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Old 08-21-2013, 02:33 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by LonghornGardens View Post
That looks awesome. I have been wanting to try this for years, but just can't get the courage to do it.

Have you filled it yet?

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Painted the back of the tank black, moved it into it's final location and shimmed the legs to get everything nice and level

Plumbing installed for beananimal style overflow

Gate valve on siphon line to tune the flow

Tank was test filled slowly over a couple of days to check for leaks in the tank and plumbing. It's now been up and running for 3 days. So far so good!

The beananimal overflow works flawlessly! My return pump is a Laguna Max-Flow 2000 which puts out a LOT of flow but the overflow seems to be keeping up nicely. I think I'm going to add a ball valve on the return in case I want to throttle the flow a little to reduce the height of the water above the weir.

Next step is to build the light fixture and then get started on aquascaping. Next update will probably be in a new thread in the Tank Journals section.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:56 PM   #17
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Don't forget your secondary siphon activation line. Looks awesome so far, great job!
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:11 PM   #18
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Amazing. Are you going to continue your journal here or start a new thread. I can't wait to here about your plans for lighting, substrate, ect.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:16 PM   #19
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Great job on the coast to coast overflow!
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:37 PM   #20
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Absolutely fantastic! Just finished looking at your 300 pal, that is beautiful!!! Good luck with this, can't wait to see more pix!
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:51 PM   #21
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How much did the glass cost?
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:26 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by the_deeb View Post
The tank could be considered to have a semi-floating bottom: the sides are built around the base but are flush with the edges so the base is fully supported by the stand. From my research, this is the strongest way to assemble a tank because it it means that the silicone joints at the bottom primarily experience tensile stress (as opposed to shear stress if the side are sitting on top of the bottom), and silicone has higher tensile strength than shear strength.
So many people don't seem to understand this. This is one of the main reasons you should not attempt to de-rim an AGA style tank. Typically those that just remove the top rim do not have issues, but those that take off the bottom rim do and this is why. If you take the rim off of the bottom of an AGA tank you'll find the sides are built on top of the bottom.

I'm really impressed that you assembled this all in your apartment.
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