mFrame Posted April 16, 2021 Share Posted April 16, 2021 It's been a crazy year and a half with Covid and all the other radical changes, so It's been a while since I've posted. The biggest change for us has been the determination to build a new house. In designing the floorplan and rooms my wife suggested I build a dedicated fish room and incorporate the tank in the wall. She didn't have to ask twice. In talking with Timfish I expressed that I wanted the tank to be more than just a "window" of fish, I wanted it to be more dynamic and engaging to people as they watched. He pointed me to Aqua Vim's piano aquarium. I really like the design as it is unique, made of glass, and gives the viewer a central location where they can stand and be nearly surrounded by the aquarium. What I didn't like were the fixed sizes, dealing with shipping from overseas (cost and timing), and the need to incorporate their stand and cover into the design and style of our new home's walls. That lead to the discussion of doing a custom acrylic tank. There are several advantages to this: we get exactly what we want, customized to the home and fish room; lower cost and virtually no shipping. Disadvantages: acrylic scratches easily; requires some specific tooling and setup for forming the tank; requires custom projects for carpentry and lighting. Budgets say even with the tooling that we can build a larger acrylic tank at about 1/3 of the cost. For those savings, even if there are scratches later (which ultimately could be sanded out), I can replace the tank in several years more cheaply than buying glass to begin with. A few basics to begin, starting with the living room/fish room layout and the rough design of the tank. Aqua Vim's piano shape is nice, but didn't have as much of a dual curve as I wanted. With some brainstorming we came up with what we are calling a Recurve design. Dual half circles create a central viewing point that should allow you to be surrounded by the aquarium in nearly a 180 degree radius. So with a basic plan in mind, we started construction and had the foundation poured in October 2020. That proceeded to framing, electrical, a/c and all that follows. We're on track to be completed and move around July 2021, so we've got to get moving on the tank construction so that my wife doesn't have to deal with a gaping hole in her living room wall! 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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