RobW's New 274.3 Gallon Build

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It's time! Starting the design phase of my new tank build. 274.3 gallon display with a roughly 100 gallon sump/refugium. Filtration will be by Bashea: custom sump 60" long x 24" wide x 16" tall. Bashea 8-30 twited skimmer, Bashea 8-30 bio-reactor, Bashsea media reactors. Aquarium controllers and accessories will all be GHL. All lighting will also be GHL with a combination of 3-4 Mitras 7206, 2 deep actinic 62" lightbars, and 4 22" simu-sticks for moon lighting and other effects. This will not be a fast process as the design will very complicated and costly. I have a limited space to work with so the entire system will have to fit in the custom wall unit that I am building. I am building the actual tank myself as well. I will post some pictures of the design soon. Any input or suggestions to the design will be greatly appreciated along the way. Sort of a reboot to what I had started over a year ago but had to scrap unfortunately due to certain circumstances. Look forward to seeing this one through this time! stay tuned.
 
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So for the display tank... 66" x 32" x 30" as I mentioned. The tank bottom will consist of two sheets of 1/2" thick glass with a sheet of 1/4" black pvc laminated between the two. All of the sides of the tank will be 3/4" glass with the front viewing panel being starphire glass. 1/2" thick x 3" wide euro bracing around the top for extra strength as the tank will be on the taller side. The back and sides of the glass with be painted with a deep blue color instead of the traditional black background. (Had it on a previous tank and it made it look like the water went off into the depths of the ocean.) All the seams will be black silicone instead of clear. I think it looks better in my opinion.
 
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So I started to layout the glass and lighting arrangement. Excuse the quality of the photos as I just snapped a picture of my laptop screen. Here you can see the shape of the tank and how I was thinking about laying out the lights. There will be 4 GHL Mitra LX7's, 2 62" Deep actinic light bars, and 4 22" Simu-sticks.
 

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Here are a few shots of the start of the base cabinet.
 

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Getting more done. Drew the internal box of the overflow and a few holes for returns and closed loops for uv sterilizers.
 

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Sump is almost done. I have a few more things to do to it.
 

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I like your enginerding approach. Want to see more.

I have a 267 on order - gonna call it Two-Seventy ... but 274-point-3 is certainly unique. :p:D
 
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I like your enginerding approach. Want to see more.

I have a 267 on order - gonna call it Two-Seventy ... but 274-point-3 is certainly unique. :p:D
Been busy the last few days. Was probably gonna work on it some more tonight a bit. I'm actually making the tank myself as well. A friend of mine has a glass shop. He's gonna gut and polish all the panels for me and drill everything. I'm gonna assemble it all.
 

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