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Old 01-28-2014, 11:56 AM   #1
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New tank can't decide on size???

Hey guys I'm going to do another reef tank in my newly finished basement and can't decide on size .

I don't want anything too crazy, nothing bigger than 250 gallons or so,

Any ideas??
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:14 PM   #2
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Thinking about a shallow tank maybe
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Will this be in the wall or stand alone? I agree that a large footprint and shallow depth are ideal for a reef.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:29 PM   #4
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IMO, Shallow would be nice or even just a 240g. I live the 8x2x2 footprint. Looks big when you walk in the room and the 2' depth allows for stacking live rock and still having room for sand in front.
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Here's a place that I bought my big tanks from. They are pretty affordable, and make decent tanks. People complain about them, but these guys are half to two thirds cheaper than the competition. View the sizes and get even more confused...lol.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:34 PM   #6
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If I do a long tank it'd be a max of 6ish feet I length , I'd like to have at least 2ft depth and 18" height would be ideal.

Thinking of a center overflow
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I have a couple reeflo hammerhead hybrids hanging around so I would use one of those for a rerun pump and do a closed loop with eductors for circulation
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Will this be in the wall or stand alone? I agree that a large footprint and shallow depth are ideal for a reef.

Standalone since I'm finished all the renovations and don't want to tear down any walls, lol
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:34 PM   #9
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Have you thought about a large shallow cube? I love the look of these tanks and am currently pricing out a 54"x54"x16" which if I run about an inch from the top should give me 190ish gallons
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Have you thought about a large shallow cube? I love the look of these tanks and am currently pricing out a 54"x54"x16" which if I run about an inch from the top should give me 190ish gallons
Holy crab those are awesome dimensions! I agree a cube would be awesome. Maybe 4' x 4'?
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If I do a long tank it'd be a max of 6ish feet I length , I'd like to have at least 2ft depth and 18" height would be ideal.

Thinking of a center overflow
If you are displaying corals and fish for people in, and out of the hobby, like relatives, I don't think they will appreciate a tank that shallow. I would go 21". I just bought a 105 rimless and it's 21". Perfect for reaching the bottom.

Here's an old acrylic tank of mine. It was 8' x 24" x 17" tall. Awesome for corals, but not so awesome for fish. Most of the viewing was done top down.
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With custom tanks it's pretty much if you can dream it you can do it. And mr_x that tank is amazing, that looks like a mandarins paradise
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Wow that's a nice coral tank!
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Very nice tank mr x bet that has cost alot to date!!!! Amazing stuff do it actually move around or just pulse??

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With custom tanks it's pretty much if you can dream it you can do it. And mr_x that tank is amazing, that looks like a mandarins paradise
I actually had a mated pair in there (they did the courting ritual a lot but never saw anything else happen)-
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That's awesome, I want a mandarin bad but only have small systems. That's what this big build is really for
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If you are displaying corals and fish for people in, and out of the hobby, like relatives, I don't think they will appreciate a tank that shallow. I would go 21". I just bought a 105 rimless and it's 21". Perfect for reaching the bottom.

Here's an old acrylic tank of mine. It was 8' x 24" x 17" tall. Awesome for corals, but not so awesome for fish. Most of the viewing was done top down.

What are the dimensions? I really like the clean look of the rimless.

Did you do a closed loop for water movement?
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The dimensions were 8' x 24" front to back x 17" tall. It was an old acrylic 240 we cut down to 17" because the top was cracked. Not really a rimless...it did bow some when it was full so I welded that metal center brace there and covered it with
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I meant for your new 105 rimless
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Oh....the 105 is 48 x 24 x 21 tall.
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