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Old 12-14-2011, 09:05 PM   #1
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800 gallon L - Shape Custom Build

I started this build in the summer.(2011)

Tank details:

8 ft x 42" front span (starphire)
7ft x 36" side span (starphire)
Eurobraced
Dual overflows with 4 1 1/2" outlets


I had bought a new property for my physical therapy/ sport injury clinic to move into and thought an aquarium would be the perfect addition to the reception area.

I found this tank on kijiji. The owner needed it gone because he could no longer maintain it due to health issues.

Mind you the tank was in his basement and needed to be disassembled piece by piece, it took two of us 6 hours with putty knives, utility knives and about 15 guitar strings( the best tool ever if you need to breakdown a tank).

I never knew glass could be so heavy.

the next step involved figuring out where to place the tank and if the floors would support the weight( 9500lbs plus).

I had to get a structural engineer to come check out the framing and give me the ok.

The joists were on 12" centers with bracing, so I didn't need to add additional support.

I built the stand out of 2x6 bluwood. Then faced it with 3/4" ply as a backer for cultured stone.

I have a bunch more pics to post up,

All I have left to do is partition the 150 gallon sump

Install lighting
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:10 PM   #2
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I started this build in the summer.(2011)

Tank details:

8 ft x 42" front span (starphire)
7ft x 36" side span (starphire)
Eurobraced
Dual overflows with 4 1 1/2" outlets


I had bought a new property for my physical therapy/ sport injury clinic to move into and thought an aquarium would be the perfect addition to the reception area.

I found this tank on kijiji. The owner needed it gone because he could no longer maintain it due to health issues.

Mind you the tank was in his basement and needed to be disassembled piece by piece, it took two of us 6 hours with putty knives, utility knives and about 15 guitar strings( the best tool ever if you need to breakdown a tank).

I never knew glass could be so heavy.

the next step involved figuring out where to place the tank and if the floors would support the weight( 9500lbs plus).

I had to get a structural engineer to come check out the framing and give me the ok.

The joists were on 12" centers with bracing, so I didn't need to add additional support.

I built the stand out of 2x6 bluwood. Then faced it with 3/4" ply as a backer for cultured stone.

I have a bunch more pics to post up,

All I have left to do is partition the 150 gallon sump

Install lighting
So there is a basement under this tank??
I supported my joist ,and that was only for my 280,,but if you got it checked out,then i guess your good to go...
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:15 PM   #3
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thats wicked, i have been checking kijiji every day and have never come across anythign like this, and we are pretty close as i only live in vaughan
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:27 PM   #4
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Putting on the front and back sections of glass.

Used Dow Corning 995 silicone sealant black.Apparently that's what sea world and marineland used for their big tanks.

Super strong stuff but über messy.

Used 12 tubes in total.
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thats pretty awesome, are you goign to have a door to the back of it?
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:14 PM   #6
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nice! can't wait to see it set up!
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I saw the pics in your other thread too.
That is INCREDIBLE!!! I'm so jealous right now.
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Oh man!!! What's going in here? I can only imagine...
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Plain and simple awesome. Have you thought about the top more yet? It would be really cool if you are able to pull off the hinged glass tops, especially with how you pulled it off if you end up doing so.
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wouldnt using glass on a 800 gallon reef tank require alot of cleaning? The amount of salt that would get on the lids from evaporation would be a lot of work cleaning the salt stains to allow enough light to get through to the corals. If you want a top I would think you would have to use egg crate or you could do a DIY mesh lid, I did one for my 40gallon and it works very nice.
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