Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Johnson City, Tennessee
contractor building my tank!!
As I have explored the purchase of a large aquarium. Some folks have bad reps, some are outrageously expensive. Just as I was about to settle for a FYI of normal size, I shared some of my frustration with the contractor who has been putting my house back together again following a tornado strike three months ago. My contractor has developed a strong interest in taking on this project of building my aquarium.
The man has been totally delightful to work with. He's outstanding, thorough, creative and honest and he's become a friend. As we talked he asked questions and offered suggestions. His interest grew rapidly. Finally I ask him if he would be willing to take on a project like this. He said he would love it.
As we talked he suggested a huge L shaped tank. The tank will be on a stand he'll make. It will have one face 16 feet long and the short part of the L would be 8 ft. The entire tank would be 36" in width and 30" deep. It will have a steel frame. This basement monster will hold over 1,000 gals.
James is a glass expert as well and works with a master welder. He is excited about doing this project and so am I. He has access to all of the materials wholesale including glass of all thicknesses, laminated, tempered etc. No one in this area builds large custom aquariums and he sees the possibilities.
Never could I afford to have what he's planning to build on site except under these conditions. Of course the big drawback is that he's not yet an experienced aquarium builder. Obviously he will need to consult an experienced tank builder.
I have a question. Do you or anyone know of good fairly technical sites online that discuss the finer aspects of construction including water depth, glass thickness and engineering details?
Also, would you know of an aquarium builder who might be willing to consult on a project like this? I have a dear aquatic friend who is helping but she may not have the engineering expertise necessary.
Thanks for letting me share this with you.