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Old 06-24-2012, 10:47 PM
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So while I was going for a longboard ride I spotted a fish tank by someones curb. I thought it was cracked but as I went to inspect it, it looked to be in pretty good shape. The homeowner was actually outside and said that he has a snake, so a friend gave him that tank and he never used it. After taking it home and measuring it, I found it was 48 inches long 18 inches wide and 24 inches high. 90 gallon tank for free, not bad. It needs some cleaning up and a bleach soak and then its ready to go. I may end up selling it on craigslist if I don't use it or I was thinking about making a giant vert for a group of vents.

If I went that route what kind of lighting would I use for a 48" vert, a led spotlight?

Also would I be able to remove the plastic going across the middle of the top, since it will not be holding much water?


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Old 06-24-2012, 10:53 PM
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:18 PM
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I would only be able to use this tank vertically, if I were to use it.

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Great find! Congrats!

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Old 06-25-2012, 03:59 AM
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wow great find wish i was that lucky
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:03 AM
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Yeah that middle piece isn't really structural. I removed it on my 36 gallon. It's really to support the glass/lid.


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Yeah that middle piece isn't really structural. I removed it on my 36 gallon. It's really to support the glass/lid.


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You're 36 is much smaller and in the case of the 90 if it where filled w water it would be necessary to keep the glass from bowing and possibly breaking. It is structural. I know of people w 50 breeders who removed the cross barca and ended up with 50 gallons of water on their floors.
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Oh, hmmm. Learn something new everyday.

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You're 36 is much smaller and in the case of the 90 if it where filled w water it would be necessary to keep the glass from bowing and possibly breaking. It is structural. I know of people w 50 breeders who removed the cross barca and ended up with 50 gallons of water on their floors.
This tank should be fine without it, if there is no water in it correct?

I plan on have a small pool at the bottom of the vert for tads.

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Nice find!...lots of room in a 90G tank.
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This tank should be fine without it, if there is no water in it correct?

I plan on have a small pool at the bottom of the vert for tads.

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go for it!
the hardest thing is going to be lighting the vert. But hey why not try. what you have to lose?.. a free tank?
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With just a pool at the bottom of the vert itll be just fine.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:26 PM
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No one can give a recommendation on lighting?

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LEDs or t5 would be my guess. Maybe a few lights shining in from the sides of the viv?
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Why can you only use it vertically?
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Led's are going to be your best bet. If you are a DIY'er, you can probably build a bad ass setup for less than $100. If you are going vert, remove the trim. It will look so much cleaner than having plasitc around all the vertcal edges. When I can save the trim, I cut it to fit the bottom and top. I use plastic epoxy to glue it back together, then sand smooth and spray paint. It looks like the tank was made that way.
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With a tank that deep it might be tricky dealing with lighting. I would imagine a T5 setup and possibly use some spotlight LED's for lower penetration and to give the effect of dappling through the canopy. Collecting some decent vines and wood would make that tank pop for certain.
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Just the amount of space I have to work with in my room. I mean I don't HAVE to but it would be pretty cramped horizontally.

I am actually in the process of selling my house though, and will probably move before even considering starting this tank so my plans may change.

I really do think it would be badass to have a vert that size with a big group of vents or some sort of thumb. Iv been wanting to make a vert out of my 38 long I have laying around but the dimensions on this tank seem alot nicer to work with.


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LEDs or t5 would be my guess. Maybe a few lights shining in from the sides of the viv?
Side lighting is a thought I had too, but I was thinking about making a 3 sided background

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I would have LED's on top and maybe if you decide not to do a three sided background a T5 strip on each side. it should be pretty epic, a 90 gallon vert. Lots of room for a large group of thumbs.

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I do want to go with an led spotlight and perhaps some other type of lighting and go with a 3 sider but I am unsure of what exactly I need. Any suggestions would be great. I saw some led spotlights that fit into a regular socket on ebay and im trying to find a cheap alternative to one of those clamp lamp domes, so that I can test if these lights will be good enough. I am not very electrically inclined.

The only thing holding me back from side lighting is that I feel like it wont look that natural, but I am pondering ways to make it blend in. Maybe have some holes or slits cut in the side backgrounds so that there is no background in places on the side. This way light can shine through and maybe look like a light beam that penetrated to the forrest floor or something? I dunno yet, I have much experimenting to do. But I think its settled that I will be keeping this tank and making it a vert at some point in time.

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With a tank that deep it might be tricky dealing with lighting. I would imagine a T5 setup and possibly use some spotlight LED's for lower penetration and to give the effect of dappling through the canopy. Collecting some decent vines and wood would make that tank pop for certain.
+1 pretty much what I was thinking.
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I think boost led makes/sells led lighting in a variety of spectrums on there sore as well.
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How many lumens would a good spotlight be? Any decently priced lights seem to be low like 200 or so. I found a bulb with like 1720 lumen value but the light temp says 5800k-6500k and I don't want to purchase a $40 bulb to find out the color looks off.

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You are so lucky
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