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

Thomas walks us through his filtration setup for the Marineland 265 Corner-Flo Aquarium! Buy a Freedom Line Sump: https://www.bigalspets.com/catalogs

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

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COMMENTS

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    Joe H 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Dee From Brooklyn 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I am a big fan of controllable LEDs! I like to tinker!

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      Dee From Brooklyn 1 year ago

      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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Shelby Nicholas 1 year ago

    Do a planted community tank! Or cichlids! Or a planted fancy goldfish tank!??❤️❤️

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    Shivu Bachan 1 year ago

    please,please,please make it salt water tank.please

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Is9 five 1 year ago

    No background?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Not yet! Decor episode will cover that, and substrate etc.

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    Anthony Ragan 1 year ago

    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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    Günter TV 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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      Günter TV 1 year ago

      great.
      i love your prosukts but how much does shipping to germany cost?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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      Günter TV 1 year ago

      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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    coolwater411 1 year ago

    Can I use (carbon and zeolite) in a planted tank?

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    BrianBeamers 1 year ago

    I'd love to see the price tag on this setup

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Maybe at the end of the series, I will run the numbers and show what it cost in total 🙂

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    Billy Villacis 1 year ago

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

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    Monkey Nut 1 year ago

    Love this serier

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    Sammy P. 1 year ago

    black backround pls! 😀 the best lookin in my opinion

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I too am a big fan of the basic black background, or "Blackground" if you will 😉

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    Jiren The savage 1 year ago

    this all sounds expensive as hell

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Yes, yes it does… and yes it is… but when you love your hobby…

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    Liam Boegheim 1 year ago

    haha the end whas really funny and the video's are really helpful keep it up regards from holland:)

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    Michael Solis 1 year ago

    Wish I had the money for this! Lol

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    finalout99 1 year ago

    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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    Samuel Delonge 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Eden Frawley 1 year ago

    I think he is doing salt

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    Warren MacDonald 1 year ago

    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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    Richard Stock 1 year ago

    You have got to do something for a background I would go with a blacked out look myself.

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    tankofsalt 1 year ago

    What did you use to attach your loc line to the pvc? Great tank!!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Loc-Line threaded fitting screws right into the threaded 90 elbow at the top of the return pipe.

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    quepiid 1 year ago

    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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    Icealote 1 year ago

    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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    Prashanth12344 1 year ago

    Awesome, can't wait to watch the progress on this monster.

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    Reid Smith 1 year ago

    He mentioned corals. Something tells me this is going to be a reef tank

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    JoJo EZmode 1 year ago

    turn it into a huge vivarium with fire bellied toads and salamanders

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Be kind of tough with the overflows… but I do absolutely love vivariums!

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    sum. 1 year ago

    You got it wrong dude bulk head first then union not the other way around

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    All Things Ray 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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      All Things Ray 1 year ago

      +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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    Stew G 1 year ago

    Are you adding a UV?

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    brett oreilly 1 year ago

    you should do a tropheus tank choice of fish would blow peoples minds plus nice shirt

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    David Cameron 1 year ago

    Love the shirt

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    FlameSnake82 1 year ago

    Please do saltwater with 2 blue tangs and some naso tangs and cliwnfish

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    Logan The Turtle Luvr 1 year ago

    If you are doing a freshwater tank you should add Mississippi map turtles

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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      Logan The Turtle Luvr 1 year ago

      Thomas B they like current and you can make the top a basking area

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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      Logan The Turtle Luvr 1 year ago

      ok cool I have 2 yellow bellied sliders

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    Mike Lemming 1 year ago

    Please go reef!!!

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    T Briggz 1 year ago

    didn't realize how big that tank was until i saw you in it!

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    Venancia Vargas 1 year ago

    Love the video keep it coming

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    BoomShotVlogs 1 year ago

    Go for the reef aquarium that would be awesome to watch you build your way up.

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    Lil Cove 2 1 year ago

    Can you make a video on how to keep betta fish happy

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    KingkRule 1 year ago

    We need a bts of you getting into that tank for the beauty shots!

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    Gecko Care Weekly 1 year ago

    Why didn't you release episode 4 yesterday the 25th like you should have

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Mr. NoName 1 year ago

    I really don't see why you don't have more subscribers, very informative and awesome edits

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Astro theultimate 1 year ago

    Where would the skimmer go on that sump?

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    Brandon Pan 1 year ago

    Can't wait for next episode!!

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    Brandon Pan 1 year ago

    Make it a planted freshwater tank

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    Brandon Pan 1 year ago

    Turn it into a huge betta sorority with fifty female bettas

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    EvilG 1 year ago

    hi could you do a review on the fluval 06 series filters?looking to get a new canister and considering the fluval 406

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    junle ang 1 year ago

    get led's lighting!!! do a mixed reef

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    Daniel Bautista 1 year ago

    Whens ep.4???

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Coming this Friday!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    madcypress L.L. 1 year ago

    ???. ?

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    Carl Gabriel 1 year ago

    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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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      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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      Carl Gabriel 1 year ago

      Thanks for the quick response. Got notification they are back in stock online. Already placed my order!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      You'll love it! drop your thoughts on it here when it hits your door!

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    CaptainPenguin 1 year ago

    are you gonna get a night lighting, cause that would be cool

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      A lot of the newer LED fixtures include moon lighting, so chances are… yep!

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    Gecko Care Weekly 1 year ago

    when will the new video come out?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Was supposed to be last Friday, but now it looks like this Monday (tomorrow).

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    Gecko Care Weekly 1 year ago

    make the new vid!!!!!!!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    cindy pantazin 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Thanks a ton! DIY can be awesome too – have your own vids of your system?

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    BrianBeamers 1 year ago

    how long are you going to make us wait for Ep 4…. you are killing me…. just playing…

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Hopefully not much longer… even I am getting antsy!

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    Faith Allen 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    jobo no 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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      jobo no 1 year ago

      Thx for letting me know ?

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    Paul Sam 1 year ago

    amazing. looks great.

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    Lets Get It Fitness A.K.A Bigjayinga 1 year ago

    Great tank. Where can I get one from?

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    Bill Kellogg 1 year ago

    Thomas, do you recommend a sump for a 75 gallon salt tank?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      100% I usually recommend a sump for any size saltwater aquarium, especially if you are going reef.

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    venflo studio 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Tracy Bien 1 year ago
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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Still planning to swap that out at some point; taking care of things in order of importance 😉

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      Tracy Bien 3 months ago

      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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    Nahoum Abara 1 year ago

    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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    Mxnick887 1 year ago

    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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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      Sorry for the delayed reply! Will look into these specific measurements and get back to you ASAP!

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      Mxnick887 1 year ago

      Thank you!

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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      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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    Universal Reefing 1 year ago

    Haha… your sump is bigger than my 30 gal planted…

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    Lovebetta 12 months ago

    Wow I love the extra space on the sides. Very nice subscribed.

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    Dmitri Agababaev 11 months ago

    I live in NJ, where can I get this 265g tank?

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      Big Al's 11 months ago

      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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    George Moorachian 11 months ago

    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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    Rudy Magallon 8 months ago

    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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      Big Al's 8 months ago

      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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    Leopard gecko 1999 5 months ago

    Get the kessil tuna sun lights
    Freshwater planted tank??