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Old 04-05-2007, 03:54 PM   #1
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I might be pickin up a 400 gallon saltwater tank tomorrow, it's free but the lady is not sure if all the pumps and stuff work, and it needs to be re sealed and the bottom apparently needs to be rebuilt, i haven't seen it yet so i'm not entirely sure what it comes with, she picked it up at the world expo in 86 and it has been sitting there basically since then, so my question how much do u figure it would cost to reseal it and rebuild the bottom (not entirely sure what that means) and what would i need to do it???

O the tank is 8 feet long buy 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall
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Old 04-05-2007, 03:56 PM   #2
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I guess you would start by contacting a LFS. Interesting, I wonder if it will economically be worth the hassle. I assume there's no overflow...
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Boy, that is a huge tank! 8O

I hope you don't want to re-arrange your LR once you got it running, or you're gonna have to swim!
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sry it 6 feet by 3 by 3 not 8
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:57 PM   #5
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WOW...Regardless of what it will cost to fix the bottom of the tank I expect that will be the smallest cost you will encounter when setting that tank up. A tank that large is going to take a LOT of prep work...where your going to put it...where you are going to house the support equipment...I hope you have a big budget!!!

I sure would love to have the problems you are about to face!!! Congrats on the awesome freebie!!! Get us some pics!!!
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:40 PM   #6
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i can put in anywhere i want in my house really it one story concrete slab, so weight is no issue, i can build a stand for it if it doesn't come with one which is no prob, i build houses for a living a tank stand is no prob, and i will find out what type of filtration and stuff it has tomorrow and post some pics
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Excellent!!! We can't wait for the pics!! Most people look at large tanks and don't consider the weight issues glad to hear you have the knowledge to build and handle the task!! It is going to be an awesome project that you should document every step of the way..I wish I had when I built my stand/canopy and set everything up...
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I'd ditch all the pumps anyway and buy new ones.

I'm almost feeling that I'd pass on the tank too and get a new one. I'm willing to bet it's gonna take a lot more work than you anticipate - unless you just like projects.

Probably why it's been sitting for 20 years.
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Yea i'm also considerin turnin it into a freswater tank at least for a lil while till i can afford all the stuff i would need for a saltwater tank
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Yea i'm also considerin turnin it into a freswater tank at least for a lil while till i can afford all the stuff i would need for a saltwater tank
Well, you could save up while your tank cycles, should be 4-6 weeks or more.....
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