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ScottishGirrl 03-09-2009 04:38 PM

Opinions Pleaaaase :D
Hey, Im thinking about buying a huuuuge new tank.
Its going to be roughly 9foot long and four foot high, and with the stand it will be about 6foot high.
im going to get it sort of sunk into the wall, obviously with room between the top of the tank and the wall for water changes, feeding ect.
Just wanted to know if you all thought this was a bit too far..?:-P

aunt kymmie 03-09-2009 04:51 PM

Something that size would have to be custom made, yes?

ScottishGirrl 03-09-2009 04:55 PM

yes it is, it would be custom built by the people who sell you the glass.

B Castle 03-09-2009 05:12 PM

I almost did a built-in when I built my house.... since I actually BUILT it, I could pretty much do whatever I wanted. Now I regret not doing it.

JohnnyD44 03-09-2009 08:41 PM

sounds like quite a project!!! if you start it, we'd love to see some'd make a great blog!!

veganchick 03-13-2009 11:44 AM

Sounds awesome! Time consuming tho. What would be ur stcking plans? Plants? Fish? Substrate?

veganchick 03-13-2009 11:44 AM

also, how many gallons is that? like a billion? lol jk

tophat665 03-13-2009 09:43 PM

I think that's a great idea, but before you do it, let me ask how you plan to clean the bottom of the tank? I'm 6'2, and I have a 110 Extra high that, if I am standing on a stool to get my armpit level with the top of the tank I can just barely touch the bottom. And I always soak my sleeves doing it. That's 31" tall. What are you going to do with a 48" tall tank? Swim? A 9x3x2 to 2 1/2' tank should be plenty for most fish, unless you had something specic in mind for which you need a 4' tall tank.

Also, bear in mind that, if you are going to plant a 48" deep tank, you will need MASSIVE amounts of light, as the intensity will be down to around a third or so by the time it gets to the bottom of the tank.

Now, another thing to keep in mind, that's going to be about 550 gallons if it's only 2' front to back. So almost 3 tons. Make sure your floor can handle it.

ScottishGirrl 03-14-2009 08:35 AM

Thanks tophat, i have thought about all this for a long time, my uncle is a architect and my grandad is a builder, they have carried out all sorts of tests to ensure the building is stable for putting that much weight on.
The lighting would also be specially designed by my uncle, im not the most upto date on the technology lingo that he used but i'll try my best to describe how theyd work!!
They would look like the normal tank lights you could buy anywhere for a regular fish tank, but they have a special mirror effect that also has pearl protein within it so the light would be reflected all the way to the bottom.
i hope that made sense to you guys, because thats the best i could translate his techo talk into normal talk !!
Im lucky to have family members in almost all sectors of the trade industry so the tank stand would be built on special hydrolic(? excuse the spelling) platforms which can be height adjusted for the cleaning ect.
As for stocking ect, i havent thought about that in great depth yet, just going to take it one step at a time, so building this thing first!!:D

stevef10 03-14-2009 09:37 AM

Wow, that does seem pretty high tech, but it also sounds freaking awesome!!

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