Mega-Build Series Ep 03 – Next Stop: Filtration Station! (Video)

Thomas walks us through his filtration setup for the Marineland 265 Corner-Flo Aquarium!

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Mega-Build Series Ep 03 – Next Stop: Filtration Station! (Video)

  1. Joe H

    Great series! Keep it up! Also, you should go freshwater and put some monster fish in there. I'm talking Oscars should be the smallest fish in your tank!

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    1. Thomas B

      I've always thought about keeping really big freshwater fish in the past. Some of the most beautiful South American cichlids are monsters!

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  2. Dee From Brooklyn

    Great Video, Now I want to work on my tank. I vote for controllable LEDs for the sunrise sunset affect and they'll be able to sustain plants or coral

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    1. Dee From Brooklyn

      Thomas B I'm surprised wave pumps have not been made programmable like leds to recreate tides instead of having the controllers manage them

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    2. Thomas B

      Some certainly have. Ecotech Vortech pumps are programmable wirelessly. I believe Neptune Systems wave pumps are as well. I personally love using my Smartphone to play with settings so I am going to try to find some pumps and leds that I can control with my Samsung S7 Edge.

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    1. Thomas B

      I've done so many reefs in the past, maybe its time to shake things up? Or maybe I should stick with something I know I love…. hard to decide!

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  3. Anthony Ragan

    Very nice choice to go with a sump and an FX-6: I'm a big believer in redundancy. And it's amazing that you'd do all this one lone betta…

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  4. Günter TV

    can you do a review on the eden 501 filter?
    I have´once set up a betta tank and the filter came with the tank.
    But it was way too strong so i searched cheap filters on the internet because i didn't have that much money at the time and i was going to change the filter.
    I found the eden 501 external filter for 30 bucks.
    I still use it now!
    It is robust and filters the water very well.

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    1. Thomas B

      We don't carry that particular product, but we do carry the Zoo Med 511 canister filter which looks very similar. I can do a review of it in the future for sure!

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    2. Thomas B

      Unfortunately we do not ship outside of the USA and Canada. All products we carry are also 110V (North American Standard).

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    3. Günter TV

      Too bad.
      you carry lots of cool stuff.
      well i am going to find a way around it.
      But i won't buy from amazon causo you have to pay 70$ taxes if you order from the USA and that is just way too much.

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  5. Billy Villacis

    Fantastic series! I am especially a fan of how your patriotic sump is larger than my whole freshwater tank…

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  6. finalout99

    Great series. Black out the background, overkill on the lighting with the ability to dial it back for flexibility, awesome pics at the end. now pose!

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  7. Samuel Delonge

    Great video! You realLy take pride in your work and it shows! So happy for you and excited to see it completed

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    1. Thomas B

      Thanks! I am actually getting pretty antsy to get this aquarium full of water. Its tough to have it sitting empty for weeks on end. Butttt careful planning takes time, along with catching it all one step at a time on film 😉

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  8. Warren MacDonald

    My goodness you're patient Thomas! I've recently started using Biohome Ulltra media.= in my 65 Gal. It is VERY porous, Just a suggestion to help populate that humongous FX 6 and that beautiful acrylic sump. Can't wait for ep. 4!

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  9. quepiid

    Nice big tank. Perfect sump. Nice overflow. I say go a saltwater. Maybe a fish only setup so you can have some nice puffers. I have a reef but in the process of doing a tank to have a lion fish and puffer maybe a eel. Since I started saltwater my freshwater fish have been put in the back seat.

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  10. Icealote

    You definitely need a black background to hide that fx6 in the tank now 😛 Maybe move the other part to the wall too lol

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    1. Thomas B

      What do you mean? The bulkhead screws together (like a nut and bolt) through the hole in the bottom of the aquarium. A rubber gasket on the inside of the aquarium creates a water tight seal. below the aquarium where the bulkhead sticks out into the stand is where I have glued a piece of pipe the connects directly to a union. It is not possible to do it backwards.

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  11. All Things Ray

    Wouldn't running that much GPH with 2 filters make too much flow for most fish? Seems like you're going to create a whirlpool in there. lol

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    1. Thomas B

      Well, the tank is 7 feet long which will take quite a bit of force to reach end to end, and also nearly 6 feet tall with the stand, so some of that flow will be lost due to vertical. Without enough flow, the water won't be sufficiently filtered, or oxygenated. It is hard to have too much unless your fish literally can not handle swimming in your aquarium.

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    2. All Things Ray

      +Thomas B Understood. Now I know how to setup my 600 gallon in the future. Tons of filters! 😉 Thanks for the responce bud.

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    1. Thomas B

      With the overflows forcing the water to be at the top, there would be no room for a basking spot. I do like the idea however!

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    2. Thomas B

      They certainly do like water movement! But there just isn't enough space up top for a basking site. I will probably do a turtle set up in the future 🙂

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    1. Thomas B

      Unfortunately I had Norovirus last week and it really took me down for the count. We are back on track and will be releasing a video this week!
      Sometimes the unexpected throws a wrench in your plans.

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    1. Thomas B

      Well, we are a more recent channel that has only been posting videos for 2 years or so. Sometimes you fly to the top, other times you slowly coast up the ladder.
      We are happy to have the subs that we currently do, but always welcome more! Love to help folks out with their aquariums!

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    1. Thomas B

      Rather, coming this week! A few setbacks from the powers that be forcing Brian (our awesome producer) to finish up a few other videos first.

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  12. Carl Gabriel

    Any idea when those sumps will be back in stock? Looking at upgrading the system for my 180 Gallon cichlid tank.

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    1. Big Al's

      Hey Carl! Although our site is showing the item as "out of stock", they are sitting in the warehouse awaiting an update on the system inventory. Call us at 1-888-824-4257 and we can place the order for you today!

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    1. Thomas B

      It was shot in its entirety last week, and was supposed to be released Friday, but the powers that be had Brian (our producer) work on some other video editing for some promotional stuff since the holiday shopping season is upon us. Hoping we can get it out to you on Monday!

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  13. cindy pantazin

    quite the system!! almost everything on my systems I have done (DIY). I have Blood Parrot's and African cichlids. I love my Africans… keep up the good work! I love watching your videos! and still love the short beard!!

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  14. Faith Allen

    I'm going to be getting a 100 gallon saltwater aquarium and I was wondering what filter(s) and lighting you would recommend?

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    1. Thomas B

      I am a huge proponent of using sumps on saltwater aquariums! The freedom series sumps are fantastic for the price point; the Reef series are a little more simplistic and gets the job done well, while the 4-in-1 that I used has a dedicated refugium which I personally really like having on saltwater systems (especially on reef systems). Reef Octopus skimmers are great, along with JNS skimmers. Drop one of those into the sump and you are pretty well good to go.

      For lighting, that really comes down to your plans for livestock. Were you thinking reef or fish only?

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  15. jobo no

    could you do more lizard vids or check ups because i have 2 bearded dragons and im here on the scale
    noob———————————————————-pro
    im here ♤

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    1. Thomas B

      Honestly, I am not a pro with lizards, but I am well versed (I have way more experience with dart frogs and snakes). We will be doing more reptile videos soon for sure!

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  16. venflo studio

    am having a top filter.some of the particles from sponge gets into the water is that a problem is it hazardous to ma fish

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    1. Thomas B

      When you change the cartridge, I assume? Quite normal. Usually easier to avoid if you unplug the filter before changing the cartridge; also best to remove it as slowly as possible to prevent any debris from dislodging from the cartridge. Is it harmful to the fish? No, not immediately. You will want to vacuum it out of your gravel during a water change though, as that is where it is likely to settle.

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    1. Tracy Bien

      Just wondering if you ever swapped out the tubes since I just purchased an FX4? Any chance of a Mega Build update?

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  17. Nahoum Abara

    I have a serious question I'd like someone to answer before I begin building my new aquarium. I'm wondering if its possible to have too large a filer for my tank size. The filter I have is the Fluval FX6 and the tank I have is a Marineland 60 gallon. Before I set this up, I'd like to know if this filter would be too strong for the tank, or if it'll infact come to my advantage the amount of over-filtration that this would have? Please let me know how this could possibly affect my tank and if you recommend any other filters? Thank you, anything is appreciated!

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  18. Mxnick887

    I am trying to find more information on these sumps but am having trouble. How big is the section for the protein skimmer on the 300 and 400 series? I need to make sure I can fit my skimmer and if I ended up wanting to go to a calcium reactor. Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.

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    1. Big Al's

      Directly from the manufacturer:

      Freedom 4-in-1 300: 37" x 14.5" x 16"; Pump Compartment: 7" x 14.5"; Skimmer Compartment: 9" x 14.5"; Refugium Compartment: 12" x 11.5"

      Freedom 4-in-1 400: 45" x 14.5" x 16"; Pump Compartment: 9+15/16" x 14+5/8"; Skimmer Compartment: 14" x 14+5/8"; Refugium Compartment: 12" x 11+5/8"

      If you have other questions, let us know!

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    1. Big Al's

      Unfortunately we can't ship something that massive, so you'd have to order one through your local aquarium shop, but apart from the tank and livestock, we'd be able to help you out with EVERYTHING ELSE at http://www.bigalspets.com!

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  19. George Moorachian

    How do you clean the plumbing?  I know for a canister filter, I would periodically use a hose brush to clean the bio build up.

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  20. Rudy Magallon

    why there is a canister filtration? you have already a sump filtration in it. what are those differences and function and binefits between canister and sump into your fish?

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    1. Big Al's

      Essentially, it's because he wants to ensure the tank will NEVER crash if the sump were to go out of service, for whatever reason. The canister filter is a backup if the sump goes down– skip to 11:50 in the vid to hear it from Thomas!

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