cannot reach the bottom of the tank at the back.

    Too high a tank, and you cannot reach the bottom either, needs stronger lights. But the view is better than too shallow tank.. Not saying shallow tanks is not nice, they can be. but the height and length must work together. No point in a 3m tank that is 400mm deep.

    Length, 2m is OK, but every extra bit means more light units...

    At the end of the day, your decision, mostly influenced by the space in your house where you want to put the tank.
     
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    Lighting should be ok! it will be viewed from 3 sides, the two 2m sections then the 700 section the other 700 section will be against the wall! just wondering if i must go wider?

    Thanks
     
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    talking from experience, both in tank building and cost of lighting :)
    2000x800x600 would be better dimensions, at 600 you can use T5, MH or LED without gaining huge cost.
    the front to back depth is so often under-rated, even 1800x900x600 will be much better as you still have the length and will get better depth perception in your scaping and feel of your reef. we often forget the having sides not always seen provide as much enjoyment as a pile of rocks etc.

    so the ideal depth front to back is somewhere between 800-1000 and length between 1800 - 2500 and height no highter than 600 but 450-600 is good
     
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    so is this tank running?
     
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    Not yet !! Waiting on the plans to be passed for the alterations.

    Tossing up between a corner tank and the original 2m tank.............

    STill not sure alot of drawings and checking and fitting and deciding!!

    What your views on corner tanks?
     
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    really liked the dimensions you suggested in the above post 800 is wide though!
     
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    go for something that can get through a door way in case you need to move the tank in future..i think my next tank will be 1.5m or 2m L by 75cm wide by 55 high...wide and shallow
     
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    Who will build it?
     
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    The Tank will be at the entrance to my house, dividing the entrance from the lounge! The lighting are 450W LED unit so should be good to do 600-700 mm. Tank size i think im going to go for 1600 but width is just bugging me a bit, 800 is hell wide but i understand what you saying about depth and being viewed by 3 sides will look kind of cool, i just need to make sure there is space for such a fatty!!

    What your guys views on starfire ? worth it ?
     
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    well my tank is 1000mm wide and best thing ever, you wont believe how much better 800 plus is...

    is starphire worth it, no... my tank is 3 sides viewable and no-one has mentioned the difference as 2 panels are starphire and 2 are normal, with LED i find on 12mm or less you dont see a diff
     
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    I'd agree with Dallas on both points.

    Wider than 800 on a peninsula style tank opens up great scaping opportunities. It does however add some added effort in planing the scape and the lighting.

    As for the cost related to Starfire I could not justify it even at 19mm thick I couldn't convince myself.
     
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    I just purchased @Smithers tank 1800 x 700x 700 and it just managed to fit through my patio door , anything wider and higher would have became a problem for scaping and maintenance , this is just perfect for me .
     
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    My door way is 4.8m wide so getting it in should not be a problem :thumbup:

    Hmm will need to check my lighting will cover 800, but saying that i dont think ill grow corals on the edges!, so should be fine! Starfire sounds cool but i Think ill just go with the normal glass like u say!

    Shot for the help!
     
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    most light units will cover 600 wide, so 800 will still be lit but no corals around the edges, i use 2 radions over my 1200x1000 and no issues
     
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    Many thanks!!!
     
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    Plan your scape and coral placement sothat your lighting is focussed on 600mm wide.

    Remember you dont want to light up your glass viewing panes ;) and you need to leave space for glass cleaner magnets to safely pass internal rocks and corals.
     
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    Decided on a 1.7x700x700 as everything looks bigger when its actually built and in place! 800 was just too big for the house, it would have been a fishtank with a bit of house rather than a house with a fishtank!

    Ill post some pics when things start too arrive, the kitchen was just installed (well half untill the tops come) and the couches came so just waiting for the dust to settle and it will be in!
     
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