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Project by CaptainAhab posted 1159 days ago 3203 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I am constantly saying, epoxy is the most underused carpenters tool.

This tank is 220 gallons, approx. 48” x 36” x 38”h. The vertical strip filter canister was fiberglassed, everything else is just epoxy on wood with filleted corners.

I saved a spot for a pic of the thing clear full of water and fish. This is a 2” water test!

-- Dave www.bluesagehues.com





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RS Woodworks

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#1 posted 1159 days ago

Looks awesome! I’m a fish guy and a wood guy as well. I have a 180 gallon , a 55 gallon, and a few smaller tanks. What kinda fish will you be keeping in there?
What kind of wood did you use and what finish did you put on it?

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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DocWithManyHats

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#2 posted 1159 days ago

I’m also a fish guy. Currently only have a 125 gallon (which for nyc is huge) south american tropical FW tank, but have kept a huge variety in the past. I’ve followed a few blogs about people building their own impressive tanks, but have always shyed away from the idea (the thought of that much water pouring out into my home beacuse of an oversight on my part scares the c* out of me)

How thick is the glass? I’m looking forward to seeing pics of the tank filled and stocked. What type of fish are you planning on?

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SnowFrog

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#3 posted 1159 days ago

I think this is awesome! It never crossed my mind to build my own. I would also be so scared that so much water could end up all over the house. Cause with that much water it would actually spread everywhere.

How did you make sure the thingj is absolutely water tight and will remain that way?

Not only awesome but gutsy ;-)

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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CaptainAhab

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#4 posted 1159 days ago

It is plywood, red oak and lots of epoxy.
Been out of the fish hobby for a few yrs, but have kept and bred most. This will get filled with the big nasty cichlids from central America.
Can’t say I am fearless here! It’s half full and going to let it set for awhile before continuing. The glass is 3/8”. There are on-line calculators for that.
Filled weight will be over a ton! Tank empty weighs around 250 with nearly that much in rocks and stump. Wife says it was built to airdrop!
Just as a point of reference, I can get in with all that deco stuff in it and have PLENTY of room to move around.

-- Dave www.bluesagehues.com

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Dustin

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#5 posted 1159 days ago

I love epoxy

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DaddyZ

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#6 posted 1159 days ago

Deffinately a gutsy move !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Napoleon

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#7 posted 1159 days ago

Wow !! thats nice,looking forward to see some fish in it :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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DocWithManyHats

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#8 posted 1158 days ago

3/8 seems rather thin to me for a tank of that height. Which on line calculators did you use? For reference, I plugged your dimensions in to one and got 1/2” recommended from here:

http://www.garf.org/tank/BuildTank.asp

I don’t mean to second guess what you’ve done, you’re obviously talented and the tank looks great. I just want to make sure it stays looking great.

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CaptainAhab

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#9 posted 1158 days ago

I used this;
http://saltaquarium.about.com/od/planasystem/ig/Guide-Charts--Tables--Diagrams/Glass-Thickness-Calculator.htm

but you have to take into account that this is not a glass cornered build. My panes are 15×24 at a depth of 27” fully supported on all 4 sides. I talked with the auther of the above link and he agreed that 9mm is plenty.

-- Dave www.bluesagehues.com

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terrilynne

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#10 posted 1158 days ago

Very nice! This will bring hours of meditation watching the fish!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 1158 days ago

Great post! Not only a great project, buy the information was very interesting. You really have me thinking now!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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CaptainAhab

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#12 posted 1158 days ago

Anyone interested in more of the aquarium hobby side of the build, here is my post on monsterfishkeepers;

http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/showthread.php?425125-220g-ply-epoxy

-- Dave www.bluesagehues.com

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DocWithManyHats

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#13 posted 1158 days ago

Thanks for the link. I really like the filter design and how you planned ahead if you wanted to make it wet/dry in the future or have it filter from the top to protect any fry. I also like your substrate, pretty ingenious way to prevent the cichlids from rearranging everything. It is definitely becoming a great show tank. I bookmarked the link and look forward to updates.

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RichSoby

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#14 posted 1156 days ago

That’s incredible!
One question though. do you have to let the epoxy “out gas” before setting it up to put fish in?
Meaning does the epoxy become innert after curing so there are no chemicals leeching into the water?

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CaptainAhab

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#15 posted 1155 days ago

Epoxy is 100% solids, there are no thinners or carriers. And it is inert once cured.

-- Dave www.bluesagehues.com

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