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I recently bought a house here in cape coral and am building a new set up. I took down my 220 and sold all live stock to an aquarium store in fort Myers at wholesale value just prior to moving. Now I'm going to be building a new 400 gallon aquarium from the ground up, even assembling the glass itself as well. I don't really need help but I figured if there was anyone out there that wanted to see the process for their own knowledge then this could be of benefit to them.

 

Progress so far,

Today had a GFI outlet installed on the wall that the tank will be on. I am having a friend build out a metal stand this week and I will do a rustic style wood Finnish encasing it. he should be done by early next week and I will get started on my part right after i get it. I am also having all of the glass delivered to my house  by the end of the week. 

overflows will be the STEALTHBOX WITH 3600GPH TRIPLE H2OVERFLOW SCREENS by customaquariums.com 

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let me know if youd like to be apart of this process. Hope to be joining the tank tours here in cape soon.

 

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Things have been going a bit slower than i expected. I'm still waiting on the glass to be delivered and the metal stand to be completed and delivered to me but I have been slowly getting everything i needed in the mail lately for the set up. 

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Awesome project, looking forward to seeing this build and how both the overflow and algae scrubber work for you!

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Just got the glass today, my metal stand is going to be delivered tomorrow also. I'll do a wood finish on the stand this coming week then start assembling the glass. 10f63c595b2747e67d59dea08504f7df.jpge643b4a3f27f7f1fd76aacf00771e0eb.jpg

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Are you planning on building a tank yourself also? I've got the tank all siliconed now. I let the sides dry for a day then I added part of the euro bracing on. Tomorrow I'll add 2 more euro support across the middle. 3b2a941d9f648b36847298d2a79d3044.jpg

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yes I will build the tank myself. I am looking to see were to get the glass from. I may open an account with a glass supplier for my business and buy from them. Not sure yet. I will watch close your build

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Test fill went well, no leaks and didn't break. Lol so now I've put all the rock and sand in and I'm filling it with my 150gpd RODI system.
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Once I filled up the tank and began cycling the water I finished painting the removable panels and I built the rig for the lights.

Once I started the pumps though, I realized a big mistake on my part. I did a bad job rinsing the sand and it clouded the water pretty bad. 

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I waited a week or so and it didn't clear up one bit. I tried to use 4 or 5 different water clarifies on the market to clear it up and still none of it worked. while I waited for it to clear up and cycle, I went a head and began setting up the apex wiring and the calcium reactor areas.

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I ended up having to find a huge water tank so that I could do some water changes since it wasn't clearing up. After two 250 gallon water changes it cleared most of it up. There was still a haze in the water so I upgraded my skimmer since the old reef octopus that I had was only made for about 150 gallons. This helped but still the water wasn't perfect.

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To finally kick this issue in the butt I added a 25 micron canister filter witch did the trick perfectly. 

 

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Now I can enjoy the fruits of all my labor. Here are some recent pics of the tank and some of the fish I've added. Enjoy

 

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If you'd like to see more of the build you can find more pics and videos on 

Instagram at Nicks Extreme Aquarium 

or on 

YouTube, Just search for Nicks Extreme Aquarium. 

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Hope all works out in the long run. The left seam on the side panel, seems a little light on silicone. Some of the seams seem a bit sloppy. That's a lot of water to mess with.

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6 hours ago, wiszmaster said:

Hope all works out in the long run. The left seam on the side panel, seems a little light on silicone. Some of the seams seem a bit sloppy. That's a lot of water to mess with.

 

Yea, It definitely densest look like a professional did it since this was my first time assembling a tank. I was more concerned with trying to go overboard with silicone than keeping it neat looking. but yea I know the areas you're talking about. there are a few small areas that seem lighter and I believe those spot were due to a not so perfect cut of glass since those "lighter" spot are in small parts and don't cover entire strips of glass. I don't see those giving me any issues but I guess only time will tell 🤞 

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