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'High Five's' 15,000 gallon saltwater pond

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 10, 2014 09:00 AM member High Five already had an unique 3,000 gallon saltwater pond, but his "grouper started complaining about his 3k pond not being 'good enough'." What his fish wants his fish gets. High Five constructed a 15,000 gallon tropical marine pond to appease his diva fish.
'High Five's' 15,000 gallon saltwater pond

Tropical reef swimming pool is the stuff of dreams!

If you're like me, you've day-dreamed about owning a massive tropical pool.  But for 99.9% of us, financial and situational reality makes such a colossal undertaking a pipe-dream.   Thanks to the climate of South Florida, a big yard, and a healthy bank roll, High Five is living that dream.

With the help of Living Color Aquarium, he constructed a 15,000 US gallon in-ground tropical reef pool with a isolated center seating area for people to lounge and fish-watch.  In his recently uploaded photos and videos at (click the link to follow his build), we see a system that is not quite complete but is already overwhelming in scope.  A commercial R2K filtration system (mammoth skimmer and two fluidized sand towers) will keep the pool clean while gigantic heaters will keep the waters nice and toasty throughout winter.

The pool's underwater decorations are your generic artificial coral affair.  Hopefully one day High Five will attempt some live coral fragments.



Construction Photos


An ariel view of the 15,000 monster reef pool



Construction of the bridge to the center sitting pool



The equipment room is larger than some people's apartments.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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