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Old 01/03/2008, 08:13 PM
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Thumbs up 240ish through wall help in a new home

My Wife and I have a wall in our new house that is being built (we closed the Friday after Christmas) that is exactly 2 feet wide, and 11'2" long that my wife and I are wanting to put a reef tank in. We had this designed into our plans, and I would very much like everyones opinion!

First off, I want to spend no more than 10,000.00 on this project- less is more! the standard 240 gallon tank is what I was leaning towards 2 feet wide, 2 feet tall, and 8 feet long. However this measurement can absouletly be changed (except for width!). We want starphire viewing sides so it is going to be a custom tank. We dont watch TV, and so this will be our primary* entertainment in the great room Except when we are surfing, mtn Biking, Fishing, or Scubadiving! the tank will divide the great room and the masterbed room, and will be viewed from BOTH SIDES. My concerns ultimaetly revolve around having a self sustaining system to the fullest extent possible. We want a reef tank, not a fish tank-although my wife insists on having a "nemo" or two.

The challenge lies in the lack of space and that everything must fit inside of the 11'2"X2' wide wall. either above the tank, below the tank, or beside the tank. there is NO room for a fish room! Refuge, ro-di, sump, skimmer, pumps, stored topoff water, EVERYTHING must fit inside this wall! We have discussed tiling the interior of the wall cavity and sealing it completly off from both sides of the house (and attic) due to the ultra high moisture content in such a small space. There is a vent on the roof that will let this wall cavity "breath".

forum member Krazy has a 210 setup and running as seen in this photo~

the gear he has shown here will (I think*) all fit inside the space we have available. (although I am not sure of the width of his tank)

insite, ideas, opinions, lighting options lol I realy would like as much help as I can get. I have been keeping FW tanks since I was 10 or so, and have kept putting off a salt water tank untill I had the resources to pull it off right. I think NOW is the time-

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Old 01/04/2008, 12:06 AM
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Fitting it isnt going to be the biggest problem, your biggest problem will be access. I would go with a tank that is not as long so there is room to build access doors in the wall next to the tank (personally, I just find doing under the tank is a PITA).

Since you are building the wall could you build a segment that juts out a foot so you could get a 6'x3' tank (so it would be partially recessed in the wall)? For a big tank, I really like what you can do with the extra depth. This would also give you more space on the side of the tank. In general if you could even make the whole wall 3', instaed of 2', I think it would make things a lot easier.
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Old 01/05/2008, 11:42 AM
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the 2foot measurement is the only thing I realy dont want to change (cause I really cant) I am not willing to take the space away from the living room or the master bedroom. I want the tank fairly high off the floor (we have dogs) so I am thinking the bottom of the viewing area would be 4 feet or so off the ground.
over flows would be on the ends of the tank (or a large over flow on just one end?)

any good ideas?

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Old 01/05/2008, 11:40 PM
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LoneRanger - are you saying you have a half-wall that is 11'l x 2'w x X2'h separating 2 rooms?
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Old 01/06/2008, 10:37 AM
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no, it is a FULL wall from the groung to the cieling (which is 12 feet tall @ the roof peak) the width of the tank wall is 24" from the bedroom side to the great room side. (not counting sheetrock)

the tank I was thinking of installing was 8 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 2 feet high.

the bottom of the tank would be roughly* 4 feet off the ground due to the dogs.



any throught/ help?

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Old 01/06/2008, 01:01 PM
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Could you do a sketch-up model? then you could e-mail it about and have everyone add therre bit or make suggestions?

This is just an Idea, for you to gain the maximum from everyone without have very long detailed posts
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Old 01/06/2008, 01:26 PM
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I had actualy posted our pre-lim plans about 3 months ago-(or longer) and did not get much response.

I'll try and scan our final's now and post them here.


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the lines drawn for the "tank" arent actualy size (duh)



hope this helps!

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Old 01/06/2008, 03:41 PM
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that tank is too small for that room.
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Old 01/06/2008, 06:57 PM
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the tank going in that wall will be Double the shown length.


again, can anyone give any thoughts/ ideas to get it all the equipment in there?

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Old 01/07/2008, 06:30 PM
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nooooo thoughts?


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Old 01/07/2008, 06:41 PM
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I don't really see what the problem is. You have a lot of space to utilize and many tanks only run with what is directly under it. You have the option of built-ins on both sides that can be used as well.
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Old 01/11/2008, 09:51 PM
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what do you mean by "built ins on both sides"?


thanks for the help!

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Old 01/11/2008, 10:02 PM
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Built in cabinets on either, or both, sides of the tank, could be as tall as the stand, or as tall as the top of the tank, or higher, depending upon what you're looking for. Great way to fit in the equipment needed so it's easier to work with, rather than stuffing it all under the stand (like me). From the layout picture, it seems the location for your tank would be great for the 'built in cabinets'.
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Old 01/12/2008, 02:44 AM
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Yeah man, you could get a 7' skimmer in there if you wanted too!
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