Well I've been waiting for my new tank to get here till I started this thread, now that it is here I figured I'd start a build thread for my latest project. I run a home based business building custom fly rods and since it has become a pretty successful business these last few years I have been wanting/needing to set up a home office for it. So I decided to build the office in the other side of the basement next to my workshop. Of course this meant adding a tank or else what sort of fish guy would I be? So I decided since it's the basement I would not have to worry about weight on the floor so I could go BIG. So today the tank and stand were delivered by the guys I hired to pick it up and bring it downstairs for me. Since I'm not as young as I use to be, have a bad shoulder (rotator cuff) and as hard as it is to get enough friends together at the same time, plus a truck to haul the big tank & stand in, and the fact that carrying 450lbs downstairs is not something I was looking forward to doing....I think hiring the guys to do it was the smartest move I have made in quite awhile.

I started by cleaning out the area where the future office will be built. I wish I had remembered to take a pic before I started because with years and years of "stuff" being stuck in the basement it was literally floor to ceiling and wall to wall. I ended up hauling 92 bags of junk out of the basement and to the curb. This picture is actually after 4 soild 8-10hr days of cleaning if you can believe that!



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Then finally after about 2 weeks of work I had a clean slate to start with...
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Then finally after months of waiting, due to trying to get everything set up and one thing after another not going right, today the tank was finally delivered.

265 gallon 7ft long x 2ft wide x 31" tall. By far the biggest tank I have ever owned.
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Now the actual FUN stuff will be able to begin. Plans are to tear out the ceiling and install I nice new ceiling in the basement, then tear up and replace the floor. Then build a wall in front off the tank which the tank will be flush with the wall so it will be a built in tank where I can sit at my office desk in front of which will be nice. Plans also include drywalling the entire office and painting. Then if you guys remember either of my 55g tank builds with the 3D backgrounds I made and the cold cathode cave lighting I did? I plan to do a 7ft 3D background for this tank that also uses some cold cathode back lighting. Haven't decided "exactly" what style I plan to do yet, but I want it to hopefully blow away what I have done in the past is my hope. One twist I plan on doing which is a bit wild but if I pull it off right I think it will be pretty darn cool is this. Once I get the new wall erected where the tank will be built into, I plan on covering the entire wall with foam, shaping/drylocking/painting adding moss etc etc to it (think Batcave here lol). So basically the tank with it's rock background will be built flush into an entire wall that has the same rock background floor to ceiling.

I'll keep pics updated as I progress on this over the next couple months.