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This is a discussion on Making a tank within the DIY Aquarium forums, part of the TFK Resources category; --> Originally Posted by MilitantPotato Do you have any links bookmarked? If so, could ya post them? I'm doing a 7x4 or 8x4 next year ...

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Old 12-10-2006, 01:03 AM   #21
 
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Do you have any links bookmarked? If so, could ya post them?

I'm doing a 7x4 or 8x4 next year and want all the info I can absorb.
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How many gallons would those tanks be, Militant Potato?
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:07 AM   #22
 
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Do you have any links bookmarked? If so, could ya post them?

I'm doing a 7x4 or 8x4 next year and want all the info I can absorb.
Thanks
Sure, I don't know how original they are, but that doesn't make them any less valuable.

The most important, obviously, is www.garf.org -- Use that as a DIY guide for all of your instructions.

The biggest challenge I had in preparation was finding the right epoxy...at the right price. The absolute best on the net (that I was able to find) is located here

From what I've read and gathered from various locations...and I don't have the websites anymore, regretably....Be sure to sand your wood very smoothly on the inside. Put on a coat of epoxy, let dry, then sand. Continue to do that at least 4 times. Start with a coarse sandpaper and move towards a finer sandpaper as you continue on your coats. When you move the tank try to put it down level as much as possible. Some people I've talked to have set it down on an uneven surface (even to hold it for a short time) and the problem they encountered was it broke a small crack in their epoxy....but it's not something I'd worry about too much, just something to keep in mind.
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:30 AM   #23
 
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Thanks dprUsh, I bookmarked the thread lol.

I'll be skipping the epoxy route though, and using two products made by Sani-tred.

Seems to be everything you'd want in a tank sealer, permanent, UV proof, extremely flexible, puncture resistant, fairly inexpensive, food safe, inert, and even bonds to itself once cured (great since my tank will be made to be disassembled.)

Although fiberglass and epoxy is tried and true for the most part, it's not ideal for me since I don't own a home.

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Best case is that ittle be 520 gallons internal (inside being a true 7x4x2.5, if I can talk the wife into letting me do a 8 foot long tank it should be around 600 gallons.
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:46 AM   #24
 
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Blue? I'm feeling quite good, actually ;)

Nope, I'm not Blue. I'm not caferacermike, either... though my tank would probably be a lot better off if I were either!

600 gallons is some tank! What do you plan to put in it?
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Old 12-10-2006, 07:04 AM   #25
 
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Dang MP I had a 500g glass knock down for $1,000 including all equipment. I could have linked you but it's gone now. It is meant to be torn down and reassembled.


I told you guys Craigslist is the bomb. I have dibs on a complete 240g for $700 and a complete 300g for $1,200.

My newest tank is 84"x32"x36".
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:58 PM   #26
 
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Dang MP I had a 500g glass knock down for $1,000 including all equipment. I could have linked you but it's gone now. It is meant to be torn down and reassembled.


I told you guys Craigslist is the bomb. I have dibs on a complete 240g for $700 and a complete 300g for $1,200.

My newest tank is 84"x32"x36".
How does a knockdown glass tank work?

So that deal went through? Did ya clear up space for it or is it sittin in the storage shed like ya said you'd have to do?

Craigslist in my area sucks, people selling 55gals "complete" with shyte filters for $300+

Every now and then St. louis or KC has some deals, the midwest sucks.
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Old 12-10-2006, 03:08 PM   #27
 
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Blue? I'm feeling quite good, actually ;)

Nope, I'm not Blue. I'm not caferacermike, either... though my tank would probably be a lot better off if I were either!

600 gallons is some tank! What do you plan to put in it?
Ah, I've got it sorted now, oops.

The stock list is far from figured out yet, but I know I wan't a black aro or maybe a silver at first to be sure I can raise them, several bichir, a Eleotris picta, and who-knows what else. maybe 200 guppies.

I'm going to keep it stocked fairly light to cut back on maintenance hopefully.
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