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Old 04-13-2008, 11:23 PM
 
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Default Man it didn't look this big on paper



Started to build a front opening octagon yesterday. And, even after cutting and assemblying the 2 x 4s for the frames, it didn't look that big, I guess I am gonna need some more supplies.
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:13 AM
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That thing looks huge! How many gallons is that? I can assure you my 20G hex does not dwarf my couch like that.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:06 AM
 
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I don't know exactly, I would guess around 100 gallons. Flat to flat it is 32 inches across inside x 36 inches high. So if it was square it would be over 130 gallons. The original stand was gonna be 36 inches tall, but now I am rethinking that and leaning towards 24 inches tall.
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:49 PM
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It may be big, but that a nice custom tank!!
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How wide is each panel?
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Thanks little Dip.

The panels are beveled at 22.5 degrees on both sides so they fit together tightly. Each panel is 13 1/4 inches wide. I had a bunch of 1/4 inch lexan polycarbonate strips in the attic, so I ripped them on the table saw at 22.5 degrees, and miter cut some 2 x 4s. I have never had a problem with lexan warping, and have one enclosure that is 12 years old. I still need to plug all the screw holes and add a bottom and trim before I stain the wood. Oh, and build a stand to sit it on. Not going to put the top on till last so I don't have to go thru the door for the background work.
The door slides in the grooves top and bottom. You can see the bottom groove in the picture.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:55 PM
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Man if I had the skills to build my own tanks, I would go broke...I would love to have a tank that size for frogs.
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I too think I am glad I lack those skills, or I would go broke making huge tanks.
Nice work!
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Old 04-15-2008, 12:18 AM
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I am not good with math, but this link has how to figure out a hex volume, so I am sure it can be applied to an octagon as well, maybe 1/3 of the way down the page.

http://www.aquariumfish.net/information ... tic_p2.htm
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OK here it is folks, hopefully this is right!
Area of a regular octagon given only the width = W^2-2*(W/(2+SQRT(2)))^2
That gives us 32^2-2*(32/(2+sqrt(2)))^2 = 848.309 Square Inches
Area * Height = Volume
Volume = 848.309*36=30539.137 Cubic Inches
Cubic Inches/231 = Gallons
30539.137/231=132.204 Gallons


132 Gallons!
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That's probably pretty close. I was planning on about a 70 gallon or so, but I got room for it, so I got some work to do. I have a driftwood log about 4 foot long I am gonna put in the middle standing straight up and down like a tree trunk attached to the top and bottom and covered in vines and moss, and tillys. And of course a background of orchids and broms and vining plants. And a couple of driftwood branches attached to the top of the two front sides above the glass running down into the tank covered with spanish moss and tillys.
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Sounds awesome. Keep us posted.
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I'm making some progress, slowly but surely.
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Sweet :mrgreen:
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never does! :lol:

awesome project you have on your hands there, cant wait to see how it turns out.
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Default Re: Man it didn't look this big on paper

instead of a back ground, you should do an island rising the whole way up the middle, you can even put the whole tank on one of those lazy susan things, so you can rotate it to check the frogs all around it.
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Default Re: Man it didn't look this big on paper

It's gonna be something along that line. The tall log you can see with the shelf mushroom attached to it is going in the center top to bottom like a tree trunk. I have 3 more mushrooms dried out to attach yet, when I am to that point, I am going to have vines wrapping the trunk of the tree, and tillys and orchids growing on it and the driftwood branches sticking out.
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Default Re: Man it didn't look this big on paper

Updates, photos?

I love digging through old posts!
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Well, Not done yet, but I do have an update. I still need to finish the trim work, and do the plumbing. Both sides of the back need covered in GS, and the tree trunk will be covered in vines and air plants and orchids. Im going with leca instead of egg crate this time. The area under the feathered serpent head has a front panel to go on after plumbing. The center will be a waterfall, and a fern will go on each side in those "pots"





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SWEET! I have been thinking of doing an Inca ruins type layout. I dig your deco.
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Man PLEASE PLEASE post some more pics of this Viv completed ! This is my first post and have been digging through tons of old posts and came upon this one. I am thinking of building one very similar to this only slightly larger 18" x 36" panels (approx. 43" across flat to flat) and out of glass. Mine is going to go into the corner formed where the couch and love seat meet but since my home has very few walls it will still not be in a corner so I will have 360 degree view of the viv. I was thinking a Mayan theme with with a water fall made from a Mayan pyramid in the middle but still exploring the possibilities. The octagon viv that can be viewed from all sides posses some unique challenges but would love some ideas from members that have been doing this for awhile.
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great tank built!!
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