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snazi 03-31-2011 04:03 AM

New aquarium suggestions and tips
 
Hi,

Okay people I have a 35 gallon fresh water aquarium which I think is small and hard to maintain as I like to keep a good species of fish.

Also my current setup is just a basic rectangle aquarium with no special filtration or water change system of any kind. I do have air stones and internal filtration mind you.

What I am think of building is a 100 gallon fresh water aquarium, it will be rectangular as I have to keep up with the place to put it. Every thing will be order made but unfortunately me and people in my area don't have much expertise or knowledge for making good setups.

Here are the dimensions I have thought for my new aquarium :

Length: 72 inches ( 182.88 cm) or 6ft
Width: 18 inches (45.72 cm) or 1.5ft
Height: 18 inches (45.72 cm) or 1.5ft

It will hold about a 100 gallons of water and will be build using a 8mm thick glass. Calculations have been made using this calculator: Calculate Aquarium Glass Thickness | Aquarium Tools , with a safety factor of 3.8. Please let me know if my calculations are practical as I would like the aquarium to be easily maintained. Here is a screen shot of my calculations: http://i51.tinypic.com/2iuvlmd.png

This will have a metal rot iron stand with some wood work and a wooden canopy. I have chosen metal for the stand as wood is really expensive here.

What I need from you guys are any suggestion or tips that I should Keep in mind before getting this build.
I would really appreciate any schematics/ideas for aquarium builds or any custom made special filtration or maintenance systems as not many ready made systems are available here just common filters and air pumps also I need suggestions for internal/under-gravel piping that goes around the aquarium.

I also need ideas for the metal stand and the canopy as I have no clue what to tell the metal worker to build. I would love some hidden space to put any external pumps in the stand and also maybe a hospital stand.

Looking forward for your comments and suggestions, I will share pics of the build and also the final result if requested.

Regards.

AbbeysDad 03-31-2011 08:02 AM

I think your dimensions are incorrect as the front and back need to extend an additional 16mm to compensate for the 8mm glass thickness of the side panels.

snazi 04-01-2011 02:42 AM

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Originally Posted by AbbeysDad (Post 634654)
I think your dimensions are incorrect as the front and back need to extend an additional 16mm to compensate for the 8mm glass thickness of the side panels.

No I think the dimensions are right as the side panels go inside of the frame and the side panels need to be shortened to fit in any case. Please care to prove me wrong.

AbbeysDad 04-01-2011 06:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snazi (Post 635836)
No I think the dimensions are right as the side panels go inside of the frame and the side panels need to be shortened to fit in any case. Please care to prove me wrong.

You are showing the length of the back panel as the same as the length of the bottom @ 182.88, but the front and back panels need to be slightly longer (16mm) to cover the glass thickness of both side panels.


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