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Old 06-28-2005, 09:36 AM   #1
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If you're going to build...build big, right?

Okay, so it's been quite some time since I had my aquarium as a child. Recently I've been wanting to get another aquarium and relive the joy of caring for fish again. So I started looking at aquarium prices and decided that for what I wanted...it was too expensive and I was going to get what I wanted. So, I elected to build a tank. These are my initial dimensions:

12 foot long, 5 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide made out of tempered 1/2 inch glass.

Now I started thinking about it and realized I wouldn't need to use glass all the way around the tank since the way I intend to set it up...I'd only be able to really view from one side. So I could use an alternate material for the sides and back and bottom...I'm just not sure exactly what would be best. I want to make this a saltwater aquarium and although initially I would just start with a couple of very inexpensive fish to get myself in the practice and understanding of what to do, my eventual plan is to get a Bull Shark to inhabit this tank. (A Bull shark, from what I've been reading up on, appears to be fair tolerant of water conditions considering it seems to handle freshwater pretty well but controlling its salinity). I figure in a tank of this size the Bull shark would probably grow somewhere to 4 to 7 feet long. Anyway, anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?
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Old 06-28-2005, 09:52 AM   #2
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Sounds awesome, but:
1. how will you light the tank that is 6 feet tall?
2. how will you maintain the substrate, which is 6 feet down?

The tank would still be too small for a 4-7" long shark. Heck it would barely be able to turn around.
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:24 AM   #3
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It would be fine for a 4-7" shark, but not a 4-7' shark

Get some scuba gear.
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Old 06-28-2005, 03:10 PM   #4
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Hmm, I was told that the length of the aquarium would be more important than the width or height. Perhaps I should consider converting a pool into an aquarium?
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Old 06-28-2005, 03:32 PM   #5
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You may also take into consideration the cost of the whole setup. Tank itself is just a fraction of it ... I.e. lights (for a 6' tall ..???), pumps, sump, skimmers, filters, live rocks, substrate, fish, not to mention maintanace ... and scuba gear (lol) as someone mentioned above ...
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Old 06-28-2005, 03:32 PM   #6
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It is more important. Exept lights will start to dim down trying to shine through 6' of water.

You can prolly get a little bamboo shark if you wanted, I think they stay less than 4'.


There was a BIG discussion about the conversion of a pool into an aquarium. What it narrowed down to is you have to be a millionaire to do it.
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For a tank that large you would need a huge skimmer.

As for the live rocks if you want to keep a shark and a few fish you really dont need many rocks, just enough to decorate the tank (maybe some in a sump to help with filtration) because sharks like swimming around the bottom of the tank and easier to cut themselves on sharp rocks.
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Hmm, well as for the lighting...I'll admit I hadn't considered the lighting situation. My initial thought was a custom Fluorescent setup. I would think that would be enough light for a shark. I will quickly admit I don't know enough about lighting so please don't scream at me if that sounds stupid.
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Fish dont need high light but other things do. Just depends what else you want to keep in your tank (corals, etc)
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If you have no intention of keeping corals or anemones, just a shark and rocks, then lighting is indeed not a big concern.

As for skimmers on something like that...you'd need to look at skimmers above and beyond 'consumer' level. We're talking about the skimmers that city aquariums, or Sea World, might use, because yes, to keep a 7' (not 7") shark, you would need a small pool..a 1,000 gallons or so. I'd anticipate the cost would be $10,000-$15,000 to setup something of this scale.
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