Custom corner drop off tank diy

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Hello everyone
Ive been in the hobby for about 2 years now and have been contemplating a custom tank build. I have 2 150 gallon tanks now one a 150 tall and a 150 half moon. I have some larger tangs that are starting to out grow the 150 half moon . So I was thinking about doing a 450 gallon L shaped corner tank with a drop off. Any comments things I should be aware off I've built a few tanks but nothin of this size. I have a few drawing.
 

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I just finished building 175 gallon drop off but not a corner drop off I can tell you the issues I dealt with is don't try to cut the glass if it needs to be an L shape yourself have it Factory cut on a water jet it will be stronger and use radiuses if you do have to make cuts no sharp corners try to use a steel frame and lots of support another issue I found was setting the glass on the bottom piece of glass cause stress and cracked it due to different water weights
 
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That was some issues I had thought about. Luckily I work for a commercial glass company and have access to an engineer( who is giving me a good safety factor for the project). I was going to do a steel frame and try to do euro bracing for the top and weld an aluminum frame for the bottom 2x2x1/8in angle.
 
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Slow to start here still waiting on my engineer to finish drawing up my tank. The tank I'm replacing is starting to get out grown.

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Going to have to watch this thread, sounds like an awesome build!
 

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Sump is almost done just need to figure out my compartment sizes. 60in x 26in x 24in ruffly a 150 gallon sump.

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What thickness of glass did you use on the sump?
 
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What thickness of glass did you use on the sump?
I used 1/4". It won't be filled all the way so it should be able to handle it. Plus I'll be bracing the top and with the baffles it will handle the deflection.
 
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Some of the equipment and plumbing parts came in over the week. I'm using eshopps eclipse L over flows only one came in:(. I'm gonna give vertex a try I ordered there Omega 180i for one of my skimmers. And my return nozzles came in 3/4 loc-line.

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Getting the steel cut up for the stand. I went with 2x2x3/16 steel tube. Hopefully get it finished today and start some welding tomorrow.

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Stand is all welded up. Now to figure out how I want to paint it. I thought about doing the roll in bed liner or an epoxy but I'm not sure
 

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Cool Build! Will be watching. Your planning g a remote sump or under the long section of tank?
 

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