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[APD] Re: A large tank

So, uh ... Anyone care to venture how much it might cost to put something
like this together? =)

I've seen acrylic tanks of this size that are upwards of $5000. No idea what glass would be. Ongoing costs are going to be a lot too. Guessing those are 400 watt metal halide lights he has, and there are 8 of them, that's 3200 watts of lighting which would be $115.20/month at 9 cents per kilowatt hour and assuming the usual 20% losses in the ballasts. You'd probably have another $100/month running pumps. I think with a tank this large Tom's no-heater tank idea would start being very economical too.

And if you want to build this into your house you have two options:
1 - concrete slab on ground floor
2 - concrete slab on steel frame (girders, not truss)

Just tell your contractor to build your fish room like a multilevel parking structure :-) Seriously though, if you really do build a tank like this you really should talk to a structural engineer. The tank will be a *lot* of weight in a small space, and that needs special construction to support it.


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