So there is no confusion. This is not my topic. I moved it from the old forum because I deemed it very valuable. Any questions or comments should continue to be directed at James Hoftiezer
(1) I ordered a 100g custom aquarium from www.glasscages.com
. It measures 36(wide) x24(deep) x25(high). There are three 1.75" holes drilled in the back right corner for:
B-Output to filter
C-Input from filter
COST - $235
The tank manufacturer travels to reptile and aquarium shows on the east coast. I make arrangements to pick up the items at shows. They will make just about anything you can request. I just called them up, gave them dimensions and they gave me a price. The bulkheads added $50 to the price.
I decided on the dimensions of the tank after posting and reading on the forum. Most people would prefer more depth and height than can be found ins tandard aquariums. A standard 55 is great for fish, but when you try to plant it the lack of depth is a severe limitation. Since I was trying to keep the overall tank smaller I went with 36" wide. The depth and height could have been compromised at 18" which would have been a 65g tank. I ended up with a hundred because I really only want to buy one tank.
I went with the bulkheads after consulting with many people. The general consensus is that they wish they could go back and drill their tanks for them. Since I was already ordering a custom tank, it seemed like a good idea to go ahead and put them in. Worst case I could just plug them.
Bulkheads also make the waterchages SO EASY since one of the holes is a drain. I do not have any hoses running across the room. I can either trickle in water and let the overflow compensate ('dilution') or pull a segment of the standpipe and let it drain downbefore adding the water back like a traditional water change.
Since I went custom I ended up spending two months waiting on it. During this time I got the stand made, flourite washed and components ordered. The LFS would have taken 4-6 weeks to order in a nonstandard tank.
FYI - If the tank is custom the stand will have to be custom.
[This message was edited by Steve Hampton on Sun February 02 2003 at 10:12 PM.]