This has been an exciting month for me, so i thought i'd share what is going on. First, I am engaged, date set for April 26th. Second, I signed a contract yesterday to purchase a Condo. Its a nice 1st floor unit, with a garage and privacy fence enclosed back yard. The opportunities for my hobby addiction are very nice, with plans for a pond in the back yard and a reef tank in the dining room. I will also be upgrading my 37 gallon reef into a 58 gallon bow-front with sump.
So, the point of this thread is to discuss the reef tank which will be set up. I plan to continue this thread over the upcoming year with pictures of the progress, from start to finish. The tank will be homemade from glass, 10' x 24'' x 24''. This is roughly 150-160 gallons in size. I am very excited about the 10 feet in length, because it opens up a lot of possibilities with the fish selection. For the first time I will have the opportunity to properly house an Achillies Tang, which I believe is the most beautiful fish in the world. Although this will be a reef, I plan to have a lot of open water space, with an emphasis on the fish.
I AM SOOO EXCITED!!!! I have never had a tank with this much opportunity.
So, the question of how this is possible and affordable. My brother works in a glass shop and has building his own aquariums for many years. He has built many aquariums of this size with great success, so the cost will be < $100 for the tank, including a predrilled overflow, and sump.
I am completely open to design ideas. I have about 60 days to draw up the plans. I want your opinions on how to design the sump, where to place the overflow(s) and return(s). This should be an amazing fun time, so fire away with your suggestions!
And yes, my fiance is amazing to allow such an aquarium in the dining room!