A new water storage tank
by, 10-15-2010 at 12:56 AM (3213 Views)
I bet y'all are wondering why I would post a picture of a bottle of Vodka, considering this blog's title. It's a funny story, and I had to share it with my fellow addicts.
Since I started the planning stage of the new reef tank, I've been leaning heavily toward a 200g saltwater storage tank. I'd like to have plenty of saltwater on hand at any given time, partially so I have no excuse not to do a water change but also to have some in an emergency. The bigger fishroom gives me that option. So I've been keeping my eyes open.
A club member pointed me to a link on Craigslist - a spot I'd not even considered. I contacted the seller yesterday, and within a few email exchanges we agreed I'd drive out to pick it up today. He provided me with a link to the container so I could get its measurements: 88" tall x 31" in diameter, and it holds 265g to the top. It has an 8" diameter lid at the top, and a 1.5" Schedule 80 threaded bulkhead at the bottom's edge. Here are the specs: http://plastic-mart.com/class.php?item=3730
It's going to be a tight fit with the ceiling at 96", but I'll just have to figure that out later. I couldn't pass up on this deal, as it was brand new for $125. He had several available, which had previously stored vodka.
Vodka, you say? That's right up my alley. He told me how he used to have saltwater tanks himself, so he knew they would work out perfectly for my needs. It turns out the place in Lewisville is a vodka distillery, and when I arrived he give me the nickel tour. It was pretty neat seeing these immense vats storing vodka 500 and 600g at a time. His cooling system used to distill the vodka back to liquid form was chilled with two 1 HP Teco chillers. I saw the bottling station, and he briefly explained the process to me. It doesn't take long to make vodka, if I understood him correctly. And before I left, he opened up a spigot on the side of a 500g poly tank and filled up the bottle pictured above so I could try it out for myself.
It was a worthwhile trip.
If any of you are within driving range and want one, he's got four more for sale. $125 each. I'll be happy to give you the contact information.