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

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

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

  1. AQUA NUT

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  2. Carol Tarantino

    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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  3. epicexposure

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    1. Reid Smith

      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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    2. Gabor P

      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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    3. Thomas B

      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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  4. Joseph Jones

    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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    1. Gabor P

      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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    2. Thomas B

      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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    3. Gabor P

      +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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  5. Cole Schramm

    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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    1. Gabor P

      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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  6. Reid Smith

    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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  7. BrianBeamers

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  8. Hopping Houdini

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  9. David Perrin

    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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  10. Ryan R.

    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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    1. Thomas B

      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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  11. Daniel Sicilia

    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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    1. Daniel Sicilia

      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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  12. Joel Gonzales

    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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    1. Big Al's

      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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  13. Hello There

    $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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