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Glenn_F
05-18-2009, 02:48 AM
Building a hab for my Green Moray. Was originally going to do 2,500, but seeing the space I have and the materials I have, it's going to end up right under 3,200. Ok.. Tank itself and equipment... Built in corner design. 18' accross the face by 6'6" deep at the corner by 5'6" tall(off of substrate, overall height 6'3"). 2" thick lexan for the tank panes. 2 G Max 4000's, 10 Hagen 802's, 2 custom 12" by 18" by 12" run off returns, 2 Eco Fuge 900's, 2 DCA 9000 vac's, 4 Holt Ca Reactors, 2 1 and a half inch Tidal Return flows( 1 at 6" off of substrate the second at 2'6" off of the substrate), custom under gravel filtration/exchange grate from Life Design Aquatics(ok, I saw theirs and am building my own!). Turning a closet that is next to where I want the tank into filtration/exchange/resevoir room. Basically going to be a saltwater swimming pool. Water changes done with the simple turn of a knob to open the under substrate filter and vac's, and another simple turn of a knob to fill through the tidal flow returns. Lighting, 10 400w 6500 kelvin Iwasaki Metal Halides, 8 250w 2000 kelvin Iwasaki Metal Halides, 8 40w flourescents, 6 60w Blue fluorescents. I think that should do for any lighting needs, but if anyone has suggestions, this is just starting construction, so please make them. So far interior design is only up to this; a third of the tank will be reef, a third of the tank simple live rock caves, nooks and crannys. 550lbs Tonga lr, 400lbs Fiji lr, 400lbs Fiji lr, 1000lbs live sand and 350lbs crushed marine cal substrate to a 6" depth above the under sub filtration/exchange system. Once again, this is just starting construction, so any input/suggestions is appreciated. Interior layout and design to come...

Glenn_F
05-18-2009, 02:49 AM
Cant get my CAD file to load so here's a sketch that might help.

Northernguy
05-18-2009, 02:51 AM
That sounds great!thumbs2: That a nice size tank!
I hope you do a full journal with all the different steps along the way.Don't forget the pics! lol:19:

OscarFan
05-18-2009, 02:52 AM
Looks like an amazing project and Im looking forward to seeing the final product.
Goodluckthumbs2:

rageybug
05-18-2009, 02:54 AM
Dude... OMG.... are you Donald Trump's kid??? I can't even imagine what those lights alone will cost.

This is a serious set up you are doing. Very cool and I hope it goes smoothly. I'll be watching this build for sure.

oldhead
05-18-2009, 02:54 AM
Congrats on getting the initial plans together, can't wait to see this whole process get going. Make sure you post lots of pictures, lol.

ILuvMyGoldBarb
05-18-2009, 03:47 AM
550lbs Tonga lr,

You may run into a problem with this one. My understanding is that they are no longer exporting Tongan LR. Unless you can get your hands on it from a fellow reefer, I do believe it is unavailable. It may just be the Tongan Branch and not the Tongan Shelf, but my understanding is that it is both.

Oscar_freak12321
05-18-2009, 03:49 AM
Good lord! 3,200 gallons! What a tank! I'm jealous! This will be one project I will want to watch!

Miltonic
05-18-2009, 03:49 AM
wow awesome plan I wish I had the resources to do something like this myself :hmm3grin2orange:

will be following along

Glenn_F
05-18-2009, 09:38 AM
You may run into a problem with this one. My understanding is that they are no longer exporting Tongan LR. Unless you can get your hands on it from a fellow reefer, I do believe it is unavailable. It may just be the Tongan Branch and not the Tongan Shelf, but my understanding is that it is both.

Marco Rock has it available still, but not for much longer. Youre right they are no longer going to export. When Im done I should have about 300lbs extra I ordered. The pictures are coming. I'm using a royal blue colored Mapex coating(similar to the spray on truck bed liners) to cover the back walls and seal them. First panes go up today!

Glenn_F
05-18-2009, 09:44 AM
And as far as resources go... Im a structural engineer/custom home builder. I own my own company so 90% of my materials are at cost. Im no Trump. Im thrifty too for equipment. My filtration system is a lagoon pool design(swimming pools) half what you can spend on a system for aquariums with much greater capabilities and control. Water temp and resevoir are literally a power vent 2000 home water heater and a durex livestock water resevoir.

oldhead
05-18-2009, 12:08 PM
wow awesome plan I wish I had the resources to do something like this myself :hmm3grin2orange:

will be following along


I hear that, I can only imagine what the monthly power bill would look like for this. My wife would bury me under the shed, lol. Should be awesome site to see once finished though.

Hey Glenn, what's the timetable look like for all this?

robflanker
05-18-2009, 12:12 PM
I am absolutely fascinated by this glenn. Make sure you post regular pics - i'd love to see how this comes along.

Gayle
05-18-2009, 07:27 PM
Holy smoke!!!!!!!!!! That is gonna be so freaking cool!!! I will follow along faithfully!!!! Post tons of pics!!!!!

ko4000
05-18-2009, 09:07 PM
Speachless!! What do you plan to stock it with? :hmm3grin2orange:

Red
05-18-2009, 09:21 PM
good luck with the whole thing!

ladyoutlaw50
05-18-2009, 10:26 PM
WOW this sounds like an awesome project!!! I can't wait to see the progress and the final outcome!! I will be waiting with "baited" breath -- please post lots of pictures from beginning to end.
What are you planning for habitants??

AABatteries
05-18-2009, 10:41 PM
Cool project.

What skimmer are you planning on getting?

sktadood13
05-18-2009, 10:42 PM
WOW!! thats a huge tank!... Need a roommate? lol....I think you are going to have the whole AC following along on this project! GOOD LUCK!! and if you havn't got the message yet.. POST LOTS OF PICS!!!! thumbs2:

Tigerbarb
05-21-2009, 02:50 PM
Lol, sounds like quite a project!

Brookfish
05-21-2009, 04:37 PM
This is gonna be one awesome project, best of luck with it!

Crispy
05-21-2009, 08:16 PM
WOW! Like many have said already, I can't wait to see this project through. Best of luck with everything! Sounds like a huge undertaking forsure.

dblzz
05-21-2009, 08:38 PM
wish i could do that good luck hope you post pics of progress that would be intresting to see

Dave66
05-21-2009, 08:49 PM
Glenn is creating the tank to keep his Green Moray Eel in it. Green morays can reach almost eight feet long and are huge, incredibly powerful fishes, thus the tank size. Glenn is to be commended for creating a proper tank to keep the eventually massive fish. That, friends, is aquarium responsibility. Don't buy a fish if you don't have the ways and means to keep it properly throughout its life.

Dave

dblzz
05-21-2009, 08:54 PM
well spoken i agree hes doing it rigt stiil like to see some pics that be great

William
05-21-2009, 08:59 PM
Near adult green moray with adult male diver for size comparison.
Sorrry for the too blue pic.
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Picture taken in Red sea.

dblzz
05-21-2009, 09:05 PM
when i fist got started i was told this and its the best advice i ever got pick your fish then build your tank around it if you cant afford it start over till you can like the pick william there so ugly yet so beautiful

Glenn_F
05-23-2009, 04:28 AM
Sorry no pics yet. Sidetracked with my other 4 tank system crashing!!! Panes are up and under substrate vac is installed, resevoir and recycler and exchanger is installed too! just gotta make the tubing connections and climb in to do mechanical. And remember to NEVER USE TAP WATER AGAIN in Illinois!!!!!!

rageybug
05-25-2009, 03:21 AM
Jeez... what's the holdup????!!!!

We all are waiting patiently.... well most of us! Can't wait to see the pics.

Gayle
05-25-2009, 03:27 AM
Wow sounds like you have been busy!! PICS!!! PICS!!!! How is the lil guy doing anyhow??

I guess I must have missed something. Whats up with the tap water in Illinois???

Red
05-25-2009, 03:34 AM
wait wait wait, you located in IL? Did you have problem with your tap water. where are you located?

Glenn_F
05-30-2009, 04:50 PM
wait wait wait, you located in IL? Did you have problem with your tap water. where are you located?



Normal. Lost everything except for the albino snowflakes, the green, the snowflake newbie and 1 lion. Still a NIGHTMARE!!!!!

Red
05-30-2009, 05:24 PM
Oh yes, I know where that is. I had the same problem, lost about $400+ in fish because I think the tap water did it..

Northernguy
05-30-2009, 05:35 PM
Thats sad! They should inform the public of changes in the conditioning of the water source.I guess we should all test the tap water before we use it on our tanks.We cannot test for everything unfortunately.There is a change in how the treatment plants condition the drinking water with every season.
It can obviously affect our tanks drastically.

BIO-Linist
06-07-2009, 01:31 AM
What is the reasoning behind your choice of Lexan for the panes?

Glenn_F
06-09-2009, 03:04 AM
Cheaper, indestructible at 1 to 1 and a 1/4 inches, zero distortion when bent, cut or heated for a joint, I hate when you cant see through a joint.... and not to hug too many trees... its environmentally safer than acryllic. Plus I have access to tons of the stuff.

BIO-Linist
06-12-2009, 12:42 AM
I see.

... got any pictures ready yet?

unleashed
06-12-2009, 12:51 AM
Glenn,

I applaud your efforts in trying to provide the best possible aquarium for your pets, and for that, I take my hat off to you.

It would be great to see some pics of your progress.................

Harls
06-20-2009, 10:34 AM
sounds awesome, when do the pics come?