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post #1 of 236 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! I new here but wanted to find a good place to start my tank journal where I could get some words of advice and hopefully a compliment of two along the way.

Let's get started.

I have a 96" x 48" x 30" tall acrylic aquarium.

It has an overflow and I will be using a 150 gallon rubbermaid trough for my sump.

I'll post a couple of pics of this thing in my living room,

What do you think??!



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post #2 of 236 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! I new here but wanted to find a good place to start my tank journal where I could get some words of advice and hopefully a compliment of two along the way.

Let's get started.

I have a 96" x 48" x 30" tall acrylic aquarium.

It has an overflow and I will be using a 150 gallon rubbermaid trough for my sump.

I'll post a couple of pics of this thing in my living room,

What do you think??!





Picked up an ATI sunpower for the light. Just need to switch out the bulbs for something more "freshwater"
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post #3 of 236 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 07:12 PM
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Do you have rebarb running up through the concrete blocks so they don't fall over for what-ever reason?
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post #4 of 236 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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I do not, a buddy set up a stand identical to this one and glued them the first time, second time just stacked them. They aren't going anywhere
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good lord that is a hell of a beast. I cant freaking wait. what fish are you planning?? theme??

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post #6 of 236 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 07:26 PM
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Yeah there's no way those blocks are going anywhere with a 5000lb tank pushing down on them
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post #7 of 236 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!

Planning to do some nice big schools. Small fish in big tank= happy life


I'm thinking rainbows, Congo tetras, loaches, Cory's, various tetra schools, barbs, who knows!!!
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Watching this progress should be very interesting, and fun!
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lol @ how many fish you could fit in there... Having a bunch of large schools would be awesome.
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I vote for at least one group of larger cichlids

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I don't think you'll see too may tanks four feet front to back. I'd need a snorkel to work in there, lol!

Excellent idea with the steel I-beams!

It's hard to tell from the picture, but is there room between the tank and the window behind it? I guess what I'm leading up to is the question of how you plan to get past the middle of the tank if there's no access from the back? Fwiw, I think you'd appreciate that gorgeous tank even more if it had a 360 view.

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post #12 of 236 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 07:48 PM
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I agree, and directly in front of a window might not be a good idea either.

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post #13 of 236 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 07:49 PM
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Wow!!!!

What kind of fish are you planning? I see a tank like this and can't help but think "Discus".
Are you planning for ultra high tech? Or are you going to go with a slower growing easier maintenance aquascape?

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Wow I am guessing you had to build your house around that monster lol. I don't think the window will be that big of a problem as long as the tank isn't getting direct sunlight. I have had several aquariums in front of windows with out any issues. If it does get direct sunlight then I would think putting a background in the aquarium would fix the issue for the most part. One question though, is there some type of pad between the aquarium and the plywood? I can't tell in the pics.
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That's an enormous tank! Can't wait to see it filled in, should be spectacular.

That support does look kinda dangerous. While the bricks will not move vertically, horizontal forces will probably not be resisted very well.

If it were me I would get professional advice on that stand. Maybe check with your LFS and ask them if they know of any pros who would be able to check it out.

The floor might also need additional support.
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