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Mega-Build Series Ep 08 PART II – The Fun Continues! (Video)

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Less talking, more decorating! Thomas gets down to business on the decoration of his 265g Marineland Corner-Flo Aquarium!

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COMMENTS

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    AQUA NUT 2 years ago

    Hahaha entertaining as always Thomas. Poor Brian behind the camera going, just find a spot already. It really looks good though man can't wait to see it all setup now.

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    Shane Harris 2 years ago

    how are you going to cycle this tank?

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      Gabor P 2 years ago

      Slowly and carefully ! lol

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Not thaaat slowly… only because I already have tanks and can pull a few quick maneuvers to jump start things… which I will discuss more in Episode 10 πŸ™‚

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    Jiffy651 2 years ago

    When will you add epesode nine

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    Carol Tarantino 2 years ago

    OMG, I am loving that tank!! Maybe swap the top tall wood on the left for the larger of the small pieces on the right (if that makes sense)? Would balance the sides without making them "perfectly even" , which also never happens in Nature. Can't wait to see the rest, and you WILL provide updates periodically, hope hope wish wish. Tank you!

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I am too committed to the left side to dismantle it! hahaha but I may grab some more wood to play with.

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    Killer Strings 2 years ago

    Love these videos

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    024DJF 2 years ago

    Love it.

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    Turtles Tanks 2 years ago

    Nice video!

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    Muhammid Najieullah 2 years ago

    Thomas crying in frustration
    "The fun continues" lol

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    epicexposure 2 years ago

    I think aquascaping is the most fun out of building and setting up a tank. I know you had fun πŸ™‚ The right side looks fine. Great video!

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      True that! I had a great time with the whole thing. Feeling pretty excited that its going to be running with water and fish soon. Been a long road! Never taken this long to set up a tank before.

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    Josh Lain 2 years ago

    looking good

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    Brian Berryhill 2 years ago

    I was wondering how much did this whole setup cost?

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      Reid Smith 2 years ago

      Brian Berryhill tank and stand alone were probably $3-4k(bought them new). A 3D background of that size + custom overflow covers were probably close to $500. The light/power head set up probably $300. Probably close to $200 worth of substrate. Fx6 is about $350 Plus the sump which I'd imagine was no cheaper than $300 plus the pump was probably anywhere from $150 to $300. Still hasn't bought sump media yet or fish.

      And of course all of this goes without mentioning whatever it cost him to hire contractors to level the floor where the tank sits.

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      Gabor P 2 years ago

      Already it's over 10 000$ Just the furniture is over 5000$ he wrote back to me and told me. The end would be my guesstimation around 14-15 grand $ In Canadian ! May be more if he gets over a dozen solid colour discus and they are more then 3in in size. About a grand a dozen of those ! Mat be at the end we can ask him for the price break down eh !?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Gabor P is on point. I am already over 10K and will probably come close to 15K before its finished. We will tally it all up at the end of the series πŸ™‚

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    FishyMats 2 years ago

    Please tell me all the wood floats up out of place when he fills lol

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    Anthony Ragan 2 years ago

    How do you plan to make the wood say down when you fill the tank? Weights?

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    Joseph Jones 2 years ago

    This was the funniest video ever! Good job guys! I have a few questions, How many Angels can I safely put in a 30 gallon community tank? and would I be stupid to put red neocaridina shrimp to breed in a 10 gallon with guppies?

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      Gabor P 2 years ago

      About a half a dozen and cause the Guppies constant nibbling shrimp does poorly with guppies ! Especially the baby guppies and the baby shrimps !

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      At adult size, only a pair of angels will comfortably fit in a 30 gallon, if that. I had a nice pair of adults in a 45 cube and they seemed to just fit comfortably (and bred). It is hard to pair up young angels, so it is common practice to start with 4-6 young angels, and then separate them as they pair off. I would agree that guppies and shrimp don't always do well together. Better off with small tetras and shrimp. If you are trying to breed the shrimp, they do best on their own. πŸ™‚

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      Joseph Jones 2 years ago

      +Gabor P +Thomas BΒ Thank you! I got a bad algae spike in my shrimp tank, I cant remember what that is.

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      Gabor P 2 years ago

      +Joseph Jones Not hard cause there is about 5-6 different common species of algae can be. But there are some other videos and books and pictures to help identify and treat it accordingly. Good luck.

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    Cole Schramm 2 years ago

    Holy cow…that looks awesome, Thomas! That background is killer and the substrate and driftwood are amazing. We are our own worst critics…especially when it comes to decorating our tanks. The fish are going to feel like they are back in the Amazon….or whatever river system you have decided.

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    Void Entertainment 2 years ago

    Love how fast the video came out! πŸ™‚

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Tried to expedite the process since it is technically part 2 of last weeks episode!

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    George Calderon 2 years ago

    awesome video???

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    Dee From Brooklyn 2 years ago

    Too funny. . I could get a school of a hundred rummy nose in there. .

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Only a hundred? I was thinking two hundred! And then a hundred Cardinals! haha

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    Vanessa Baron 2 years ago

    Really like this series! So fun!

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    Tyrell Taylor 2 years ago

    Nice really enjoyed your video. Wasn't looking for it so soon

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Thanks! We tried to release Episode 8 part 1 & 2 close together since it was technically the same episode.

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    Tyrell Taylor 2 years ago

    give me some really great ideas

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    SuperSingerJay 2 years ago

    My pet lizard would envy this tank setup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Gabor P 2 years ago

      Yeah like a dried out riverbed ! I can see what you see ! It could work, with a little more bigger rocks and more wood !

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      What kind of lizard? I've kept quite a few myself over the years πŸ™‚

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      SuperSingerJay 2 years ago

      i have a yellow Leopard gecko

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    Reid Smith 2 years ago

    Suggestion. On the right side of the tank, take that y shaped piece of fake wood and prop it on on one of the bigger fake rocks with the y-end elevated towards the center of the tank, then take the spider wood and build on top of that or on either side

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    hotrodvdub 2 years ago

    Episode 8? Seriously feels like episode 32.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      That is because we back 4 episodes worth of information into a single episode!

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    Is9 five 2 years ago

    I thought he was going to fill it with water this episode ??

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    123 123 2 years ago

    Looks awesome

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    Starlin Stephens 2 years ago

    AmazingΒ  build

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    x Mottify x 2 years ago

    i hate aquascaping lol

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    BrianBeamers 2 years ago

    most rockin episode yet… my wife makes fun of me when I decorate my tank. she always says "the fish don't care". lol

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Hahahaha, maybe she is right… OR maybe they care a lot! Can't really ask them so I guess we will never know >__>

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    Ryan Vollmer 2 years ago

    How do the hollow rocks stay down? or do they have a hole or something in them to let water in?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I will flip them over as the tank fills to make sure they get filled completely.

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    David Perrin 2 years ago

    Looks great can guess what fish lake Malawi ?

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    busy313 2 years ago

    tank just saying cichilds fish all over it ….its a very nice tank like the way it looks

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    Jena Tucker Aquariums 2 years ago

    Just Beautiful!! Your so funny!!!

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    CichlidGuy915 2 years ago

    Tank is looking amazing! good job!

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    Dee From Brooklyn 2 years ago

    Sweet..

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    Mr Aquarium95 2 years ago

    So inspirational really enjoy watching these videos οΏΌ

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      Glad to hear it– we really enjoying making them πŸ™‚ Keep On Tankin!

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      Mr Aquarium95 2 years ago

      Big Al's wanna see what you going to put in the sump and FX6 can't wait

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    Undead 2 years ago

    Why no plants? :c

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      I want uber low maintenance… plants = maintenance… πŸ™
      I am considering some anubias on the driftwood in the future. We shall see.

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    Ewan Marshall 2 years ago

    Thomas always has the coolest t-shirts

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    Mathias Pedersen 2 years ago

    Yoo m8! What did it all cost? Its starting looking pretty cool.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Lots and lots haha. We will recap the cost at the end of the series πŸ™‚

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    dabbin bros 2 years ago

    It looks more like a terrarium now

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      You haven't seen enough aquariums, my friend! Try imagining it with water πŸ˜‰

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    Hopping Houdini 2 years ago

    My science class at school has set up a new fish tank this week. I gave them all the necessary information and advice to maintain the aquarium and such since I learned all the proper care for my own fish tank at home prior to doing the one at school. However, we added the filter a day after we put in the water (due to the act we had the wrong filter cartridge size for our filter) and live bacteria. Will this disrupt the nitrogen cycle? And how can we fix it? (Add more live bacteria, re-fill the tank and start over?)

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Nope, the cycle will only start once you get some ammonia in there (either via adding a few fish, or by adding ammonia, or food).

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    Cichlids?

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    It almost looks like a gecko terrarium

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Funny that; a few folks had a similar thing to say about it. πŸ™‚

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    I hope discus. love them

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    Lagenda Zam 2 years ago

    i wish i will have a background like yours someday ????

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    Jeremy McReynolds 2 years ago

    Where did you get the faux rock?

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    David Perrin 2 years ago

    Seen on the net .cool fish for a big tank .tin foil barbs .clown loach.and silver tip sharks also fire eel. Large plec .catfish.

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    David Perrin 2 years ago

    Up Side down cat

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    Jasleen Bansal 2 years ago

    Hey Thomas b. When will part 9 be online?

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    Jasleen Bansal 2 years ago

    Great decorating too. I will try something like that some time

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    Nerd voice tells STORIES 2 years ago

    So…Thomas my fish has I ick what should I do ?

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    Francisco Javier Garcia Castro 2 years ago

    Jajaja me encantan tus videos los haces muy amenos

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    KWEKU ADU-GYAMFI 2 years ago

    Thomas where did you get the individually controlled power strip bar?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Amazon carries them! ADJ PC-100A 8 Channel Power Center.

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    Ryan R. 2 years ago

    Hoping the hollow decor doesn't get gacked up and go anoxic underneath. I gave up on faux decor years ago for just this reason.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Only an issue if you forget it exists πŸ˜‰
      Gravel vacuuming around them will cause the water under the stones, background, etc to get pulled out. Nothing is so tightly stacked against glass that you can't remove the water easily.

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      Ryan R. 2 years ago

      Fair enough. The whole joy of using sand is not having to gravel vac! πŸ˜›

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Hahaha… Well I still have gravel in there too!

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    Br Wheeler 2 years ago

    when is the next episode coming I'm loving this series of videos only thing is could do with being abit longer

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Thanks, Br Wheeler! Do you mean the episodes should be longer, or the series itself?

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      Br Wheeler 2 years ago

      Thomas B both I love the series u are doing wen will the nxt episode be on here

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Should be out today!

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    Chris Gaddis 2 years ago

    when is nine coming out? can't wait to see it finished.

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    Jordan Williamson 2 years ago

    When's the next video

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    Daniel Sicilia 2 years ago

    I watched episode 9 on Wednesday night and now it's gone? What happened? I'm really enjoying this series and have learned a lot about setting up new tanks. I just set up a new 75 gallon – thanks for all the tips Thomas!!!

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      It's still up– not sure why you weren't able to find it! https://youtu.be/XM7ROtxc_-4

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      Daniel Sicilia 2 years ago

      Big Al's yeah I saw it again the next day. Weird. But great stuff regardless!!

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      Daniel Sicilia 2 years ago

      When I go to the playlist section of your page and then to the mega build series playlist…you don't see all of the videos but if you just go under the all videos section you see them all. I think it's youtube not you guys. That's what I mean by weird.

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    Joel Gonzales 2 years ago

    Entertaining ep as always! I myself is not a fan of "unnatural" decors, but given the things I've seen seems more economical, looks awesome and I am now having second thoughts of why not?

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      A purist! We also LOVE purely natural decors, but sometimes it makes more sense for it to LOOK natural at a fraction of the time/cost. What kind of aquarium do you keep, Joel?

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    Sarkazmo Loafy 2 years ago

    +Big Al's What happened to the video before this one that was deleted?

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    Hello There 2 years ago

    $15,000 tank. thing is awesome though. really enjoyed this series. can you please please open a store in Saskatoon πŸ™‚ we have nothing good here!!!

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    Hello There 2 years ago

    fill bags with sand and drape over branches to hold em down