Originally Posted by tomfromstlouis
Looking good scapegoat. I'd be interested in your feedback on the obvious tradeoff of such a tank arrangement. Obviously the clean visual of framing in the tank like that will be offset a bit by not being able to just reach in and service from the front. This inconvenience is one you cn adapt to readily enough I suppose; let us know if it gets in your way much.
I think, overall, the extra time and work required to walk around to the front will be offset by the ease of which maintenance itself will become with everything behind the tank. no running hoses to the sink, no buckets, not having to worry about water on the floor.
that being said. I've never maintained a tank of this size, so I'm not sure... and to be frank, I'm not the best at doing tank maintenance. most of my tanks succumb to algae and lack of maintenance due to not being somewhere I typically am, and the pain it is to perform water changes, throw out clippings, etc. very poor excuses, but they are there... i'm a programmer, and lazy
I'm sure I'll work something out to handle the water changes for me later on.
AND that being said; this tank will be in an area we plan on using nightly. My wife can hang out, watch tv, and we can still talk. My toddler can even be awake and around while I do maintenance, all I have to do is lock the door behind me. So this tank, which may be more difficult to work with due to being worked on from behind, is going to get more maintenance than any tank I've owned.
the convenience out weights the inconvenience; especially with a 6'x6' room behind it. I just need to figure out how to adequately use the space since I'm planning on putting a rack back there to raise fry.