View Full Version : **1200 Gallon Build Thread Part B**


The Fish Store
12-14-2009, 11:47 PM
So now we have the tank in the store and we have started to build the stand cabinet. The big question that remains is,"How should we plumb it?".

blu_devl_06
12-14-2009, 11:50 PM
With PVC!!:lol2:

Mockery
12-14-2009, 11:50 PM
What are your plans for the tank? Reef, FOWLR, shark? Can't wait to come by and see it.

blu_devl_06
12-14-2009, 11:57 PM
How bout a giant reef with lots of tangs and wrasses!!!:yay:

Smoothie
12-15-2009, 12:05 AM
Closed loop! How many 100g rubbermade trouphs/fuges do you think we could stuff underneath that thing?
If it will be a visual show piece then chromis, anthias, yellow tangs and a clown tang. Don't forget the rough neck six line

ricksconnected
12-15-2009, 7:27 AM
put your sharks in there. do something different.
the warehouse store is different than the rest, so should this tank be also.

ryanh487
12-15-2009, 8:14 AM
that would be a GORGEOUS reef and i for one would make the drive out there just to see it if nothing else. but i pity the poor sob that has to clean it!

coolness factor: reef

ease of maintenance: fowlr

Oz
12-15-2009, 8:27 AM
Saw the tank through the window yesterday after lunch at Mellow Mushroom. Man is that thing cool. Lighting that bad boy is going to be fun if it's a reef. I love SPS but I've never seen a 1200 gallon softy tank. Almost a shame not to have angels and such in there though.

JennM
12-15-2009, 9:46 AM
I thought I'd lost this picture... but I found it :)

This is a picture of the same tank, taken about 7 1/2 years ago, and 2 owners ago. I was hired to clean it (!!!) It hadn't had a water change in 2 years, and it took 5 hours and 2 people just to scrape the front!

It was blowing bubbles (wasn't supposed to - ran out of make-up water and was making more when I took the photo).

It was a reef tank then. And yes, the Monos in that picture are the same ones that I had in the 1000g tank in my shop later on.

Jenn

JennM
12-15-2009, 9:47 AM
Oh... and those acrylic sumps underneath it are now coral tanks in my place! The people who bought the tank were going to throw those away! They fit perfectly where I put them.

Jenn

phoenix20
12-15-2009, 9:51 AM
It hadn't had a water change in 2 years



Thats pretty amazing on how stable a reef system can get when you have that much water volume. Granted, I bet the water params weren't crystal clear, but the fact that it looks like a thriving reef says a lot.

JennM
12-15-2009, 9:54 AM
The params were awful - nitrate was out of this world. The huge leathers were doing OK, and colts, but there were a lot of coral skeletons in there.

Surprisingly, the tangs were all healthy - usually in iffy water, they develop HLLE, but those guys were fat and sassy. He did feed them very well.

That owner kept the tank for another year or so, then sold it to the folks that Kevin bought it from, and we bought the 1000g that the same owner also had.

It will be fun to see what Kevin and his staff do with this tank - I've seen it have several different incarnations over the years :)

Jenn

EnderG60
12-15-2009, 11:08 AM
....and it took 5 hours and 2 people just to scrape the front!...

and that right there is the only reason I would not do it as a full reef. BUT I dont have to clean it so REEF TANK!

But really, two 1000w'ers will provide plenty of light for everything from sps at the top to softies at the bottom. And get some good reflectors positioned/angled to keep most of the light off the front and cleaning wont be too bad.

And if you want good reflectors, talk to Grouper Therapy, he can make some nice ones!

justindville1987
12-16-2009, 6:07 PM
I would like to know the ideas on the lighting system !

ricksconnected
12-16-2009, 7:34 PM
i just hope you do something different with this tank. pretty soon tanks start looking the same, just bigger or smaller versions of eachother.
make this thing stand out above the rest.

Hackman72
12-16-2009, 8:16 PM
What about a Nautilus tank? I don't know anything about them or what they could be housed with. Just a thought though.

Affectedhalf
12-16-2009, 8:45 PM
Wouldn't reef be inclusive of fish? What is a "combo" then? :eek:

I would vote for reef with a few fish (easier on the load with a few fish/less headache/less crowding) = Win win. Sometimes less is more! Especially with a few carefully selected fish.

Looking forward to seeing the tank set up whatever is decided! :up:

Skriz
12-16-2009, 9:23 PM
I hope you do a really cool reef. Not like the one that used to be in there..man that was hideous :yuk:

http://www.atlantareefclub.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=20827&d=1260892006

James S.
12-16-2009, 9:43 PM
I hope you do a really cool reef. Not like the one that used to be in there..man that was hideous :yuk:


Do I sense a bit of jealousy??? :D

The Fish Store
12-16-2009, 10:23 PM
Here it is in it's current state. We just finished plumbing it and will get it running shortly.

James S.
12-16-2009, 10:30 PM
Looks great Kevin!

mbrady4him
12-16-2009, 10:42 PM
Lighting, I knew a guy that set up a 1000w MH on a track system, the light would start off at one end of the tank and over the course of the day (8-10 hrs) would slowly track to the other end, not sure how long he stuck with that set up.

Acroholic
12-17-2009, 6:40 AM
Shark tank.

ricksconnected
12-17-2009, 7:04 AM
thank you acro. that would be different. no other store has one around here that i know of. feeding time would draw a crowd for sure.

JennM
12-17-2009, 7:13 AM
The original owner kept a nurse in "our" 1000g. Poor thing looked pretty forlorn when it got big. Not sure where he rehomed it...

Jenn

jonboyb
12-17-2009, 8:27 AM
http://www.atlantareefclub.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=20827&d=1260892006


Holy bioload Batman!!! As difficult as I think it would be to overstock a 1200 gallon tank....I think that owner succeeded:lol2:There has to be well over 100 fish in that picture (and that's just the ones visable)

andregarcia_73
12-18-2009, 9:31 AM
That would be a good sized tank for some large and rare fish combinations. I'm not into reeds that much but would hate to think of maintenance on a reef that size!

reeftankjunkie
12-18-2009, 10:50 PM
Can't wait to see this thing all set up. :up:

mojo
12-21-2009, 3:42 PM
Go for a reef tank. Focus on large, fast growing corals (green slimer, millis, caps, etc) and let the size of the corals dominate the tank. It'll stand on it's own, not take a huge investment to get going, and still be spectacular.

Most people are much more impressed by large, mediocre corals than they are by small spectacular frags....

And if you have that much coral in there, a butterfly or angel wouldn't do enough damage to worry about.

salt reefer
12-25-2009, 8:57 PM
+1 there. it would be awsome

The Fish Store
12-26-2009, 11:33 AM
So for practical management of such a large system, we have decided to go with a fish only system. Being a fish store, we have to be all about efficiency. Only 7 of you voted for this option. Most of you did not know that we already have a 300 gallon display for a reef. The 1200 gallon monster will host all of our large fish that are for sale. The monster has been plumbed into our existing fish system which had two 1.5 Hp pumps that were under utilized. Amazingly, the sump was also large enough to support such a system. The store will receive it's first shipment this coming week and we hope to open by the 1st to 2nd week of January!!! Come check us out. Thank you for all of your support!

LockeOak
12-26-2009, 1:36 PM
So for practical management of such a large system, we have decided to go with a fish only system. Being a fish store, we have to be all about efficiency. Only 7 of you voted for this option. Most of you did not know that we already have a 300 gallon display for a reef. The 1200 gallon monster will host all of our large fish that are for sale. The monster has been plumbed into our existing fish system which had two 1.5 Hp pumps that were under utilized. Amazingly, the sump was also large enough to support such a system. The store will receive it's first shipment this coming week and we hope to open by the 1st to 2nd week of January!!! Come check us out. Thank you for all of your support!

That's probably best. However, there's no reason you couldn't put some softies in there... colts, kenya trees etc. wouldn't really add any maintenance and would make the rockwork more interesting.

The Fish Store
12-26-2009, 2:18 PM
We are having a custom reefscape built for the entire 12 foot back wall.

AndyMan
12-26-2009, 4:50 PM
The store will receive it's first shipment this coming week and we hope to open by the 1st to 2nd week of January!!! Come check us out. Thank you for all of your support!WOW . . . beginning January sounds awsome

bradn901cb
12-29-2009, 2:14 PM
Where is this place?

bradn901cb
12-29-2009, 2:15 PM
What I meant is - is this the Alpharetta location, and where in Alpharetta do I find it...?

Of course I know that I will be waiting a few weeks until it is open, but I am curious!

Rbredding
12-29-2009, 7:41 PM
not in alpharetta, it's in Chamblee, just inside the perimeter, near PDK Airport

Hackman72
12-29-2009, 7:45 PM
Where is this place?

What I meant is - is this the Alpharetta location, and where in Alpharetta do I find it...?

Of course I know that I will be waiting a few weeks until it is open, but I am curious!

The new store will be at the intersection of Haynes Bridge and Old Milton Pkwy. If you take exit #9 from GA400 and go west on Haynes Bridge, the new store will be in the strip mall behind a Burger King on the left.

wam67
01-01-2010, 10:46 AM
Could someone please post the street address I would like to add it to my GPS (I have a catagory for "fish" on it and I keep all the fish stores I visit in there so I can get back there easily)

wam67
01-01-2010, 10:47 AM
Let me clarify street address of new store. I have been to the exisiting location several times (awesome place and very helpful staff)

Scrilla
01-01-2010, 1:24 PM
12900 Highway 9 N, Alpharetta, GA, 30004

JennM
01-01-2010, 1:59 PM
That's not the right address. That's another store.

Jenn

The Fish Store
01-03-2010, 12:05 PM
11770 Haynes Bridge Road.
Suite 303/304
Alpharetta, GA 30004

wam67
01-03-2010, 1:41 PM
When will the new store be open? Thanks Bill

The Fish Store
01-04-2010, 5:56 PM
This Friday!!!

Corigan
01-04-2010, 6:02 PM
This Friday!!!Woot, looking forward to having one of your stores on this side of town. Sweetness..

Rbredding
01-04-2010, 8:42 PM
another one??


KILLER!!!!!

schwimmair
01-08-2010, 5:37 PM
Hi, did the store open? Are you open on Saturday?

Thanks,

Schwimm

Dave Green
01-09-2010, 12:50 PM
Schwimm... that joint is OPEN! I saw it yesterday and it is off to a great start!

stickx911
01-11-2010, 3:40 PM
put your sharks in there. do something different.
the warehouse store is different than the rest, so should this tank be also.

Tiffany at blue planet has a shark tank. First thing you see when you walk in. pretty cool.

The Fish Store
01-24-2010, 4:26 PM
Here is the monster with some fish in it. The Vlamingi Tang is 16" long to appreciate the scale.

weaglereefer
01-24-2010, 4:31 PM
Here is the monster with some fish in it. The Vlamingi Tang is 16" long to appreciate the scale.
:eek::eek::eek:

:thumbs::thumbs:

atreyu917
01-24-2010, 5:14 PM
Love the French Angel!

coralking
01-30-2010, 5:49 AM
love the french angel!

+1

Acroholic
01-30-2010, 11:49 AM
Here is the monster with some fish in it. The Vlamingi Tang is 16" long to appreciate the scale.

That pic makes the Clarion look like a baby. They are every bit of 6 inches long.

Dave Green
02-07-2010, 2:36 PM
Amazing what a 1200 gallon tank can do! Those guys are HUGE in many tanks!

The Fish Store
02-21-2010, 11:27 AM
Here are some updated photos of the big tank

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac215/warehouseaquarium/whatank01.jpg

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac215/warehouseaquarium/DSC_0050.jpg

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac215/warehouseaquarium/whatank04.jpg

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac215/warehouseaquarium/whatank05.jpg

The Fish Store
02-21-2010, 12:33 PM
The yellow cup coral is 40" long.

NanoNano
03-02-2010, 2:30 PM
Shark tank.

I agree with this. :thumbs:

NanoNano
03-02-2010, 2:34 PM
The original owner kept a nurse in "our" 1000g. Poor thing looked pretty forlorn when it got big. Not sure where he rehomed it...

Jenn

I don't believe people should be keeping nurse sharks in home aquariums. I see these sites that say they need at least 250 gallon tanks and I laugh/get pissed.

NanoNano
03-02-2010, 2:36 PM
The yellow cup coral is 40" long.

Wow.... Tank looks great. Would love to see a big Lunar Wrasse in there if it's compatible with the other fish.

Atlanta Aquarium
03-27-2010, 3:31 PM
I was at Kevin store last weekend. The tank is amazing. Some of those fish are rather large.

weaglereefer
03-27-2010, 6:23 PM
Some of those fish are rather large.


How modest, it's like saying, "Rit has a few corals," lol.

Assault
06-27-2010, 2:16 PM
Man i've been waiting for a sponsor to do a tank build thread, we need pics and video
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Assault
06-27-2010, 2:21 PM
i just hope you do something different with this tank. pretty soon tanks start looking the same, just bigger or smaller versions of eachother.
make this thing stand out above the rest.

It's because everyone does the fruit stand landscaping, instead of miniature natural reef settings, most tanks look like coral displays.
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Zoajohn
06-27-2010, 2:58 PM
Seen this tank for myself, it is MASSIVE
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