View Full Version : 1000 Gallon Setup For Sale

05-12-2009, 04:01 PM
This is the 1000 gallon setup that has been on display at Fernbank for quite some time now. I have sold some of the setup, but the main tank is still available, along with a few of the pumps, a VERY large protein skimmer, a bio-ball filter tower, and a few other odds and ends. The tank is still sitting at Fernbank, and although I can help you coordinate with the Fernbank people on the removal of said tank, it's up to you to actually have it delivered.

I'll post some pics and dimensions later, but it's a 1000 gallon setup - it's freaking huge. It's also in extremely good shape, and has virtually no scratches or anything wrong with it. It was setup as a saltwater setup, but could easily be changed to a freshwater one. Tired of the same old aquarium plants? Want to try growing an oak tree in an aquarium? Now's your chance :)

I realize it's a shot in the dark, but PM me if you are interested in purchasing it, or the skimmer or filter tower.

05-12-2009, 05:05 PM
Go for it Ken.

05-13-2009, 07:57 AM
Here is a pic of it, as you can see it's pretty freaking amazing and definitely just...well, beautiful. It is seriously tearing my heart out that I cannot keep it, but it's basically a choice between the tank, or my wife. The wife wins...barely. :)

It has a really stout base, but be aware that when full of water and sand, this is about five tons (!) so uhh, you can't exactly just plop this puppy down on a coffee table, you'll need to have this in a basement, or on a concrete pad or something, but like I said the base and all the mounting stuff comes with it.

This cost them $25,000 to have built, it's 1.5 inch thick acrylic and it's recently been polished, so there are no scratches. If nothing else maybe you could build a lot of smaller tanks with it. Really, really stout smaller tanks! I had a couple of bites at $1800, but the first guy totally flaked, and the seond guy didn't do it because it was literally 1 inch too wide to fit through his front door. Be aware this would have to go through like a basement sliding glass door, and cannot fit through a regular front door.

I'll drop the asking price to $1500, and consider lesser offers. If no one bites here, I am gonna have it torn apart, and just sell the acrylic for $700, but that would really be a terrible waste. Come on, someone.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3119/2843593087_874beec71d.jpg%3Fv%3D0&imgrefurl=http://flickr.com/photos/31174499%40N00/2843593087/&usg=__627IrDiiymaM89v88o4w1tog34E=&h=375&w=500&sz=181&hl=en&start=21&um=1&tbnid=OhTTOtG1GCMhqM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfernbank%2Bmuseum%2Breef%2Btank%26nds p%3D20%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26start%3D20%26um%3D1

05-13-2009, 09:56 AM
What are the dimensions? Where are the overflows placed?

05-13-2009, 10:23 AM
I can just imagine that conversation....

"Hey honey, I bought a new fish tank today. Oh, and we can't park in the garage anymore."

05-13-2009, 10:25 AM
He should have said happy mother's day, here's an aquarium for you.

05-13-2009, 11:30 AM
If I had the $$ I'd jump on it, But also being unemployed prevents me from doing that. I have plenty of room to store it for you. ;) Ken

05-13-2009, 12:03 PM
Honestly at this point I'd be willing to take a trade or something, because like I said, it's gonna get cut up - and that really just makes me insanely sad to think of. The dimensions are roughly 120" x 37" x 57". Overflows are on both the left and right side. Was setup to be viewed from both sides, so if you and a friend were one on each side and had your faces pressed against the glass, your noses would be 37 inches away from each other as you made goofy faces at each other :)

05-13-2009, 12:34 PM
If I had the space, and a house.... Did you ever post it on craigslist?

05-13-2009, 01:03 PM
It sucks that it would still take another $500+ to get pumps, filters and heaters for it. Then cost a ton in electricity to run. And that's just as FW. Is the stand a bare bones kind of thing?

05-13-2009, 01:08 PM
The stand is definitely bare bones, but you coul easily build a wooden box around it to make it look decorative, or do what the museum did: build it into a wall. it looks REALLY good like that. It comes with two almost new SeaHorse pumps, so pumps are not an issue - and if I don't get rid of the filter tower first, then it still has that, too.

05-13-2009, 01:28 PM
well then...

Do you have any other pictures of it not filled?

05-13-2009, 01:29 PM
Do you know how much power those pumps pull?

05-13-2009, 01:42 PM
Wow I remember seeing that setup at the museum. Why is it being sold?

05-13-2009, 01:57 PM
As for how much power it pulls, I don't know. Sorry. I'm sure it could be looked up online, and I guess that makes me a poor salesman, but I'm also super swamped here at work. As far as pictures of it not filled, I don't have any of those, either - it's got freshwater in it right now cycling through it, so that it won't start to stink or anything.

Finally, why is it being sold? Simple - cost of upkeep. They were getting raped on the service charges (I won't mention the company, but I'm sure plenty of you can guess who) and getting screwed over royally. The aquarium used to be a pretty big draw, but honestly not a lot of people have been going to Fernbank lately - almost everyone I have talked to said they haven't been to Fernbank in like 10 years. In the last couple of years, we've gotten the GA Aquarium - and uhh, they can't really compete with that, so they figure they'll just reclaim the space, and hopefully drop overhead a little bit.

05-13-2009, 02:04 PM
It should say it on the tag on the power cord.. Do you know what model they are?

Do you work for them?? Or you bought it from them and it's just sitting there?

05-13-2009, 02:17 PM
3/4 hp pump is 21" x 7.5" x 12.5 " high
115v, 60 hz, 9.2 amp
76 gpm
Max flow rate: 4860

05-13-2009, 06:25 PM
I'll give you a $1500 credit for fish. :) Ken

05-13-2009, 07:54 PM
I am so tempted. Heck maybe I should buy it, store it at someone else's place. Though moving it would next to impossible.

Is the coral/side drops easily removable?

05-13-2009, 08:37 PM
It will pay dividends in the future. The will be so many things you can do with it. i just dont have the space.

05-14-2009, 06:52 AM
Kevin, I have a truck and a place to store it. Ken

05-14-2009, 08:43 AM
Interested in an AR-15?

05-14-2009, 06:30 PM
Maybe the club could maintain it - if they were allowed to meet at Fernbank every month.

Make it a native tank and you would not have to heat it.

05-14-2009, 08:22 PM
I'm really interested in buying it. I have the money in hand. Give me an email at westfranklin1@gmail.com. Thanks.


05-14-2009, 08:37 PM
Hi Buzzbomb,

I sent you an e-mail with my phone number, so you can call me too. I would definitely like to see it on Sat and could probably make a deposit then and pay the rest at pick up, which could probably be arranged by the end of the week. Since it is acrylic, how heavy is it. Can I do it with two or 3 big men?


05-14-2009, 08:42 PM
I'm really interested in buying it. I have the money in hand. Give me an email at westfranklin1@gmail.com. Thanks.

Just so you are aware. This tank empty is likely ~1300 to 1500 lbs.

05-14-2009, 08:47 PM
It sounds like we need several furniture trolleys and a big uhaul. Should be fun.

05-17-2009, 10:40 PM
So, Tsunami, did you end up getting the tank?

05-19-2009, 08:33 AM
For real! I'm sure your cash offer was better than my rifle offer. lol. Cash is king. I called Bulldog movers and with $25,000 insurance they wanted $1,000 to move it. I didn't want to try it myself.

Although I am sure that fernbank would help you get it out to the truck.

05-21-2009, 08:54 AM
No. He never responded to my emails or to this thread. Maybe it is already gone. O well though.

05-21-2009, 09:27 AM
No. He never responded to my emails or to this thread. Maybe it is already gone. O well though.
Jenn from imagine ocean, has been trying to sell her 1000g tank for a few months now. I think she was asking 1k for it. http://www.atlantareefclub.org/forums/showthread.php?t=28649

05-21-2009, 11:06 AM
That was the one asking 3500 if I remember. Plus you need to get it out somehow. (IE the removing windows is huge deal to work out with them before hand.)

05-21-2009, 12:48 PM
He hasn't responded to me in a few days either. Who knows. Hopefully it will be put to good use.

I like the idea of someone keeping it up for free where it is. As a FW set up it wouldn't cost that much to them.. Electricity, water, food, dechlor....

Since the big SA tank at the GA Aquarium SUCKS they could have an "attraction." It's still probably not enough of one though.

05-21-2009, 12:59 PM
Yah I don't know what they would put there instead. Honestly if we put in fresh I would suggest a new pump to them that isn't such a power hog.

Of course the question is if they want to try planted or not. (GA aquarium has the discus tank up again right?)

And then there is the question of how the background coral is attached.

05-21-2009, 01:04 PM
Yeah, of course take the coral out. I'm sure we could round up enough rocks, driftwood and fake plants. That would keep the cost down too. Then have 10 or so big fish.

05-22-2009, 08:20 AM
Hey Buzz,

I'm in Ontario, Canada, but I'd b interested in this monster tank. Would you concider a trade for a 300g acrylic tank? My tank measures 96"x30"x24", what are the dimensions of this 1000g beast? Let me know, thanks