Mega-Build Series Ep 02 – This Aquarium is Crazy Awesome (Video)

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
Marineland Monterey Stand & Canopy

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Mega-Build Series Ep 02 – This Aquarium is Crazy Awesome (Video)

  1. Joseph Jones

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    2. Thomas B

      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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  2. Rosco's Reef with Scott

    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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  3. Paul Martin

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    2. hotrodvdub

      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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    3. Thomas B

      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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  4. Cole Schramm

    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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  5. Noah Bretches

    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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  6. NYREPS

    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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    1. Big Al's

      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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  7. Kyle Raines

    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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  8. adms2 tune

    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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  9. Omar Forbes

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  10. Riley Patel

    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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  11. Günter TV

    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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  12. Anthony Ragan

    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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  13. Zombiexm

    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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  14. Matthew Timms

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  15. Mr. DPFJ Aquariums

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  16. Stéphane Chevalier

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  17. Craig Woodhull

    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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  18. jer291113

    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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    1. Big Al's

      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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  19. Paul Sam

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  20. Glimmer Carlson

    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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  21. xostrawberry21

    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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