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Mega-Build Series Ep 05 – Overcoming a HUGE Obstacle (Video)

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    All Things Ray 2 years ago

    Freshwater FTW

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    SIMPLE AQUATICS 2 years ago

    lol thomas stock it already im dying of excitment here

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I'm dying too!!! Filming each step drags the build out quite a bit, but so does the fact that I am waiting on some newer products from various companies to actually arrive in-store. I am really hoping it is full of water and ready for livestock before Feb 1st.

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      SIMPLE AQUATICS 2 years ago

      Nice cant wait ive bin following you on youtube for a quite while now and like what you do so keep up the awesome work man …you've inspired a lot of us to do what we love in the aquarium hobby

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Thanks so much for the kind words 🙂 that is all I am really trying to do here!

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    Drea Parks 2 years ago

    Cannot wait to see the finished project!

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    John Heer 2 years ago

    fantastic series, looking forward to the finish line ?

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    David Cameron 2 years ago

    Whoop whoop freshwater overlords

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    Natural Vivaria 2 years ago

    I'm not surprised you had to get a cement platform made for that tank. a lot of weight right there.

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    Anson Clark 2 years ago

    How much did that cost?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I haven't crunched all the numbers yet, but I would guess around $7500 CAD so far including the masonry.

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      Jiren The savage 2 years ago

      Thomas B holy shit i could buy a honda accord with that.

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    ALAPINO 2 years ago

    1. You could have very easily done the level pad yourself. (Since you've invested so heavily already, what's a $500-$800 professional masonry job to the overall budget– added value of "peace of mind is always better than piece of mine."

    2. I'm not at all surprised you went fresh. Everyone loves Marine in concept, but as for the points you made: a tremendous amount of work and maintenance cost. If I'm not mistaken she (your little one) already has a marine setup upstairs.

    3. Merry Tankin' Christmas!!!

    4. Looking forward to where you're taking this install. ;D

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Honestly, I had considered trying to do it myself with self leveling underlay, but having never done any sort of masonry work before, I wasn't prepared to experiment with it for this project. I just needed it done right, and have that peace of mind!

      I actually don't have any saltwater aquariums at home at the moment, mostly due to the fact that my time at home is spent mostly with my family, and I try not to isolate myself with projects (which is second nature for me to do). I am thinking of setting up a new reef at the office though, since the tinkering there is both welcome, and a good way to break up the computer work!

      Merry Christmas to you as well!
      Thanks so much!

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      ALAPINO 2 years ago

      Fantastic!

      (oh, and of course, Happy New Year!!!)

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      You too! 😀

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    KingkRule 2 years ago

    did you have to audition Mason's to make sure they were comfortable on camera?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Nope! We actually heard back from them first, and they loved the project so they were happy to come out to participate!

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    Joe's Reef 2 years ago

    Freshwater?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Haters gonna hate!
      Seriously though, I have been keeping both fresh and salt for 15 years+ now and I just do not want to deal with a reef this large right now. I am going to do a saltwater build in the new year once this sucker is done though!

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      Joe's Reef 2 years ago

      That's ok it'll still be cool. I had a 120 gallon reef for 6 years and the amount of money I spent on it monthly is ridiculous so I don't blame you. It looks great so far Merry Christmas

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Merry Christmas to you and yours! 🙂

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    Luc Hoofd 2 years ago

    yeeeah freshwater

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    Richard Stock 2 years ago

    I'm going to be curious if you are going to need to do anything with the background of that tank now that you blacked out the back wall. I really like the look. Nice choice on fresh over salt. I hope you turn it into a huge African cichlid tank!!!

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    Anson Clark 2 years ago

    Glad you are going freshwater!

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    Anson Clark 2 years ago

    I just ment the masonry.

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    JJ Aquariums 2 years ago

    I could so see this as a huge community tank with like huge schools of fish it would be awesome

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Rainbows are gorgeous and have definitely been on my mind. But so have some other, larger species. Don't know if tiny tetras will fit in, but I am still completely up in the air with livestock.

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      JJ Aquariums 2 years ago

      Thomas B yah I know what you mean your daughter needs to be able to see the fish

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Don't get me wrong, a school of cardinals will certainly be noticeable even from the floor, but they are small enough to fit in the mouths of some of the other fish on my mind 😉

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      JJ Aquariums 2 years ago

      +Thomas B ok I see

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      Jeff Nardi 2 years ago

      Sounds like lake malawi cichlids :)!!!!

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    Gabriel Buela 2 years ago

    may 45L/11.8 gallon is not level by .2cm lol

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      Gabriel Buela 2 years ago

      my*

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Smaller tanks are not nearly as sensitive to being off-level as they have far less pressure being exerted on the glass. Mind you, I always try to aim for perfectly level! 🙂

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    Cole Schramm 2 years ago

    Looks awesome, Thomas! Can't wait to see which freshwater fish you choose to go with on this aquarium build. Oh, if you haven't done so already, be sure to change out your furnace filter….lol. All that dust will plug a filter in no time.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I actually just did it! I order them in bulk so that they are always on hand hahaha. Habits of changing filters on aquariums trickled into my home ownership responsibilities.

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    Joseph Jones 2 years ago

    I found really small snails in my tank that were just born I was told they were pond snails. So I got a Clown Loach and I want to put the snails back in the tank fore the loch but I'm iffy about it because I have live plants. Would the snails eat the plants?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      It is entirely possible for the snails to cause problems with your plants. Usually, the only snails I trust with plants are nerite snails.

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      Joseph Jones 2 years ago

      Allright, thanks Thomas. One more question, how would you go about stocking a 30 gallon planted?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Plants first, fish second 🙂

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      Joseph Jones 2 years ago

      Thomas B I got Java Moss, Java Fern, Jungle Val, and and Malaysian drift wood. Fish wise I have a Clown loach(temporarily), a Chinese Algae Eater, 4 Rummy Nose Tetras, Ghost Shrimp, and an Angel Fish. I want more fish but I kind of feel like I'm over stocking.

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      Jose Perez 2 years ago

      loaches eat snails

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    Apple Hoe 2 years ago

    Whatever

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Whatever, what?

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      AQUA TV 2 years ago

      Thomas B Hey big than I have a question I have a 30 liter tank with an eheim liberty75 but the filter is sooo loud what would you have to make endler guppy and a few shrimp so he should be baby safe

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    Sonny Manansala 2 years ago

    So glad it will be a freshwater tank. Could have stopped watching this series if he picked saltwater as I would not be able to relate lol. Excited for the next EP.

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    Yves Daigle 2 years ago

    I know its too late but I would not have left the carpet under the tank, I would used some tiles. If you have any kind of water spill you will a hard time getting the underlay dry. I also found it strange that they did not removed the trim, the water in the cement more then likely saturated that trim you may get rot or mold. One last thing the length of screws he used to secure the form are probably longer the the thickness of your basement floor, make sure you fill those holes in, I am not sure what the water table is like in your area but it rise you may get water in the basement.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback, Yves! The decision to keep the carpet is in part aesthetics, and also fore safety. It is my daughters playroom after all, so hard surfaces (like tile or cement) especially in the form of a 90 degree corner are not at all safe. The trim on the bottom is actually painted plywood, rather than MDF and It did not absorb the water from the quick-set cement. The screws they used didn't penetrate past the concrete floor either. The process we went through to make the platform was 2 days of work, but we like to use movie magic to streamline the process for the video (otherwise it would have been quite a bit longer!)

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      Yves Daigle 2 years ago

      Sounds good, cant' wait to see it all finished.

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    wereboarder2009 2 years ago

    3 words. PLANTED COMMUNITY TANK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This build is looking awesome thus far.

    The one thing I think (In My Honest Opinion) Big Als can improve on its its freshwater sump media. I've been trying to get my hands on either Matala or Swiss Tropicals Poret foam sheets but its just way too expensive to ship to Ottawa for me to justify. If your company can get their hands on those materials I would love shopping with you even more than I currently do.

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    Josiah Potter 2 years ago

    you should have told them in the middle of it that you changed your mind

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    sassy boy 0182 2 years ago

    a discus community tank would be great. cant wait for the next episode.

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    D Leal 2 years ago

    awsome! very happy for freshwater win! so I gotta ask, at how many gallons, do you recommend hiring a crew to level floor vs shims? by the way, that black wall color is amazing! you can definitely light up that wall as a backdrop now for some extra pop. your daughter would enjoy THAT

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Honestly, it depends on how bad the floor is. Realistically, if you go over 100 gallons and your floor is way off, you'd want to get it managed professionally.

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    Flynn's Fish Forum 2 years ago

    Thomas……. can you please put an arowana or some oscars in it??! 🙂

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    NEWYORKJET52012 GAMING 2 years ago

    Great vid liked

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    Joe H 2 years ago

    Freshwater, great choice! Lots of schooling fish like Tetras would be very colorful and be fun for your daughter to watch or maybe some Boesemani Rainbows. So many possibilities! Looking forward to your final choices!

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    Charles' Fish Tanks 2 years ago

    Yay! Freshwater ftw! You had me scared for a second

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    Josh Lain 2 years ago

    So sad but I do understand why you are going fw 🙁

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    86Ondrej 2 years ago

    Yeaaaaah. Fresh!!! I really really want to see that happen.

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    Anthony Ragan 2 years ago

    Man, I can see why you'd want to be careful about leveling this tank: even a half-inch slope over its length could be a problem. Good choice to go freshwater: rainbows would be spectacular in a tank this size.

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    Mark Anthony 2 years ago

    hellyeaaaaaahhh!! fresssh wataaaaaaaa!! chuck norris!!

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    George Calderon 2 years ago

    AWESOME ? FRESH WATER

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    MeMyselfAndZombies 2 years ago

    I got excited for a sec… then you said Fresh D: but i understand

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    Paul Lieu 2 years ago

    Hey Thomas I thought the loop led lighting was made for salt water aquariums is it good for freshwater tanks?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      It is heavy in the blue spectrum because it is geared for reef, but that doesn't at all mean it isn't usable for fresh. Especially if you are planning to go Africans since most prefer a bluer 'saltwater look' for African Cichlid tanks. The fact that the blues are on their own channel allowing you to dim them and tune the spectrum to your preferred needs makes the fixture quite versatile. If they ever make a Satellite IC light for the loop system, I may add that as well.

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    Fluffy Wolf 2 years ago

    If I had a tank that big as an option, I'd have it as a wall insert and fill it with oscars <3

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    The TYTLE Advance 2 years ago

    Great Video Man…Looking forward to the Freshwater Tank

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    Nicole Lopresto 2 years ago

    I love these videos!! Can't wait till next week ☺

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      +Nicole Lopresto We love that you're loving them, and we hate to disappoint but there won't be a new vid until the New Year!

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    Justin Loitz 2 years ago

    a proper contracter would clean up there mess and leave the space exactly as they found it

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      +Justin Loitz Which is just what Parge Plus did! The place was left just as they found it (except for the awesome new platform, of course). They're great.

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      Lawrence Winfield 2 years ago

      Justin Loitz blah blah blah!!

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    Siamese Fighters 2 years ago

    yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! freshwater

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    BeBop1211 2 years ago

    Does the the bubble in the carpenters level have to be exactly in the middle or can it be slightly of?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Best that it is dead center, but a slight variance can be ok depending on the aquariums size and the true level of the tank. A cheap level may actually read slightly off.

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    Richard James 2 years ago

    Man I'm so glad you went Freshwater!

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    junle ang 2 years ago

    freshwater??? i shall stop watching this series????

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      That's a shame… True aquarists love both fresh and salt 😉

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    junle ang 2 years ago

    freshwater is ugly, pretty much for me??

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    Paul Sam 2 years ago

    Great Choice!!! Chiclids? Good Luck

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    Dusty Mitchell 2 years ago

    Called it :)!!!!

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    busy313 2 years ago

    I'm glad you went fresh water now i can see how an what your going to do with the sump

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    AQUA NUT 2 years ago

    awesome man i was wondering how you would fix the floor. excited to see what you come up with

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Thanks brother! I still have to do that video you nominated me to do. Where are the questions listed? I might hammer that out just before Jan 1st. Been a hectic holiday season!

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      AQUA NUT 2 years ago

      Oh i can throw you the questions man. 1. How did you get into the hobby?
      2. What is your favorite fish?
      3. What is your least favorite fish?
      4. What filter do you use?
      5. What lighting do you use?
      6. Favorite type of tank setup?
      7. What is your dream tank?
      8. What food do you use?
      9. What is your dream fish?
      10. Tag 3 more people to answer the questions

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Thanks brother!

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    Rosco's Reef with Scott 2 years ago

    disappointed that your not going salt but totally get it. looking forward to the rest of the build.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      For this tank, yeah… but I will do a saltwater build shortly after we conclude this series. 🙂

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    Beefreef 2 years ago

    Please help. My mollies bred like crazy in my 20 gallon tank and now there are around 30 of them. I have a juvenile convict cichlid in there with them (yes I know it wasn't the smartest thing to do) and I'm afraid his growth may be stunted due to an overstocked tank.The convict is territorial so the mollies stay at the top of the tank. I am waiting for the owner of my lfs so I can trade in the mollies.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Good call to trade in the mollies and give your convict some space!

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    berobinson82 2 years ago

    Yay freshwater!

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    TheFakeDadeMurphy 2 years ago

    African Cichlids…. would be great!!!

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    John Daly 2 years ago

    Good choice on freshwater!! Changing the outlet behind the tank over to GFCI would be another good idea for safety. The paneling looks beautiful behind the tank and will help the colors 'pop' like nothing else when it's full. You could have been a network television producer with the way you're creating these cliffhangers leading into the next video!

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Thanks John! The outlet behind the tank is also GFCI – changed them at the same time actually!

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    Ксения Ковалевская 2 years ago

    Big Al says dogs can't look up!

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    venflo studio 2 years ago

    am having a gold fish tank and am having filters too. but most of the time it looks cloudy why is it so

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Sounds like new-tank syndrome. How long has it been set up? whats size is the tank, how many goldfish are in it, and how large are they? Have you recently cleaned the filter or done a big water change?

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      venflo studio 2 years ago

      it's a 40 gallon aquarium it's been a month already and it has 6 goldfish.I didn't cleaned my filter but am doing a 50% water change a week

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Are they adult goldfish? It this stage, I'd recommend adding a bacterial booster like Seachem Stability every week after the water change. Use enough additive for the 20 gallons you remove (should be 4 caps, but double check the instructions on the bottle).

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      venflo studio 2 years ago

      they are neither adults nor babies.but as per ur Rply it seems the pblm is due to lack of beneficial bacteria right?? here after I add it during my water change thank you dude

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      My pleasure!

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    riju dey 2 years ago

    Can i use sunlight in my planted aquarium as a source of light for the plants and have no algae or vry less algae when my tank is balanced or i need to use artificial lights???

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      riju dey 2 years ago

      +Thomas B thanx

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Anytime!

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      riju dey 2 years ago

      +Thomas B Can you suggest me any video on how to get rid of some algeas i got due to sunlight as i m shifting to artificial lights now

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      We haven't done anything specifically on algae yet, but for freshwater, I highly recommend baby bushynose plecos, oto cats, zebra nerite snails, and amano shrimp for natural algae removal. Also, keep your tank away from natural sunlight, and don't light your aquarium for longer than 10 hours a day if you have live plants, or 6-8 hours a day if you do not have live plants.

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      riju dey 2 years ago

      +Thomas B Okk thank you soo soo much for the help and fast replies liked your videos too

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    BrianBeamers 2 years ago

    come on Thomas, you are killing me with this wait

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    Itz Tayo 2 years ago

    The guy rick is my step dad ??

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    Cindy C 2 years ago

    Thank you SO much for the step by step video's and giving options instead of you must do it this way. Can't wait to watch what's next. Also, the contractors were so professional, nice and helpful.

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    abdullah ahmed 2 years ago

    Such a beautiful tank for "freshwater" :/

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    Lawrence Winfield 2 years ago

    nice!!

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    Sarkazmo Loafy 2 years ago

    You should've had them tie into the floor drain so you could have an under-tank drain for super easy water changes. It would've cost more, of course, but considering the mess that was made already it might've been good to get it all done at one time.

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    Sarkazmo Loafy 2 years ago

    You should've had them tie into the floor drain so you could have an under-tank drain for super easy water changes. It would've cost more, of course, but considering the mess that was made already it might've been good to get it all done at one time.

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    wyzemann 2 years ago

    Thomas, you are displaying borderline neat freak/OCD qualities, damn, I sooo respect you more!

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    wyzemann 2 years ago

    Thomas, you are displaying borderline neat freak/OCD qualities, damn, I sooo respect you more!

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    Davis Mcmoney 1 year ago

    Pretty stupid grinding concrete without a respirator and proper ventilation.

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    Davis Mcmoney 1 year ago

    Pretty stupid grinding concrete without a respirator and proper ventilation.

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    Fresh Falcon 1 year ago

    Another impressive video. But I think this has scared me off fish keeping for life. That was a major renovation!!!

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    Fresh Falcon 1 year ago

    Another impressive video. But I think this has scared me off fish keeping for life. That was a major renovation!!!

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    I love how everyone is working in socks

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    I love how everyone is working in socks

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    lucio martinez 9 months ago

    Talk about a hot box ????