Scaping advice.

synthetix21

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
May 11, 2023
Messages
41
Reaction score
25
Location
MY
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Hello guys.
So recently i saw this photo of a reef tank. I think it looks beautiful. But ive not seen many people with this kind of setup. Thin sandbed and deep sand on the side.
FB_IMG_1689734207805.jpg

What are the cons to this kind of setup?

Will the heavy sand leaning to the side put pressure on the glass panel?

Also, idk the science of this, but does adding more rocks in tank help reduce water pressure on glass panels (glass bowing) because the tank will have less water?

Thanks for any inputs.
 

CoralB

5000 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 20, 2021
Messages
6,258
Reaction score
31,897
Location
Orlando, Florida
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Even if you are able to duplicate this I would find a way to excavate the sand from the front glass to keep it from looking clean cuz the glass that’s buried by the sand will get ugly .
 

exnisstech

7500 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 11, 2019
Messages
7,780
Reaction score
10,484
Location
Ashland Ohio
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I'm not a fan. It's going to get nasty between the sand and glass and look like crap. I ran a deep sand bed for a while and it was always nasty looking against the glass. This person must be cleaning it or it's newer, the sand mound that is. Also the glass/acrylic is going to get scratched badly so if you change your mind....?
Maybe mounded against the back wall might not look so bad JMO
 
OP
OP
S

synthetix21

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
May 11, 2023
Messages
41
Reaction score
25
Location
MY
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Thanks for the input guys. Yeah, thinking about all being said here, maybe ill just go with thin sand bed. Mine is at about 1 inch sand.

That's a big tank so not sure it *really* matters but you do lose more water volume.
Because earlier this year, one of my tank just burst. It was a freshwater tank and an old tank. No rocks or plants. Just fish.
I know more rockscape means lower water volume. But im just wondering if it will also reduce water pressure on the glass. Not gonna have the same thing happens again, especially a saltwater tank.
 

viper5dn

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 23, 2021
Messages
30
Reaction score
21
Location
Santa Monica
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Thanks for the input guys. Yeah, thinking about all being said here, maybe ill just go with thin sand bed. Mine is at about 1 inch sand.


Because earlier this year, one of my tank just burst. It was a freshwater tank and an old tank. No rocks or plants. Just fish.
I know more rockscape means lower water volume. But im just wondering if it will also reduce water pressure on the glass. Not gonna have the same thing happens again, especially a saltwater tank.
Huge bummer on the freshwater! I think busting tanks is risk for any older aquarium, but the larger the aquarium the higher the chances of it busting (I think water volume increases pressure ^3). Best advice is to watch the seams, and be careful not to agitate the tank too much when it's filled. My wife sometimes leans on the glass when she's watching the tank from above--freaks me out every time :).
 
OP
OP
S

synthetix21

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
May 11, 2023
Messages
41
Reaction score
25
Location
MY
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Huge bummer on the freshwater! I think busting tanks is risk for any older aquarium, but the larger the aquarium the higher the chances of it busting (I think water volume increases pressure ^3). Best advice is to watch the seams, and be careful not to agitate the tank too much when it's filled. My wife sometimes leans on the glass when she's watching the tank from above--freaks me out every time :).
yea. my tank was outside on the front porch. some of the fish already on the road. almost went into the drain. lol. luckily managed to save all of them in time though some of them were bruised. it happened at 3am.

im afraid to fill my tank to the top. i knew that deeper water also means higher pressure on the side. my water line is 3 inches below the glass level. i think it looks ugly being so low. hahah.
i would like to raise the water again just by adding more rocks/sand in the tank. so i dont need to add more water. thats why i asked this.
 

viper5dn

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 23, 2021
Messages
30
Reaction score
21
Location
Santa Monica
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
yea. my tank was outside on the front porch. some of the fish already on the road. almost went into the drain. lol. luckily managed to save all of them in time though some of them were bruised. it happened at 3am.

im afraid to fill my tank to the top. i knew that deeper water also means higher pressure on the side. my water line is 3 inches below the glass level. i think it looks ugly being so low. hahah.
i would like to raise the water again just by adding more rocks/sand in the tank. so i dont need to add more water. thats why i asked this.
Glad the original tank bust went about as well as it could. Tanks are generally designed to be filled to the top (obviously not to the tippy-top, but maybe 1-inch down). Would it be possible to have someone you trust from a local LFS, or someone else with experience looking at a tank's seams, come by to do a visual inspection (or alternatively take pictures)? May be a bit tougher since the tank sounds like it's filled, but you can always drain it down so there's just a bit of water left for the livestock--the few minutes where the water's drained shouldn't hurt any corals you might have. Visual inspections aren't a 100% guarantee, but might give ya some peace of mind.
 
Back
Top