Cube v Rectangle

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  1. Bufamotis

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    Okay, i've seen rectangular tanks, if seen wash basin tanks, i've seen toilet, coffeetable, skyhighway and curvy cornertanks, but as of yet i've only heard of people's cube tanks, and not seen one..

    What is so nice about it being a cube? any pro's? any con's?

    anything usefull or different to it being a cube? is it stronger built or easier to circulate etc?
    C'mon, post up some of your cube pics here TASA, i wanna see:D:)

    Plus, i think i might wanna get one, so i wanna see if they look worth it, i want something with more height than my current 90x50x45cm

    maybe 90x90x90 or 60x60x60 or something?
     
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    Bufamotis

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    thanks, so you mean, because its not very long, cant fit stong tubes? that why you went the halide route?
     
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    That is how I understand it.

    But I guess you can fit more than on a longer tank.
     
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    100 x 100 x 100 would look verrrrrry nice.
    Get glass then build one.I don't think it will cost that much.....:idea:
     
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    :eek:

    I'm so doing that!
     
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    Hmmmmm now i'm tempting myself here as well.
     
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    Bufamotis

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    what glass thickness?
    anyone wanna venture a price estimate on such a build?
     
  10. Max98

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    I think you need to reconsider a 1m deep tank.

    a 1m cube won't fit through a normal door.
    You will struggle to reach things at the bottom.
    Most lighting systems ect is only rated for tanks max 80cm deep.

    I would for my tanks go 60cm max.
     
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    Bufamotis

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    i dont have a door problem, my entrance is a sliding glass door and a huge metal gate. as for depth, i'd actually want to reach the bottom with my hand, so measured at holding something in a fist, like a rock or a plant that i'd be placing or planting, 63cm would be cutting it close for comfort ending under my armpit, so your 60x60x60 estimate seems the correct max
    leaving open about 3cm topside would give a nice 200liter tank.
     
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    Bufamotis

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    i'm looking for more height than that, its kinda stupid, with my current tank you basically gotta sit down to see the whole pic, i want the height so i can stand and see it all as well.

    come to think about it, if you compensate for 4cm or so of gravel, and a 2cm air gap up top, ...i can go for a 70x70x70 and still reach below, at 340liters.
     
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    Or just make you stand higher. :rolleyes:
     
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    Bufamotis

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    stand higher? then i'll be lookin down on my canopy
     
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    LOL :p
    i think he ment the tank stand :p
     
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    Bufamotis

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    ah, you=your

    lol, i dont even have a stand yet, nor the money for glass or anything, i'm just planning possibilities
    cubes, post some pics or thread links or comments or whatnot....

    dun be shy, c'mon...

    you know you want to
    C'mon now, there are alot more members with
     
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    Cube tanks are awesome. We have a 1m cube as well as a few 50cm cubes - very nice looking and the 1m cube makes an awesome display tank.

    Downside: Can't get it through a standard door - had to get is dismantled and reassembled where we wanted it. But you've already stated that this is not a problem for you.

    Can't give you pictures at the moment as I'm not at home......but it really looks great!

    Oh and also the cube takes up less room and holds more water volume than my 2m!!!!!
     
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    Henk had a 100x100x80 planted "cube" and I had a 60x60x55 reef "cube". They do indeed hold quite a bit of water. You would generally have to buy shorter globes but more of them to light them, hence the tendency towards MH's.
     
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    i had a 900x750x750 (almost cube tank). I put it up for sale here last October. It has been sold though. it was on a cabinet and total height including stand, tank and hood was at 1.6m. i had issues reaching down to the bottom though even though the water height was at 650. i am 6ft and had to stand on a step that is about 1ft high and still had to stand on my tippy-toes to get to the bottom...i was really worried about dropping stuff due to gripping issues...but it does make a nice display tank and for people wanting to keep big fish but cant due to space for the size of tank needed, it provides options. also to let you all know the glass was 12mm with double base. it also fitted quite nice through a standard door with an external security gate...
     
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    Yeah reaching the bottom becomes a hassle after 60cm high or so especially if the tank is very "deep". Also the higher you go the worse your light penetration and it also becomes more difficult to achieve height in your aquascaping, more balancing/glueing etc.
     

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