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Mega-Build Series Ep 04 – Lighting This Beast (Video)

The next step in this series was choosing what type of lighting would best suit the aquarium-- and Thomas lets you know how he made his choice! Lear

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The next step in this series was choosing what type of lighting would best suit the aquarium– and Thomas lets you know how he made his choice!

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COMMENTS

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    quepiid 1 year ago

    Ic light on a standard 75 gallon would be fine for coral? Or at what height would you say I would need more that one?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Depending on weather you are looking to keep soft, lps, or sps, one fixture on a 75 could do well. For higher light lps or getting into sps you may want to double up!

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    ThuisGames 1 year ago

    what does it cost

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    junle ang 1 year ago

    please please please do marine i would wish to see you progess!!!

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    Kevin b 1 year ago

    would be an amazing Amazon biotope

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    ram07ish 1 year ago

    Thought that light would cost half my kidney, but its actually decently priced for an LED light

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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      Right?!? We're super impressed with everything from the performance to the price point!

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      TJ Sub 1 year ago

      Big Al's can you have a heater in the front of your tank??

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Like a baseboard heater, or fire place etc? Not usually recommended.

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    vejas butkus 1 year ago

    IM the first (because it says no views)

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    AQUA NUT 1 year ago

    Yeah that looks like a pretty sweet light for sure. Thanks for sharing Thomas.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      For the price point, features, and output, it is a fantastic light fixture. I mean, I could have gone way fancier and thrown a few Radions, VERVvE, or Hydra HD fixtures up there, but I think its a bit overkill considering the simplistic goals I have for this build. Current USA did a great thing with their new Loop system.

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      AQUA NUT 1 year ago

      Thomas B Yeah i agree that rolling cloud feature is neat. also loop is kinda like the maxspect ethreal fixture but at $600 a light and you would need 3 just to cover your tank not worth it. I think you made a sweet pick with those lights for sure. cant wait to see what you think of that wavemaker in action. i noticed on the remote that you could also control them with it, impressive man. but yeah i cant wait till loop launches that will be pretty cool just imagine, you will never loose your remote again. lol

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    Olivier Smeets 1 year ago

    nice vid man always pumped to see a new episode i hope it is going to be salt bacause the coral may attracht your kid and coral looks just amazing.

    keep up the good work ??

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      Liam Boegheim 1 year ago

      Olivier Smeets im hoping its gonna be saltwater to it looks way more bautiful then fresh in my opinion

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    Anson Clark 1 year ago

    I hope that it's freshwater.

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    TJ Sub 1 year ago

    Can you have a heater in the front of your tank??

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Like a baseboard heater, or fire place etc? Not usually recommended.

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    Cory Day 1 year ago

    thanks for the vid can't wait for the next one

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    Rely Flores 1 year ago

    how abt ur background?…

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    finalout99 1 year ago

    Glad to see you got over your sniffles. Now hurry up with the next episode! Sweet light by the way.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Thanks! haha, we are filming again this Friday & Saturday so the next episode should be out next week 🙂

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    Golden State Warriors Fan 1 year ago

    will a 48" fit my 75 gallon i have a 48 " T5 fixture on my oscar tank

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Absolutely. The 48" light will fit a 75 gallon without issue.

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    NYCity Cichlids 1 year ago

    Cool

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    Golden State Warriors Fan 1 year ago

    Thomas B nice tank

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Thanks! Just getting started; should only get nicer from this point out!

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    Mark Anthony 1 year ago

    those gadgets definitely for chuck norris saltwater-

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    dabbin bros 1 year ago

    did enyone else see the sneak peak of the aquarium with fish

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Uhhh what?

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      dabbin bros 1 year ago

      Thomas B I just realized that made no sense

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      dabbin bros 1 year ago

      Thomas B I'm so happy you replied

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      dabbin bros 1 year ago

      Thomas B I got my aquarium thanks to your videos thanks ?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      My pleasure! I am here to help, so if you ever have any quesitons feel free to drop them on any of our videos! 🙂

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    JJ Aquariums 1 year ago

    u picked my recommendation for lights yah

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Yep! I have used Current USA lights (and Ecoxotic) on multiple tanks and have been really impressed with how they perform for the price point.

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    Rosco's Reef with Scott 1 year ago

    great job and can't wait for the reveal.

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    CaptainPenguin 1 year ago

    I hope it's salt water

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    ICOOKIE69I 1 year ago

    Are you going to paint the background?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I will go over my plans for the background in the Decor episode 🙂

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      ICOOKIE69I 1 year ago

      Can't wait! We all know it's going to be a saltwater tank with those lights. Just don't do African Cichlid (your choice though). However, if it was a reef, please get a Black Durgon Triggerfish (or Hawaiian Black Triggerfish). Mine passed away after 17 years, and I surely do miss him. I would enjoy watching someone own this beautiful fish as it is uncommon. Don't worry, they're not as aggressive.

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    Jena Tucker Aquariums 1 year ago

    on the box the light came in, it said reef. is that a clue?

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    Keagan Wilson 1 year ago

    Hope it's saltwater I'm supper excited!

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    Shivu Bachan 1 year ago

    when is next episode coming?waiting for it.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Hahaha, very soon! Like all projects, sometimes the construction drags out a little, we should be filming again Monday and have it out next week.

      In reality we wanted to have a video weekly, but given the holidays, the nature of the project, the fact that some items being used are just newly being released, and that cold weather means sick staff, its taking a little longer than we had hoped for each episode.

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      Shivu Bachan 1 year ago

      thank you.i will wait.

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      Shivu Bachan 1 year ago

      3rd week, still waiting……………………………………..

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Its coming out this morning!

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      Shivu Bachan 1 year ago

      ohoooooooohoooooooo…

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    Sacred Wisp 1 year ago

    would a fluval aqua fresh&plant 2.0 work to grow low medium or medium high plants in a 36" 20" deep 55 gallon? also do i REALLY need Co2 injection? I have an energetic bristlenose plec that would be happy to have more to eat

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      It is possible if you stick to low light, undemanding species like crypts, anubias, java moss, etc. to use a lower output fixture and avoid CO2 all together. If you are planning to do carpeting plants like dwarf baby tears, or get into higher light plants with reds and purples, than you may find that you require a higher output fixture and CO2 injection.

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    Anthony Ragan 1 year ago

    Very nice choice. I love LED fixtures. With the combination of price, power consumption, light output, and form factor, I have a hard time seeing myself going back to fluorescents.

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    Billy Villacis 1 year ago

    I love everything about this tank so far! Can't wait to get my own megatank setup in a couple years! I too will be undecided on salt or freshwater until the last minute…

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Mega builds are really fun, albeit pricey, but totally worth it!

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    Virat Baweja 1 year ago

    Did you tried looking at Finnex set of lights ray2 or fugeray or 24/7?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Not the biggest fan of Finnex. They also have a pretty short warranty period which I always take as a red flag for quality.

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    All Things Ray 1 year ago

    Please do freshwater planted.

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      Valentin Bozhilov 1 year ago

      The tank is too tall and the light is too low for planted.

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      All Things Ray 1 year ago

      +Valentin Bozhilov The lights have 10,000k LEDs… he can dial it down for plants. as he stated.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      That would also entirely depend on the types of plants. Nobody said it couldn't be a low-tech planted tank.

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      Valentin Bozhilov 1 year ago

      +All Things Ray
      10,000k ..so what? What is matter is how many lumens are per gallon there.

      Of course if you are going with low light plants sure it may work, but from "planted" i usually understand something different.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Lumens per gallon is pretty poor rating as well (although Kelvin rating is just nonsensical in this application because it is a rating that generalizes the light's appearance or spectrum).

      PAR output measured at depth is usually a much more accurate way to determine if the light is suitable for photosynthetic organisms.

      I actually have a PAR meter I can use to figure out the points in the aquarium most suitable for photosynthetic organisms like plants or corals, if I decide to go that route!

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    BrianBeamers 1 year ago

    I love the cloud cover feature

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      The rolling cloud cover is really cool – they also have random lightning strikes (strike randomly along the whole strip). Weather features are cool to watch, but don't really benefit the tank at all. Just fun!

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    T Briggz 1 year ago

    That remote has so many options for just one strip of LEDs that's crazy!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      It also has a section of buttons for the pumps (which I teased a bit in this episode, and will talk about more in depth later on).

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    Donald Holben 1 year ago

    wow six months since the last one.,….. to long man.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Six months since the last what?

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      CoroaEntertainment 4 months ago

      The episode before this one (#3) was posted on Nov 17, 2016. This episode (#4) was posted on Dec 6, 2016.
      I'm with Thomas…… —> ???

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    Gecko Care Weekly 1 year ago

    He said circulation pump, so it's a reef tank

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      Natural Vivaria 1 year ago

      Gecko Care Weekly you can absolutely use circulation pumps in freshwater aquariums too.

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    dabbin bros 1 year ago

    Thomas two of my fishes stomachs expanded and they died shortly after that what could have caused this

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      Natural Vivaria 1 year ago

      dabbi'n bro's what type of fish? what are your water parameters? do you have photos? hard to diagnose something so vague.

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      dabbin bros 1 year ago

      guppies

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Its hard to say without a bit more information, as Natural Vivaria pointed out.
      What are your water parameters? Male or female guppies? Were they scales raised up (makes them sort of look like a pine cone)?

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      dabbin bros 1 year ago

      Thomas B I have all male guppies in a ten gallon tank and no their scales were not raised

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Have you tested your water?

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    TheFakeDadeMurphy 1 year ago

    Does the pump tie into the light in regards to the remote and the app? i.e I can turn on/off the pump remotely. If – so, I am highly interested in a Light, Pump, etc All-in-One remote. Also would love to tear into the API for it and see if I can tie it into the Echo Smart House Commands. So from the couch, "Echo, turn on my pump and start the thunderstorm effect".

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      Natural Vivaria 1 year ago

      TheFakeDadeMurphy the Loop system controls the lights, circulation pumps, and return pump via the remote or the app. it's a really cool system.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Yep! Current USA has incorporated their eFlux Wave pumps, and eFlux Flow pumps into the Loop system so that your lighting, and water movement devices can all be programmed and controlled via the Loop remote or App. Pretty awesome!

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    Joseph Jones 1 year ago

    Is there a light like the Orbit IC light but smaller that has the same effects?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Standard 29 gallon is 30" long, so you'd probably want the 24"-36" model (24" fixture with legs that extend up to 36" long.

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      Joseph Jones 1 year ago

      Is that too much light for live plants?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      If you are planning to do live plants, I'd suggest going with the Satellite Plus Pro instead. Much better spectrum for live plants!

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      Joseph Jones 1 year ago

      +Thomas B sounds good, thanks thomas!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Anytime!

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    Craig Woodhull 1 year ago

    a waste of a great aquarium if it is not a planted Discus tank. I would kill for a tank that size !!!!!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      That is one strong opinion! I think a wicked reef matches a planted discus tank! But I'll also say that both of those require a certain amount of time to dedicate for real success.

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    Ramon 1 year ago

    That rolling cloud cover feature just blew me away

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    venflo studio 1 year ago

    make a video(complete care,maintanence,feeding,bla bla) about flowerhorn

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      We certainly can in the future! I will say though, they are a tough-as-nails hybrid cichlid and that makes them quite easy to care for. There are also a ton of foods out there these days that are geared specifically for flowerhorns!

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      venflo studio 1 year ago

      Thomas B am eagerly waiting for ur video and your previous videos are good

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Thanks a ton!

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    Siamese Fighters 1 year ago

    please do freshwater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Siamese Fighters 1 year ago

    although i bet it will be saltwater

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    Kyle Fortune 1 year ago

    Do saltwater

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    Dusty Mitchell 1 year ago

    I don't know if anyone caught his comment. I think hes going to go with fresh water. His comment "I'd get a second light if I were to grow plants or corals, 1 would be fine on a shallower tank".

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    mastermuddyplayz 659 1 year ago

    I'm getting 30 gallon tank tips

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Tip #1 watch all of our aquarium videos! Especially our Top 10 Aquarium DO-NOTs!

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    Danieru 1 year ago

    this channel is awesome 😀

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    Daniel Bautista 1 year ago

    When's episode 5

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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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    Jack Blake 1 year ago

    Hey I am setting up a 75 gallon tank. It is either going to be a cichlids tank or an angelfish tank with runnynose tetras and or zebra danios and cardinal tetras or also I might make it a fancy goldfish tank. I have heard that cichlids and angelfish are aggressive and you need an extra tank to give fish timeouts or medicate or something like that. Since cichlids angelfish and goldfish get quite big. What size tank do you think I should get for those situations… Thanks

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      A quarantine tank (or hospital tank) should be big enough to house the largest fish you plan to have comfortably. If you are going with angels, I would say a hospital tank of around 25 gallons would work. I will also note that you don't ever need to give a fish a "time out" since they simply will not learn from one. If a fish is overly aggressive, you can either remove it or the other fish(es) it is picking on. Removing it, and then putting it back, will only result in it resuming its aggressive tendencies once it settles back in.

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    Jack Blake 1 year ago

    Thanks Thomas B for replying. If I was getting cichlids or fancy goldfish which size quarantine tank should I have.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      20 gallons should accommodate even the larger fancy goldfish for quarantine purposes.

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    Jack Blake 1 year ago

    Also another question. When a fish is sick should I move the sick fish into a hospital tank and treat that fish and the tank, or should I just treat the whole tank, or move all the fish to the hospital tank. Thanks…

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      If no other fish show symptoms, quarantine the sick fish in a hospital tank and treat it there.

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    Tony Black 1 year ago

    Hey, ive noticed that you haven't made a video review of any kind of heaters. im in the process of upgrading from a 45g to a 125 and im lost as to witch heater i should purchase or how many. would you be able to give me your opinion please? i would greatly appreciate it. I'm sure all your fans would like to see a video on that topic. take care

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I've always been a big fan of the Eheim Jager heaters; quite reliable and easy to calibrate. If you want something that is indestructible, look at the Aqueon Pro heaters, they are also fantastic.

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    Ryan R. 1 year ago

    Huge fan of Current USA's LED offerings! I'm just using the Satellite+ units. They seem gimmicky, but being able to tweak the lighting for different fish is amazing! It's like owning every bulb under the sun in one fixture!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I have to agree with you! Fantastic line of LED fixtures. Its great to be able to set a timer right on the light as well.

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    Stef Styl 1 year ago

    Make it a reef

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    Tony Black 1 year ago

    thank you sir for getting back to me. i really appreciate your help. i ended up grabing two eheim jags. hopefully they will be worth it. at the end of the day i could care less if they brake on me as long as they dont affect my rays. thats my only concern.

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    calikid 831 1 year ago

    You should paint the back of the glads

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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      He actually painted the wall behind the aquarium– looks slick!

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    Krishnaditya Rana 11 months ago

    Do LED Strip lights help forming algae? If they are kept on for 16-17 hrs.
    They are white in color.

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    Michael Perez 11 months ago

    What's your thoughts on this light for a standard 180 reef 72x24x25? Should
    I do one or two of these fixtures?

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    Mal Reynolds 6 months ago

    Fantastic informative videos. Store has good prices, and dude….your funny. Thanks for the channel.