could i splice my 55 gallon and salvage the front and back panels to create an 8 foot tank? I have read that the glass' thickness is dependant on depth, so the head pressure on the glass should be no greater than it is currently; correct?
it would be center braced in the front and top and will have crown moulded 2x4 support trim. i want the tank to look similar a shadow box in the end.. end dimensions will be roughly 8feetx2feet and 22 inches high, i believe.
i have not yet decided on which products in regards to sealants and epoxies and am entirely open to suggestion.
everything below this point is just me babbling...
i would like to house some brook trout, long ear sunfish or orangethroat/rainbow darters. so, the setting is still a toss up, it will be either a stream setting for the darters or trout(more rocky with lots of wood) or a pond setting for the sunfish(dirted, lots of wood, vals up the wahzoo and maybe ill cultivate some hair algae instead of moss, it would be a lot more like a local pond...)
i will be using some soft white bulbs instead of 6700k"daylights" to provide a more afternoon pond look.
all plants used must occur in the state naturally; accordingly all sand, soil, fish and water will be local.
i'll need a lifetime fishing licence and possibly a permit or two, depending on what fish i end up choosing.
a hardcore chiller is going to be on the to-buy list.
this is obviously not something i plan on getting done or even started on tomorrow as it will be a large personal investment.
sooo... lets talk wood?