3000 Gallon Iwagumi
No, that's not a typo. One day (many years from now) I plan to dedicate an entire wall of my living room (12' long, 6' wide, 6' high rough estimate) as my master tank, an Iwagumi layout.
I thought it would be fun to discuss this in the forum. Before we start, note that I would not care about the astronomical cost to set up and run this tank.
Estimated cost: $50000, $5000 per year to run.
After watching James Findley create monster planted tanks such as Arizona and Nature's Chaos, I want to have one of my own, but even larger.
At the moment this is purely a fantasy, but I'm dead serious here; One day I plan to have this tank embedded within my wall and I will have a fish room with my utility tanks, sinks, etc. that nobody will see, close by the tank.
I would hire a contractor and make sure everything is structurally sound. Solid glass. I would prefer to have a rimless design with no bracing, like a public aquarium.
I would use mineralized topsoil or some other cheap method for the substrate. Placing hardscape would be a challenge, as my father stone would weigh a couple hundred lbs.
I have absolutely no idea what I would use for lighting on a 3000 gallon tank. I could use some advice on that one.
Filtration would be a reef-type sump. The biggest pitfall in my design is water changes. I would probably hook a dechlorinator drip to my faucet to dechlorinate as it pours. I would DEFINITELY have a hose / pump system for this.
I would have a HC/Glosso/Monte/Utricularia Graminifolia (I have plenty of time to decide) carpet covering about 75% of the surface, then some crypts or swords around the rocks. I would have a thicket of alternanthera reineckii in the back. I don't mind doing excessive trimming and maintenance, it is a part of the hobby that I truly enjoy.
I really love aquariums, and I want my master tank to be awe-inspiring. This will be much greater than a "stupid fish tank" that I hear from friends and family who aren't interested in the hobby. It would entrance them as well, with its beauty.
You guys might think I am a little crazy with all of this, but I am a dedicated hobbyist and I will see it through to the greatest of heights.
I'd love to discuss this with everyone here, so please, chime in! Also, please post pics of your large tanks as well, I'd love to see them.
Thanks for reading