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

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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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COMMENTS

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    Raesh Paddy 2 years ago

    aren't you planting ?? at least make it a low tech tank …. or if not plants then maybe a bitotope setting

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    Terri Miller 2 years ago

    Who's paying for all this lol

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    Paul Sam 2 years ago

    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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    BrianBeamers 2 years ago

    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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    Charles' Fish Tanks 2 years ago

    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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      Undead 2 years ago

      Thomas, throw us a disappointing curve ball and stock it with a tiny group of common goldfish

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      Chris Larose 2 years ago

      Undead Solider That'd be so good.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      Hahahahahaha

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      gavinm 4156 2 years ago

      how many tanks have you set up before this one

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      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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    Paul Sam 2 years ago

    thank you sir and I also use shark vac's great for everything.

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    Jose Perez 2 years ago

    do you know the fish's you want?

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    Kyle Raines 2 years ago

    I'm guessing a big group of neons, some Rams and blood parrots

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    Matt Aquatics 2 years ago

    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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    xBeau Gaming 2 years ago

    Nice Job Thomas!!!!!Β  ARe you going to name some of the fish after your subs πŸ˜€

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    Michael Lawton 2 years ago

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

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    All Things Ray 2 years ago

    a slow fill would drive me NUTS with that tank. I'd wanna fill it on day 1… hehe, looking amazing so far.

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    Reid Smith 2 years ago

    What kind of mesh bags are those? And what was that you used to tie off the bigger bag of matrix?

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      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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      Reid Smith 1 year ago

      Thomas B thanks!

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    Tyrell Taylor 2 years ago

    Great vid… Wating to see which fishes your going to add to your aquarium…….

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    clarkecraftg animals 2 years ago

    once again a great vid Thomas

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    this series is going to last longer than dbz

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    Enter Name Here 2 years ago

    I guess I was wrong about the Discus…
    But I might of been right about the Angels

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    Is9 five 2 years ago

    Any series starting a small reef tank for beginners?

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    Jordan Courtney 2 years ago

    How long till episode 10

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      It's being filmed this week, which means it will be uploaded mid-week next week!

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    JW Collect 2 years ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Oswaldo Rabanal 2 years ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Mr Aquarium95 2 years ago

    Will you have the strainer on the FX6 ?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Of course! Its on there.

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      Mr Aquarium95 1 year ago

      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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I am actually running the FX6 with the stock media. πŸ˜‰

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    UltraReef's Channel 2 years ago

    Inkbird heater controller will help those heaters last a lot longer.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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      UltraReef's Channel 1 year ago

      Good point, but the inkbird is $35.

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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      UltraReef's Channel 1 year ago

      Sweet, your system is going to be really nice with that controller. Looking forward to your next vid.

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    48tomw 2 years ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Jasleen Bansal 2 years ago

    When will episode 10 be online Thomas, I can't wait!!!!!!

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      Filming it this week, so it's a safe bet that mid-week next week it will be uploaded!

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      Jasleen Bansal 1 year ago

      Great can't wait !!!?

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    RoadKillFrog 2 years ago

    Nice update

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    Juan Santillan 1 year ago

    This series will be done by next year

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Jasleen Bansal 1 year ago

    How long do you have to cycle the tank your building for?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      0 days! I am going to add cultured media to the sump on the day I add the fish.

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      Jasleen Bansal 1 year ago

      That is a very smart idea?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      It is a age old practice used by aquarists who have more than a few aquariums on the go at any given time πŸ™‚

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    Pleco Joey 1 year ago

    Any one else jealous?

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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      Pretty much everyone in the Big Al's family is very envious…

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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      Well may be not jealous but envy like I am cause I have no space nor the $$$$$ so this is like a dream comes true.

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    Expert Aquatic 1 year ago

    I have the same aquarium

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      Expert Aquatic 1 year ago

      So the lights are in a loop system u said

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Yep, the lights, return pump, and circ pump are all on the Loop system.

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      Expert Aquatic 1 year ago

      Ok thanks what are the names of the lights

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      Expert Aquatic 1 year ago

      What filter media do u recommend for cloudy water please get back to me thanks

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      Expert Aquatic 1 year ago

      What filter media do u recommend for cloudy water please get back to me thanks

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    RancisGamer 1 year ago

    this guy reminds me of a pirate ?… not a diss just an observation

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    Ragunan tucker 1 year ago

    damn if i build a tank i cant wait ill do evrything in the same day #impatient

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    David Rocha 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      So glad to hear it, David! Thanks so much for the kind words; glad you're amped up along with me!

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    KingkRule 1 year ago

    At the end can we get a cost of the whole thing? I'm really curious how much all this is.

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    George Calderon 1 year ago

    awesome video

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    Cole Schramm 1 year ago

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

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    Bekutan CC 1 year ago

    you are so nice person. Thank you for all advices.May god bless you my friend. I enjoy every video of yours.

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    KooL Gaming 1 year ago

    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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      Gabor P 1 year ago

      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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    11panos04 1 year ago

    African cichlids?

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    Robin Dunn 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Alex G. 1 year ago

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

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Duc2 1 year ago

    Doesn't matter what it cost, it's worth it

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    Jurgen D 1 year ago

    Nice tank man. Wish i had the room for such a big tank.

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    Mitchell Barnes 1 year ago

    Will you be adding any plants?

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    Joel Gonzales 1 year ago

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

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I will have to hook up my KILL-A-WATT meter at some point and find out!

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    Jay Hoogy 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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      Jay Hoogy 1 year ago

      wicked! Simple yet perfect solution. Thanks!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      My pleasure πŸ™‚

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    Cody Haberman 1 year ago

    Would you ever consider in the future to convert over to salt water in this same tank?

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      I'd consider it… sure! haha πŸ™‚

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      Cody Haberman 1 year ago

      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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Jasleen Bansal 1 year ago

    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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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Thanks a ton, Jasleen! Really glad our videos are helpful for you πŸ˜€

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    Billy's Aquatics 1 year ago

    Will you be putting any plants in? it will look so nice with plants πŸ™‚

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    Mateen Ahmed 1 year ago

    when is ur next vedio mate? I'm getting curious!which fish are u going to put?

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    Mateen Ahmed 1 year ago

    ?

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    Mateen Ahmed 1 year ago

    hey Thomas! I have a request…can u make a separate vedio on cichlid?pls…their maintainence, behaviour,etc.

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    Jasleen Bansal 1 year ago

    Will the next part be up by today or tomorrow

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    Manzo Azul 1 year ago

    What time does the other episode come out?

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    Br Wheeler 1 year ago

    hi Stephen wen will episode 10 be on I can't wait

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    Mateen Ahmed 1 year ago

    Friday's over Thomas!next episode of the mega build series pls!

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      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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    Manzo Azul 1 year ago

    You should upload the next video

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    Mateen Ahmed 1 year ago

    it's fine….anyway nice series and the choice of fish!

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    Lovebetta 1 year ago

    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