I have been planning a large tank in the 240 to 400 gal range for about six months now. During that time I had contacted just about every custom acrylic tank builder I could find on the net to get quotes. I also spent ALOT of time on ReefCentral looking in the 'For Sale' section and reading the journals in the 'Large Reef Tank' section.
I had originally planned to get an 8ft long tank and finish a room in my basement to house it. Then about 2 weeks ago I stumbled upon a 48" x 48" x 25.5" acrylic tank for sale 10 minutes from my house. The tank was brand new, still in the shipping crate. After a little negotiating, we agreed on a price and I picked up the tank Nov 23rd. With this square tank I have decided to put it in my first floor den. I will be reinforcing the floors to handle roughy 2800 lbs this thing will weigh.
Heres a run down of what the setup will consist of:
48"x48"x25.5" acrylic tank made by http://www.envisionacrylics.com/
. The tank is made of 1" thick acrylic on the front, sides, and the the top brace. It has a 3/4" thick back panel and 1/2" thick bottom panel. The overflow box is 24"x5" and drilled for two 1.5" bulkheads. The top is completely open except for the 3" wide eurobrace.
I have three 175w Hamilton MH bell pendants. May try and only use two if I can get them up high enough over the tank to get decent light coverage.
The tank will be filtered by a full Pentair Lifegard setup which will consist of a triple mechanical module, two triple chemical modules, a triple heater module, and a 40w UV module. I picked up all but the heater module used on eBay for a total of $100 shipped. I have two Pan World 100PX-X pumps that I got with the tank. Not sure if I'll be able to use them with the Pentair modules or not. Still a BIG gray area.
I will be using a 20lb CO2 tank with Milwaukee regulator and a mazzei venturi to dissolve the CO2.
I have 4 bags of charcoal Soil Master Select.
I have purchased a large quantity of Manzanita from Badcopnofishtank on this forum that is currently soaking in a 55gal barrel. I also hope to buy some Seiryu stone (or something with a similar look) in the near future. My plan right now is for a planted peninsula that would come out from the overflow box and there would be about 1ft of open space around the 3 sides. That may all change when I get further along though.
I had originally planned on making this a discus tank, but now I think I'm going to go with angels, possibly Altums if I can find them. I also want to have around 10 German blue rams, a large school of rummynose tetras, and some cories and maybe dwarf crayfish to keep the bottom clean. I'm definitely open to suggestions on what to stock this thing with though. Let me know what you would do.
Well that's all I can think of right now.
I'm open to any and all suggestions as the build progresses. I'd love to hear your feedback, whether it be positive or negative. Fire away with your questions as well. I'll do my best to answer them.
Thanks for looking and hope you all enjoy the build.