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making aquarium by myself?

hello
i'm tired of finding wider aquarium and decided to make it myself
the size of aquarium i want to make is 60" x 50" x 50"
is there any articles helpful for me? and where can i buy glasses for making
aquarium???
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Reaching the back of that sucker is going to be a bitch.

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If you are serious about a nice custom aquarium, buy Starphire glass. Completely transparent. Unlike most glasses, which have iron that gives a greenish cast to the glass. Starphire glass is expensive, though.

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If you haven't seen it already, https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...lass-tank.html

Scolley did a wonderful write up that clearly outlines some of the pitfalls he encountered.
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hello
i want to make is 60" x 50" x 50"
someone should send you links to cheap wet suits and scuba gear.

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And what are you going to do with it? Bathe in it? You will pay hell trying to do anything in a tank that size. That's right there at 650 gallons. And wide enough and deep enough you will never be able to reach any part of the tank without getting wet.

But if you really want then I suggest you contact www.glasscages.com

And if you want to build it yourself I would suggest not working with glass but with either Acrylic or wood. Build the tank out of wood and put a glass front in it.
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A 50 inch deep tank would need some serious glass thickness, probably an inch or so would be my guess. So, you would need to include the cost of adding a major foundation under the house where this will be, just to support the glass alone, let alone all of that water. I think that size tank is generally referred to as a pond!!

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You know, sometimes they say... if you've got to ask how much, you can't afford it.

I think here you might say, if you've got to ask where to buy glass, you might not want to build a 50" deep tank. That is a major league tank that will require the assistance of a mechanical engineer, that or plans that have been vetted by ME's and proven in practice. An example is this tank (found by Wasserpest).

Or you can look at the GARF pages under tank construction.

How about 25" deep? Probably 5 times easier. At 1/10th the cost.

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I think it can be done. I remember seeing a thread where someone dug out part of their backyard and put in a mega humungous tank. I didn't read the thread all the way through, but I would assume that all you would need is mega thick glass for the front. I doubt you would need thick glass throughout all sides and the bottom. You could probably just use cement on the sides and bottom as a foundation, with the glass on top of it.


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I seem to recall someone on the angelfish forum had a custom tank built that was like 60" or 72" deep. He reinforced the floor quite a bit obviously. I don't recall the total dimensions though, just that it held close to 1k gallons. He set it up with Altums, and yes; he had to climb into it to landscape.

Note I said he had it built. Some companies do custom sizes.

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Are you sure you meant inches and not centimetres?

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and yes; he had to climb into it to landscape.

footprints in the aquascape must look really funny
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If it is inches, you could always go with something like this:

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...00g_tank_1.php

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