Tank Design

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  1. Caleb

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    I have finished designing my tank and stand I will be building. The tank will be 1200X600X500 with an overflow at 450mm. The top cover and lights will be added soon. What do you guys think?

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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looking good, thats a nice size
     
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    What is the hole in the back for?
     
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    Nice looking plans. Kep us updated. Any idea on the sump?
     
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    I imagine the holes in the back would be for over flow and return

    Looks good bud
     
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    Don't think it is overflow as he has the central overflow box and can't be return as it is lower than the overflow level.

    Maybe a mistake
     
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    looking good Caled, but concider the following:

    1. 450mm water hight is a bit low, maybe push it up to 500.

    2. use thick enough glass to be able to remove the center brace as this will be problematic.

    3. Your return "hole" is incorrect. its below water lever, this will act a overflow when the pump stops, draining water from the tank to the sump.
     
  9. Caleb

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, that's what makes this forum so great - I can get approval, or dissapproval, before I make costly mistakes. I have changed the design plus Ive Added the sump. Please be very critical...

    Lighty, what complications does the brace cause, is it serious enough to warrant the increase in glass costs? Thanks.

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  10. lIghty

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    Gee Caleb, ur quiet a mumber on sketchup!

    The cross brace could get in your way in the sence of lighting, access into the tank for maintainence etc. just use say 8 or 10mm glass with euro bracing (bracing down the side)

    With the sump, you have a baffle plate after the DSB, is that to route the water thru to the "stone looking" (what will this be) filter then over to the return chamber, if so, you might want to put a baffle as it flows into the return chamber, stopping and bubble from falling over the glass getting sucked up and into the display tank.
     
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    Will I need that brace if the glass I use is 10mm thick?
     
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    No, not if constructed correctly. I'm running a 1.4m x 600mm high with euro bracing in 10mm, 100%
     
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    Cool, do you have a pic of Euro bracing? Any construction tips?
     
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    Euro bracing is what you have down the length of the tank, it creates a 90 deg and strengthens the front and back panes of glass. your design does show it, just to make sure its thick and wide enough.
     
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    Great, do I need to put bracing on the base as well(seen this on some other tanks)?
     
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    yip it is advised, give the side panes more strength.
     
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    Lighty, what are your thoughts on having a double piece for the base rather than bracing ?
     
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    Good design so far, Caleb. Both on the tank, as well as sump.
     
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    so you mean no brace strips on the bottom but rather just another complete piece?

    If so, don't think its practical, If you need more strenght for the "weight" of LR etc, then rather just use thicker glass than doubling it up, the idea of the bracing on the bottom is for extra "contact" surface for the silicone to bond, as the force/pressure is greater at the bottom of the tank, the bracing on the top is basically designed to stop the glass from flexing/bending, as thats what it cause the glass to break.
     
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    Yeah, cause if you don't run loads of substrate you have these strips of glass on the bottom.

    How would you have a totally flat surface ?
     
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