Aquarium in the wall
When building partitions in a new house, I came up with the idea to expand the space - this is to mount it in the wall of the aquarium.At the beginning I intended to make the partition of the kitchen room from the corridor with a solid structure with a thickness of about 12 centimeters, with a doorway. But I wanted to get an easy and original partition. First, I increased the opening to the kitchen to almost 2 meters and then decided to make a niche for an aquarium. I assembled the wall from combined materials. I needed not only metal wall profiles, but the board and chipboard. First you need to determine the size of the niche. Modern aquariums have a standard size and custom-made. The standard is quite low and wide. By request they will make any size and capacity, and the price will be quite adequate. I proceeded from such aspects: appearance, ease of cleaning and reliable construction.The appearance of the aquarium is improved on the basis of great length and height, but the convenience of cleaning and filtering will lose. Therefore, the height should be made as much as 0,65-0,7 meters, the length of about 1-1,5 meters, and the width of 0,25-0,4. I chose the following length / height / width dimensions - 1.05 m / 0.68 / 0.25 meters. My advice is to increase the length and width and get a capacity of about 300 liters, the aquarium will look more impressive, and its inhabitants will be more comfortable living in it.
Once we have decided on the dimensions of the reservoir, we will mount the wall completely. From below and above, I used the usual guides for the profile in the shape of the letter “P”, 30 millimeters wide. After I attached them to each other in the depth of the future niche, to get a wall thickness of 25 centimeters, and taking into account the installation of drywall it is still minus 2-2.5 centimeters. The wall should be crosswise in some places to avoid flexing from the big weight, after all it is about 350 kilograms. Next to the niche I used not an ordinary profile of metal, but an edging board, after which I wrapped the resulting chipboard opening.I pay attention that the place where the aquarium is installed must be reliably equipped, for amplification I used a solid crate board under the bottom of the aquarium. The lower piece of chipboard should be checked level, and the side is better to leave gaps about a centimeter. For reliability and to avoid kinks from the deflection of the base, when installing the aquarium, I placed foam under the bottom of the ceiling from the ceiling panels, about a centimeter thick. The water was carefully poured with the help of a hose, constantly monitoring the displacement of the body of the aquarium. I was faced with the task of providing cleaning and supplying electricity to the aquarium. Since I wanted to integrate the pond into the wall from the corridor and the kitchen, I decided to leave access from the corridor side for cleaning, connecting electrical appliances and feeding fish.
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