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Old 09-21-2010, 1:01 PM   #1
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El Grande! 2000g+ build thread

Hello all!

I have been toying with the idea of firing up all of my big acrylic tanks for 2 years now. All of my aquarium projects have been postponed so that I could concentrate on lifting/ transporting/ digging/ placing/ plumbing/ wiring/ refinishing a 15000g fiberglass swimming pool in the back yard. And I have a 7 month old baby girl....

Anyway, she's about to start walking and the wife told me the 3 ag. tanks in the basement are going to have to go (for safety purposes.) All are round: 7' 400g, 6' 300g, and a 4' 150g.

So! For safety purposes I will be building out "the wall of water" using the following acrylic tanks:

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all 3 are 550's

then I'll use the coffin:

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as a sump. (385 gallons)

I have a Hammerhead Needlewheel pump, a Pondmaster AP-40 air pump, and some acrylic tubing I will be using to fab my own 24" diameter 65 gallon poly tank, tapered neck skimmer.

I've been HOARDING equipment and components for LONG ENOUGH!!!
It's time to construct... THE DEATH STAR!

Well.... maybe not "The Death Star" but something really cool, and big, and awe inspiring.

First: I AM NOT RICH, or even close... Quit hating already!
Second: God gave me these tanks for a reason.... albeit in rough shape.
Third: I PAY RETAIL FOR NOTHING!!! EVER!!!
Fourth: Sharks and fish are the name of the game, sorry reefers!
Fifth: I am a master of nothing
Sixth: I don't own CNC milling machines, welders, heavy equipment, or a massive shop. Matter of fact my shop used to be the 2 car garage in the basement that is now MANLAND. Effectively, I dont have a shop anymore...


All of that gibberish to say that this will hopefully be a reasonably attainable build thread with PLENTY of room for discussion. I look forward to any ideas, advice, and constrictive criticism. Now let me get some more pics together for you.

Thanks!

LUKE

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Old 09-21-2010, 1:07 PM   #2
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holy cow....

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Old 09-21-2010, 1:13 PM   #3
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Well alright Luke!

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Very Nice Luke! FO is def the way to go with this build - all in one room I assume?
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someones over the edge haha ready to tag along

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So these used to be my garage doors

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and my 2 car garage:

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This will be the wall of water:

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But know this will take some time as this machine:

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THE Billy Mays 5000 or BM5K needs to be operated regularly to maintain peak performance of mind and body!

Some of my Sharks:

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OK, I'm back to work

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I will be building a small filtration closet to house the equipment/ noise/ humidity.
Likely bi-fold doors and a 8' x 3' closet.

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Nice.

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gosh, I wish you lived closer - Id love to help
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Gary, we are close the way I drive... hand the keys over and stop making up excuses not to volunteer...


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Lets take your car then......

I wanted to help drink that beer, not help with the tank...lol
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Lets take your car then......

I wanted to help drink that beer, not help with the tank...lol

I did run the tranny out of my 03 G35 so yea you might be safer going that route..

What fun is drinking beer if you can't flood some floors..

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I did run the tranny out of my 03 G35 so yea you might be safer going that route..

What fun is drinking beer if you can't flood some floors..
Yeah, not looking to replace the tranny in my M35 just yet...or ever for that matter!

Luke - are you gonna do the 2 550's on each end and the coffin in the middle?
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These are 2 configurations I am looking at:



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I'm leaning toward # 2 because it will leave room for a theater screen on the wall later (between the 2 6' 550's.) Also the whole house is less likely to tip over if I put one tank on an adjacent wall!

Also the lager equipment closet will be nice!

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The coffin will be on the floor of the equipment room as a sump.

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I like #1 visually but your right, #2 has much more functionality...

Although with #1 you could drill some "pass thru's" and add acrylic tubes for the smaller fish to go from one tank to the next - now that would be freakin awesome!!!

who needs a theater room when you have those beautiful tanks to look at....heck, id cancel my cable..lol
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My green moray would find said passageways very useful...

We could call them "portals of death..."

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you could go with plan #1. Then just put a roll down screen in front of the 8' tank. I like the wall of water idea...

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granted i know you said you are not rich, but with that being said have you ever thought about combining all the tanks together for one really huge tank? just a thought. but i am def along for the ride with this one. good lucK!!

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Luke, that's going to look awesome!!! Can't wait to see this thing come together. I think we might have to put together an ARC trip to Luke's place!!

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