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Going to order a custom tank soon, looking for some advice

I plan on ordering a 36"x24"x24" tank soon, approximately 90 gallons. My wall space only allows for 36" length but I wanted more volume than a standard 40breeder... I have a few options when having the tank built, all of which I'm sure will affect the price.

I think I might do salt again down the road, though not necessarily with this specific tank. However, if I do then now would be the time to order it with holes drilled. I hadn't thought to sump this tank, I already bought an eheim canister, in fact. I suppose I *could* sump this tank but I'm just not sure. If I were to plumb the tank, what are the benefits between plumbing the back wall up top for an overflow vs the bottom for pipes?

I think I'll probably opt for the black silicone and "diamond edging". I'll also probably do a standard black plastic frame as opposed to rimless or eurobraced since I want to do a canopy anyhow.

And finally, I'm wondering if I really should just consider making it 36x36x24... that would certainly make for an interesting feature.

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If you have the space go for the 36x36x24. I've currently got a Marineland 93g Cube 30x30x24 setup and really like the layout possibilities. I'd have it drilled though mine isn't I had a custom overflow made to take up little space behind the tank.

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Custom tanks are usually very expensive. Consider if you can get away with something like the Marineland 93g Cube such as @Craigthor has. It will likely be a lot less expensive.
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I plan on ordering a 36"x24"x24" tank soon, approximately 90 gallons. My wall space only allows for 36" length but I wanted more volume than a standard 40breeder... I have a few options when having the tank built, all of which I'm sure will affect the price.

I think I might do salt again down the road, though not necessarily with this specific tank. However, if I do then now would be the time to order it with holes drilled. I hadn't thought to sump this tank, I already bought an eheim canister, in fact. I suppose I *could* sump this tank but I'm just not sure. If I were to plumb the tank, what are the benefits between plumbing the back wall up top for an overflow vs the bottom for pipes?

I think I'll probably opt for the black silicone and "diamond edging". I'll also probably do a standard black plastic frame as opposed to rimless or eurobraced since I want to do a canopy anyhow.

And finally, I'm wondering if I really should just consider making it 36x36x24... that would certainly make for an interesting feature.
I like the sound of those dimensions. Also a fan of the black silicon. By "diamond edging" do you mean the low iron glass like Starfire glass? That would be a good call if it will ever end up a reef tank. I was once skeptical about the low iron glass until I saw a tridacna clam placed in two tanks for comparison. The regular glass filtered out quite a bit of color and iridescence, while the low iron did not.

Just to throw a few ideas out there: You could hold off on drilling the tank until/if you decide to go salt with it. Would just need to make sure the side you'd want drilled isn't made with tempered glass, but drilling it can be done if/when you decide later on.

Also you could go with a 50 or 65breeder instead of a 40 and maybe have two tanks on the same 36x18 stand. One above the other. Or go all out with the custom tank and design the stand to house a 40 or 50 breeder under it. Later the bottom tank can be your sump/refugium, in the meantime two tanks in one footprint!

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I think I'd have it drilled now when they are making it and go with a sump. You will find just to hide equipment they are worth it. I would have it drilled for a coast to coast overflow with 3 downpipes and 2 returns so you can do a "Bean" style overflow. Don't bottom drill it takes up too much space in the tank.
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If you're going to bother getting a custom tank built, just go for the biggest size you can. It's not often most people get the resources together to have a custom tank built, and you wouldn't want any regrets. That said, as has been suggested, have you had a thorough look at the available production tanks? It seems feasible to me that you could find a tank to fill that space without having one custom built.

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That said, as has been suggested, have you had a thorough look at the available production tanks? It seems feasible to me that you could find a tank to fill that space without having one custom built.

I've been looking around at various resources online, glasscages, fishtanksdirect, customaquariums etc. The quote I have from my LFS is 375 for a standard construction tank at 36x24x24, which is cheaper than anything else I've seen online so far. Do you have a suggestion where else I might look?

I decided if I buy it, I'll have it drilled and sump it just in case it becomes a reef down the road. I'd like to avoid CO2 this time around so I don't have to worry about off-gassing...

I'll just return the eheim canister and buy a nice return pump, heaters etc with the money.

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I've been looking around at various resources online, glasscages, fishtanksdirect, customaquariums etc. The quote I have from my LFS is 375 for a standard construction tank at 36x24x24, which is cheaper than anything else I've seen online so far. Do you have a suggestion where else I might look?
I've had a look around and realized that though there are a few tanks priced around/below that in roughly those dimensions, the shipping is going to trash the budget. Sounds like your LFS is the way to go.
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