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Mega-Build Series Ep 08 PART I – The Fun Part (Video)

Now that the tank passed its wet-test with flying colors, Thomas can begin the fun part-- decorating! In PART I, Thomas gives his reasoning for the de

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Now that the tank passed its wet-test with flying colors, Thomas can begin the fun part– decorating! In PART I, Thomas gives his reasoning for the decorations and background he chose!

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    TheGamingTaco 1 year ago

    omg, thanks thomas πŸ˜€

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    ALAPINO 1 year ago

    YESH, THOMASH!!! πŸ˜€

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    Jonathan Azenon 1 year ago

    When can I move guppy fry

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      IŹŹY MØNTANA 1 year ago

      Jonathan Azenon when they're approx a month old. If you intend to move with other fish that is. I normally move them into they're own tank I notice they grow bigger faster when they're in they're own aquarium .. from my experience that is

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Solid answer; I would tend to agree.

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    Thomas Syrett 1 year ago

    1st

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    SoccerMoose 1 year ago

    Sick background

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    Cavitae Productions 1 year ago

    Are you using real plants?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Unlikely; no plans at this stage for live plants.

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      He would have used different substrate like eco complete etc. No I think he would go for some south American cichlids ! Those would destroy the plants. That is why the rocks and the wood !

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    Ben Arthur 1 year ago

    This was worth watching if only for the very last line XD

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      I find it funny also. Thomas as almost all serious aquarists watching Joey and be happy as a kid when he got his rays and the 7-8in red Asian arrowana. lol

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    Donald Holben 1 year ago

    all talk nothing gets done.

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      Keon Bell 1 year ago

      Jena Tucker right after 8 episodes u still haven't set up ur aquarium

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      Patience ! It's also a tease. Like when you get a new tank you should wait like 2-3 weeks by the time cycled in and ready for fish right ? I know 99.999999999% people gets the fish and the tank and the equipment and take it home and set it up right away. Well goes to show how many people really fallowing through the right way with patience cause so far it's well over 10 000$ and you don't want to fail right away and throw money away cause you weren't patience right ? lol Ok a side be serious if any beginner watching this and fallow it like this, as it should be right …..? By the end of February you'll see the whole thing with the fishes and may be even the first update too ! As we all know patience is the key as you getting ready to breed discus ! lol

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Thanks Gabor P for that great reply!
      At the end of the day, Brian (the producer) and I have to film each and every step, and we can only film once a week, so you can imagine why it is taking as long as it is.
      Maybe I went a bit overboard with my explanation of product selection on this episode, but I really want to let the new aquarists know why it is I do what I do, and where my train of thought is heading with each decision. It is supposed to be an informative series, as well as entertaining.

      The next episode has very little talking by comparison; almost all doing!
      Thanks for sticking with me, folks!

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      Jena Tucker Aquariums 1 year ago

      Thomas B we understand, just giving you a hard time.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I can appreciate that… hahaha πŸ˜›

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    Void Entertainment 1 year ago

    Upload moreee. Love watching this channel

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Working on it, and glad to hear it! πŸ˜€

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      Void Entertainment 1 year ago

      Thomas B crazy good quality videos!

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      Void Entertainment 1 year ago

      Thomas B i honestly watched like 25 videos last night before i went to bed

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    AQUA NUT 1 year ago

    How could you not have fish in that tank yet lol

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I am rocking in the corner murmuring to myself on a daily basis…

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      AQUA NUT 1 year ago

      Thomas B Hahaha really? i figured it was already setup and you guys were just slowly releasing videos. Damn eh! You really must be going crazy then with anticipation. The background does look sick man cant wait to see it all setup.

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      Well that is the point ! The tease and the anticipation make you come back to watch the next step. lol

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    Tyrell Taylor 1 year ago

    Was looking forward for this video since yesterday

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    Stephen Stratakos 1 year ago

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE FILM YOUR NEXT VIDEO QUICK!!!!!! πŸ™‚ THUMBS UP IF U AGREE

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    kawasaki000000000000 1 year ago

    I wish there was a link in the description so I could go to the Internet and check them out

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    GoldfishCraft 1 year ago

    That Joey reference though πŸ˜›

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    Jack Zhang 1 year ago

    Each 3D is made by hands and they are all different. Understood. Why you got the worst looking piece?

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ! I think he will put south American cichlids in it that is why the wood and the rock dΓ©cor ! The back ground is perfect for that look ! I would go different, but that is me. He chose it for what he wants !

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Gabor P nailed it!
      Also keep in mind it looks quite different under aquarium lighting than it does under my warm white LED floodlights.

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    Icealote 1 year ago

    Where do you buy those shirts?

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    John Daly 1 year ago

    Thomas- I'm going to recommend watching The Green Machine channel and see how James Findley's crew narrates their aquascapes. I think it's extremely effective even though they sell Amano's ADA product line, which is comically expensive. Your product notes are wonderful, and they would mean even more if shown during construction with frequent before/after flash-backs and flash-forwards. Mostly, I'm just really looking forward to the finished product and this video was a tease. Let's go!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I've actually watched quite a few of those aquascapes and they are quite beautiful. Not exactly our style for filming, and although it is super effective, I seriously don't work that methodically with the placement of each element in the tank, so it wouldn't exactly come out the same way… hahaha.

      You'll see what I mean when you watch the next episode this week πŸ™‚

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    ICOOKIE69I 1 year ago

    Why are you doing an African Cichlid tank? WHY?! (If you're going to do one, give yourself a challenge and do a planted African Cichlid tank, then that would be super unique and would be accepted by many others).

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      I don't think he goes for Africans cause it's boring like the saltwater or reef set up. I think he goes for south American cichlids !

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      ICOOKIE69I 1 year ago

      Don't know if you're a beginner or you just haven't gone deeper with the hobby. It's kinda weird to have a 3D rock background but no African Cichlids.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Saltwater will come down the road! πŸ˜€
      Won't be my last build series.

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      ICOOKIE69I 1 year ago

      Oh, in that case, I'm really excited. I'm still excited for this build too, I just thought it was going to be an African Cichlid tank (which I despise having it as your centerpiece tank).

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Not sure if it will be on this channel or my own – really depends on how I go about it. Not sure if you're subbed to my channel as well, but I am building it up slowly. πŸ™‚

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    clarkecraftg animals 1 year ago

    great vid thomas

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Thank you! I jabbered on quite a bit, but I am glad so many of you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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    Nathan Bowers 1 year ago

    Ha ha "who wants a tank with nothing in it but a fish…. Other than Joey

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      You cut that one at the end eh ?Β  Many people do and almost all watching Joey too so we know so does Thomas ! lol

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Yep! Love Joey's channel. Great guy!

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    Andrew Fierro 1 year ago

    i thought you were doing saltwater????

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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      It was a tough choice, but in the end, freshwater was the way he needed to go!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Yep… Freshwater for this beast – saltwater for the next build! πŸ˜€

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    Cindy C 1 year ago

    Does Brian your camera guy have a tank too? I can not wait to see the next episode. Using the different substrates will make it POP ? Thank you!!

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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      Brian doesn't have an aquarium, but does have a pet milksnake!

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    Yves Daigle 1 year ago

    Great video as usual. Really love the background will have to check out that company.

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    Paul Sam 1 year ago

    Great stuff you had me excited. great choices. can you add a link in the next video to aqua decor or put it here if you have to time. looking for a 3d background and I like that it's rubber. thanks

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    Reid Smith 1 year ago

    I feel like it's going to be angels or geophagus

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    MN Silver 1 year ago

    we are all excited to see the next video!!! thanks!!!!

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    Ricardo Junqueira 1 year ago

    Oh great! Now we have to wait a decade for the next episode?! PLEASE DONT!!!
    Do some live streaming of you guys setting this up!

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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      Part II is already shot, and will be posted early next week πŸ™‚ Working on a live-stream in the near future! Thanks for the feedback, Ricardo!

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    Cole Schramm 1 year ago

    Looking good, Thomas! I love the choice of background, rocks, and driftwood. I'm thinking there's an off chance you might be going South American tank with this build. That's what we have in our 265, so I'm partial to that locale and fish. Either way, this video series is perfect. Keep up the great work!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Thanks, Cole! Can I see some pics or a vid of your 265?

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      Cole Schramm 1 year ago

      Thomas B I just have the one video on my channel of the 265. It's more of a video focused on the silver dollars, but you can see some of the other tank inhabitants. I'm going to try and get some more videos taken over the next couple weeks.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Beautiful geos and silver dollars!

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      Cole Schramm 1 year ago

      Thomas B Thank you! The silver dollars really are the show pieces in that tank. The Red head Tapajos can get pretty feisty at times, like many South American cichlids, but they usually keep the squabbling to themselves.

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    Joe H 1 year ago

    Thomas, those backgrounds are amazing! I will be tracking that stuff down on my next tank I build! Can't wait for you to get feng shui with that driftwood in the next video!

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    xostrawberry21 1 year ago

    I know you are busy with this big project but one day I'd love to see some videos on taking care of fry. One of my Platies had some fry, only saved two πŸ™ but want to learn more about the care of them etc πŸ™‚

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    Anthony Burkel 1 year ago

    drift wood…nature's art…going to be amazing, can't wait to see it !

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I think it turned out pretty good πŸ™‚ can't wait to post the next vid!

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    Is9 five 1 year ago

    waiting…..

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    Anthony Ragan 1 year ago

    I haven't been impressed with 3D backgrounds, but this one looks very nice.

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      Me too I was just saying cause it's not hard sinking and bending. I think it's awesome. If it don't break down in few years like some of the plastic or acrylic then I think it's worth it (well depends on the price too cause if it's hundreds of dollars then I make my own or use other back ground may be outside one ! After all, all comes down on the price and the variety.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      They are incredible. I too have had real reservations about using 3D backgrounds over the years, mostly due to a lack of realism and longevity. Aquadecor has some absolutely incredible options that are just brilliant.

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    Venancia Vargas 1 year ago

    I can tell you're happy camper because that's how I get when I get new fish I just can't stop talking ?

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    Jennifer Lauriat 1 year ago

    Last episode you showed several types of media for your sump. it would be great to see how you ended up laying it out in the sump. Other than Bio balls and floss, there seems to be no definitive order that media should be placed. Can you speak to that a bit? These videos have been really helpful.

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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      Episode 9 will definitely have Thomas placing all the media and showing you how/why he's doing it πŸ™‚ Thanks for watching!

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    Kyle Raines 1 year ago

    Hmmm, when you said no plants I thought Africans. But then I saw all the drift wood…so now I'm not sure, Discus maybe?

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    TheFakeDadeMurphy 1 year ago

    African Cichlids. (Peacocks were my guess from the start). Based on the deco and substrate, it would be a beautiful cichlid tank. My only concern would be the large reducution in PH with all that driftwood. I have several cichlid tanks, that much wood would drop your PH to about 7-7.5. Far lower than the desired 8.2 It's fairly simple to counter with chemicals, but just makes the weekly maintenance far more involved. Without deco for several hides, I rule out Mbuna. Places for aggression, large open swimming spaces, focus on the fish not the tank, bright & colorful for daughter, freshwater, large tank w/ 3d background, natural river or lake bottom looks (very close to cichlids of Lake Malawi), 2017 is return of the Cichlids. If I am right, you can let me send you some Orange/Pink/Blue Dragon Bloods. I have been breeding them for fun for a while now. Great fish, love people at the tank watching, will follow you around the tank. My daughter loves them. AND if I am way off and wrong, well then you just read a wall of text for nothing. What am I even doing today? Oh yeah, water changes….

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      Don't get your hope up so high not going with boring Africans. He goes for better. South American cichlids ! I think !

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Seems like many folks think that Africans are they way to go! πŸ™‚ Really appreciate the offer too!

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    Jordan Williamson 1 year ago

    When's the next video can't wait

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    Joel Gonzales 1 year ago

    One, I am ready to suffer with you. Two, nice one on the last comment with Joey!!! Excited on the next step

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      Most people who fallow Joey, cut the end part too ! lol Fellow Canuck !

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    Muhammid Najieullah 1 year ago

    I love this series and how you're taking your time. It teaches new fish keepers to slowly build the tank build and to choose your equipment wisely. Because I know when I started I wanted to buy EVERYTHING at once and start the tank up the same day I fill it with water. Awesome video and awesome background!

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    Ivan Villanueva 1 year ago

    Why can't you speak less? I'm sorry Thomas next episode just do more work instead of doing nothing and talking for 5 minutes?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Thanks for the feedback! Keep in mind I am trying to tailor these videos
      to newer hobbyists as well, and in-depth explanations as to why I
      selected these items is a great way to provide more than just the basic
      information. So for many it may seem like a lengthy video (which I can
      certainly appreciate) for others it is very informative.

      I will say the next video is almost no talking and all doing, so it sort
      of balances itself out πŸ™‚

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      Ivan Villanueva 1 year ago

      Thomas B
      Ight thanks

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    Gb J 1 year ago

    that background looks amazing!! the colours are cool and it all looks very natural.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      It looks even better in the tank with the aquarium lighting over it (rather than my warm white LED pot lights)

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

    Great video, how much was the tank.?

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    dabbin bros 1 year ago

    Uh driftwood it looked so bad please don't use it

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, my friend. I quite like the branching/root style driftwood!

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    Eva B 1 year ago

    hi Thomas, love your videos. question for you. My husband has set up a Brio system in our house and my Betta lives in it along with three plecos. Every surface of the tank is covered in green algea and some of the plant leaves are a bit yellow. My husband does a water change every six months, maybe. When I pointed out the algea he got the clean up crew of snails and shrimp and I'm pretty sure they all instantly perished. What do you think? Is it possible this tank is totally OK and just kinda filthy?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Brio was touted to be a 'waterchangeless' aquarium system using hydroponics as the main source of nutrient export. I will say in concept it works well, but like any closed system, it can go out of balance if left completely unchecked. It is possible that the between the fish and the plants (which too have waste in the form of dead / shed leaves) that the nutrients are climbing faster than the plants can uptake them which would lead to algae.

      Luckily, Algae isn't necessarily a bad sign as the algae itself will uptake extra nutrients, so provided it doesn't completely throw off the esthetics of the aquarium for you, it is serving a function. Algae on plant leaves is more of an issue as it can block light that the plant would benefit from. This is common on slow growing plants like anubias but can get the best of any plant if left unchecked.

      I'd suggest maybe doing more water changes, as biological processes will generally cause a drop in pH over time as acids are produced. A low pH could have caused shock to any new additions like snails and shrimp if the water they came from was neutral. The fish that are in the aquarium are probably used to the low pH as it would have happened gradually over the course of months.

      Long story short, before adding anything new, I'd suggest getting a more consistant water change schedule worked out to raise and stabilize the pH, while reducing nutrients that is likely fueling the algae growth. πŸ™‚

      Hope that helps!

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      Eva B 1 year ago

      Thomas B thanks! I'll read this to my husband. I appreciate it!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Anytime! πŸ˜€

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    Ryan R. 1 year ago

    What too many folks don't get is that sand is actually much, much easier than gravel. Who the fish gonna be?

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    Nick P 1 year ago

    is there a reason why you wouldnt line your bottom of the tank with something like egg crate Light diffuse plastic to help from stones etc touching the bottom of the glass directly??

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    neer0724 1 year ago

    Hey Thomas – Nice Build!!! You are going to love the AquaDecor Background. Check out my 265 with a Custom AquaDecor background. These look so realistic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMmfcdacop4

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    videosilva 11 months ago

    Hi, Thomas can you please send a link to the release form that you mentioned in one of your videos ? Thanks in advance.

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      Big Al's 11 months ago

      Hey there! Do you mean one of our video release forms for folks that appear in our videos?

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    Zaid Siddique 8 months ago

    I really loved the setup, do u ship this customized setup to India?

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    Nelly211506 8 months ago

    Hi, great series. Quick question about your overflow covers. Do the cover up your lower intake, or do they have slots or holes to allow water flow. Thanks. Great channel.

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      Nelly211506 8 months ago

      I saw how you did it in the next video…. looks great. Should of watched the whole series before asking questions…smh.

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    JJ Aquariums 7 months ago

    I think the unicorns would of looked better ?? jk

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    Carey Gordon 7 months ago

    Can you give me information for saltwater aquarium background

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    Marine Life 5 months ago

    Did he mean Joey from King of DIY