(*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.
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.
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: