Tank Design and size

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  1. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    howdy
    so i have decided that i need a bigger tank, based on the glass calc, i get a safety rating of 3.5, the tank will be fully braced top around the rim and base, triple 10mm floating base.
    i am looking at 3000x1500x650mm water at 600, it will be sunlight driven, any recomendations?

    i know @vatso has a 2000x1000x700 in 12 braced, so i get the same safety rating

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    First recommendation....;)
    Yes get me to build it. .........LOL

    Second free recommendation. 12mm will be fine. Consider SS strapping rather than Glass bracing.
     
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    Third recommendation. Go deeper. Sumeshan is changing his tank next year for a deeper one. 700 just does not cut it on tanks that size. I agree.
     
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    Nice. But i want to first see the sketch with the clear roofing and the sump area before I comment. Do u intend installing viewing lights for after dark? Bracing positioning can then be an issue.
    Ventilation, also indicate windows. U will have lots of condensation come winter. I'm glad for anyone going bigger than what i have, allows me to dream on as well.
     
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    hi @Nemos Janitor, can you tell me more about the SS strapping method? is it cross bracing from on side panel to another at the top?
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I will build it, built a few and enjoy the challenge, also makes it cheaper
    SS straping is an option

    i want to keep it 12mm, if i went 2500x1500, how high is still safe 800?

    the opening will be all glass sliding doors and windows and roof will be 8mm twin polycarbonate like yours, the room is north facing so plenty of all day sun. my goal is a 1mx1m reef and the rest open swimming space, with a possible smaller reef later, i aim to grow into this tank over time and not rush anything, and gradually add flow, view lights as i go on. i plan to use my 3 DIY leds units and 2 vertex illumilux to start, with a possible upgrade a few months down the link to orphek DIF 50 or 100 as the reef and corals grow, nudge nudge
    there will be windows and doors on the one side and in the roof will use extraction vanes and silica air dryers

    its using cable to brace not glass
    i sure hope so, atleast 3-4 month build, gotta renovate the garage before i can start
     
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    I'm a great brick hauler.;)
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the tank will have a steel frame on the base from angle iron, and i will add a steel rim brace around the top as well, i see alot of the super-sized tanks on UR do it like this and i have chatted to a few and seems like a good idea, i also get the steel very cheap

    will do a tank design mockup, my vision is to have a U shaped alcove like the pic below and then have the rest of the tank 3 sides viewable, i have also been thinking of a 4 sides viewable but decisions decisions

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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    hehe, i have a mate who is a builder, he will add the skylights, make the garage my office and build the stand... that alone is 2 months i am sure

    but i dont want to rush, i have my 2 tanks inside to keep me busy
     
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    That looks Awasome!!
     
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    David Saxby big tank also have wiring support instead of glass braces. Makes access a lot easier.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    so now looks like xmas will be kind and i figured if i spend 10% more i can get a bigger tank and make a proper man-cave with a bar, my office and salty swimming pool
    i need some more help with the decisions, tank will be accessible from all sides, sunlight driven
    3000x1500x700 water at 670, which gives me 3015L in 19mm glass, i was thinking of 15mm fully braced but 19mm rimless is also cool @Nemos Janitor @Adee @leslie hempel 15mm braced good or go 19mm?

    while the water volume is large, my stocking will be very low to start...
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    and it will have a triple 12mm floating base, so 36mm base
     
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    19mm braced sounds safe..
    With 19mm rimless on that size tank i wouldnt sleep at night
     
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    sounds awesome Dallas good luck with build
    tagging along for this one
     
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    It will have a steel frame around the top
    I get a safety rating of 3.5 with 15mm and 4.5 with 19mm
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Thanks will start a thread soon
    But this is a long term build
     
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    cool the big ones normally are :lol:
    good luck anyway
     
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