Building a 1600 Gallon DEEP Bioshock aquarium!

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  1. najer

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    Nice, can't wait. :)
     
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    This is awesome! I can't wait to see the final results
     
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    The suspense is killing me!!!
     
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  4. 120reefkeeper

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    Big build and a complex one at that. These things take time and I’m in it for the long haul!
     
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  5. Karlotious

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    Ok the latest update :) the picture has been applied and the tank is ready for the decorative krylon painting. The only hiccup I’ve had is that the led lighting that I originally was going to place behind the bulkhead is too reflective, so I think i'm just going to install a steampunk style sconce on either side of the tank (exterior). The photo doesn't require much lighting to "glow".

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  6. Karlotious

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    A few shots of the top. i still have to silicone around each acrylic panel. Ill then pull the panels off of the silicone which should leave a nice gasket. The "manhole" entrance is the larger opening. (still a tight squeeze) haha

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  7. ReeferRoo

    ReeferRoo Well-Known Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Hudson Valley Reef Keepers Partner Member 2018

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    @Karlotious you were able to put an acrylic sheet over the graphic correct?

    BTW...LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!!
     
  8. Karlotious

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    Thanks to you! I ended up clear epoxying over top of it. The photo itself isn't exposed to the saltwater anymore. :) Ive also had a test piece in my 55 gallon for about a month now with no change just to see what happens when directly exposed to saltwater.
     
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  9. ReeferRoo

    ReeferRoo Well-Known Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Hudson Valley Reef Keepers Partner Member 2018

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    Awesome! I know the stuff will hold up for a couple of years, I was just concerned about the long term. Hate to see an issue after all the hard work you put into this!
     
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    Following! This looks to be an awesome build with one of my favorite games as the theme.
     
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    Wow....this is amazing already and the tank doesn't even have water in it :) Excited for this build to unfold, I'll be following
     
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    This is amazing and following, can't wait to see each update!!
     
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    You mentioned the theater is next to the tank, my theater is next to my tank too. Besides reefing my other hobby is audio/video. The room isn't that big and I only have a 100" screen, but because of the size of the room the sound is awesome, when the subs kick in it's like a punch in the stomach. What size screen do you have and what equipment?
     
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    Its a 120" screen. The projector is a Acer H6510BD. I basically use a gaming pc to handle all audio/video. It saves me from needing a large cabinet. I have one server for the house that feeds all the tvs, etc
     
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    There's been a lot of work put into this tank.. and part of me wonders HOW the panes of acrylic/glass are going to fit into those openings and have appropriate overlap for strength. Are you going to drop from above? What's the overlap on your panels? Hopefully more than 1-3"?
     
  16. Karlotious

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    All three panels slide in from the front, that’s why that part isn’t finished yet. The panels fit into the window seats. It’s 2” acrylic supported by angle iron and sealed with silicone gaskets. I’m not too worried about it haha
     
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    All three panels slide in from the front, that’s why that part isn’t finished yet. The panels fit into the window seats. It’s 2” acrylic supported by angle iron and sealed with silicone gaskets. I’m not too worried about it haha
     
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    Acrylic is purchased and should receive it next week :)) On schedule to complete by April. Psyched!

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    Any updates??
     
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    Wow this is crazy awesome!
     
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  21. Karlotious

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    Sorry for the delayed responses everyone! I just started a new job so it’s been a tad crazy. The acrylic panels are in :) The two large side panels took five of us to move into the basement but it was a success! The left side panel needs approx 1/32nd shaved off the top as it was a tad too large but won’t be noticeable afterwards. Just have to silicone them in now. 2” acrylic is really beautiful lol

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