25,000 gal rubber liner + acrylic fish tank 50'x14'x5' for $6000

thebiggerthebetter

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$2000 - Acrylic sheets off Craigslist, 3/4" and 1/2", from 3-4 different places, Orlando, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, all of Florida.
$2000 - Weldon #40, two part acrylic glue from Interstate Plastics, CA, 10 gallons.
$1000 - EPDM firestone 45 mil rubber liner 60'x20'.
$1000 - pressure treated plywood and lumber.

Total $6000

Wet/dry filter with 10,000 nylon mesh pot scrubbers, plumbing, a 50' long, rubber lined aqueduct, 10x 6600 GPH pumps, and lighting not included in the $6000.

Features a 45'x3.5' acrylic window.

Finished May 2018.
Has been running continuously 2 years now.

So far so good, no problems to report yet.

May 2016:


Sept 2016:


July 2017:


Sept 10, 2017, hurricane Irma direct hits our city of Naples, FL with 120-140 miles per hour winds, Category 4.

Feb 2018:


May 20, 2018, COMMENCEMENT!



 

jjohnwm

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How is he not a mod yet?!?!? probably one of the best out there some1 please nominate this guy! awesome stuff man
Why? What did he ever do to you?

Moderating a forum is, for many people, the most thankless and frustrating "job" imaginable (usually unpaid, so not really a job...). Spending your free time listening to people griping about each other...trying to keep everybody happy and playing nicely together...ugh!

I'm eternally grateful that there are people willing to do it...but wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
 

thebiggerthebetter

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Why? What did he ever do to you?

Moderating a forum is, for many people, the most thankless and frustrating "job" imaginable (usually unpaid, so not really a job...). Spending your free time listening to people griping about each other...trying to keep everybody happy and playing nicely together...ugh!

I'm eternally grateful that there are people willing to do it...but wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
That rings very true. Plus, no one on MFK is paid.
 

suckerfish

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Funny how Florida has some crazy animal keepers. You got Joe the Tiger king and now Viktor the Fish king!
Just don’t try to kill Rich from Big fish rescue, and you’ll be ok!!!

Hopefully someday soon, we can all travel again and come pay respects to you and your work.
 
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thebiggerthebetter

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Thank you brothers for the kind words and compliments, of which I am not worthy.

... I have to ask how the hell do you afford to keep all that running? ...
My wonderful math teacher wife... :) She has been footing paycheck-to-paycheck all our monthly expenses (our electric bill is $15,000 a year for point of reference) for the last 10 years while I am building this "dream" of mine. Plus we save and try to do everything imaginable that we can do ourselves before hiring anyone or paying for service.

I was supposed to open back in 2015-2016... I am a bit behind haha... Of course hurricane Irma of 2017 didn't help, threw us back about 1.5 years.
 

MatteoTheEnder22

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Thank you brothers for the kind words and compliments, of which I am not worthy.


My wonderful math teacher wife... :) She has been footing paycheck-to-paycheck all our monthly expenses (our electric bill is $15,000 a year for point of reference) for the last 10 years while I am building this "dream" of mine. Plus we save and try to do everything imaginable that we can do ourselves before hiring anyone or paying for service.

I was supposed to open back in 2015-2016... I am a bit behind haha... Of course hurricane Irma of 2017 didn't help, threw us back about 1.5 years.
when are you gonna be open too the public ive been watching your videos on youtube and ill love too come and see everything in person visit some time!!!! 😁 😁
 
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