I guess it's about time that I get a build thread started on this. We previously had a 120 (60x18x26) setup in our dining room for the last couple of years. We had an area of the sump to hold frags, however it was in our fuge
and a constant hassle to keep the frags free of algea. In addition to this, we had a 37 column setup in our living room as a SPS
tank, and the 15 gallon nano
that we recently built for the nano contest.
In the end it was just too many tanks, and increasingly difficult to keep up with the alk/calc demands in the tanks with 2 part. So... the solution. We decided to break down the 120, and in its place put a 100 gallon cube (30x30x24) and a 65 gallon frag tank (360x24x16). These are to be plumbed in line with a 75 gallon sump and a calcium reactor will help us to automate the alk/calc demands. When all is said and done, we will only have this setup and the nano setup left to take care of.
Here are some Google Sketchup drawings I made of the setup:
The idea here was to make 2 separate stands, that are open on the inside, so that we can have a sump that goes the length of both tanks. The 100 cube will drain into the 65, and the 65 will drain into the sump. The hole on the right side of the 65 is where the 100 cube drains into it. All of the plumbling will be hidden below the 100 so this bulkhead will be the only sign of these tanks being attached to each other.
The white box on the left is to represent the trashcan that we use for an autotop off. The white box in the middle is to represent our skimmer. The white boxes on the right represent the calcium reactor and the CO2 container.
This is the backside to show how the 2 separate stands come together:
And this is a 2x4 only view: