Originally Posted by DiabloCanine
I hear you about tall tanks, a PITA but I think worth it. Are you going to drill the tank yourself? I was going to get a wider tank but did not like the way the stand looked.
A PITA.... LOL
Not only worth it... but really a must have if you can stand it with all the maintenance, cost , etc. Everything grows differently when you have the height to let it shows full size.
My old tank : 180cm long, 80cm high, 80cm thick
My next tank (still on order) : 200 cm long, 70 cm high, 80cm thick. All sides including the rims are polished and beveled. Open top. This one is going to be another of my DIY victim
I aim for the same thickness because I can get a nice depth effect and a larger area should I decided to try out carpet and field setup.
Nope, I will not drill it by myself. Its going to be a nighmare if I scew up and having a broken tank in the end. I will ask my fabricator to make the holes for me. Now they are fabricating a solid wooden cabinet with some carvings and air vent grill for the tank to sit on. Nice real solid cabinet like the one I have under my old tank, and foreigners (esp westerners) gotta love it with all traditional carvings and profiles.
Anyway, I'm going to let them know where to drill and how big it is. I'm sure they cannot crew up seriously, for they are experienced for over 20 years in handling tanks with all of the decorations.
Deep inside what I want is a much larger open tank (say 500gal+), but the cost of 19mm glass and the fear of running cost and maintaining it prevents me from having one.
They are charging me a decent price at around $ 800 for the tank, cabinet and plumbing. This is not the first time. We have a long history with the workshop from reefer to freshwater, from maintenance to decoration, from moving to re-stocking. Now for the waiting... must be another 2-3 weeks at least before they finish everything.