Can. Turn a pool into a reef aquarium

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Hey I have this project in mind and I want to know if it is worthwhile I want to build a house and have my bedroom under my house and have my pool as a reef aquarium that has the glass as one of the walls of my bedroom
Also so I can dive in ok so what do you guys think
 

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Julian spring has a cool outdoor saltwater pond



Having an outdoor pool would be possible. But think it’s going to be hard at that size to get the right water flow
 

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A pool as a reef? Definitely doable, as for swimming in it? Not sure that's something i would recommend, for two reasons.

1.) Greater risk of introducing contaminants from your body, unless you properly wash and rinse before entering the pool.
2.) Reef systems are inherently bacterial/biological hazards, any cuts or open wounds run a very real possibility of getting infected, which could potentially turn real nasty.
 

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I worked on a house in NYC and they had an internal pool adjacent to the master bedroom with porthole windows that allows you to look into the pool. No reason that couldn’t be a gigantic reef tank

My concern for outdoor pool would be rain and evap changing salinity and rain bringing in contaminants, along with temperature management
 

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Converting a normal pool may involve replacing all the metal fixtures and plumbing bits and pieces.some may be buried under the cement.
 
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So yes this is a dream and an architectural designer so I will draw it the send it but you guys think it is possible??
 

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Yes, you can build a tank as large as your budget will allow and build a room off of it.
 

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think it is possible??
Of course it is, think public aquariums, many have viewing windows under the tanks. Now budget is a whole nother thing. Hope you have 50-100K just to get the pool alone up and running, not including livestock or any maintenance cost which would run you thousands a month as well.
 

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Where is the picture from the email thread?
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I can relate to every one that expressed them self and thought, ain't going to be easy, very expensive overhaul and maybe If you have the resources to make it happen, I will say... "Go for it"!
I can see what you want to achieve. Instead of having a chlorine pool you want a piece of reef where you could snorkel or even use a little tank for Scuba diving. Some kind of "Beach ⛱", I think it been done before, That could be in this hobby the "Ultimate Reefer Dream Tank".

This is my personal opinion and how I would personally approach that kind build if I got the resources to do something like it...

First of all
, I will state from the beginning, the budget for the project. It might cost you the same or even more to overhaul a swimming pool for your purpose. (Trust me I'm a retired "CPO" Certified Pool Operator).

Second, because I'm not a Monster Tank seasoned Reefer. I will look for really big systems caretakers for advice and insight. "Here are several Reefer's that could help". I will go to a public aquarium that has this incredible tanks, take a "behind the scenes tour". Right on the spot you will see, "what it takes to make it happen". I will chat with them and even try to befriends them. "They got more experience, than I definitely ever had!"

Third, but not the last on all the questions that you will be asking yourself along the road. I think is very important ... Did I will able to keep it up and running for my purposes for years to come and risk free from one of my point of view? (Master Bedroom).

All and on...
-That it can be possible to set a backyard saltwater aquarium pool? "Absolutely posible" 100%
-That is going to be easy? "Absolutely not" 90%
-That it will need tons of hours of planning? "Absolutely 100%"
-That... "If I got the resources and I'm willing to do it" with all the added costs? "Who knows, but I will sit and make an assessment of what I'm looking for? "Absolutely 100%"

And finally...
If you or anyone are going to set this goals. That's going to be the building treads to follow on "big dreams tank".
 

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If diving in it is a big feature of this endeavor, you may want to consider moving to the coast instead. It'd probably be a lot cheaper and less stress than building a house around an artificial reef haha.
 

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I really love your idea. One really good thing that would help is volunteering an aquarium. I volunteer in Virginia Beach for approximately two years. It was an eye opener on how much sanitation you go through. I’ve became a much better diver since then……… good luck
 

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