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Old 01-24-2019, 04:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 36 inches x 36 inches x 36 inches 200 gallons cube aquarium advice needed

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I am planning to get a 36 inches x 36 inches x 36 inches 200 gallons cube aquarium custom built. This will be a freshwater planted tank with driftwood and rocks. What are the challenges that I could possibly come across - in terms of lighting, filtration and flow? Also what would be the minimum glass thickness recommended?
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I think the biggest challenge will be the distance from the top of the tank to the bottom, especially the distance from the top-front or side of the tank to any location not at the front of the tank. Unless you have really, really long arms, you can't reach nearly that far. That makes tank maintenance, planting the plants, pruning the plants, picking up dead leaves, etc. extremely hard and frustrating. I wouldn't even consider a tank higher than two feet, for that reason. Also, at 3 foot water depth, the loss of intensity due to the water absorbing the light becomes significant.

Light intensity decreases with the distance squared, so a 3 foot high tank needs light more than twice as bright as a 2 foot high tank. But, unless that light is hanging a foot or more above the top of the tank, the light intensity near the top of the tank is many times brighter than at the substrate, and that can make it hard to keep algae under control.

There are several websites that have information on how thick the glass needs to be. Just Google it. In any case that will be a very heavy tank.
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LOL ,I would consider a shorter tank as well. My tank is deep enough and itís only 21 inches tall. Your adding slot more work with that height. As far as lighting, unless your planning on a. Carpet you should be fine and provide enough light for crypts (easy plant) towards the bottom, then have plenty of light for Anubias and java fern on driftwood.
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I like the look of cubes done with rock built up to one corner and the front sand. The plants likewise are bare in front..but as dense as you like to the corner peak and even growing above water level at the apex.
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