View Full Version : Anyone have 2 tanks side by side?

10/01/2017, 06:44 AM
I am thinking about 2x 90gal tank instead of one large tank.

They would be on the same stand, and side by side.

Will this look odd or cause odd reflections with the glass?

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10/01/2017, 07:58 AM
I have seen it many times but personally I have never cared for it.

10/01/2017, 08:17 AM
Sure its possible..
Won't really be any "real" issues with reflections off the glass,etc..

Plumbing the 2 together can be "tricky" if you plan on that..

10/01/2017, 08:21 AM
I would have internal overflows in the tanks and plumbed to a common sump. I was going to build the stand and canopy, and though about an intentional wood divider between the tanks.

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10/01/2017, 08:22 AM
yep.. 2 return pumps/common sump is good..

I personally would leave the wood divider out for now and you can always add it later if you want..

NS Mike D
10/01/2017, 09:51 AM
mark from maleevreef has a cool set up where he keeps his bubble tips in a tank next to his display. here is the link to his video


two tanks is a great idea since a lot of us try to jam species that have different habitat needs.

Ron Reefman
10/02/2017, 04:37 AM
Mine aren't on the same stand or the same size, but they both run off the same sump and filtration.

http://i395.photobucket.com/albums/pp37/RonReefman/20170223_155902_zpsvdc4cdic.jpg (http://s395.photobucket.com/user/RonReefman/media/20170223_155902_zpsvdc4cdic.jpg.html)

10/02/2017, 12:20 PM
2 tanks, one sump, one return pump

return manifold sat behind the tanks

each tank had three drains with the return coming over the top, did not want to drill the tanks.

No longer running but I have the system sitting in my garage.


10/02/2017, 09:44 PM
I'm at the plumbing stage of putting a deep blue 80 next to a deep blue 30. One stand, one sump, one big return pump. It's going to be a display prop/frag setup for my livingroom. Tanks are around 6" apart, and both will have ati 8 bulbs fixtures w/reefbrites and gyres for flow all hooked to a new apex.

The plumbing isn't all that complex, even with a manifold tho I am using pre drilled tanks and sacrificing some real-estate. Going to put a nice bar top to hide the plastic rims on the bottom of the tanks and all pannels will be removable on the stand. Leaves me with a ton of sump / electronics space and storage under the tank.

Also might do a matching set of upper cabinets for more storage and to hang the t5 fixtures from.