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Old 07-09-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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I looked around for a custom tank builder for a few weeks. Contacted companies from Florida to Canada to Dallas. Finally decided to order from Planet Aquariums in Dallas. I had heard some great things about their tanks form fellow ARC Members that own them, and I was impressed that I always got someone on the phone if I had a question, and any emails were promptly returned. Planet Aquariums price was not the cheapest, but theirs was the best combination of quality, price, and customer service that I found for a large custom glass tank.

The tank is 465 gallons in volume. Dimensions are 96" x 40" x 28". 3/4" glass. Starfire glass front and sides. Black vinyl applied to back glass. Hybrid glass/PVC bottom. External overflow about 36" long with two 2" bulkhead holes for drainage and two 1.5" bulkhead holes for return. Stand is 34" tall, made of 2" tubular welded, powder coated stainless steel. I painted a piece of 3/4" plywood for the top of the stand.

The main issue I faced with this tank were the logistics of getting the tank placed in the basement area where it is now. I couldn't have the tank shipped then placed in the basement in one smooth motion. I had to actually move a 265 gallon and an 180 gallon FW tank to make room for this one. Then I had to prep the plywood topper for the new stand, etc. Finding a company to place the tank wasn't easy either. Local fish maintenance companies didn't want to place the tank, probably because either I didn't buy it from them, or the liability vs reward of taking on such a job was not worth it to them. I can respect that. The tank weighs 800 pounds empty. One service recommended to me by another large tank owner that placed his tank didn't even call back!

What I finally did was pick up a utility trailer, and have the tank shipped to a local freight terminal. I had them load the crated tank/stand onto the trailer, then I placed the trailer in my garage for a couple weeks so I could prep the stand and move the two large FW tanks in the basement. this allowed me to arrange tank placement on my own schedule. I briefly thought about driving out to Dallas and picking the tank up myself, but soon realized the gas/hotel/food cost would be close to the cost to just have the tank shipped to Atlanta. I ended up hiring a specialty moving company for a flat rate. To them, this was not much different than moving and setting up a baby grand piano. I had to take apart a sliding glass door next to where the tank sits, as the 40" width made a standard door width impossible to get through.

Right now, the tank is on the stand in my finished basement. The following pics are when it was being built by the Planet Aquariums crew, or when it was on the trailer in my garage, and finally in place in my basement. The tank backs up to unfinished space behind, so I am placing all my equipment behind the tank. Pic of that to follow.

Custom 155 gallon sump being built by MRC. No pics of that yet. Waiting on final drawings to approve. I will post pics as the build progresses. The plan is to eventually transfer the contents of my 300 gallon reef to the 465. I recently had one of my parents move in with my family, so I don't have the time to do this quickly. Basically, getting things done as time allows.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
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Nice tank Dave

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Old 07-09-2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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More pics. For reference, the pic of the reef tank to the left of the 465 is a 30" x 30" x 24" 100 gallon. Last pic is the equipment area behind the tank wall.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:42 PM   #4
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Very cool Dave. Glad you're going bigger. I really like the bottom and the black silicon. 2 x 1000's would light that up nicely with an open scape.

1. I assume the vinyl is on the back of the tank and that overflow section will be clear?
2. You didn't want to eurobrace it?

Let me know if you need help being right around the corner.

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Old 07-09-2012, 12:48 PM   #5
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Wow... pretty cool. With all the tear downs lately, I'm glad that someone is doing a build and a dang nice one at that!

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**WOW** That is one MONSTER of a tank.

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Old 07-09-2012, 1:00 PM   #7
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LQQKs good. I would have to build a house before something that big would fit!

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Old 07-09-2012, 1:08 PM   #8
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Nice tank Dave
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Old 07-09-2012, 1:14 PM   #9
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Very nice. :-) Really looking forward to watching this one come together.

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Old 07-09-2012, 1:34 PM   #10
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Very cool Dave. Glad you're going bigger. I really like the bottom and the black silicon. 2 x 1000's would light that up nicely with an open scape.

1. I assume the vinyl is on the back of the tank and that overflow section will be clear?
2. You didn't want to eurobrace it?

Let me know if you need help being right around the corner.
Thanks Chris. I am still on the fence about LEDs vs Halides. I kind of think I should use what I got (Radions), but can't argue with your success with the 2x 1000 watt Helios halides. Yours is probably the nicest ARC reef tank I have ever seen. I am liking the color I am getting out of the Radions in my 300, and I think eight of them will light up the tank nicely. I'll probably start with the Radions, and depending on my results, I can always do the halides a few months down the road.

The vinyl is on the outside back glass. The overflow section is glass, but it is covered by textured ABS. What they do is they drill three 2" holes in the glass, build the external overflow out of glass, then build a thin (about 1.25" wide) glass intake on the inside of the tank that is nothing more than a slotted ABS area for the water to flow into. Overflow pics below. One is down view and the other is from the bottom. I'm gonna have to get a ladder being only 5'9" tall. Probably gonna have problems reaching the back of the tank. We all can't be 6'8" like you Chris, hehehe!

They (Planet Aquariums) don't eurobrace tanks of this size. It is braced/framed top/bottom by powder coated stainless steel. This is how AGE builds their tanks as well. They would typically have two top cross braces dividing the tank into 3 equal sections, but I had them move the braces to the sides a bit so I could evenly light the tank with two Radion LED units every 24 inches without interfering with the light pattern. It would work the same

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**WOW** That is one MONSTER of a tank.
I had considered a 10 foot long one in the same width and a 24" height, but think this one will do fine.

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LQQKs good. I would have to build a house before something that big would fit!
Thanks Charles. I have a single story ranch with a full basement under it, so this is on a poured concrete slab. I wouldn't even think about putting this on a joist supported floor.

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Wow... pretty cool. With all the tear downs lately, I'm glad that someone is doing a build and a dang nice one at that!
Yeah, the economy is tough these days on these luxury hobbies like reefing, as I call them.

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Very nice. :-) Really looking forward to watching this one come together.
I appreciate it Rich. Not sure of the timetable. I have some of the equipment already, and some on order, so I'll post pics of the plans as they develop.
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Old 07-09-2012, 1:48 PM   #11
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You have a beautiful tank. Can't wait to see the build thread

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Very cool Dave. Interesting design. Can't wait for it to be filled with LE/Tyree/whatevereee SPS I don't have yet!!!!

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Congrats! I know with your knowledge and experience it will be a tank that most of us can only dream about! I cant wait to see this one develop! Very jealous!!

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Old 07-09-2012, 3:56 PM   #14
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Congrats! I know with your knowledge and experience it will be a tank that most of us can only dream about! I cant wait to see this one develop! Very jealous!!
After I get it set up I'm gonna have to go over an mug Oz for some frags.

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I will go with you. We are safer in numbers!

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After I get it set up I'm gonna have to go over an mug Oz for some frags.
Hmm That is a full grown young un Will you will your tank to me?
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Hmm That is a full grown young un Will you will your tank to me?
Yeah, prolly wouldn't stand a chance against him...OK, we'll sneak in when he goes to a Reef Store!

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Yeah, prolly wouldn't stand a chance against him...OK, we'll sneak in when he goes to a Reef Store!
If I act as lookout (too fat to crawl through the window) will you grab me some nice stuff??????

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Awesome Dave just Awesome! Can't wait to see it filled up! You going to sell the 300 afterwards?

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