Mega-Build Series Ep 09 – Tying Up the Loose Ends (Video)

There’s not much left to do before introducing fish– Thomas just needs to tie up the loose ends of the build by placing in the sump media and adding the heaters!

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Mega-Build Series Ep 09 – Tying Up the Loose Ends (Video)

    1. Raesh Paddy

      +Thomas B thanks mate .. Meant a lot coming from a season practitioner and professional like you πŸ™‚ , cheers

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  1. Paul Sam

    beautiful! and very jealous I might add πŸ™‚ If u have time can u put the name of thermometer ur using. tough find a reliable one. thanks

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  2. BrianBeamers

    when this series is over I might cry lol. I can't wait for the fish… are we going with community, semi or aggressive… or a species tank? I have everything in my 125. Africa cichlids, loaches, gold fish… and everything gets along well. can't wait

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  3. Charles' Fish Tanks

    Now I really, really want to see what goes in. I'm hoping its SA themed, with altum angelfish, satanoperca eartheaters, festivum cichlids, and others. Who knows, maybe you'll get wild-caught discus?

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    1. Thomas B

      In my life? Man… I've never counted, but I'd have to say somewhere in the hundreds. I have set up many tanks for others, as well as tanks for myself, so its going to be way up there.

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  4. Matt Aquatics

    wow great tank??
    you some amazing patience to not have fish in their already. LOL
    can't wait for ep10. keep up the great work.

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  5. Michael Lawton

    Nice video and build. With all of that media I was thinking discus but your temperature suggest something else πŸ™‚

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    1. Thomas B

      The larger bag is an Eheim media bag and it comes with a reusable zip-tie. The smaller bags are just basic Seapora media bags.

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  6. JW Collect

    You should consider getting a Neptune Apex classic system, it can control almost anything. It also has a web interface and will send you an email if anything goes out of what you set it for. I have it and live it.

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    1. Thomas B

      For this tank, no real need for it. Especially since I am already running the loop system.
      I am all for one for a reef tank in the near future πŸ˜‰

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  7. Oswaldo Rabanal

    how come the fx6 is your back up? i was thinking of using that as my primary.. I am a newbie so please explain to why do the pros use the fish tank media system rather than the pre bought canister filter systems….

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    1. Thomas B

      The sump is the primary filter, so anything on top of that is considered a redundancy or backup. The FX6 is just the cherry on top of my already awesome filtration system. It is by no means a slap to the FX6, its a really great filter as a primary as well.

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    1. Mr Aquarium95

      Thomas B lol saw you didn't have a strainer and started thinking you wouldn't add it. That would be a disaster if a fish died and got sucked in πŸ™ will you show us what you've added to FX6 ? I've got one myself amazing filters ?

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    1. Thomas B

      I do like using a heater controller, but I'd probably go for a full aquarium controller that can also manage the heaters before I purchased a stand-alone heater controller.

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    2. Thomas B

      For the price it isn't bad, and my brother actually uses one for his reptile enclosure. I would rather use the Reefkeeper Lite Basic which runs about $125 but has many more functions on top of two way temp control. Mind you, if your budget isn't that steep, and you truly don't need anything other than a heater controller, the Inkbird is a great option. They also have a Heater/Chiller controller which is another great option if you need to make sure the system doesn't get too hot in the summer.

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  8. 48tomw

    I've been following this series since it started and I'm ansty as all get out and it's not even my tank! My question is,are going to seed the bio filters with a quality product like Fritzyme Turbo 700 or Colony? I always used Fritzyme because I know it works since I know an employee that works at the Ca Academy of Science(Steinhardt Aquarium) and I remember when he gave me a tour of the operations/maintenance area seeing boxes of fresh Fritzyme waiting to be added to the giant sand filters!

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    1. Thomas B

      I am actually going to be using some pre-cultured bio media from one of my other freshwater aquariums at the office, and adding that to the sump to get things going πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thomas B

      Well, only 1 episode left for the build (adding the fish)… so unless it takes me a year to decide on livestock, I think next week will likely be the end. Hahaha.

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  9. David Rocha

    Can't wait to see the final outcome this the best series ever !! Your excited ! I'm excited ! Wish I was physically there lol awesome channel one my favs ????????????

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  10. Cole Schramm

    Looking awesome, Thomas! Can't wait to see this tank full of fish….especially if it's South American themed. : )

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  11. KooL Gaming

    The fish won't mind the tannins? Ut oh. My hopes for African Cichlids is fading. I have tried driftwood in my cichlid tanks a few times, all ended with my pulling it due to flashing or having to struggle with adding rift salt. It took months before it happened but it was inevitable. Such a bummer, because it looks so great. Now I am bummed, what the hell are you putting in that beautiful tank? Come this far, guess I'll just have to wait.

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    1. Gabor P

      This was my concerned too for at least let it run in or cycle the tank minimum a week may be 2 cause it's so big. Even get like couple of feeder fish to help cycle it in ! I'm sure he will it's just the videos taking time and different days and we just see the whole built in a few minutes.

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  12. Robin Dunn

    To get the air out of the faux stones run some airline hose up under the edge and try to position it near the top. Then just suck out the air, and that will draw the water up into the cavity of the stone. Then just pull the airline out and move on to the next stone.

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    1. Thomas B

      Sounds like a lot of work for something that could just be flipped over πŸ˜‰
      The thought had crossed my mind though, until I realized it would take twice the time and aggravation hahaha.

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  13. Alex G.

    great looking tank I really love the aquascape you came up with especially the attention to detail with the substrate.

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    1. Thomas B

      Thanks, Alex G! The substrate of an aquarium has a lot of potential to change the esthetics of the tank, and is often overlooked as a major player in the beauty of your aquarium. I really like mucking about with the substrate and finding the best combination! πŸ™‚

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  14. Joel Gonzales

    Love all the things beneath the aquarium! Just wondering how much power/wattage total to power the whole setup though?

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  15. Jay Hoogy

    Is there any worry about water under/in the faux rocks not circulating? I have a large faux rock that traps water inside and seams to cause the water to become cloudy unless I move it and clean it frequently. Any suggestions for me?

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    1. Thomas B

      If you are having issues with it, you can take a drill and pop a bunch of holes in the back of the rock (so you don't see them) to allow for circulation.

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    1. Cody Haberman

      Thomas B I was thinking along the lines of teaching your little one. My son is 3 and I'm getting into tanking for him. I've watched all your videos. Your big tank project is fantastic. It's inspired me to set up salt water aquarium. I really like your set up. Mine will be on a much smaller scale. But seriously thank you !

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    2. Thomas B

      My pleasure!
      And absolutely, if she shows interest in a couple years I will definitely teach her the ways of the aquarist! πŸ™‚

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  16. Jasleen Bansal

    I subscribed because I think all your videos are really helpful especially your how to's and your mega build is very interesting and teaches me stuff too. By the way I love the way you decorate tanks and I think it's great that you care about natural habitats of the ? You will put in the tank! I can't wait to see what fish you will add !!!?

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    1. Thomas B

      Its up! Marketing dept. dragged it out a couple days to colab with an email they wanted to send out beforehand. Sorry for the delay!

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  17. Lovebetta

    Why I don't see anyone using reactor in freshwater. I have phosphate problem in my goldfish tank and thinking what good reactor. Saltwater it far easier for me to control nitrite ,ammonia etc in my opinion. Can you use bio pellets reactor, and gfo or phosguard reactor in freshwater? I want to put a hang on the back reactors in my 75 g goldfish tank. Ty

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