I had thought about the paludarium idea.. but this tank is "perfect" for a ton of heavy rockwork. Its made from 1" laminated glass (2 sheets of half inch glass laminated together, all sides and the bottom). It can support a ridiculous amount of weight, so it's just begging for a unique stone display.
the thing that worries me is that you mention that it's for your "fishroom/business". I hope that is meant to imply that they are seperate. casue if you have a business in the fishkeeping world and have never tried Marine...then you're in for a big new first step.
They are seperate, but related. My current planted tank is what I show off, but this monster tank is going to be a fixture in fish room thats more interesting to look at then the racks of tanks for breeding fish/shrimp. I work in an aquatic outlet that deals in a ton of marine equipment and livestock too, so I have access to a lot of help for this project. I know its a big first step, but being exposed to advanced reefkeeping every day has definately got me learning pretty fast.
Something like Tom's big tank full or a zillion Cardinals and Rummynose with easy to keep Crypts and such! Now that will make for some "wow factor" in your business. Reef sounds like a lot of money!
Yeah, I priced out roughly how much it would cost to convert this to a full blown reef, but after I hit the $30,000 mark I stopped counting. I know I can turn this into a really cool display, even if I don't go the full blown reef route.
If I did end up with a reef setup I probably wouldn't go with the typical wall/shelf look, but actually make 2 or 3 "pillars" or "islands" of live rock that would feature several large plate corals with open space in between for larger fish to swim. This would allow me to spotlight the pillars of rock with some heavy duty Halide pendants, and go a little lighter on lighting for the open areas