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Pasfur 01-01-2009 11:19 AM

New condo, new aquarium!
 
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!

Pasfur 01-01-2009 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Pasfur (Post 160664)
The tank will be homemade from glass, 10' x 24'' x 24''. This is roughly 150-160 gallons in size.

Oops. Small typo there. It is 10' long x 14'' wide x 24'' tall

dramaqueen 01-01-2009 01:16 PM

WOW! Congrats and good luck to you!

Cody 01-01-2009 01:43 PM

Congrats! :-)

I am no pro on plumbing and where to put overflows and returns, put I would probably do like one main overflow, with a few smaller ones here and there. And then have at least 4 returns. Do you know if you will be drilling the side or the bottom?

Also, 14" seems a bit thin. If you could, I would make it a bit wider for better aquascaping and being able to house larger fish.

aunt kymmie 01-01-2009 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pasfur (Post 160664)

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!

Wow. Congrats on the condo and the engagement! It's no wonder this is a gal worth marrying...:-D
Really looking forward to watching the progress as you continue with this project. Exciting indeed!

onefish2fish 01-01-2009 04:21 PM

awesome deal for a tank that large.

i suggest overflows at either end of the tank, i would also include a closed loop just because of the length

Pasfur 01-01-2009 08:06 PM

Cody, the 14'' width is a precut size of the free tempered glass used to create the bottom of the tank. It will have to work.

The bottom piece of glass will be drilled.

Cody 01-01-2009 08:14 PM

You may want to check this thread out then. A 12 foot custom tank. I hope it will help some of the plumbing questions. Later on in the thread he shows all of the plumbing.
Actual Thread: Calvin415's 12 footer - Nano-Reef.com Forums
Some plumbing pics: Calvin415's 12 footer - Nano-Reef.com Forums

rugie 01-03-2009 09:59 PM

pasgu,r is it not true that tempered glass can NOT be drilled? good thing it is free, would be kind of expensive to learn that the hardway.

SKAustin 01-04-2009 12:00 AM

Mark, Just a suggestion here, but if you are having the tank made for you, why would you have the bottom drilled? Go with the coast to coast (calfo) overflow.

Oh and Congrats on the engagement, condo, and upgrades!


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