Tank extender / over tank basking area

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Tank extender / over tank basking area

Post by MikeC » Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:05 am

Thought you might like to have a look at my latest tank modification.

This is constructed from 2mm acrylic sheet and 15mm plastic angle from Homebase. Black aquarium safe adhesive / sealant was used.

This now allows me to fill the tank to the recommended limit and still use my existing turtle island which floats and is roughly secured by magnets. The clamp lamps are secure but if I made another I would use 4mm acrylic to stiffen the sides a little. At the moment all sides are remaining clear to have less impact on the room. You can see my painted is happy with the situation.
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The cutouts at the front of the photo are for the filter inlet / outlet at the rear of the tank.
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Re: Tank extender / over tank basking area

Post by Turtle Jo » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:25 am

I like it! nice neat job ~fn-hdbng
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Re: Tank extender / over tank basking area

Post by dragonzuiko » Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:45 pm

That is great, very clever ~wink-smile

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Re: Tank extender / over tank basking area

Post by Maria » Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:48 pm

Looks fantastic!! Gives me some ideas as to a design for an above tank basking area actually :)
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Re: Tank extender / over tank basking area

Post by MikeC » Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:19 pm

Thanks all. Hope it provides food for thought.

I can't get any more water in the tank, building a platform above might give me (us) two more advantages.

1. More "land" area.
2. Less evaporation / heating of the water from the heat lamp.

I am sticking as is for now having also recently built a custom filter / power cupboard down the side :-)
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Re: Tank extender / over tank basking area

Post by richardb » Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:53 pm

great idea.

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Re: Tank extender / over tank basking area

Post by Leo » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:17 pm

Looking good mate ~fn-hdbng

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Re: Tank extender / over tank basking area

Post by ChrisK » Sat Oct 01, 2011 1:21 pm

Very intelligent (and I'm totally stealing your idea :P ;) )

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Re: Tank extender / over tank basking area

Post by MikeC » Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:03 pm

ChrisK you need to log in to get an answer to the PM you sent me :-)

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Re: Tank extender / over tank basking area

Post by MikeC » Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:40 am

A quick update.

I believe I suggested 4mm acrylic would be better for this design.

I have found some cracking of the 2mm acrylic under what might be a particularly strong clamp. So, I would suggest the thicker material at least where the clamps are used.

I do have some 4mm so will be patching the area at some point and see how it copes. I would rather do this than use packing materials to spread the load which will be tedious to remove / re-add and detract from the look.

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