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Well I have partial go ahead on building a tank.. I have it 95% figured out and I’m going to mimic TFG construction method.. It will take a long time as I’m only going to buy materials with extra cash.

The major thing I can seem to get squared away is the glass.. I have found an inside source for it but I need to figure out what I need.. The inside tank measurements will be as close to 120x48x48 as I can make it and will put it at ~1100gallons. I want to go with the two window approach like TFG and use two pieces of glass (this will just make it easier/lighter to install) the viewing portal for each side will be 50x43.5.. Each piece of glass will be sized 56x48 (I think).

I have read posts for over a week, looked at glass charts, gone to sites and tried to do there math to figure out what I need but nothing seems to work for me, either I cant make the math work or the charts I find don’t go this big..

So do I do Float, Tempered, Annealed? And how thick, because I know it changes for each kind of glass.. My glass guy said I could laminate two sheets together if I needed it really thick, what are you guys comments on that topic?

Looking forward to all your comments and I will photo document this project to death 

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98dak83cam said:
1/2" worked for me for 48" deep. I used tempered glass for my project. If you are in doubt see if you can get 5/8"
How big was your tank and what size was the glass window.. And Thanks for your input! Now I can say at least someone has done 48" with 1/2" Tempered..

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I would like to use 3/4 but i'm being told it will be harder to get (from my source anyway) He also mentioned just using two sheets of 3/8" laminated.. I'm not sure what the lamination process entails for glass, but I'm not sure I feel comfortable with that either.. Looking for other opinions on that.

Oh don't worry I will take tons of pictures.. I'm going to take some shots of the space tomorrow, then finish cleaning it out..

Might even get a batch of wood to start the base on it.. We just reserved a puppy from a breeder and can get go back and pick him up the first week in June.. So i'm going to take some wood and make him his own little play area downstairs too..

Hope you don't mind I'm going to copy your design ideas TFG but your setup is just great!

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My First Idea was a large "L" tank running right around 2000G but I moved the concept back to a rectangle to make it more accepting. Really it just fits better this way :roll:

I'll get pictures up tonight before I get to moving out all the stuff I have slid into the tank area while cleaning the rest of the basement..

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OK, Here are the before shots of the area..

The Junk I cleaned up to make some room!


The Shot from coming down the basement stairs, the tank will go in that nook:


Full on shot of the nook, that still needs evacuated:


The server rack that needs moved down to make for good viewing room:


Let me know if 800x600 is too large.. I think its a good size these days with high speed internet and larger displays.. I will keep you posted! I got a gift card tonight for Home Depot at the store to get gas points, going to get lumber tomorrow to build the new puppy play area and start the base..

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CHBGator said:
Figure out the size glass you need and I can get a wholesale price for you. My 84"x 29" x .5" tempered was $169 tax included out the door from work.
Very sweet.. I'm going to hit my friend up to get me a quote at our annual pig roast in June.. If I can get a good price from him for what I need and he brings it to me, rock on.. Otherwise I will hit you up and maybe meet you at Great Lakes Brewery and buy you some lunch one weekend and we can do some business :p

What do you think about the size? a 50ish by 44ish open area for a 57x48 pane of glass, what thickness, assuming a 10'x4'x4' tank... I cant find a formula I can understand... I Use to be an IT programer but I can not do math for the life of me!

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Well the center brace will be 6" wide. and I plan for 3" at the top and 2" on the bottom for the lands..

I got some wood tonight some for the tank and some for the puppy pen:


And I got the pen done tonight, so tomorrow will be clean out tank area and try to make a section of stand :D

Here is the pen, just to show that I was busy :lol:
 

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Well I have run out of wood for now :( but here is a pic of what I got done this morning.. One center "stand" upright, there will be 2x6 caps on the end too if you think from the pic it looks short in relation to the joist box; oh and the outer rim of the joist box :)

All you carpenter folks out there don't make fun of the scabs i used, I didn't want too but I had to use what I had/could get.. At least I put them on opposite ends and recessed them from the complete ends. There will be joists on either side of them too so that will help with the weakness of the area.

 

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CHBGator said:
I'll get a quote for 58"x48"x.5", that should give you a viewing area of 42x54 if you have 3" of land on the top and 2" for the other 3 sides on each piece of glass.
Thanks man! The glass will be one of the last things I get though :( and this may take me a while.. This is a great forum of helping and encouraging people.. I'm very glad I found it!!

I might see if I can squeak in a $50 trip to the depot this weekend sometime and get a few more joists in that box... and the scrap ends make perfect uprights for the base, so BONUS!
 

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OK, I could not help myself... I moved some stuff out of the "fish area" and put in the box that will be the joist box on the stand ... There is 39" to work with behind the tank and 48 off to the side where I will be putting a door at some time!

 

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More progress! But this will be it for a while I have blown my budget for now :( But here are some pic :D

Two of the five base components are done :)


Now all five :eek: the thing in the background is the joist box frame


Joist box done and installed!


Like TFG did I used a chair for height reference, mine will be a little lower to the ground.


I had some 2x4s laying around so I put in the first layer of the bottom baseplate for the walls:


Last but not least here is a down inside view of the action!


Let me know what you guys think so far!
 

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Hmmmm... They are screwed down already.. bummer to hear that too.. I made sure that the inside was going to be perfect to just trim up a 4x8 sheet of plywood and drop it in.. I even made sure that there was a 2x6 on the ends inside the 2x4 wall area for the sheeting to set on, but thats just one the ends, not the front or the back sides..

well at least you told me at this stage :lol: soon as I get budget to do the floor I will take those up..

Still trying to decide if I want to do 2x1/2 or 2x3/4 on the floor.. I know I'm doing 3/4 on the walls.. The depot has 3/4 Bir tch on sale for $29 a sheet now, but I'm out of cash for now..
 

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Ehhh.. NP that just means I get to have more fun with the materials that I have :wink:

What do you think about the 2 ply 1/2 vs 3/4 on the floor TFG , given that its going to be 48" tall and 1100 gallons! Should I just stick to all 3/4 and be done with it?

well now that i think about it, if I have to take that up it will make my measurements off and I might as well stick to all the same size to see if I can make use of scraps for the front part :)
 

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AHAHHAHAHAH!! My firewall at home has decided it needs a vacation :roll: Sorry about all the broken images, I will be going home at lunch to fix the issues.. I called the ISP and the line and modem check out 100% so I guess my super duper uptime for the last few years was bound to fail on me sometime :lol:

At any rate, no pics but an update. I took that 2x4 base plate off the joist box last night and picked up some Liquid Nail at lunch yesterday (I had to get out of the office at lunch) So as soon as i get some plywood I will be ready to rock and roll... I'm going to put a bead of Liquid Nail on the joists before I screw the plywood down just to give it extra stick power.

I'll keep yall updated as things progress, and I'll get those images fixed ASAP!
 

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WOW, thats a good price GHBGator! I need to make it till after the first of July before I can buy glass but I will PM you for sure when it gets to be that time.. I want to give my dude here in town a chance to see what he can do then too, I thinking he might have some inside pull to get it delivered to the house, not sure :)

Other news.. I just found a coupon for Lowes 25$ off you next $250 purchase! Wife just said we can talk about that :thumb: I will keep you guys informed on that front.. I might get a lot farther and faster that I thought I would!
 

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I have been on a different forum for a while because the main focus of our tank(s) has been plants and small fish.. but I have always wanted to get a huge tank, since my old 40g when I had a channel catfish and a common pleco that got way too big for it.. That is why I want to do this tank.. and I just saw today a guy I know is trying to give away two 8+ inch albino Oscars for free to a good home.. wish i had this done already..

but here are some pictures of what the misses and I have now..

Our showcase tank, the 180 (custom canopy by me :) )


Our 29G quarantine tank.. has a small regular community that I rescued from my dads old tank. Another custom canopy by me(needs sanded and painted though :( )


Got a great deal on a 55g but nothing in it yet.. but I made the stand and canopy for it.. I made it so I could keep my two Red Cherry Shrimp breeding tanks under it.. Only one has shrimp in it now, the other was serving as a hospital tank for a while :( :


And the 40 that my dad gave back to me after I gave it to him a year ago.. He got tired of killing fish and plants but growing algae like crazy.. I just go this back so its just sitting on an old sofa table now:


Here is a closer shot of a side of plants in the 180.. it needs some grooming done.. That is what the wife does and she has been busy with classes and teaching..

 

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I'm still not 100% sure on stock... I know I want to have plenty of Oscars in there as my "main attraction" but I'm working out what will be good to go with them.. If the clown loaches get to big in the 180 I might move them down into it.. I would like a catfish of some kind just not sure what.

I want to stick to things that will end up between 12-20" at full grown.. So if you guys want to make suggestions feel free!

houstonhimself said:
Keep up the good work Aalelan... I'm livin in Columbus now so if you ever need an extra hand feel free to ask.
I will keep that in mind for when I get glass :lol: I will need to recruit a few extra hands for that night..
 
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