Advice on 20g cube tank?

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Advice on 20g cube tank?

Postby sns26 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:02 pm

I'm looking for a ~20 gallon rimless cube tank (a 16-18" cube). The only options I've found are...

Mr. Aqua 25 gallon cube ($140/$200 for regular/low-iron)
Aquamaxx 17 or 24gal, both low-iron $130/$160

I would have thought there were others, but Deep Blue, Mr. Aqua, and GLA don't seem to have options in this size range. Am I missing others?
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Re: Advice on 20g cube tank?

Postby sukrol » Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:11 pm

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Re: Advice on 20g cube tank?

Postby krisw » Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:15 pm

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Re: Advice on 20g cube tank?

Postby sns26 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:24 am

Any idea whether low iron/starfire is harder to drill than plain old "glass?" I want to set it on top of a cabinet that I did with a soapstone top so I could plumb straight down through it. I find that this makes for nice straight plumbing runs to a canister filter, inline heater, inline reactor, etc. and of course looks way nicer.
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Re: Advice on 20g cube tank?

Postby Cristy Keister » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:44 am

No, but you've got guts of steel to drill a nice tank like that!
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Re: Advice on 20g cube tank?

Postby DonkeyFish » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:43 am

Bravery level: advanced!

Funny you want to drill filtration plumbing through the bottom of your tank. Plugging the bottom filtration holes was the first thing I did in the Fluval (as did almost everyone else in the AE contests after that). Curious why you would want to limit your design options forever with plumbing that's immovable? I get the outside aesthetics point, but.....

All that said your soapstone topped stand sounds AMAZING!! Can't wait to see it. Especially since you pretty much always make me jealous of your DIY project skillz :)
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Re: Advice on 20g cube tank?

Postby whitneyturk » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:39 pm

Can I get some clarity on the tank-drilling trepidation? I was thinking of doing something very similar, also through a custom cabinet, for aesthetic reasons. What are the reasons not to do it?
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Re: Advice on 20g cube tank?

Postby Cristy Keister » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:14 pm

It's easy to break a tank while drilling. I broke a used 75g, but it wasn't as expensive as a nice starfire tank.
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