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For those considering a mixing station or other welded plastic needs, I found your man. At 59n and 8n on the north side, Kenny Evans (ProTank) kept the doors open late to fill my order of 2 tanks at 75 gallons each.

He then gave my wife and I a tour of the welding and extrusion facility to give us an idea what all he can do for the reefer facility. He is going to design a custom fresh water top off tank for less than $100 for me. He can also plastic weld brackets and clamps for device hanging needs.
He is a marine biologist and therefore gives a discount if you mention aquariums. Give him a shot.

Below are som of his product line.
 

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For those considering a mixing station or other welded plastic needs, I found your man. At 59n and 8n on the north side, Kenny Evans (ProTank) kept the doors open late to fill my order of 2 tanks at 75 gallons each.

He then gave my wife and I a tour of the welding and extrusion facility to give us an idea what all he can do for the reefer facility. He is going to design a custom fresh water top off tank for less than $100 for me. He can also plastic weld brackets and clamps for device hanging needs.
He is a marine biologist and therefore gives a discount if you mention aquariums. Give him a shot.

Below are som of his product line.
Just remember…if at all possible get a tank that has a large lid to make maintenance easy. They are harder to find.

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Man I need a new topoff tank. Not paying $3-400 for a custom acrylic “box.” 17g worth of topoff ain’t cutting it. Refilling very 7-9 days.
75 gal tanks were $200 each so a 40 gallon rectangle with custom size would likely be less than that. You should hit him up and tell him Al Supak sent you.
 

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Kenny and Protank in general are by far the best you can get. They’re the cheapest and sell great products. I’ve purchased a dozen different water vats from them and I will continue to do so.
 

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Kenny and Protank in general are by far the best you can get. They’re the cheapest and sell great products. I’ve purchased a dozen different water vats from them and I will continue to do so.
I ran into one of those water tank companies here in Houston one day driving down the Hwy. I wonder if it was Protank? Are they off a main Hwy? I remember you could see the property full of tanks pretty easy.
 

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Man I need a new topoff tank. Not paying $3-400 for a custom acrylic “box.” 17g worth of topoff ain’t cutting it. Refilling very 7-9 days.
For a small ATO container, I've found that a cheap plastic trash can (from Walmart, HD, Lowes, etc) works well as they are skinny enough to fit inside my stand.
*Not trying to undermine using Protanks for custom stuff... As Cody said, they are a great company :)
 

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I use a 20g glass aquarium for an auto topoff because it was cheap and space is not really an issue for me. One of these days I will have to get a bigger sump and will consider something different for an ATO.
This is exactly what I do. You can pick up tanks for super cheap/free on here and facebook, just have to wait for them to happen. Might even find one that fits your space if you wait long enough lol.
 

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how much were those water tanks? I just got a quote for (2) 55 gallon tanks and the price kinda surprised me a bit.
 

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For a small ATO container, I've found that a cheap plastic trash can (from Walmart, HD, Lowes, etc) works well as they are skinny enough to fit inside my stand.
*Not trying to undermine using Protanks for custom stuff... As Cody said, they are a great company :)
Most small trash cans aren’t NSF. Which is why people use brutes and other reservoirs.
 

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I use a 20g glass aquarium for an auto topoff because it was cheap and space is not really an issue for me. One of these days I will have to get a bigger sump and will consider something different for an ATO.
Can’t go wrong with 20/G glass aquarium. Easy access, easy to clean, and won’t leach.
 

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Most small trash cans aren’t NSF. Which is why people use brutes and other reservoirs.
Many are NSF and the ones I use are... It's easy to look for the symbols on the bottom of the can and beats paying hundreds for a 5 gallon container.
 

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Can any plastic container do or does it have to meet certain criteria to be aquarium safe? I increased my hang on the back filters capacity a couple of months ago by using a Walmart plastic garbage bin. I drilled a few holes on the bottom to help prevent debris buildup. Filled it with lava rock and burried the filter intake nozzle inside it.
 

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Can any plastic container do or does it have to meet certain criteria to be aquarium safe? I increased my hang on the back filters capacity a couple of months ago by using a Walmart plastic garbage bin. I drilled a few holes on the bottom to help prevent debris buildup. Filled it with lava rock and burried the filter intake nozzle inside it.
Needs to be certain types, which I highly doubt the walmart can is. Best is high-density polyethylene.


Also, I wouldn't use lava rock. A lot comes out of the ground with it and it will slowly poison your tank. Tried to use a bunch as a filter in my 75g display a few years back and Iron and copper went through the roof after a while, among other things, and slowly killed the sps in the tank. Only certain rock should be used, lava rock is not inert sadly.
 

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I also purchased my top-off and water change tanks from ProTank! I will advise to give them a fill outside first, the bulk head they installed for me on one of the tanks had a very small leak and I ended up swapping out the bulkhead for a different one (also no harm in giving anything that will be used for a fish tank a rinse).
 

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