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post #1 of 138 (permalink) Old 12-04-2011, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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my long road to my 300 gallon

well my Journey started off in August when I found a 300 gallon acrylic tank on kijiji! after the impulse buy I realized I had no room in my mini home (fancy name for trailer) to fit a fish tank that is 80 inches long and 40 inches wide and 24 inches high!
Since I owned my home moving wasnt really an option so I decided I needed to add an extension to fit tank!
picked the right side and needed some gravel!
so I brought in some gravel and started leveling it down with a rake and shovel! took me one week!



so I started building my floor and attached it to my mini home with 10 inch bolts and hangers!



i knew 300 gallons was alot of weight so i had to reinforce the floors first using 4 two by twelves pressure treated all screwed toegther and running long walls and then using six by six pressure treated sitting in elephant toes on patio stones to take the weight! I have them running entire length of extension which is 12 feet by 28 feet but added 3 just in the location where the tank will sit for extra support!

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another view


walls up



inside shot of tank location



i wanted some natural light so i put a window in location!
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far shot from inside on mini home side still have supporting wall up while I finish roof and add 16 foot two by six, three screwed together for support so i can have open concept design



another shot from inside extension side

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i made sure i placed two plugs on its own breaker for tank using 12 gauge wire running to a double 20 amp breaker!



when i built extension i wanted skylights for added natural light to tank



i did all the labour myself, from framing to drywall to painting! it was alot of work! especially when hanging jiprock on cathedrel ceilings was too hard so had to ask for help!
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Wow, that is a lot of work you've put in. This is going to be interesting.
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after i got my floors down I started building frame for tank stand out of two by eights, two by six, two by fours and four by fours!





everything is all level! I built stand 30 inches high so tank could be at a good level for viewing



added 3/4 inch plywood



ok now for a first shot of this 300 gallon tank i have been bragging about! previous owner had some sting rays in it so the inside has alot of scratches i plan on removing! plus i still need to cut out holes for drainage into my 75 gallon wet and dry filter that will be underneath stand!



i had to crawl inside to get a feel of size of tank! I am 6 foot 4 so it feel awesome being able to actual fit inside my fish tank!


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do I need to add more wood to frame for more support, like maybe four by fours along side of the two by eights at each corner? or does stand look solid enough?
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Thats a load of work for a fish tank, hope it all works out!
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I wanted to added to the fraternity of dirt so in the summer during build I did a few bins full of dirt, soaking and drying and soaking and drying out on my lawn! so I got two five gallon buckets of this soil I did this process to! also i have 2 huge bags of pool filter sand, two bags of play sand, and some special kitty! going to buy some eco complete to top planted areas!



my idea is to have all white sand in front and then seperate two areas of tank by having an island on the left that is 1/4 the length of tank seperated by an area of unplanted white sand then the main section!

I went out looking along the shores of the bay of fundy and found lots of interesting driftwood







these peices i dug out of a bog!



more fundy drift wood



lots of wood to choose from!
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Those pieces of wood loot great, can't wait too see this completed.
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I still have alot of work ahead of me yet! got to set up filter ration! still need to get out scratches! then i was thinking maybe I might reinforce inside tank by adding acrylic dowels along all seams! just so I am insured of no leaks since i had this tank out side these past few months! I seen this tank full so I know it didnt leak when i bought it but it was left outside for a few months cause I had no room so I am not sure now! so for comfort reasons I will reinforce!

still need to figure out my lighting yet! but hey all the hard work is done and the tank is now sitting in my new front room that is now 24 feet wide by 16 feet!!
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forgot the shot of all my smaller pieces of driftwood

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This is going to be an awesome build. nice score on the 300g.

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if you don't mind me asking how much did it cost you?, the tank.
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i paid 450 dollars for the tank but the extension cost me around 9 thousand so far lol
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