So, im going medium

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    So i have opened myself once more to drill the side panels. If i make a nice acrylic box on the outsides it will not look bad

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    Or maybe something like this just bigger c9d9f18028718c0c54712e0ce5518b67.jpg

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    I would rather do this bud

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    This is perfect, looks almost like the Reef Octopus one
    You Just have to keep eye on blockages.. it used to happen a lot in @Cesar's tank.
    You need to keep an eye on the sponge because as soon as it gets a bit dirty it restricts water flow also if anything like plant leaves gets in there same thing so..if not careful your sump runs dry
    Other than that it works well
     
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    If the two panels are very well laminated i.e super clean and thin silicone that cured with a few 100 kg on it to ensure that all the air is out and no bumps are created with the lamination then that should be OK. I would still run solid wood and then 30mm poly - that way when the tiles break and the tables move you still have the rigidity of the wood and give in the foam to level things out. True 500mm high is a much safer working height. As for drilling - I would not touch any long bit of glass - if you gonna risk it then do it on a side panel and well away from the edges. A DIY siphon should also work fine.

    Your one side is in the curtain so that should be OK for hiding pipes .. if they are drilled or overflow all same same.

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    Thanks Ferdie. I think my fish are going to get lost on that tank. This is waht i have so far. Yes i have fake plants...... i know. I promise it will not go to the big tank. Im blaming the fake plants on my daughter. 663fa8f58969a27ff8667d01d144fa72.jpg50f740a03172ee800708f8357c612ce8.jpg06595726b7d6595a04b980fcdd04d37f.jpg15d4c2b29d21ced307d11eada8646840.jpg9168c07655abfbca49fe6abbb82bb67f.jpgc62b11626f0ad9c88e7a207952c2647f.jpg

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    Lol - nothing wrong with fake plants ... for some people that is all they can keep alive.

    at 500mm high, that is an ideal size for a proper planted tank ... with loads of nano fish ... actually if you go planted first with a light fish load you do not need to worry about a sump. I see it already a 100 Celestichthys Margaritatus ..
     
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    @f-fish... I assume you referring to the base?

    I was referring to the sides.... 2.4m long... of 8mm?
     
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    lol -yeah ...



    but you are right ... at 8mm best one can do ..



    Later Ferdie
     
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    Those parrots will grow huge... yikes
     
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    I hope so. Hopefully my fishkeeping skills will allow the parrots to grow huge. I am most anxious to see the pink peacocks colour up.

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    I have seen some huge ones so good luck. I'd throw my polypterus in there lol

    For big fish you need good food, a good environment, clean water and patience :)
     
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    HENDRE, that sound dangerous

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    Polys are awesome lol. I love mine
     
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    Any irrigation supply company has black pipe - not rigid PVC type - just black pipe
     
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    Drill the bottom of the tank - not the sides - At least at the bottom you have more glass strength. I would never drill a side panel of 8mm glass on a tank that size.
     
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    Update: the tank is bottom and sides are installed. I need to finish up the bracing but the engineer inside if me is wondering weather the top braces should be inside the tank or on top of the tank.

    My opinion i cannot proove at this stage as i do not know the difference in shear and tensile strength of silicone. The silicone will experience shear forces if the bracing is on top and tensile strength if it is place inside the top rim. Help.....ed58ecfaaf4d1b24c63b67292961fa0f.jpg

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    The joins was fitted with 1mm silicone spacers and i made sure the joints are filled 100%.

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    Your bracing goes on the inside, remember if your bracing goes on top, your sliders wont run.
     
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    Only advice I can give is stand way back while pressure testing. Best of luck

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