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Old 06-04-2005, 06:26 PM   #1
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Starting a 5000 gal aquarium

We live in FL and have a small inground pool we want to transform into a massive aquarium and stock with what we catch. Already have a 45gal marine tank but what issues will we run into on such a grand scale. We plan on fabricating a large enough charcoal filter unit. we don't know where to buy salt in an affordable bulk quantity. Any ideas and suggestions are appreciated. NO this is not a joke.
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Old 06-04-2005, 06:32 PM   #2
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I am not sure where you would buy enough salt for 5K galons. I would say your best bet would be to buy one of those trucks that has a vacume built into it then go down to the water and suck some up yourself. I dont even know a 5K aquarium!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-04-2005, 07:19 PM   #3
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What are you planning to do about the salinity when it rains?

What are you planning for an auto topoff? I imagine the evaporation would be massive.

What are you planning for temperature control?

How do you plan to control unwanted bacteria entering in from the surroundings, yet grow beneficially bacteria to maintain life? That's a lot of live rock.

Are you planning on a protein skimmer (of epic proportions), or will you be satisfied with an inevitable film on the surface?

How do you plan to circulate the water throughout the "tank"?

Just some questions if you are indeed seriously considering this.
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Old 06-04-2005, 07:52 PM   #4
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If you don't plan on diving it, I can't imagine why you would do such a thing. Other than diving it you'll probably never really see much life. Bearfan (nice avatar, Bearfan) asked some pretty poignant questions.
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Old 06-04-2005, 07:53 PM   #5
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If I were you I would make it into a FW pond.
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Old 06-04-2005, 08:00 PM   #6
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Yes, a pond! My pond is under 2000 gallons, and I wish I'd gone bigger.... Go koi !! And frogs!! Most relaxing way to spend an afternoon...a book by my pond with hand-fed fish under the waterfall!

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Old 06-04-2005, 08:01 PM   #7
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Yep

You dont even need to add frogs, they will come on their own
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Forget about salt water, you'd be crazy and about $40K poorer when you are done. Freshwater is the way to go if you want to something like this......not sure if you know what you're getting into. (To do it properly anyways).
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Right, all my frogs have come in on their own. They come and go regularly!

A pond would be a much more natural and EASY solution than trying to put a fake ocean in the back yard. I can't imagine trying to keep the salinity (or anything else, for that matter) in check with every rainstorm or heatwave!!

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Old 06-04-2005, 08:14 PM   #10
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A pond is SOOOO Much easier and cheaper. Go with a pond.....
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