26 Jan Float Tanks: Should You DIY?
Sensory deprivation tanks have been used a bunch in pop culture. From The Simpsons to Fringe, we’ve seen float tanks on television like crazy lately! One show stands out in particular. Throughout the Netflix hit Stranger Things, the main character uses sensory deprivation to access her psychic and telekinetic abilities. In one episode, characters create an impromptu float tank out of a blow up pool, table salt and temperate water to help the main character connect to this alternate dimension.
Stranger Things makes building a float tank seem simple enough. They took an empty kiddie pool, plopped it in a dark room and filled it with water and salt. Sadly, this is an oversimplification of a very difficult and complicated process.
Remember, there’s more to float tanks than meets the eye.
There’s Tech Involved
Developing your own sensory deprivation chamber is not as simple as Googling “how to build your own float tank.” There are many moving parts involved in a float tank that you’ll be completely unaware of unless you’re working with someone who’s engineered one before (and trust us, those people are few and far between).
We’re talking about heating systems, ventilation, filtration, pumps, lights and relays. Keep in mind, even if you know about any or all of the above, that you’ll need specialised equipment specifically developed for a float tank. All of the components need to be silent when running for example.
Chemistry’s Not Just For Science Students
Have you thought about water chemistry? If you don’t install proper filtration and don’t regularly clean or change the water, live organisms will be begin to grow in your tank. Filtration on its own is not enough either. There are also specific chemicals one should add to their tanks, not to mention the large quantity of Epsom salt required to allow users to float. Achieving and maintaining perfect chemical levels is incredibly important to keeping your water clean and for the float ability of clients.
The Perfect Temperature
Water temperature control is a major part of a float tank. Keeping the water body temperature — 34-35 degrees Celsius — is key to helping clients reach the mindful and relaxed state people float to attain. Not only do you need to ensure the water is the correct temperature but you also have to think about circulation and how to heat the air flowing into the tank, which should also be a stable and constant temperature similar to the water.
The Costs Build Up
After all is said and done, the amount that you’ll spend on all the parts we mentioned will leave you paying the same if not more than if you had just purchased a constructed tank. On top of that, it’s important to think of the costs you might incur if leakages happen in your float centre. Because your tank isn’t insured you’ll be left to pay for repairs to the tank AND for the water damage to your centre all out of pocket.
We get it. Some people like to custom build everything and engage in creative projects at home. However, if you’ll be using tanks in a professional environment like a spa or float tank centre, it really is safer and more economical to purchase tanks that have been built by experienced professionals and are insured.
Whether you still want to build your own tank or have decided to purchase one pre-built, contact us today for advice or a quote.