In house Aquarium

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  1. MarnusK73

    MarnusK73 New Member

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    Hi guys I am contemplating to renovate my bar area, 3mx3mx3m into an aquarium. Well I don't even know where to begin, I am in Gauteng, Pretoria East area. Are there any specialist available that will be prepared to construct the aquarium for me? Well firstly I will need to establish what the cost involved will be to construct the tank. Only the front will have glass, the back, sides and top is currently concrete and thus will need to be waterproof.

    If anybody can give me referrals it will be greatly appreciated. I attached hereto the front view of the bar I want to turn into an aquarium.

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    Hi, and welcome to the Forum

    That is quite an undertaking.
    I am sure there will be local members who will be able to advise on the construction etc.
     
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    Thanks Reedfish yeah I can't wait.

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    Ask Idol Marine, I have seen them doing some bigger tanks and do quality work.
     
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    Hi Vis great thank you see they are in Midrand. Wonder what something like this will cost though...

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    Will be a few bucks.

    You also need to keep the cost of filtration and heating in mind.

    Maybe ask the guys to come by, maybe they can give you more ideas and you can just incorporate it into your bar.

    Once you build something and get tired of it you must think if the cost of removing it also.
     
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    Guys who do koi ponds will be able to assist, alternatively contact the PTA zoo they have tanks that size. Make sure you get a consulting engineer on board, if this thing drops through you floor your insurance won't be thrilled. This setup will weigh around 40-50 tons when filled, so you want plenty of rebar and high tensile concrete.

    For glass contact Renee Turck & Associates.

    Get specialist advice on filtration, flow and heating, keeping around 25000 liters at 25C (if tropical) is no small feat, solar heating must be an option. Think about noise, humidity and smell, heated tanks this size are going to release a lot of humidity and will smell if in an open room environment , so you'll to think about extraction and enclosing the tank. Large pumps hum loudly, think about running a pool pump inside you house and a 1 kW pump running 24/7/365. A 25% waterchange will be in the region of 6000l, at least once per week, keeping 25000l of water pristine, and the tank clean, floor, glass etc takes a lot of effort.
    Keep in mind that should you want to move one day, not many people would want to be stuck with your hobby, and it may pose a serious challenge when selling.
    I have been toying with installing a 30000 liter system myself, but haven't been able to convinced myself of the wisdoms of doing this. A friend has a 20000 l marine setup. These systems costs are in the multiple 100 000 rand to install and run over the years. Aside all this, when done properly, they tanks are stunning. If you go to monsterfishkeepers.com, you'll find info on these systems.
    My 2c worth....keep us posted, I'll follow this with keen interest.
     
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    If this was my spot, I would rather put a tank on the counter to cover the whole opening.
    All equipment in the bar counter below.

    Keep the bar at the back. You need space for all you booze :)

    So if your inside you will look through the tank to the rest of the room. Just another idea.
     
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    Contact Deon at Dorry Pets - 012 653 0351

    They have done many projects like these in the past and Deon is the guy who can give you all the right information and specs you will need.
     
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    I wouldn't go 3m high. No ways you're gonna be able to do any maintenance in there.
     
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    Thanks for all the info thus far I really appreciate it. Yes I agree there are so many things to take into consideration. I feel it will be an awesome focus point in the house. I also thought of the fact if I want to sell the house one day, it may go either way I may have to drop the price with couple of thousands to restore the aquarium to a bar or something similar again or it might just be the thing to sell the house. In terms of filtration the filter pipes will be extended to the outside of the house in terms of the noise factor. There is an entrance and my idea is to establish if it is possible to set up some kind of "suction" door 2mx500mm that the pressure of the water from the inside will keep the door in place to prevent leaks. That's why I will approach specialist to assist.

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    Hello.... when you get going, please do a photo update that we can follow.
     
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    That will be a thread i look forward to subscribing to ;-)
     
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    Following. Cant wait for end result.
     
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    To be honest, I think it will be insanely expensive, and you would have been better off had the house structure been designed with the water pressure and drainage lines in mind. But advice from the experts would be worth far more than my own. I have had quotes from the people who do acrylic panes for the Pta zoo aquarium, for other stuff (acrylic lab equipment), and it was quite sobering, to say the least. Multiples of R100k just for the acrylic, and then you haven't looked at the civil mods, filtration, water treatment, extraction system etc. But we don't know how loaded and/or desperate you are, so by all means go for it! It will be a talking point, no doubt.

    One of the better tanks I have seen along these lines is the mbuna tank at Pta zoo. I have dived in Lake Malawi, and although it is of course very different, this tank is the only one I've seen personally that comes close to replicating the abundance of life one sees in the lake itself. Maybe mr Stone can chip in with a few ideas. I personally like the busy-ness and abundance of colour of the rift valley lakes cichlids, much more than the idea of one or two giant cats or cichlids hanging around a piece of driftwood.
     
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    also speak to Dorry pets
     
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