Mega-Build Series Ep 06 – Sorting Out the Circulation (Video)

Thomas walks us through his decisions for circulation in this 265g Marineland Corner-Flo Aquarium! Do NOT judge him!!!

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Mega-Build Series Ep 06 – Sorting Out the Circulation (Video)

    1. Thomas B

      Thanks brother!
      I am really excited to get this beast wet tested and play around with the Loop system. I haven't seen them in action yet, and I have high hopes!

      Reply
    2. AQUA NUT

      Oh yeah i think it will work great Thomas. I will be looking into getting a few of them wave makers for some of my tanks if I like what I see.

      Reply
  1. Cole Schramm

    Looking good, Thomas! Great choice going with more pumps inside the aquarium. I think I'm going to add one to each side of my 265 down lower, closer to the substrate. I get plenty of flow up high using the supplied dual Loc-Line nozzles, but the flow is somewhat lacking down lower. Keep up the great work and can't wait to see this beast up and running!

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      I hear you, 30" tall tank, 7 feet long, easy to lack flow. A couple solid pumps will do you wonders with nutrient export and oxygenation. Thanks a ton!

      Reply
  2. Steven Fay

    When are you planning on doing the decoration episode (like what episode is that planned for)? And when will Episode 7 come out..

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      EP7 should be out next Friday, maybe a day or two sooner! Decor episode is hopefully #8, but possibly #9. My goal is fish by #10!

      Reply
    1. Natural Vivaria

      Jose Perez he explained why he likes the products which is basically what he has done in every episode. I guess I just don't see how it is any more like a commercial than the episode on filtration or the tank itself.

      Reply
    2. Thomas B

      Hey Jose!
      Just so happened that I wanted to round out my Loop system; not at all meant to feel like a commercial. I always try to fully explain why I picked the equipment I use, and give a good rundown of the features. In this episode it is all Current USA products. I guess you were hoping I'd go with different brands for every component? Sometimes I do, other times I like to work within a system of products. πŸ™‚

      Reply
    3. Jose Perez

      I don't care for brands, but to me this sounded like that. The first 5 didn't sound like that. Like I said to me personally

      Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Overdoing, no. Can you use a canister on its own? Sure, definitely. However, going sump with freshwater is quite beneficial.

      Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Yep! I set it up in a way that would easily convert if I ever decide to switch. Given I wasn't sure what direction I was going at first, I kind of just made it compatible with either.

      Reply
  3. ALAPINO

    You've made a lot of great videos (both you, individually, and as a company) but for some reason I'm extra enthralled with this series.

    Perhaps it's tapping into the "fantasy" build we all have in the corner of our minds.

    Fantastic!!! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thomas B

      Thanks so much! Really do our best to bring entertaining and informative videos to our subs. Always great to hear we are hitting the mark πŸ™‚ Keep on Tankin'

      Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Not nearly that long! I agree though, it could have been set up already if I wasn't filming each step (once a week) and waiting on new release products to come out (eFlux DC Flow Pump).

      Reply
  4. Billy Villacis

    Oh man, I wasn't done drooling over the lighting setup you chose AND THEN YOU WHIP OUT THOSE EPIC PUMPS?! Man, this series is really making me crave a megatank. SOON!!!!

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      I've been having a blast getting this beast going – the video we shot today (release next week) was one of my favorites so far!

      Reply
    1. SIMPLE AQUATICS

      Hey Thomas im recently starting a 75 gallon saltwater reef tank n i would like for you to guide me through this well becouse your the best at what you do …and also im thinking about using aquaforest reef salt. What do you recommend i do?? Thanks in advance

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    1. SIMPLE AQUATICS

      Hey Thomas im recently starting a 75 gallon saltwater reef tank n i would like for you to guide me through this well becouse your the best at what you do …and also im thinking about using aquaforest reef salt. What do you recommend i do?? Thanks in advance

      Reply
  5. Sacred Wisp

    do you think a 57 gallon 48" long tank need a circulation pump? currently I have an aquaclear 70 and a hydro 80 gallon sponge filter.

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Whether or not a tank needs a circulation pump depends on a lot of factors. The best way for me to put it, is that if you have areas of your tank where detritus likes to settle, than adding a small circulation pump pointed at that area will help prevent that from happening. Also, if you find the surface of your aquarium doesn't ripple very much (is stagnant or still) than a circulation pump in the aquarium pointed towards the surface will help with oxygenation.

      Given you have a pretty decent sized hang-on filter, along with an air driven sponge filter, chances are the surface of your aquarium is already moving quite a bit, so maybe just focus on any dead spots near the bottom of the tank. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  6. Sacred Wisp

    do you think a 57 gallon 48" long tank need a circulation pump? currently I have an aquaclear 70 and a hydro 80 gallon sponge filter.

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Whether or not a tank needs a circulation pump depends on a lot of factors. The best way for me to put it, is that if you have areas of your tank where detritus likes to settle, than adding a small circulation pump pointed at that area will help prevent that from happening. Also, if you find the surface of your aquarium doesn't ripple very much (is stagnant or still) than a circulation pump in the aquarium pointed towards the surface will help with oxygenation.

      Given you have a pretty decent sized hang-on filter, along with an air driven sponge filter, chances are the surface of your aquarium is already moving quite a bit, so maybe just focus on any dead spots near the bottom of the tank. πŸ™‚

      Reply
    1. TheFakeDadeMurphy

      Well it would make sense for the tank setup thus far. Would be very active and extremely beautiful for the play room as well. Also Cichlids are becoming very popular again. You may be right that it is just stock footage, but I can hope.

      Reply
    1. TheFakeDadeMurphy

      Well it would make sense for the tank setup thus far. Would be very active and extremely beautiful for the play room as well. Also Cichlids are becoming very popular again. You may be right that it is just stock footage, but I can hope.

      Reply
  7. Ryan R.

    Gawd! Why do these things come out after I plumb my big tanks! Soooo cool! Is Big Al's planning on carrying these pumps?

    Reply
  8. Ryan R.

    Gawd! Why do these things come out after I plumb my big tanks! Soooo cool! Is Big Al's planning on carrying these pumps?

    Reply
    1. Clayton Jessup

      Thomas B that's very true I am really liking the Rossmonts right now I love the fact that you buy pumps , then when you are ready you buy the Waver and then upgrade is complete.. very simple to me . I have always loved Ecotech as well just the price is crazy for them… there just are a lot of good pumps out there it's really hard to chose sometimes …

      Reply
    2. Clayton Jessup

      Thomas B , hey I am looking at the Current USA Orbit IC system , I am I am trying to figure out what I need . I am thinking I am going to need two lighting units , two pumps , the the return pump . What exactly did you buy so I can kinda figure out my purchases if I go this route . I hope I am not asking t much of you …
      thanks again

      Reply
    3. Thomas B

      So basically what you need are an IC light system (loop controller & IC hub is included), eFlux Wave Pump Kit (Pump, Pump hub, LED display & pump remote included), eFlux Accessory pump (add-on pump without extras), and eFlux DC Flow Pump (DC pump hub included).

      That will give you everything you need in terms of equipment to get the system all linked up.
      You can always get the hinge mount kit x 2 for mounting all of the hubs, controller, and led display etc.
      Also, if your tank trim is less than 1" wide, the light mounts are perfect for a pair of IC lights and I highly recommend them.

      And no worries; I'm here to help!

      Reply
    4. Clayton Jessup

      Ok thank you , it seems like Alot of equipment so I am still trying to decide what route I want to go .. so that a major issue. Its just hare there are so many pumps and lighting systems out there now days.

      Reply
    5. Thomas B

      It can really be confusing for newer or less seasoned hobbyists. I will say though, you can make a successful system with both the most advanced and expensive equipment, or the more simple and cost effective equipment. It comes down to what you want to spend, and how hands-on you want to be with your aquarium.

      So far, the Loop system is one of the most affordable controllable options out there. If you have a tall tank, or want to keep really high light corals like SPS, you may want to go over to a more powerful lighting system like AI, or Radion. But if you have an average height aquarium (18" – 24") and want to keep LPS and Soft corals, or a shorter aquarium (12" – 18") and want to keep SPS, the Loop system is going to be fantastic. I'd even use the eFlux Wave and DC pumps on a system with a different lighting system. They just work really well for the price range.

      Reply
    1. Clayton Jessup

      Thomas B that's very true I am really liking the Rossmonts right now I love the fact that you buy pumps , then when you are ready you buy the Waver and then upgrade is complete.. very simple to me . I have always loved Ecotech as well just the price is crazy for them… there just are a lot of good pumps out there it's really hard to chose sometimes …

      Reply
    2. Clayton Jessup

      Thomas B , hey I am looking at the Current USA Orbit IC system , I am I am trying to figure out what I need . I am thinking I am going to need two lighting units , two pumps , the the return pump . What exactly did you buy so I can kinda figure out my purchases if I go this route . I hope I am not asking t much of you …
      thanks again

      Reply
    3. Thomas B

      So basically what you need are an IC light system (loop controller & IC hub is included), eFlux Wave Pump Kit (Pump, Pump hub, LED display & pump remote included), eFlux Accessory pump (add-on pump without extras), and eFlux DC Flow Pump (DC pump hub included).

      That will give you everything you need in terms of equipment to get the system all linked up.
      You can always get the hinge mount kit x 2 for mounting all of the hubs, controller, and led display etc.
      Also, if your tank trim is less than 1" wide, the light mounts are perfect for a pair of IC lights and I highly recommend them.

      And no worries; I'm here to help!

      Reply
    4. Clayton Jessup

      Ok thank you , it seems like Alot of equipment so I am still trying to decide what route I want to go .. so that a major issue. Its just hare there are so many pumps and lighting systems out there now days.

      Reply
    5. Thomas B

      It can really be confusing for newer or less seasoned hobbyists. I will say though, you can make a successful system with both the most advanced and expensive equipment, or the more simple and cost effective equipment. It comes down to what you want to spend, and how hands-on you want to be with your aquarium.

      So far, the Loop system is one of the most affordable controllable options out there. If you have a tall tank, or want to keep really high light corals like SPS, you may want to go over to a more powerful lighting system like AI, or Radion. But if you have an average height aquarium (18" – 24") and want to keep LPS and Soft corals, or a shorter aquarium (12" – 18") and want to keep SPS, the Loop system is going to be fantastic. I'd even use the eFlux Wave and DC pumps on a system with a different lighting system. They just work really well for the price range.

      Reply
  9. Yves Daigle

    Beautiful tank I will just live my dreams watching your video lol,,, I notice the cost below for the Tank, Stand, and Canopy, I would be curious on the total cost of the tank equipment once your done.

    Reply
  10. Yves Daigle

    Beautiful tank I will just live my dreams watching your video lol,,, I notice the cost below for the Tank, Stand, and Canopy, I would be curious on the total cost of the tank equipment once your done.

    Reply
  11. Allen Sloan

    Hey Thomas. Enjoying the build alot. Quick question regarding your tubing challenge. You mention getting silicone tubing and putting a clamp on it. Does Big Al's sell tubing clamps? I have some silicone tubing connections that I would love to securely clamp but i have not found the clamps to purchase. Thanks!

    Reply
  12. Allen Sloan

    Hey Thomas. Enjoying the build alot. Quick question regarding your tubing challenge. You mention getting silicone tubing and putting a clamp on it. Does Big Al's sell tubing clamps? I have some silicone tubing connections that I would love to securely clamp but i have not found the clamps to purchase. Thanks!

    Reply
  13. BrianBeamers

    hey everyone, I just got, from a friend, a Marineland Maxi-jet 600. I plan to use it for circulation in my 125 gallon freshwater community tank. I have never use one before. so what I'm asking is do I leave it on 24/7? I have searched it and can not find anything on weather how long to run them. hope you guys/gals can help me out.

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Typically I let them run 24/7 unless it is too strong for your fish, in which case 10-15 minutes a day near the bottom of the tank to stir up detritus.
      If you have the alternative impellar and housing to use it as a flow/wave pump rather than a standard powerhead, that is what I recommend using since it is a higher GPH but more widespread and gentle flow. You can always point it towards the surface for extra surface agitation too.

      Reply
  14. BrianBeamers

    hey everyone, I just got, from a friend, a Marineland Maxi-jet 600. I plan to use it for circulation in my 125 gallon freshwater community tank. I have never use one before. so what I'm asking is do I leave it on 24/7? I have searched it and can not find anything on weather how long to run them. hope you guys/gals can help me out.

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Typically I let them run 24/7 unless it is too strong for your fish, in which case 10-15 minutes a day near the bottom of the tank to stir up detritus.
      If you have the alternative impellar and housing to use it as a flow/wave pump rather than a standard powerhead, that is what I recommend using since it is a higher GPH but more widespread and gentle flow. You can always point it towards the surface for extra surface agitation too.

      Reply
    1. Thomas B

      They will be up online shortly! πŸ™‚
      If you call our customer service team directly 888 824 4257 they can help you place your order in advance.

      Reply
    1. Thomas B

      They will be up online shortly! πŸ™‚
      If you call our customer service team directly 888 824 4257 they can help you place your order in advance.

      Reply
  15. Alex Zafi

    awesome glad you picked he loop system…I just picked led it up for my 22 gallon nano reef tank (it's the current USA ic New LED lights system promo they had at Big Al's during boxing day that came with the eflux pump ) …all I have e to say is that I was a bit confused on how to program them but once I learned I realized they re really awesome lights and pumps and super happy I got the….enjoy them !

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  16. Alex Zafi

    awesome glad you picked he loop system…I just picked led it up for my 22 gallon nano reef tank (it's the current USA ic New LED lights system promo they had at Big Al's during boxing day that came with the eflux pump ) …all I have e to say is that I was a bit confused on how to program them but once I learned I realized they re really awesome lights and pumps and super happy I got the….enjoy them !

    Reply
  17. Adri Radzif

    Hey i have a question, Im starting a 50 gallon tank, planning to create a freshwater aquarium. Is it necessary for me to get a Powerhead Pump? If so what brand would you suggest? Affordable, good performance and quiet.

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Necessary? Not always, but a little extra flow won't hurt. Hydor Koralia pumps are fantastic for the price. They are simple, effective, quiet, and affordable. Nothing fancy, just good old gentle yet wide-spread water movement!

      Reply
  18. Adri Radzif

    Hey i have a question, Im starting a 50 gallon tank, planning to create a freshwater aquarium. Is it necessary for me to get a Powerhead Pump? If so what brand would you suggest? Affordable, good performance and quiet.

    Reply
    1. Thomas B

      Necessary? Not always, but a little extra flow won't hurt. Hydor Koralia pumps are fantastic for the price. They are simple, effective, quiet, and affordable. Nothing fancy, just good old gentle yet wide-spread water movement!

      Reply
  19. Redneck Fishtank

    dunk the hose in hot water first then put it on the hose barb. i use the same type of hose for all my aquarium and pond plumbing. first i tried a hot air gun major mistake on my part lol. but the hot water works great.

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  20. Redneck Fishtank

    dunk the hose in hot water first then put it on the hose barb. i use the same type of hose for all my aquarium and pond plumbing. first i tried a hot air gun major mistake on my part lol. but the hot water works great.

    Reply

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