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

Our Mega-Build was brought to a grinding halt thanks to the uneven basement floor– what was the best option to level it?

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

    1. Thomas B

      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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    2. SIMPLE AQUATICS

      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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  1. ALAPINO

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    2. Joe's Reef

      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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  2. Richard Stock

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    2. Thomas B

      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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  3. Cole Schramm

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  4. Joseph Jones

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    2. Joseph Jones

      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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    1. AQUA TV

      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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  5. Sonny Manansala

    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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  6. Yves Daigle

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  7. wereboarder2009

    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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  8. D Leal

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  9. Joe H

    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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  10. Anthony Ragan

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    1. Big Al's

      +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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    1. Big Al's

      +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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  11. Siamese Fighters

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

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    1. Thomas B

      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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    2. AQUA NUT

      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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  12. Beefreef

    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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  13. John Daly

    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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  14. venflo studio

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    2. venflo studio

      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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    3. Thomas B

      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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    4. venflo studio

      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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  15. riju dey

    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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    1. riju dey

      +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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    2. Thomas B

      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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  16. Cindy C

    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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  17. Sarkazmo Loafy

    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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  18. Sarkazmo Loafy

    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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  19. Fresh Falcon

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

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  20. Fresh Falcon

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

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