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How much would it cost to set something like this up? I am so sick of my tanks! They are NEVER BIG ENOUGH!

How much would it cost to set up? ALso how easy would it be to maintain?

I want ot keep dovi, red devils, trimacs, red terrors, tilapia etc..
 

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man, sorry to break it to you but if you get a 600 it will be enough for like a year. then you will post "i want a 10,000 gallon aquarium, adding addition to the house" if anyone has a link to the guy who actually did that and posted the pics and story, please share to let our friend know what he has in store.

in all seriousness, im sorry to make jokes. i would guess you are looking at several thousand dollars at least. best of luck if you decide to do it.
 

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If money is no object have someone build you one to your specs. An acrylic 600g would be awesome.

If money does have a bearing on what you can do I would sit down and do an energy calc of what it would take to run a monster tank like that. It might help ground you.
 

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HONDO said:
man, sorry to break it to you but if you get a 600 it will be enough for like a year. then you will post "i want a 10,000 gallon aquarium, adding addition to the house" if anyone has a link to the guy who actually did that and posted the pics and story, please share to let our friend know what he has in store.S

in all seriousness, im sorry to make jokes. i would guess you are looking at several thousand dollars at least. best of luck if you decide to do it.
I remember that story that was a really cool addition.

i have my eye on a house with an indoor pool they never use. Some changes to the filtration could turn it into an indoor cichlid pond :lol:
 

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i have my eye on a house with an indoor pool they never use. Some changes to the filtration could turn it into an indoor cichlid pond
:lol: That would be pretty awesome, little weird since you'd have to look down at the fish though and you're looking at their backs.......but oh the possibilities! :drooling:
 

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i have my eye on a house with an indoor pool they never use. Some changes to the filtration could turn it into an indoor cichlid pond
:lol: That would be pretty awesome, little weird since you'd have to look down at the fish though and you're looking at their backs.......but oh the possibilities! :drooling:
I couldn't do that. I'd come up with some silly plan of how to put an acrylic divider in the middle so I could use half of it as a viewing room, and then it would fail and I would drown.
 

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Seeing how no one has really answered your question I will make an attempt. However, we need more information from you. This is not going to be an inexpensive endeavor. Big tanks are costly.

1. How much is your budget exactly?

2. What size space/dimensions do you have to work with?

3. What material do you want it made out of?

4. Is it going to be on a cement or wood floor? 600 gallons of water is almost 5,000lbs.

Once you know what dimensions you want the tank then you can decide what material you want the tank made of. Glass and acrylic are the most common though they can get expensive for large tanks. You could always build one yourself if you wanted to do so using plywood with glass/acrylic windows or cement/cinder block with glass/acrylic windows. These last two methods can be cheaper when building large tanks but take a good deal of do-it-yourself skill.

For a tank that big you will definitely need to have a sump of some kind. So if you buy a glass or acrylic tank make sure it has overflows as it is way easier for them to do it then you to do it after the fact. Ideally you would want the sump to house at least 15-20% of the display tank volume. So for a 600 gallon tank the sump would have 90-120 gallons of water in it at all times. The sump will also need room for the water that returns to the sump during a power outage/pump failure. Speaking of pumps you will need to have a pump that can flow roughly 4200gph at whatever foot of head you will have at the very minimum.

As for maintenance larger tanks are easier to maintain and since there is more water volume your water parameters will be more stable. Though you will be keeping some messy fish that get really big that will probably still require good sized water changes on a regular basis.

This is all achievable but it isn't cheap and should not deter you from going for it. You just have to search around for the best prices and what not.

Let us know the answers to the questions I asked. :thumb: :fish:
 
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