Inspirational aquariums: The £20,000 dream tank


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Most of us will probably never be able to afford a marine set-up quite like this one, but we can always dream!

Few reef tanks can surpass this display, as created by De Jong Marine Life of Holland at the last Interzoo show. It was a true showstopper, crammed with rare and unusual fish and corals.

So could you create such a tank? PFK priced up a project to rival this marine monster!

With that many rare corals you have to invest to keep them alive. A chiller is essential to avoid heatwave wipeouts and with more than 1200 l/264 gal of water you’ll need a large tank or vat to make up salt water for changes and an automated way of pumping water in and out of the system.

Invest too in a computer that texts you if there’s a problem — then take a deep breath and expect little change out of £20,000!

What you will need

Tank: 1.8 x 0.8 x 0.9m/6’ x 2.5’ x 3’ including sump, refugium, pipework, weir and high gloss cabinet £3,500

Lighting: Giesemann infinity, three 250w, £1,726.44

Protein skimmer: Deltec TC2560 external, £899.95

Circulation pumps: two Vortech MP60Ss, £1,000

Automated top-up: £155

Chiller: D-D refrigerant cooler, DC4000, £1,100.

Phosphate reactor: Deltec FR616 fluidised reactor, plus five kilos of Rowaphos, £153,99 + £396.95

Calcium reactor: Deltec PF601S, £575.95

Live rock: At least 100 kilos, £1,000

Corals: More than £5,000

Fish: More than £2,000

Total: (excluding salt, RO water, test kits, refractometer, UVs and other hidden costs) £17,508.28

Check out some of our other inspirational aquariums:

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Low maintenance island tank

Planted pico

Zebra plec breeding set-up

Calming moss tank

Rocky cichlid tank

Fun iwagumi

Classic nature aquarium

Medium sized reef tank

Posh nature aquarium

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