Update 06/08/11 - Tank build is underway and I expect shipment date of 7/5/11...
Tank has been ordered and deposit paid and more details around post #60 and greater if you want to start at that point...
I expect to take delivery the first week of July...but NOT the weekend of the 4th Lol
Final dimensions in inches are 72x20x36 lxhxd
No bulkheads, all 4 sides Starphire glass and rimless style using clear silicone. Approx 220 US gallons.
I expect to have a nice open scape/feel/look with this configuration.
So this thread will be to document a new tank design to REPLACE my current 180 gallon setup.
Aquarium in inches: 72X24X30 which is about 220 US gallons. It will be 30" from front to back.Starphire glass on all 4 viewing panes even though it will be placed against the wall.
Here is a link to what the tank will look like but the back will be unpainted and the back/side walls will NOT be drilled... I want to view it from each side as well as the front..I can do so now and want that to continue
Stand - powder coated steel with custom fabricated light bar for suspension of the light fixture. The max distance to the water surface is currently 24" but may be increased. The stand will most likely by 30" high....maybe a couple inches higher as I am taller than some...but not all
All work to be done by Coast to Coast in NJ...
Substrate - undecided here. May go ADA AS and be done with it. Or black flourite with some type of DIY improvement, worm castings or such. Most likely ADA as I like the thought of the longer term nutrient base and the plug and play installation... except for the three months of twice daily 100% water changes....
Lighting - T5HO provided by this fixture here:
Going for only 50 PAR or so at substrate. I babble on a bit about this here:
Filtration - two Eheim pro 3 with builtin heaters.
Extra flow - Eheim water pump or similar.
C02 - most likely one or two needle wheels or whatever is most effective and can be hidden
Hardscape - specimen manzanita from Tom most likely
Plants - tbd but lower maintenance is the goal...not many stems. Stauro, crypts, and ferns/anubias most likely. similar to what I have but better in every way!!!!
Here is a link where I discuss dimensions, bulkhead placement and size, and the filtration/flow/plumbing configurations:
I haven't pulled the tigger yet, but posting this thread helps me to decide. I am almost 99% there, just hard to spend that much $ for a 'fish tank'....
Not much else to say at this point. If I decide yes, is 6 weeks lead time anyway.....
Plenty of time to post as the project progresses..