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Old 06-04-2005, 08:29 PM   #11
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It seems this thread has somewhat side tracked
Don't worry mate i'm rootin for ya !!
I too will be creating a salty/brackish pond for my Barras.
I think Bearfan pretty much listed all problems..
only problem i'll be having is that it'll be fresh 3/4 of the year, and i'll need to flood one with the others salt water for the other 1/4 to entice breeding.
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Old 06-05-2005, 01:10 AM   #12
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Well it can be done im sure.....BUT you will need ALOT OF MONEY! 8O If your pocketbook can handle it...and you have that kind of $$ to throw around then i would do it. I know if i was rich i would do it too! First you would have to enclose the pool, with alot of skylights in the ceiling and ventilation to remove moisture.
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Forget about salt water, you'd be crazy and about $40K poorer when you are done.
This guy is joking you would be ALOT poorer than that...

You will have to buy the largest external pumps you could buy and make a closed loop system for circulation. With that large of a system, you wont need a charcoal unit but you will need ALOT of LR.
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We live in FL and have a small inground pool we want to transform into a massive aquarium and stock with what we catch.
Do you have a permit for "catching" items outta the ocean? I do believe you would need a permit, being illegal in FL i believe. If you need help setting it up i would consult a marine expert or biologist for the setup, to make sure its a natural habitat as much as you can make it. How are you going to view the "tank"?
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$40 k.. haha wouldnt even be close to the $$ you'd spend on your filtration systems alone.. i'd think a good $200k.. but then again what do i know.. i only have a 4 footer and a 3 footer.. havent even hit the 10K mark..!
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Old 06-05-2005, 09:52 AM   #14
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If I take my tank and divid the cost by gallons that puts you at 132,000 for the setup not counting operating cost. Buy a Ferrari.
PS. I have passed the $10K mark
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Old 06-06-2005, 01:37 PM   #15
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No No! go with the salt water pond it sounds like a great idea and very practical.
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Old 06-06-2005, 01:55 PM   #16
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Well, if it does work out, I will come dive it for you.

I would love to see a 5K in ground SW tank. I just got back from Vegas and saw a 20,000 gallon tank behind the service desk at the Mirage. Let me tell you..I was inspired! My wife had to drag me away from it.

If you do decide to do it, keep up with the costs and update photographs in case others want to do it as well. Good luck to you!

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24' diameter pool ($2500)
You could possibly use the pump from the pool as ciruculation or get two running for nice cross current. ($250 each)
Use the sand filter as a refugium with lr instead of sand ($260 not including lr)
Cut out a section of the surrounding walls and replace with thick acrylic panels. ($????)
If you could get the water from the ocean that would be great, save lots of $$.
You could build the top of it like a small flat roof (1/4" /ft. slope) with skylights 8-10 skylights. ($????)
Not as unrealistic as people thick just cost a lot of money. I would say about 20k for just the setup not including lr. probably looking at about 20000 gallons of water so about 50000 lbs of rock. If you are truely serious about it, do contact a place like sea world or something similar that would be able to point you in the right direction to success. If you do this make sure we get pics and plane tickets to come view this amazing feat!!!! Good luck!!!!
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Old 06-06-2005, 04:18 PM   #18
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I think lr.com gets like 5,000 lb live rock each trip I think

You would keep them busy
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Sorry, the SW idea is not even remotely feasible.
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Sorry, the SW idea is not even remotely feasible.
Well... it is... but not by one person alone. Maybe a zoo.
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