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Discussion in 'Tank Mods & DIY' started by Holland1992, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. Eaval

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    Glued sand has been done before. One thing to remember though is its a death trap for wrasse. They will want to dive into it on to discover its solid [email protected]
     
  2. Holland1992

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    Yeah I need to think of a solution really. I suppose even one covered in coralline algae yes is will look like a purple shelf from beneath but if I was to fix rock to the top and bottom yes it would look better however it would put a lot more weight on the shelf. I don't want to be having issues when I am sticking corals to the rock. Mmmmm


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  3. mgreenough

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    A couple of clear acrylic rods at either end may be the solution, as these can be hidden with minimal rock.
     
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    To work around flow, you can probably use a spray bar attached to a conventional powerhead to eliminate dead-spots above and below your shelf. A good pump like a maxijet 1200 into a 1/2" T, with each outlet of the T going to a 90 degree bend then into a capped length of pipe the length of the shelf should do you nicely. Each length for me would have 2 lines of 10 or so 3-5mm holes at right-angles to each other. This should give you plenty of flow around the shelf where you're vulnerable to dead-spots.

    You could also consider drilling the shelf with smaller holes at the edges to attach rock with cable-ties to the front edges of the glass. This would then let you hide the glass by mounting rock directly onto the front of it where you would otherwise have struggled to keep your glass shelf invisible longer term. Hopefully I'm making sense in writing as it's hard to describe the solution I'm seeing in my head without being able to draw it out for you.

    If you're an engineer you'll know the loading calculations well enough to know if the bracing is safe to remove. Just remember that glass is a material that can vary 20% in strength over a length compared to the average strength over a length, so 30-50% safety margins need to be built into your calculations to allow for the tank being accidentally knocked once it is loaded with water :wink: Admittedly a 20% variation in strength is very unusual, so 30% is very safe for most installations, but you still need to plan for edge cases with this stuff.
     
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    Why not just make a c shape shelf in glass and cover it in rock to make it look like it's floating then there's no pressure put on main tank glass ,,,top c shape covered in rock and the bottom of c shape under sand on tank floor back kept clean so it looks like back off tank ,,if you use acrilic just bend up a c shape with heat on the acrilic
     
  6. Holland1992

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    Floating Reef home made conversion is now completely cycled. Will post entire build thread if anyone would be interested with step by step photos taken along the way.

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  7. jim_fitz

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    yes please

    #we love pics
     
  8. Eaval

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    Be an interesting read and good to see how this develops
     
  9. mgreenough

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    Definitely post a build thread, it would be interesting to see.

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