Reef Central Online Community

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > Special Interest Group (SIG) Forums > Large Reef Tanks
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

Closed Thread
Thread Tools
Old 03/10/2010, 09:01 AM   #1
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
Coral Tank from Canada (1350gal Display Tank)

VISION

To create a suite of 4 coral islands in a shallow lagoon. Each island is to be named in recognition of four of the top aquarists generally acknowledged by members of the reef central community.

CONFIGURATION
Display Tank
The acrylic tank is L shaped with the following dimensions: Length is 8 feet plus 16 feet: Width is 3 feet: and Height is 2 and one half feet. (24’X3’X2.5’) I’m not sure what the metric equivalent would be. The tank is at least 1” thick all round except the 16 ft panel which is 1.5 “.
The tank is accompanied by a custom tubular steel stand fitted to the tank by ATM.
All sides of the tank are viewable except the two end caps providing almost 50 feet of seascape.

Dedicated Purpose Built Fish Room

The support for the main display tank is a custom integrated system with various tanks and reactors built in line. There are also three MARS retail display units housing at least twenty-five tanks that will be used for coral and fish propagation as well as quarantine /hospital tanks. Additional dedicated power with an on line natural gas 17,000 watt generator has been added.


COST

The algorithm that has proven to be the most accurate measure of costs for this project is as follows: Take your worst nightmare, double it and you are halfway there..........+1. I do not plan to deal with the inevitable questions of cost in this thread. It’s not that I wish to be rude it is just that far too many members equate success with dollars expended and the truth of the matter is that success is NOT measured in dollars and cents but in good planning, discipline, good access to knowledge and sound practices, phenomenal execution and above average imagination.....oh yeah, and demonstrated ability to learn!

I have a strategy to deal with my wife which involves reusing the same large colourful box which will become known as my fish maintenance box. It was a terrific strategy for my home theatre as it allowed me to upgrade several generations all on the basis of ‘mandatory’ annual maintenance at no apparent cost!!!! Same box in and out every time.


nineball is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 09:03 AM   #2
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
Credits

Chingchai Uekrongtham

First and foremost Chingchai from Thailand. His influence on me and this project has been profound. If you are reading this and you haven’t read Chingchai’s build thread I would strongly urge you to take the time and go from the beginning. It’s a long journey but in my opinion, one of the more remarkable experiences on this forum.

Contrary to the beliefs of some, Chingchai’s success has less to do with budget and more to do with intangibles like passion for this hobby, phenomenal vision, unequalled ability to execute on a detailed plan and an honest sincere belief that we can all learn and grow from sharing his experience. His team of helpers and advisors were and are second to none, not to mention the phenomenal input and support from the Reef Central community. The original design concept graphics were exceptional and only surpassed by the real thing. The fact that he has been a TOTM previously speaks to his experience and dedication to this hobby.

Chingchai’s patience in documenting every relevant detail in his build took an inordinate degree of commitment to his project and especially this community. I find that my moments of self doubt have been healed by going back and reviewing the incredible detail of his build. The documentation of Chingchai’s journey was frankly as much work as the actual build itself. Yet his respect for each and every member of this forum is unmatched by any of its contributors. Even when it was clear that a question had already been answered a number of times in the past Chingchai still took the time to answer it again.

While the diversity of tanks and their associated ecosystems around the world is almost overwhelming Chingchai’s ‘creation’ is distinct and unique. There are larger tanks around the world but none have the unique deep open coral architecture with the rich display and range of healthy coral that he has. A consistent observation I have made is that the main thrust of Chingchai’s project has been the coral and its presentation. The fish are the accent to the main event (the coral).

All of this finesse in preparation through execution qualifies this tank as truly unique and distinct from the mainstream in this hobby. There are a number of design attributes that break new ground and in fact I would argue, create a refreshing stylized vision for a marine aquarium that is truly innovative and absolutely unique. Chingchai’s journey and achievements along the way has truly raised the bar for excellence in this community and he will soon join David Saxby as one of the four principle influencers for serious coral aquarists in the world. One day I hope to call him ‘friend’.


nineball is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 09:07 AM   #3
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
ATM
Can these guys build an aquarium? It is no accident that they are certainly recognized as being in the world’s top acrylic aquarium manufacturers. I have an unwritten insurance policy that inherently comes with the custom order........ They won’t build a tank that’s wrong! The tank was custom built in Las Vegas and shipped over two thousand miles on a flatbed to a suburb of Toronto Ontario without a hitch. More on this later.............

DQI
These are the guys that had overall concept and responsibility for the 4,000 sq ft renovation. It was the archetect who determined how the tank would be visible throughout most of the 10,000 sq ft living space. As you will hopfully agree the did a phenomenal job......


nineball is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 09:09 AM   #4
ryanlala
Registered Member
 
ryanlala's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Lake Jackson, TX
Posts: 142
I am looking forward to seeing this project evolve into a masterpiece.


__________________
Ryan
anything cool costs alot of money....

Current Tank Info: 120g Marineland, 40g breeder sump, Vertex Alpha 170 skimmer, Mag 12 Pump, 2 MP 40s, 2 250watt DE MH in Lumen Max 3 Reflectors, 4 54watt t5s overdriven by icecap 660, and No Heat Problems!
ryanlala is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 09:50 AM   #5
davidchmaus
Registered Member
 
davidchmaus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 174
Finally, I will be able to be apart of one of the best post on RC. Can't wait.


__________________
My 18x18x18 Rimless Build

Current Tank Info: 40 Gallon Fowlr 24 Gallon Cube Rimless Reef
davidchmaus is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 10:11 AM   #6
daniel89
Registered Member
 
daniel89's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: West Ashley, South Carolina
Posts: 145
Cant wait for some yummy pictures of your fish room, Remember go big or go home


__________________
To have the power to hold and maintain a entire eco system and life itself and have it in your grasp is amazing and shouldn't be taken for granted, so don't screw it up cause then you will be compared to god and you don't want that.

Current Tank Info: 125g Reef, 50g sump, vertex in180, 3 KORALIA 3's, mag 12 return, marineland 72" pro light fixture 3-150w MH 8 t5ho actinics
daniel89 is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 10:13 AM   #7
roktsintst
Registered Member
 
roktsintst's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: *Cental Cali*
Posts: 2,434
Awesome!!!

I can't wait for this thing to take place!


__________________
--- Ryan ---

Current Tank Info: 300 AGE Starfire SPS Reef*75g frag tank lit w/ T5's* Deltec 902*ACIII*4 400 Radium's*4-160 vho's*GEO 818 CA RX*ReefTek Kalk RX*Dart Return on manifold to a wavy sea*57 watt uv*HammerHead w/ OceansMotion
roktsintst is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 10:58 AM   #8
createyourown
Registered Member
 
createyourown's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 184
And for those of you that missed the first pictures in a different tread:





Hope ya dont mind


createyourown is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 11:06 AM   #9
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
Thank you all.....I will try and post some early pics later tonight.

Peter


nineball is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 11:07 AM   #10
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
Thanks a bunch for the help Createyourown. It is sincerely appreciated.

Peter


nineball is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 11:14 AM   #11
createyourown
Registered Member
 
createyourown's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 184
Quote:
Originally Posted by nineball View Post
Thanks a bunch for the help Createyourown. It is sincerely appreciated.

Peter
Your welcome, cant wait to see some more!!


createyourown is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 11:25 AM   #12
AngelsAnonymous
Moved On
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 195
Wow, this is going to be insane!


AngelsAnonymous is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 11:29 AM   #13
Kingpo
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 65
Tagging along!


__________________
Kingpo
---------------------------------------------------

Current Tank Info: Cube 26x26x24, 15 gallons sump
Kingpo is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 03:48 PM   #14
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
This is the tank being lowered to the back of the house 300ft from the crane driver sitting in the crane.




nineball is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 03:54 PM   #15
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
The tank crate has to be removed before the crane picks it up again to help swing it through the window in the background. The window was obviously removed.




nineball is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 03:56 PM   #16
lougotzz
Moved On
 
lougotzz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 1,576
Make sure you get a pic when its un wrapped.


lougotzz is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 03:57 PM   #17
lougotzz
Moved On
 
lougotzz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 1,576
Make sure you get a pic when its un wrapped.


lougotzz is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 03:59 PM   #18
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
first look unwrapped......





Last edited by nineball; 03/10/2010 at 04:29 PM. Reason: double post
nineball is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 04:00 PM   #19
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
Trying to thread the needle.......





Last edited by nineball; 03/10/2010 at 04:32 PM.
nineball is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 04:01 PM   #20
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
The tank crate has to be removed before the crane picks it up again to help swing it through the window in the background. The window was obviously removed.




nineball is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 04:21 PM   #21
GQJake81
Registered Member
 
GQJake81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Indiana
Posts: 265
along for this wild ride...


__________________
41 G. Octopus DNW 110 skimmer. Eheim 1250 return. Vortech MP10. 20 G sump. 45W LED fixture.
GQJake81 is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 04:24 PM   #22
chingchai
Premium Member
 
chingchai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Bangkok Thailand
Posts: 5,625
Peter. I feel so honored.
Can't wait to see the progression.
Thank you for sharing.

All the best,
Ching


__________________
Ching (low profile)
" Life is too short to drink bad wine "
click on my homepage to see my tank on-line
chingchai is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 04:24 PM   #23
vpower
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Oslo - Norway
Posts: 42
Wow, that sounds so easy: "swing it through the window" :-)
Can`t wait to see this beast unwrapped and on its stand!


vpower is offline  
Old 03/10/2010, 04:32 PM   #24
bullitr
broke but happy
 
bullitr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: stevenson ranch, ca
Posts: 13,824
another ching chai inspired tank !
great


__________________
Lawrence
SFVR member
435 gallon display in wall see through

no more hyposalinity...

Current Tank Info: 96x36x29 inwall
bullitr is online now  
Old 03/10/2010, 05:23 PM   #25
nineball
Registered Member
 
nineball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oakville Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,511
Quote:
Originally Posted by chingchai View Post
Peter. I feel so honored.
Can't wait to see the progression.
Thank you for sharing.

All the best,
Ching
you are a true mentor Chingchai, I would not have done this without your demonstrated courage on your build. We all owe you thanks for the example you have set.

Peter


nineball is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:58 AM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2016 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright ©1999-2014