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    55+55+29= 139 gallons and 10.5 feet long

    Discussion in 'DIY Tanks' started by MyFishEatYourFish, Apr 12, 2011.

    1. MyFishEatYourFish

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      ok, my friend and i are going to connect two 55's and a 29 to make a 10.5' long tank. the plan is to replace the top and bottom rims with a strong wood like oak with cross braces every two feet. leaving the bottom to lay flat on the top of the stand, with a rim that only goes around the outside. with the vertical seems between tanks, there will be lots of silicone, and a wood brace that connects the top and bottom rims.
      has anyone ever done something like this, and is there anything that i should know now before i learn the hard way?
      we will be starting on saturday and there will be lots of pics :)
       
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      I like it!

      just make sure it's sturdy and build it to the end foot print...Maybe think about trimming the end caps so that the tanks fit flush together?

      Got the gears going!
       
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      :DI cant wait to see this. It sounds awesome.
       
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      Is this going to be some type of large plywood tank with the glass from all these tank types in the sides of it as viewing windows?
       
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      and then fill it with 200 tetras, seriously what would you put in that?
       
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      I see disaster written all over this LMFAO, but I do wish you the best as this is a neat concept.
       
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      I think it will work. I've seen two 125's put togeather like this and that worked. The trick is support bracing for the top and bottom. Do-able :)
       
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      he was talking about having the bottom completly flat again the stand though. No way you could have a brace if you did it like that. I agree it is do-able, but might want to rethink a few things before siliconing the S%*t out of this thing LOL
       
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      Yeah, I would have one stand, a single base that is perfectly flat, maybe wrap the base of the tank in 1" aluminum angle stock and the same on the top. I would leave maybe 1/16” gap between the glass panels that are butted up to each other. Give the glass some room to find its own level without the possibility of the glass scraping against each other and shattering. The thing with 55 gallon tanks is they are all tempered so one chip and the whole panel shatters. The good part, tempered is very very strong.
       
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      You're not going to make that work with the 29 gallon in the mix due to the slight difference in dimensions between that and the 55 gallons.

      However, it should be fine with just the two 55 gallons connected to each other with plenty of bracing.
       

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