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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 125gallon commercial grade lobster tank that I am wanting to convert into a planted tank, is this possible please say it is! Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am not using the chill system that is under the tank.
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I don't see why you couldn't..shoot, I've seen tanks out of kitty pools.
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Seems fully possible. Don't those already have overflow boxes built in? so you could hook up a sump. Seems like it could be a fun build. We all love pictures here, btw
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^+1 I have seen reef tanks made out of lobster tanks. I say pull the trigger on this one.
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awesome I really really want to try this ... the tank has been in a garage for a long long time so it is gonna take some work.. Ill post some p ics of the tank tomorrow ... I was told that because of the false bottom in the tank I would only be able to use crushed coral in the tank.. I have tried to find some info on Crushed coral and planted tanks but cant seem to find anything other than I will have high ph levels.
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Crushed coral isn't typically thought of as the best substrate for a planted tank.

I am not familiar with the false bottoms of lobster tanks nor why this would necessitate crushed coral, but there are a bunch of really clever DIYers on here that I am sure can help you figure something out.
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The only one I saw the full system for has a drain on the bottom with a vertical perforated tube for a return and the bottom of the tank is covered with a perforated plastic sheet. Just an undergravel filter so you could easily use a gravel large enough to stay out of the holes or even put in another false bottom with a finer mesh on top for a finer substrate. If that plastic sheet can be removed then the hole can be fitted with another vertical pipe for an overflow. I have no idea how this design works safely as the diagram doesn't show a check valve on the drain to keep all the water from draining out of the tank when power is off unless the filter is sealed like a huge canister filter.
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The false bottom may be the biggest concern with making it a planted tank.

If you could post a pic that shows the false bottom, or put up some sort of diagram, it would help to get a better understanding of what you are working with.

I've heard concerns about having substrate too deep, but I'm not too familiar with the potential problems.

If the false bottom is removable , that might be the easiest thing. Otherwise, possibly filling it with something like great stuff foam.

I don't know what the bit about crushed coral is, unless the person who suggested it was thinking of using the false bottom as a sort of under-gravel filter for a marine set-up?
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