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Old 02-09-2010, 11:23 PM   #1
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How would I go about building a really large water tank that can hold a person?

Similar to the one in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n1R46re-Vc

I have no idea where to start. Should I use glass or plexiglass? Where could I even get a thick sheet of glass like that?

I'm doing this for a photo shoot, so it would only be filled with water for approximately an hour then drained. So it doesn't need to be able to last for a long time.

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How would I go about building a really large water tank that can hold a person?

Similar to the one in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n1R46re-Vc

I have no idea where to start. Should I use glass or plexiglass? Where could I even get a thick sheet of glass like that?

I'm doing this for a photo shoot, so it would only be filled with water for approximately an hour then drained. So it doesn't need to be able to last for a long time.
I would look to rent one if you have no idea on how to start.
Glass would not be the way to go in any case unless you were going to photograph someone hemorrhaging.
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I would look to rent one if you have no idea on how to start.
Glass would not be the way to go in any case unless you were going to photograph someone hemorrhaging.
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I would look to rent one if you have no idea on how to start.
Glass would not be the way to go in any case unless you were going to photograph someone hemorrhaging.
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Well from what I've seen it's very expensive to rent one, as they think you'll be earning money from whatever you're renting it for. I would really like to build one. I guess nobody here knows how to go about doing that?
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How big is really big ?
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That is probably a $30,000 tank in that video. You could certainly build one, although it would have to have angle iron corner supports. Regardless, your cost is still going to be in the tens of thousands.
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Just looked at the video.
Tank size is what, 6 'wide x 5 feet high?
Sides are 1" -1 1/2" plexiglass?

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4 sheets of 5'x6'x1" plexiglass is $855. a sheet so $3420.
1 sheet of 6'x6' for base is 1500.

Total $4920.
Plus tax and delivery 500.
Total $5420.

For 1 1/2" plexiglass the cost would be $14,259.

Just add the cost of glue and you're done.
+ the knowledge to hold it together

Is this a realistic project?

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Old 02-16-2010, 02:28 PM   #8
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That plexi/glass is at least 3 inches thick.
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Call it 2.5":

Best price I can find is for a 4x8 sheet at $5600 X 5= $28,000 plus shipping. Add more for special sizing and taxes.
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Call it 2.5":

Best price I can find is for a 4x8 sheet at $5600 X 5= $28,000 plus shipping. Add more for special sizing and taxes.
Then add the weight of the water. Wherewould you build this that could hold the weight?
Get a 10 gal tank and a Star wars figure.
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Depending of what you are looking for (depth/ number of glass sides) you may get by with a Plywood aquarium like this one. It only has one glass side but you could probable have it with two glass sides without problems.
I hope you can manage to take the pictures you want!
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My house is on Tampa Bay. I added a room onto the back that had 20' of sliding glass doors to keep the view, but I ended up loosing the view from the dining room and Living room.

To keep the view I build a 4 X 6 Aquarium into the wall.

I used glass. You are going to get that green mold buildup on the sides of the tank, especially one with sunlight shinging through it. The magnetic scrubbers work to a point, but it seems like I always had to do at least some work with the razor blade cleaner. That's eventually going to mark up Plexiglass.

I saw one in a house that was a huge half circle of glass, and saltwater. There was even a circular stairway that went to the top. The company that mainteined it literally used SCUBA gear to get into the tank to clean it.

Naturally, these people had the money to afford an aquarium that you can SCUBA dive in.

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