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Tank Build! Up-sizing our tank to a 265 display!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by erayk1, Dec 3, 2019 at 8:45 PM.

  1. erayk1 Well-Known ReefKeeper GIRS Member

    Coralville, IA
    +14 / 0 / -0
    I've never done a build thread from the start of a project, so I figured this was the perfect time to do so. We found a deal we couldn't pass up on a used 265g Marineland with corner overflows which was just a foot longer than the 220g we were looking at getting. My wife has been awesome and she's just as excited! This will probably take us a while to finish and most likely will have changes along the way. If anything, this thread will help us keep track of changes and ideas if anyone has better ones than ours.

    Progress thus far:

    Basement FISH ROOM! :D:D:D:D
    Knocked out a wall in the basement to create a 24ft x 8 ft. Currently looking at framing, closed-cell foam insulating exterior walls, and putting up mold resistant drywall with painted finish. Also planning to install a dual exhaust fan attached to a humidistat connected to my Apex. Probably going to install a fresh air line with carbon filter for the skimmer. There will be a utility sink with working bench style space for working on corals, etc. Also planning to install R/O and saltwater storage tanks for easy (hopefully automated) water changes. There will be a fish and coral quarantine tanks setup to reduce risk of disease and pests.

    The Display (265g)
    For those that have seen our current 125g setup, it's view-able on both long sides with one in a window like cutout that faces our kitchen. Will also be able to view this new tank on the right shorter side. The 265 will be in the same space with another diy stand, and since all the filtration will be in the basement, I plan on making some storage drawer into the stand to hide away things we need for the display so that we don't have to run downstairs for those items.

    Currently I am thinking I want to replace/freshen up 2 of the interior silicon seals as they show a bit a wear from the assumed cleaning/scraping of the glass. I've never done this type of seam on a tank, just bathroom/window seals. Any suggestions from anyone that has done this before? Should I do it at all since it's not really the structural seam?

    Thanks to everyone and we look forward to sharing our journey with the club!
    Pictures to come soon.

    This is how the tank looked when we got it 3 sides painted.

    265 before paint removed.jpg

    This is progress made

    265 cleaned panels.jpg

    265 side view cleaned panels.jpg

    This is a mockup that we built to compare and use for moving practice. The wood on the left is the exact size of the tank if it was skinned, the 125g is the current tank.

    size comparison.jpg
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2019 at 11:09 AM
  2. Mark Nelson GIRS Member

    +5 / 0 / -0
    Wow...I'm excited for you. Cant wait to see the progression. Is this still 6' but wider and taller?
  3. erayk1 Well-Known ReefKeeper GIRS Member

    Coralville, IA
    +14 / 0 / -0
    Let me know if you want to check it out in person. House is all torn apart with Christmas decorations and now tank projects, but you'll get the idea.
    This tank is bigger in all directions. 7ft x 2ft x 30 inches
  4. beckerj3 Expert Reefkeeper Board of Directors Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
    +420 / 2 / -0
    WOW!!!! Congratulations!!! I'm excited to watch your progress.

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