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    Looking to setup a 500+ gallon freshwater sump tank

    Discussion in 'Setup and Filtration' started by AquaJohn, Oct 11, 2018.

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      Hi All,

      I’m new here, but have been in the hobby for probably 15 years. My largest aquarium is 125 gallons, so I do not have a lot of knowledge when it comes to monster tanks. I have several Bala Sharks who are growing in my 125 gallon and my goal is to eventually have more space for them to really thrive. My plan is for a 500+ gallon aquarium with some kind of sump with overflow filtration. I am looking for ideas on how to do this. I’m looking to have custom built, a 108x32x40 (long tank), which is about 600 gallons. I am just looking for ideas on how to do this. I really don’t know what I’m doing. I have always used canister filters on my aquariums, but for a large custom tank, I believe this is going to require some type of specialized filtration. Any help would be appreciated.
       
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      Make a bigger canister out of a pump and a trash can.
       
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      Are you looking for a show tank in your living room or a cheap powerful system for your basement.....Makes a pretty big difference!!
       
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      What's the plan? Is someone building the tank for you, glass, acrylic or is it a plywood build? Are they building the stand for you as well or are you doing the stand? Have you already got an unused tank that you can change into a sump, maybe your 125?
       
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      The aquarium location is actually in my formal dining area. We never eat in there so there’s plenty of space. But to answer your question, it would be more of a show tank.
       
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      I’m still debating whether to go glass or acrylic. It would be custom built, but not by me. I’ll let the professionals handle that. There’s a lot of options for building the stand. I have someone who can build a high quality one for a good price. I hadn’t thought about using my existing 125 gallon as a sump. Good idea, but it is extremely heavy and the stand would have to be built in a way to accommodate that.
       
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      I use a 125 gallon as my sump. It is very nice to have the space for media, equipment, and extra water volume.
       
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      Where do you put your 125g in your setup?How large is your tank?
       
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      Can I see a pic of what your setup looks like?
       
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      My sump is below the display tank. Stand is 90" x 25" x 34" and aquarium is 340 gallons. I'll take a few pictures for you later today.
       

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