Your dream tank?

Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-07 20:50

What would you have, what would go in it?

I would have a four foot by two, with a canister filter hidden in the stand (with plenty of room to store stuff), and some nice low level lighting.

Then I'd put bogwood, caves, all sorts in, along with my favourite Hygros and ooh...
Two or three axolotl I think, and loads and loads of shrimp!

If I went the other way, I'd love to build a nano, and fill it with cherry shrimp and plants.
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Postby smiley » 2007-02-07 21:00

hmm. . .
i like big fish, so i would have to have a BiG tank to go with em.

6' x 2' x 2' would be big enough i think, with some sort of external filter, or a sump under the tank
as for fish: id have to have a few zebra plecs, angels, kribs and clown loach .
but if it was going to have to be a DREAM tank, it would have to be mounted into a wall, between 2 rooms, just so you can see all the fish from both sides
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Postby railinsp » 2007-02-08 15:50

I saw on the tv other day a couple had a salt water tank 2200 gallons with three 100 gal sumps all kinds of filters. a great llight set up for day dawn night ect. made out of concrete walls 8 inches thick and plexi glass 3 inches thick all live coral and plants and great many fish price tag was over 100,00 dollars had it in their livinging room all paneled in and a door to go behind the tank to work on it. Well if I hit the lottery mybe I can have one O they made it them selves
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-08 21:48

Ohh yeah - that'd be so cool.
Smiley - if/when I buy my very own house, I'm going to knock through a wall to do that!!! (Not a supporting wall obviously...)
I like the idea of the door though - that's just cool.
Wouldn't it be funky to build it under the stairs! LMAO!
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Postby oxymoron » 2007-02-08 23:15

IBF, you mention about the wall thing.... i would love to have the wall but have a space acting like a window... maybe kitchen through to diner room. it would ideally be about 6ft wide and 3ft high. width might be an issue here tho...

in the wall would be a special area for all the equipment... nicely sound proofed of course

stocking... not a clue but it would have to hold fish 5inches or smaller... i just like smaller type fish. IMO it is more thrilling to watch many fish as apposed to a few

i would also like a massive 'newtery' :)
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-09 19:53

Heh - exactly!
Like I say, you'd have to be sure it wasn't a supporting wall though, but that's spot on what I was thinking.

And a newtery would be kickass...

My walls are about 5-6" thick - so it'd have to be a custom made tank. But that could be great fun!
OR - the edges of the walls could be sealed with like, I don't know, inch thick silicone or something, and then two glass panels sealed front and back. So it only has two glass walls.
It'd have to be accessible from the top, but I think that'd be pretty practical if you went for a python.
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Postby smiley » 2007-02-09 20:03

we were thinking of doing this in our house, between the kitchen and the living room, while we having a new kitchen put in.
my dad sugested haveing the tank a few inches wider than the wall is thick, and have like a shelf that runs through the wall and sticks out that the tank would sit on.
but i only suggested this too late, after the brand new tiles had been put in, so it was a no go

another idea(and ive seen a few people do this) is to have a wall mounted tank. but have it super deep, say 3 foot deep? i think that would look very swish . . . .
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Postby Perfectblue » 2007-02-09 20:14

It would definitely be a large reef tank preferrably 400-600 gallons which would be built into the wall. Behind the tank would be my fishroom which will have all my equipment for the tank. It would have all the goodies, large sump, external skimmer, calcium reactor, ozone, metal halide lights, timers, etc. For stocking I'm not sure exactly what I would have in it. However a few Tangs, Butterflyfish, Dwarf Angelfish, Gobies, and 1-2 Dragonetts would definitely be on my list. When it comes to coral I would have a mixed reef with a variety of SPS, LPS, and Softies. A few small Clams and possibly a Anemone would also be added.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-09 21:03

Hmm - wall mounted tanks are very slim normally.
This is because it's pretty difficult to reinforce a large tank to stay on a wall. Consider - each litre of water weighs about a kilo...
How do you mount something that heavy?
Also, there would be the stresses of an unsupported base.
My stand allows my 20G to have an open base, by being [] shaped - just the edges are supported - but if it were a bigger tank, or had heavier things in it, I'd get a stronger sturucture beneath to support the underside.
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Postby Perfectblue » 2007-02-09 21:50

Oh the tank won't be hanging on the wall but rather be built into the wall. This method is very popular with reef aquariums. The tank will be placed on a stand and only the front panel of glass is viewable. Usually behind the tank is the fishroom where all the equipment is. Here are a couple threads that should help explain what I'm talking about:

<a href='http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-08/totm/index.php' target='_blank'>http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-08/totm/index.php</a>

<a href='http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1026785' target='_blank'>http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthre...hreadid=1026785</a>

Sorry for the confusion. :)
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-09 22:00

Oh sorry PB - I should have quoted - I was responding to Smiley's last comment...
But I see what you mean - that was the sort of idea I was aiming at with my description, but it would be visible from either side of the wall - from say the kitchen, AND the hallway.
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Postby smiley » 2007-02-09 22:28

IBF- i know water is heavy, and it would near impossible to supart a larger sized tank on brackets.
or could do it so it looks like its sat on the floor ?

PB - that first link :o. The sump for the main tank is 120 gallons!!!!!!!
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Postby Perfectblue » 2007-02-09 22:40

smiley wrote:PB - that first link  :o. The sump for the main tank is 120 gallons!!!!!!!


Yeah I know. His sump is as large as most peoples main tank. But for such a large main tank you really need a good size sump.

If your interested here is another reef tank larger than the last one:

<a href='http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-02/totm/index.php' target='_blank'>http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-02/totm/index.php</a>

Main tank= 1532 gallons, attached Seahorse tank= 125 gallons, Frag tank= 152 gallons, and Sump= 264 gallons for a total water volume of 2074 gallons. Wow.
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Postby smiley » 2007-02-09 22:48

wow imagine breeding guppies or endlers in the main tank :lol2:

if that was freshwater that would be my dream tank !!!!!!!!
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-09 23:13

Lol - floor tanks are a PITA to clean - it's difficult to get syphons to work properly. I know, I have a nightmare with my newt-tank.
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