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Old 08-30-2006, 09:25 AM   #1
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The behemoth, the 1600 gallon planted tank


Here's a pic of the hardscape.
Took 22 hours of straight planting to complete, the hardscape took about 8-9 hours.

Oh the fish list is not anything anyone's ever done.
36 Champ 10" largest discus I've ever seen
64 altums, yep 64........
60 Rose lines
60 spotted giant hatchets, never seen these before.
Rare plecos etc
Hundreds of nice apistos
1000 Cardinals
100 N espei

I think there's 8 sq ft of HC, oh that was fun planting that perched inside the tank on a warm day

Tenji does the main enginneering, life support, I do everything inside the tank and CO2 etc.

Andy(MBA aquarist), Richard, ugly old me, Mark(Monterey Bay Aquarium curator). We all worked long and hard on this.
The plants pearled 2 hours after lights on.

I'm replanting some things in 2 weeks, hard to find enough plants to stuff the tank.

1000gpd RO system with a 700 Gallon reservior.
7 Fluidized bed filter, 6 ft Biotower, dual reduncy built in throughout the system.

CO2, muhaha........
Two 24" CO2 reactors, two 3/4" mazzi venturis, and two ADA beetle 50's in the tank's corners.

Pure O2 injection and controller.
Maintained at no less than 8-9ppm.

Nothing like it.

I am looking into adding an ISE NO3, PO4 and NH4 probes for real time measures that are extremely accurate.

The tank is a fish and plant tank, not just a plant tank.


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Old 08-30-2006, 10:02 AM   #2
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wow thats frightening. Cant wait too see it fully develop!

Any monster sized swords in there? I'd imagine them growing to 2-3ft in a tank like that!
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Old 08-30-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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Wow. Talk about living art. This tank is going to be awesome when it's finished. Please keep us updated as this progresses. I'll have to show this to DH....we're talking about having a very large tank when we build our dream house. Wonder if he'd consider a tank that costs as much as the house? (I think it would be worth every penny!) That bank of lights itself is awe inspiring.

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WOW. David Blaine can drown himself in there next time. Where did you find 8 sq. ft of HC?
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Where is it set up? Have you some photos of the room in which it is in? Thank you for sharing. I think you have some way to go before you come up to the reported size of James' tank in Singapore.
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:22 PM   #6
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Is that at the MBA? Be nice to see something there besides salty fish and trekkies.
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:25 PM   #7
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Here's a pic of the hardscape.
Took 22 hours of straight planting to complete, the hardscape took about 8-9 hours.

Oh the fish list is not anything anyone's ever done.
36 Champ 10" largest discus I've ever seen
64 altums, yep 64........
60 Rose lines
60 spotted giant hatchets, never seen these before.
Rare plecos etc
Hundreds of nice apistos
1000 Cardinals
100 N espei

I think there's 8 sq ft of HC, oh that was fun planting that perched inside the tank on a warm day

Nothing like it.

I am looking into adding an ISE NO3, PO4 and NH4 probes for real time measures that are extremely accurate.

The tank is a fish and plant tank, not just a plant tank.







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Old 08-30-2006, 12:43 PM   #8
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Very impressive indeed!!!
Will there be more pictures Tom? Also is this located in California? I see Mark from Monterey Bay Aquarium which Monterey Bay is located in Monterey, California of course.
Wow Tom just seen your other post on getting the accounts to do 3 more such tanks for the LA zoo in addition to this one. You are going to be one busy man. When we going to see a book on all your work?
Thanks for sharing.
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I'm interested in the tank's structural side. Care to tell a story on the material (thickness, size, bracings, etc)?

Around here (Indonesia) they (crazy and rich folks) build tank of such magnitude or even bigger mainly as in wall and not as a stand island tank, so the concern will be focused on a single pane on glass.
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thats amazing! my jaw just dropped when reading the list of stuff... 64 altums! 36 10'' discus! which im assuming they are wild... rare plecos.....

i dont know... i think the members of TPT should start a nationwide side buisness for this stuff. co'mon getting to play with other peoples tanks... and get paid!

now thats a nice job!

more pictures of everything? please?

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Old 08-30-2006, 02:29 PM   #11
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Great looking work Tom!
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Old 08-30-2006, 02:54 PM   #12
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So, how many tsp of KNO3 are you dosing on M, W, F?

Seriously, I can't wait to see this tank grow in. Looks like a planted tank techie dream come true.

What kind, and how many pumps are running this monster through 7 fluidized bed filters?
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Old 08-30-2006, 03:30 PM   #13
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thats really cool. i cant wait to see it fully stocked and grown in. keep the pictures comin'
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Old 08-30-2006, 03:41 PM   #14
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Holy Crap dude. That is awesome.
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Old 08-30-2006, 04:08 PM   #15
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My God,one look at that tank and i was totally breathless. Looks like your tank is on it's way to a homemade nature aquarium,to put it literally i mean. Though it is smaller than what Amano has to offer,it is already as great as it is. Absolutely beautiful.



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Where is it set up? Have you some photos of the room in which it is in? Thank you for sharing. I think you have some way to go before you come up to the reported size of James' tank in Singapore.
Sorry i do not mean to interrupt this thread but just a question,you mean there is a mega tank here in Singapore where i live? Do you happen to have any links whereby i could find out more about this mega tank?
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