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Thomas explains why he wanted such a huge basement aquarium, and why he opted for the Marineland 265g Corner-Flo Aquarium.

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Marineland 265g Corner-Flo Aquarium
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COMMENTS

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    Apple Hoe 2 years ago

    Is it going to be a saltwater tamk

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      We shall have to wait and see! I haven't fully made up my mind, if I am being honest.

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    Mariana Perez 2 years ago

    the tshirt and the mismatched socks are life ?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      😀 My wife is responsible for my cool Tees, and for the mismatched socks 😛

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    Tjita1 2 years ago

    Two or even three Fluval FX6:s with custom plumbing?

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    Joseph Jones 2 years ago

    Is your wife in the hobby? And I think you should do a saltwater tank. You can have so many fish that are a lot more popular such as triggers tanks and rabbit fish.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      My wife got into the hobby shortly after meeting me (go figure)! I love saltwater, primarily reefing. Been reefing since 2004, maybe a year or two earlier.

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      Joseph Jones 2 years ago

      Thomas B Is it cool to have a significant other that has the same hobby as you?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Well, she is much less into the hobby than I. But I will say it is awesome to have a partner that can appreciate the hobbies you love. Makes it more fun to share it with them, you know? Even if I truly geek out with it, and she just appreciates the beauty.

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      Joseph Jones 2 years ago

      Thomas B Ok, I have a person of interest that is a fish lover too ?

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    Rosco's Reef with Scott 2 years ago

    awesome video and I wish I lived next door to help you, aka play with the huge tank… lol. look forward to the next episode.

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    Jiren The savage 2 years ago

    ok but how much is this? i dont wanna pay more than $500 on the tank and stand.

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      Natural Vivaria 2 years ago

      Marcel Rodriguez you're missing a '0'…

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      Jiren The savage 2 years ago

      Ahhh shit nvm this hobby then lol

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      T Briggz 2 years ago

      your getting nothing nice for a $500 budget.. my filter cost around 250CAD from them.

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      Jiren The savage 2 years ago

      +T Briggz what about craiglist? Probably could find a good price on a 100 gallon or so.

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    Shelby Nicholas 2 years ago

    Setup the tank with goldfish! They're hardy and beautiful!???

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Really, not a bad suggestion at all!

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      Anthony Ragan 2 years ago

      That's a great idea. With a tank that size, he could have quite a few in there.

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    Paul Martin 2 years ago

    Man Thomas! That is one awesome tank. Congrats on the new 'eye candy' for your little one.
    Just wondering, for a tank that size how thick is the glass?
    Thanks!

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I need to double check, but I think it is 1/2" for the walls, and maybe 3/4" for the bottom pane.

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    hotrodvdub 2 years ago

    African cichlids.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      That would seem a popular choice for freshwater; also makes for big colorful fish the wee one would enjoy. Solid suggestion!

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      hotrodvdub 2 years ago

      Thomas B not sure if you've seen it yet, but the cichlid chick recently had her 265 marineland tank fail and destroy her flooring on her 1st floor. If you haven't I suggest you check it out. I bought my 53 gallon marineland tank new earlier this year and love it.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      That really sucks… I've personally owned at least 60 Marineland (Perfecto) glass aquariums over the last 15 years or so, and I have never had a leak. Maybe just good luck? I'll knock on wood! Hopefully I never have to experience a tank failure, but I will say, one major reason I was willing to go so big is that the tank is in the basement where it will do the least amount of damage if it ever were to burst.

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    T Briggz 2 years ago

    Woah and i thought my 90Gal was big!

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    Rely Flores 2 years ago

    You're a Good Man Dad!;-) m jealous! LOL

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    Flynn's Fish Forum 2 years ago

    Awesome!

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      Flynn's Fish Forum 2 years ago

      If that was my tank I would either have Oscars or a HUGE planted tank with discus

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    JJ Aquariums 2 years ago

    do u have a link to buy this tank and stand

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      It isn't easy to ship tanks of this size, so unfortunately we don't do it. However, I can link you to Marineland's website! http://www.marineland.com/Products/glass-aquariums-and-tanks.aspx The 265 is actually under "Standard Rectangular Glass Aquariums" but if you want to sacrifice a foot in length, for a foot in width, check out their 300 gallon under "Deep Dimension Corner-Flo Glass Aquariums" which was my 2nd choice!

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    Cole Schramm 2 years ago

    Great video. Excellent detailed information on the Marineland Reef Ready tank. I have the same tank and I'm running a Trigger Systems Emerald 39 sump. If I had could have, I would have gone with their Tideline 48 sump, just for the extra water volume. But, I am very happy with the Emerald 39. I have numerous nylon bags full of Pond Matrix in the different chambers to give the tank more than enough biological media and the 3 filter socks, at the beginning of the sump, work great for the mechanical filtration. And, there is also enough room in the sump to run my JBJ True Temp Titanium heaters w/controllers. Can't wait to see the next video!

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Trigger Systems sumps are great! I have an Emerald 26 sump for a smaller aquarium; great piece of gear!

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    Noah Bretches 2 years ago

    I know! One or two COMET GOLDFISH!! Or maybe 5-10 fancy goldfish. If you want tropical, then I want to see Oscars.

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    NYREPS 2 years ago

    How does big al hire a guy to do their videos that's not even a hobbiest …it's your first tank really? I would think big al would hire somebody that knows what they are doing and knows what he or she is talking about with their products

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      Hey there! You've GOTTA be new to the channel– Thomas IS a hobbyist. In fact, we dare say he is THE hobbyist. This 265g is not his first tank– he's had many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many tanks over the years. This is simply his first aquarium in his new house! Feel free to watch all our past videos and you'll quickly realize that Thomas knows exactly what he's talking about 🙂

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    Josh Lain 2 years ago

    zoanthid and palythoa tank

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      That would be one massive Zoa/Paly display! hahaha. I guess if I did that, I could throw some nice big angels in there. Hmmm….

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    YKLB Fish 2 years ago

    Bigger than my 100 and 180

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Not combined! You still have more gallons!

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      YKLB Fish 2 years ago

      Thomas B of course! I just found out you're in Canada so maybe an Asian arowana!

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    YKLB Fish 2 years ago

    Hopefully you get a silver arowana.

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    Terri Miller 2 years ago

    $$$$$$$

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    Drugstore film is the best 2 years ago

    You're teasing us at this point =_=

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    Kyle Raines 2 years ago

    A 75gal sump and a fx6 should do the trick. But I'm not sure of your stock so you might want to delete the fx6 if you're going marine

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    Fluffy Wolf 2 years ago

    Ahh I'd love to have that for my Oscar, sadly I had to get him a new home due to my water cri//

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    1234567 2 years ago

    Put an octopus in the tank

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    Keagan Wilson 2 years ago

    Saltwater and mostly vertex equipment

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    Robert Ochoa 2 years ago

    Are you worried at all of you're daughter getting into the sump? Especially since those doors don't have locks

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I actually already purchased magnetic locks to keep her out 😉

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    adms2 tune 2 years ago

    I would go with the 3x EHEIM classic 1200xl running them in series with the universal 3400 pump on top .I think that's a good way to go!
    Bad ass tank needs Bad ass Filters

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    chris parsons 2 years ago

    you guys are the best ?????????????????

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    Omar Forbes 2 years ago

    Hey Thomas, I was wondering how to get Marineland to donate an aquarium to me. I don't want anything too big nothing over 60 gallons. I'm new to the hobby and thoroughly enjoying it. I currently have a small 5 gallon tank. Just like you i bought one for my daughter to enjoy

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Glad to hear you're digging the hobby! Not sure what Marineland's policy is on donations; maybe give them a call and find out? Good luck!

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    Charlie Lim 2 years ago

    What would happen if you fill an aquarium with a damaged/broken center braces?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      The tank will bow without the braces for support, and that can lead to bursting a pane of glass.

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    Riley Patel 2 years ago

    Go with a sump it would be cool to see a video on that and I think if you want heaps of filtration that would be the go

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    coolwater411 2 years ago

    Does Marineland make bigger tank than 265 gallon?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Yep! They do a deep dimension 300 gallon (72 x 36 x30). The 265 is, however, the longest tank they make!

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    Reid Smith 2 years ago

    Do an African tank. Predator haps would be awesome in that beast

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    Mr Chicken 2 years ago

    I can fit my tan in there 4 times

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    Günter TV 2 years ago

    well i wold like to see an amazon aquarium with peat filtration.
    try to put only 2 species of fish in there because it looks a bit more harmonic.
    an octopus would be nice to but you would have to work a lot more on the aquarium to make it octopus friendly

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    Anthony Ragan 2 years ago

    Just watched a video about the aftermath of a large tank bursting a seam. Yeah, you want to make sure that thing is perfectly level. BTW, with a tank this size, for filtration I'd consider 2-3 F6s or a large sump.

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    trevor day 2 years ago

    That will be a nice aquarium when all set up and runinng good luck with it man

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    Zombiexm 2 years ago

    Use something like Seventh Generation or at the very least make sure your lid is shut , and spray onto the paper not the tank. Also you could use a solid piece of wood thats sloped to your need? Just a thought.

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    mnmtk 2 years ago

    I'm so jelous 😀

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    Matthew Timms 2 years ago

    Would be awesome to see some huge schools of tiny fish like Celestrial Pearl Danios or Dwarf Salt and Pepper Corys

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    ThuisGames 2 years ago

    planted arowana tank

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    Dave VA 2 years ago

    Has to be a reef tank!

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    coolwater411 2 years ago

    Marine land website? I would like the 300 gallon

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    Edwin Arroyo 2 years ago

    very. nice tank B.

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    Meldium 2 years ago

    6:08 Priceless!!!!
    hahahahahaha

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    boabab95 2 years ago

    Neolamprologus…. Lots and lots of Neolamprologus.

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      boabab95 2 years ago

      Wait, no… Apistogramma!!!

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Hahaha both solid options! Apistos are pretty awesome. A tad small though, especially for a little 1 year old to try and spot from the floor!

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    heather boettcher 2 years ago

    This is too cool TJ! So interesting!!! Love watching these videos!!!

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    Mr. DPFJ Aquariums 2 years ago

    for filtration I would go either 2 fluval FX-4 or 2 Fluval FX-5. Two power house filters for that monster tank. I wonder what you are going to do ? I can't wait to see ….Can I ask, how would just the tank cost delivered?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Great suggestions! FX-5 is well outdated now by the FX-6 though, but that is probably what you meant 🙂
      Unfortunately we can't ship glass of that magnitude, so there is no way for me to price that out for you. Sorry! A local aquarium shop that purchases Marineland products should have no problem ordering it in for you, though!

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    Apple Hoe 2 years ago

    Where is the update

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Currently aiming for 1 video release a week for this build, and so far we are on track! However, builds can always through a curve ball that could delay shooting, such as a piece of equipment not being in stock when needed, etc.

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    Stéphane Chevalier 2 years ago

    Cool tank ! Do you know if big Al's is ever coming to Montréal ? I drove 2 hours yesterday to go to the one In Ottawa !

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Thanks!
      Although there is no current plan for a corporate store to open in Montreal, a franchise could open at any time, anywhere across Canada.

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    madcypress L.L. 2 years ago

    ??. ?

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    Deanus 2 years ago

    ill put an arowana

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    coolwater411 2 years ago

    Waiting on esp.3…

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    coolwater411 2 years ago

    I couldn't find the price on the 300 gallon marine land?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I don't think anyone ships that beast, so you'd likely have to get the price from a local aquarium shop!

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      Are you located in Canada or the US?

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    Craig Woodhull 2 years ago

    Planted Discus Tank !!!! So Beautiful !! Join Woody's Discus closed group of face book,
    get ideas from all over the world. Kenny Cheung posts his upcoming shipments on my site each month. Great stock.

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    jer291113 2 years ago

    In Ep01 the tank was set to the left and now you have it on the right. I'm curious what appears to be shelving on the left side, what is that?

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      We centered the tank so Thomas can put two matching shelves on each side of the aquarium!

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    FlameSnake82 2 years ago

    Do a reef with some clownfish and 1 blue tang. It would amaze your dayghter

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    coolwater411 2 years ago

    I located in the united states

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      Ah, okay– unfortunately we don't ship glass 🙁 So as Thomas mentioned, you'll have to check in with your local fish stores! But we can definitely help you with all the necessary equipment!

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    coolwater411 2 years ago

    What nessary equipment will I need?

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    Andrew Tucker 2 years ago

    Nitrogen gas shocks that are on car hoods and trunks. Would be perfect for the hood.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Been considering these, actually! The issue is finding the right size for the travel/clearance I have.

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    KingkRule 2 years ago

    Loving this series!

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    Greg Rice 2 years ago

    I'd put a pacu or a knife fish in it

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    Paul Sam 2 years ago

    just awesome! please don't make us wait to long. i live through u because Vegas has no basements and i would have to throw the wife out for a tank that size.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Hahaha well, I am going as fast as I can (waiting for products and preparing for videos takes more time than anything!)

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    Danish Ansari 2 years ago

    fill the tank with moorish idol ?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Sounds risky and difficult! Moorish Idols are notoriously difficult to feed.

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    Stef Styl 2 years ago

    reef or fresh water ??

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    zeenat Abdallah 2 years ago

    mn
    muxz'**((&&"":;(98$" *)^:))00

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    Lets Get It Fitness A.K.A Bigjayinga 2 years ago

    Put 200 peacocks lol

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    Glimmer Carlson 2 years ago

    I'm so excited to see what you come up with Thomas! Whether you'll go with salt or fresh water, I'm sure it will look awesome!!! Looking forward to the next episode 🙂

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      Glimmer Carlson 2 years ago

      Yeay, I just noticed that there's 3 more episodes haha

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    xostrawberry21 2 years ago

    My future husband better be open to having a giant tank with beautiful cabinets. I have a 7 Gal right now

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    Christina Facts 1 year ago

    i'd put a single betta

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    MutantTigerWarrior 1 year ago

    definitely a arowana

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    Frederique 18 11 months ago

    Water Dogs

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    Are you Doing fresh or salt I like freshwater

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      Thomas B 10 months ago

      JGO the build series is complete! Watch the rest of the videos to see what happened 🙂

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      Thanks I ended up watching the whole thing I want that tank