Welcome to my first thread everyone. Today we will start a discussion on a custome tank concept that you will get to see collectively designed and built with budget and resale value in mind.
I have found myself with a few 10g and a couple 29g tanks one of which I was building a custom sump out of. The name of the game is to put everything you need into a compact yet elegant design that fits through a standard door frame then sell it. Lets start the requirements list for the beginner.
Obviously you need your show tank. If your building a show tank then you dont want a bunch of filters heaters and air stones ruining your view. Also you want a bunch of fish in there. So lets add a sump to place all that equipment in and add extra water to increase water quality to keep that beautifully overstocked tank healthy. You need quarantine and hospital tank or tanks to keep everything running smooth. Oh but wait you cant fight ich without 2 tanks so now we have to have 2 hospital or quarantine tanks.
The idea is in the image below. We will have 1 29g tank as a show tank at the top. Below that will be 2 10g hospital tanks. Below that will be a 29g sump tank. In a normal setup im thinking all 3 tanks will overflow into the sump and the sump will pump water into all 3 tanks simultaneously. Shut off valves will be placed on both 10g tanks so we can isolate them from the system to creat a hospital tank or when left running would make a great quarantine tank.
The whole front will be a giant door and when closed will only show the front of the tanks you see in the image below. Its a all in one compact design.
So for starters what is this set up missing? If its not missing anything then why wont it work. Once the concept is designed we will discuss frame sizes and plumbing.
Remember a all in one unit with size and cost in mind is our goal. We will concept this all in one design together and we will build and sell it right here. The goal is not just to build a cheap all in one unit but to show the new comers how affordable the hobby can be when done right and to watch our ideas unfold into a real build.