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joeshmoe 10-30-2006 09:12 PM

joes connecting tank idea pls look
well i got a pic i made of this idea the pic just about explains it put its hard to see :oops: .plz feel free to post your ideas :D

girlofgod 10-30-2006 09:27 PM

so...the fish would be able to move from one tank to the other?

what you have to consider is that the holes for the tubing would have to be drilled, making the tank useless if you ever decided to take them apart again...and the tubing would also have to be large enough for the fish to swin comfortably through without gettting sure you thought of this already...and wouldnt there be the risk of detritus getting stuck in there and causing ammonia/nitrate spikes? just wondering...other than that...its quite genius. =) especially if you want a larger set up but dont have the money to upgrade presently, and already have the equipment you would need to do it. =) you would also have to caulk the holes yourself, and maybe you are good at that sort of thing...but i dont think i would trust myself to do it...=P

just my thoughts..


joeshmoe 10-30-2006 09:33 PM

thanks bri i thought of the poop getting stuck so thats why i have a wave make to push it thru. i would probly get pro glass cutter to do this job. i thought of is i think it would probly hard to move. :shock: plz keep ur thoughts comeing!

girlofgod 10-30-2006 09:38 PM

yea, good would pretty much have to stay wherever you placed it...forever :shock:

Steman 10-30-2006 11:56 PM

i have seen something similar to this before except on a much large scale, it was more like a bridge from one side of the room to the other side of the room. ill try and find a link but im not promising anything.

Daz 10-31-2006 05:13 AM

This is what your looking at.

caferacermike 10-31-2006 05:49 PM

Ok the most obvious and glaring problem is that the smaller tank is lower that the larger tank. All of your water above that tank will spill out of the smaller, lower tank. Period. If you only wanted them to be connected so fish can swim through, that's fine. You'd have to make the tops of both tanks exactly the same heigth. The drilling won't be cheap. To make a large enough hole, 3" expect to pay almost $75-100 a hole. Those bits are not cheap. My local lfs and glass shops charge about $50-75 a 2" hole. A 3" hole would only fit about a 2" pvc bulkhead so realize that in the end you'd have diameter inside of about 1 3/4" for the fish to pass through.

A better idea would be to drill a hole about 2" from the top of the taller tank and have it overflow into the smaller tank. Drill a hole in the smaller tank in the bottom and install an overflow tube 3/4" from the top of the tank. Add a large wet/dry sump under the stand for the water to cycle through. Use a hobby pump to return the water to the larger tank. This would make a loop that would oxygenate the water, cool it a few degrees, and allow ammonia gases to dissipitate into the atmosphere as it is broken up in the wet/dry. You'd be adding the volume of water to each tank and about 20 more gallons to the total volume. Water changes would be much simpler. Only real drawback is that if one fish gets sick it can be transferred to both tanks. Your fish would obviously not be able to "visit" each other either.

joeshmoe 10-31-2006 06:43 PM

yes thougt of this thats y i was think of doing this with 20gal long :wink: witch is the same sive hight of the 10gal i just thought of this like 4 hours ago :P

joeshmoe 10-31-2006 06:49 PM

ive got it what if i didnt fill the 20gal all the way and then i could put a half land and half water :D

joeshmoe 10-31-2006 07:17 PM

ok found this realy cool site here it is and the stuff

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