(*Note: I actually wrote this back in June, but with MACNA right around the corner in Des Moines I thought it would be interesting for people visiting the lfs while in town to see this tank and compare how much progress they have made on it)

Since I traveled to Des Moines today I decided to check out one of the local fish stores, Iowa Pet Foods & Seascapes.  While I was there I saw that they were in the process of building a monster 1500 gallon tank!  Some of you might remember this lfs making the news when they had a tank blow out and flood the store, well this tank is the replacement for that one.  I'm kind of kicking myself since I didn't bring a good camera with me, but iphone to the rescue.  As you can see from the above photo this tank is very deep.  When I talked to the owner he mentioned that he was the one who was going to scuba dive in the tank to place corals.  

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I'm also kicking myself that I didn't get any specific measurements for the tank, but the display appeared to be made from 1 3/4' material.  One of the cool things about the display is everything is visible to the public.  Here is the monster sump hooked up to the tank:


As you can see in the photo the water flows in to a chamber in the sump that overflows in to six large filter socks.  The water then enters a skimmer chamber.  

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Here is another view of the sump.  If you look on top of the sump you can see a UV filter as well as a yet to be installed calcium reactor:


I like how they used a perforated wall in-between the filter sock chamber and the skimmer chamber.  This should allow the water to flow freely plus add a lot of strength to the sump.  All and all I think this is going to be one impressive display!  If your ever in the Des Moines area it would be worth the time to check it out.  They also have a large lagoon with stingrays!  As a little bonus I also saw that they were using one of those tanks that over flow all around the edges as a frag tank:


In the left hand corner of the tank I saw a beautiful blue carpet anenome:


Like I said, it was worth a visit!

I found the news video of the original tank bursting:



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Comment by Whippy on August 30, 2011 at 6:59am
That's insane!!! 
Comment by Skipper on August 29, 2011 at 7:16pm

Very cool setup. How thick is the acrylic?

I'm not positive but it looked to be about 1 3/4" thick.

Comment by Skipper on August 29, 2011 at 7:14pm
I know what you mean.  I talked to the owner (the guy behind the tank), he believes if he would have been directly behind it he would have been killed or severely injured!
Comment by norg. on August 29, 2011 at 9:41am
Thats awesome. But dang! That tank breaking is scary!
Comment by SmokeyCFH on August 25, 2011 at 7:09pm
wow. just wow.
Comment by Seano hermano on August 25, 2011 at 3:57pm

Very cool setup. How thick is the acrylic?


A larger surface area on the tank bottom would be better than a tall tank though, IMO. ;)

Comment by Haloist on August 24, 2011 at 6:36pm
That's definitely my dream tank.  haha
Comment by Haloist on August 24, 2011 at 6:36pm
wow, that's amazing!
Comment by Skipper on August 24, 2011 at 3:09pm
Hmm, video doesn't want to show up.. Here is the link to the video.

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