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Just started this but i have very little time at home to work on it, so sorry wont be alot of updates to it just yet. I will be on vacation in january so hopefully Ill get a bit more accomplished. I was going to try the hardiboard drylok thing like tfg, but as the time gets closer I am having second thoughts. I think I want to go with epoxy instead. This will have either 2x4 or 4x4 bracing all around it and i need to know what to use for epoxy. I would like to use the sweetwater, 3 coats white, 3 coats black. Is it ok to use the paint alone if it is fully framed in? I have never worked with glass matts befor and dont know if its really necessary. I dont want to mess up laying glass matts, and waisting epoxy. Will it be ok using paint alone then silliconing all seams. How long will the paint last? Tank size is 80"x40"X40"
 

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I have no experience building a wooden water box but the cloth thing is no prob at all. You just need gloves, a cheap brush and a cheap little paint roller(for each coat). If you do a practice run on something you will be totally confident in your ability to work with glass matte on something like this. I prefer it when working on cars. Great stuff. Strong beyond belief.

There are several current threads with most of your answers. Nice size tank you are doing. I really like tall tanks but I like building vertically so thats part of it for me. You plan on planting this thing heavily?
 

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Dont know if im planting yet, probably not its gonna be deep, and a pain to reach down at the bottom. I dont even know what to filter with as i have only used canisters so far. I am thinking of to fluval x5's. Anyone use these yet?
 

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What is that glass from? It looks like a glass table top and I'm concerned if it will take the water pressure of such a tall tank.
 

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spqrzilla said:
What is that glass from? It looks like a glass table top and I'm concerned if it will take the water pressure of such a tall tank.
thats what i was thinking. nice piece of glass, but is it thick enough?
 

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Its just me, but I'd make that tank about half the height it is ...
 

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yeah, it does appear to have beveled edges doesn't it? I also have to agree about the height. If your intentions isn't to plant it then there probably isn't much point to making something so hard to maintain.

Deep tanks like that are popular with the plant fanatics, Japanese in particular do amazing planted tall tanks. You could grow a huge sword plant in there.

If its a table top then its unlikely you can cut it due to tempering.
 

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Don't really see the point in complaining how high it is. If someone is clever enough maintenance shouldn't be all that hard. I'd personally love a tank that tall, has a huge 'wow' factor to it.
 

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Don't really see the point in complaining how high it is. If someone is clever enough maintenance shouldn't be all that hard. I'd personally love a tank that tall, has a huge 'wow' factor to it.
Agree

i would be very interested on how you go about filtration
but i would put money on Under Gravel Jets being more the idea
i could have this wrong but are they not the ones where you set upa pipe network under the gravel and have jets comming out at particular spots to eliminate dead spots in the tank

that would keep maintence down

any idea what fish you are gonna stock it with ?
 

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nice tank size it was easy to cut :D i would have pushed it to 48 deep and wide :lol:

nice Japanese style stand, but the glass looks tinted? will look good but you will need warmer colored lights to take the blue/green color of the glass out. it needs to be 1/2 inch tempered for 40 inch deep tank, and i would put the bevel in.
 

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That tint is unfortunate.
 

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Its just me, but I'd make that tank about half the height it is ...
I like taller tanks, not to many have them. If I wanted 24" height I would have bought a 240 gallon, and saved myself all this aggrevation. :D

Actually I was going to get a 240, then decided i would research what i could build for the same money.

The glass really isn't tinted, just looks like that in the photo. I dont knowif it is tempered or not there are no markings on it, but 3/4 should be ok for 40" depth shouldn't it? I will overlap 3" all the way around it.

I still need to know if I can use just sweetwater epoxy paint without glassing. I am afraid of getting bubbles in glass matts. All seems are glued with titebond 3 and will be braced.

My 8 month silver arro is fast outgrowing the 125 at 14 inches already.
Have 2 lima shovelnose also, and would like to add a tiger shovelnose, an irredescent, and maybe a redtail cat.
There is no good reason to start a new thread everytime you want to update your progress. It gets confusing for those that are viewing your tank for the 1st time
Sorry, I was just researching then, now Im on to building.

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3/4 is toping out at about 40 inches so you would be safe but not extra safe. if it is 3/4 tempered as most table tops should be you have no worries at all its overkill.
 
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