RE: NANFA-L-- articles for AC / Bottle tanks

Subject: RE: NANFA-L-- articles for AC / Bottle tanks
From: Nick Zarlinga (
Date: Wed Nov 17 2004 - 16:08:44 CST

I'm one of the biggest DIYers around, but one thing to caution is the
importance of side viewing. There are just way too many beasties that can
and do get missed on fish if you only view from the top. In my mind, it is
virtually essential for proper long term care of fish. That however doesn't
mean that you can take that cheap rubbermaid tub, cut a hole in the side,
brace it with a wooden frame, and silicone a scrap piece of acrylic over the
hole. The silicone won't stick well to the plastic, but when it dries, it
does form a custom gasket which the water pressure holds in place. Sumps
however, now that's a whole nother ball game....

Nick Zarlinga
Aquarium Biologist
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
216.661.6500 ext 4485

  -----Original Message-----
  From: On Behalf Of
matt ashton
  Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 3:10 PM
  Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- articles for AC / Bottle tanks

    There are some things a little stronger than sterilite/tote's that we
have used-in-work for tank raising applications. They were basically trash
bins made of I think HDPEP sp? (high density Poly something or other) as
well as some round ones that were obviuos for water storage. Something kinda
clever we got from the dry cleaner next door was one of their huge carts. It
did bow out however when it was full. One way that it was somewhat corrected
was to build an outside frame for it to help with its shape out of 2 x 4's
that also double as the fram for the light rack. It's on wheel's too and
even able to move when full of convienent is that! For about 12
bucks Rubbermaid makes a round fairly thick rubber tub, im sure youve seen
em all of the place, they store ice and laundry great, and its 16 many places can you get a 16 gallon container that holds
water that well for 12 bucks. Personally I think glass is overated unless
you need one side of it to view and obviously for display.


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