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Old 06/26/2009, 02:22 PM   #1
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aghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

This won't end. Ok so my eight month old 375 split a seam. So hey lets take advantage of this and increase the size of the tank. So now I have a 450 coming (slight cost in increase of material size). Informed by manufacture that I have to go with 1" top due to the new depth and larger cutouts they would provide(cut outs at their suggestion). Finally they come to take my old tank away so I can make modifications on the stand (which was supposed to be done before the new tank arrives). Hey look the new tank is in the back of the truck. ugh. With the stand not being ready lets set it in the living room until I get the new stand addition done. So we lug the new tank into the house remove the old tank. They leave and then my jaw drops. The top is made of 3/4" thick material. Email them and they say don't worry about it, it will be fine and don't worry about the additional cost for the new size. Now would you trust a 96w x 36d x 30 tall tank with these cutouts and 3/4 material.



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Old 06/26/2009, 02:28 PM   #2
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With that bracing, I think so. It's all about the height of the tank in relation to the thickness of the material. With that bracing I would think you would be fine.


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Old 06/26/2009, 02:42 PM   #3
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ok, maybe im over reacting but after narrowly escaping having 375 gallons of water on my floor I'm not to sure I want to tempt fate again.


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Old 06/26/2009, 02:51 PM   #4
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But just think about how much fun 450 gallons on the floor would be! It'd be like Crocodile Mile!


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Old 06/26/2009, 02:54 PM   #5
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I think you'll be fine as well.

Those are AWESOME tank dimensions BTW...


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Old 06/26/2009, 02:56 PM   #6
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Who made the Tank? er, Remade your tank.


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Old 06/26/2009, 03:02 PM   #7
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There's a 500g tank at sho tank that someone backed out on, might be worth a call.


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Old 06/26/2009, 03:02 PM   #8
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Old 06/26/2009, 03:04 PM   #9
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I just plugged your dimensions into the tank building calculator on GARF and it said you could use 1/2" acrylic.

That being said I would say since yours is 3/4" all the way around you should be more than fine with the top being 3/4" as well...


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Old 06/26/2009, 03:08 PM   #10
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great, thanks. I feel a little better now. Didn't know there was that calculator.


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Old 06/26/2009, 03:54 PM   #11
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A friend of mine has a 96 x 48 x 30 acrylic that's got a 3/4" top brace and it was fine until it got 8 400HQI's over it! Now it has started to bow because of the heat, it was good with 6... just those extra two lights must have pushed it over the heat limit!

I think you'll probably be fine as long as you don't get carried away with the lighting... but that's any acrylic tank.


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Old 06/26/2009, 05:58 PM   #12
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how close to the top was his halides?


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Old 06/26/2009, 08:59 PM   #13
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I'd say less than 10". Not 100% sure. I'd have to go look again.


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Old 06/27/2009, 05:16 PM   #14
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Re: aghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

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They leave and then my jaw drops. The top is made of 3/4" thick material. Email them and they say don't worry about it, it will be fine and don't worry about the additional cost for the new size. Now would you trust a 96w x 36d x 30 tall tank with these cutouts and 3/4 material.

I'd want a guarantee, in writing with a provision for repairing water damage in the event of a failure.
They told you that the acrylic had to be thicker, now that they made a mistake, it's not important anymore? Get it in writing......


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