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Old 06-21-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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3 tank conversion, i'm at it again !!!!!

i can't leave well enough alone.
i had 3 beautiful fresh water tanks inwall, and i got bored !!!!!

converting 3 tanks into one 150gal inwall setup

i originally had one 90gal, one 40gal, one 20gal.
now i have one big 150 gal. plus an artificial reef insert.
WORTH EVERY PENNY !!!!!!!!
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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i did not finish the front wall yet so it is still a mess.
here is the back of my tank, behind the scene,
i also attached a quick video.

it was a hard conversion and i have over 40 fish, I did not loose ONE fish!!
i am very happy with how smooth the conversion went.

all done within 9 hrs of hard labor!!!!!
the front wall pic is before i added the coral insert.
i am now working on painting the front wall and moldings.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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i've watched too much TANKED and FISH TANK KINGS.
so i had to get a coral insert.

WOW, am i happy with what i got. very realistic colors.
and the fish have never been happier!!!!!

NOW I HAVE MY DREAM TANK!!!!!
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:11 AM   #4
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Looks amazing!!


What are you gonna do with the other tanks? :P
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:24 AM   #5
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can you believe I sold my salt tank and my 90gal tank and it paid for my 150gal tank. so this whole conversion cost me $0.


I still have my 40 gal, I was thinking of making it a planted tank and overflowing from the 150 into it so the plants can remove the nitrates.
then I won't have to do any water changes, just add water as needed.

the possibilities are endless !!!!!
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can you believe I sold my salt tank and my 90gal tank and it paid for my 150gal tank. so this whole conversion cost me $0.


I still have my 40 gal, I was thinking of making it a planted tank and overflowing from the 150 into it so the plants can remove the nitrates.
then I won't have to do any water changes, just add water as needed.

the possibilities are endless !!!!!
Zero cost for that badass tank? Awesome!!

I'd do a huge shrimp tank with that 40 ;P
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:02 PM   #7
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yea man, the only thing I paid for was the coral insert.
I have to admit, that was expensive!!! but worth every penny

I had extra sheet rock and wood for my wall, material = $0
paint left over from the last time I added a tank to my wall, paint = $0
tank came from selling my salt setup and 90 gal tank, 150 gal tank = $0
moved all plants and sand from old tanks into new tank, substrate = $0


o0o0o0o0o0o0o shrimp tank !!!!
how dare you put ideas in my head, lol.
yea I need a new use for my 40gal breeder tank.
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Looks sweet though, worth the expense!

And shrimp tanks are really cool, and you can make a few extra $$$ by selling off the shrimp you breed ^_^
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:42 PM   #9
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Great job! If it was my tank, I'd have a massive chunk of dw in place of the faux coral. I just think those faux inserts are overrated, sorry.
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I added some bamboo shrimp. Figures the biggest one molted and I havent seen him since. Hopefully he is hiding in the coral till his shell gets hard. He was almost 3 inches before. Or he was fish food.
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slowly coming together.

next is the trim !!!!!
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I think i'm finally done. the trim work is finished. I wanted to do something different so I did a stone trim instead of molding. i'm happy with the results.
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Looks awesome!


Think I'd hire you if I wanted a tank like that!
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So awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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thanks for the remarks. it's all about the details !!!! it's the small things that make or break a project.. I have over 50 fish in that tank but you would never know it, lol. only when it's feeding time they all come out of the woodwork.

today i'm getting 16 pink glowfish (keep the wife happy, lol)

I got some colored caulk, tan and brown, to simulate mortar between the stones. I am not sure what color to use yet, i'll have to try both and see what looks the best.
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If that's the only decision you have left to make then I think you're mistaken :P

No doubt in a few weeks you'll wanna change something round, FISH KEEPERS CURSE! ^_^
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Looks amazing! Great job 'thumb'
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I really like how you did the trim! Nice tank!
I personally wouldn't have gone for a coral insert in a FW tank, but you pulled it off!
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I've been keeping fish for over 30 yrs so I've done it all. everything but a full coral insert. so I got the new tank just for that purpose. the trick is getting fish that look like salt water fish, fish with color.

I always hear, 'You can't get any good colors in fresh water fish'
this is true to an extent. I just wanted to show you can have a FW tank that 'POPS'

i'm sure i'll get the itch again in a few years and do something different, but for now i'm quite happy with how the tank turned out. I just added some pink and orange glow tetra's. they school back and forth, looks nice.
after i'm done with the trim, i'll post up some more pics of the finished project.
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That is a pretty awesome tank
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