Mega-Build Series Q&A! (Video)

Find out how the system is performing now that it’s been running for a while– and find out how much the whole thing cost!

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Mega-Build Series Q&A! (Video)

    1. Big Al's

      You are our new favorite. At least until we release another new vid and someone takes your place… but for NOW– favorite.

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    1. Big Al's

      STOP TELLING US WHAT TO DO– what do you think you're some kind of EXPERT?!?!?! HUH?!?! …. wait. You are… okay, cool, thanks…

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    1. Thomas B

      Nope, unless I was drugged up and stolen for this 'hotel video' and then dumped in a park afterwords… I don't think so. 😛

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    2. Gabor P

      Well if you go to the Brampton location you can hear him talking and the rotating video advertising the Python no spill and fill stuff. Just don't brows too long cause he gets annoying a little on and on ! lol Just kidding !

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  1. Charles' Fish Tanks

    Lol, looottts of questions, but none of them were the important ones. The only question that really matters: When are you getting discus and angelfish? 😀

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    1. Thomas B

      Hahahaha, is that the only important question? Or maybe it is "what are we going to do now that we've hit 20,000 subs?" something special I think… 😉

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    2. Gabor P

      Yeah I think I could see like a dozen angels and discus in it as a community tank with all of them different colours. There is at least half a dozen angels variations and easy a dozen discus colours as a herd moves to one end to the other with grace ! hmm ?

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  2. Golden State Warriors Fan

    Why does my male German Blue Ram try to pick a fight with my 2 male and 2 female Bolivian Rams don't know what can i do about his aggression any advice ??

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  3. Fish Fool

    Love the videos just curious why you don't put them out more often? I really think your following would increase dramatically

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    1. Big Al's

      Fish Fool – you're 100% right, but after the mega-build series, we had some other projects to tend to. But we're back and track and will be releasing more often again!!

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  4. adms2 tune

    Hi Thomas B
    Thank you for answering my question. My research in to the mairnepure has brought to my attention the fact that there is a knock off mairnepure on the market made in china that is sold as mairnepure that has had a lot of prodlems with the breackdown of the media and has had a lot negative feedback on forums from people how believe they have the real product but unfortunately do not. IF YOU HAVE THE REAL MAIRNEPURE IT IS THE GREATEST MEDIA FOR ANY FILTER SYSTEM THAT MONEY CAN BUY SPECIALLY BACKED UP WITH SOME POLLYFILTER.
    Thanks again Thomas B

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  5. Johnny GeeWhiz76

    Who would win a no holds barred fight between you and DIY Joey? Think you might have the reach advantage at 6'4" but Joey is sort of the Batman of the aquarium hobby. I imagine he could throw together a pretty cool utility belt using spare parts from an old filter, some PVC tubes, and some chewing gum to exploit your weaknesses. What say you???

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    1. Big Al's

      Johnny GeeWhiz76 – notice how Thomas didn't say Joey would WIN? Just that he'd put up a good fight… only one way to find out!!!

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    2. Johnny GeeWhiz76

      Yep. Sounded like he threw a passive aggressive gauntlet down to me. Now I have to get Joey on board. Maybe I'll tell him Thomas said "Bare bottom tanks are for hamsters." That should get him riled up…….

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  6. Josh Vazquez

    Thomas- love this channel. For a product review can you review sump products, such as protein skimmers? Again love this channel, and still learning every time you put out a video.?

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  7. Yves Daigle

    Awesome series well done, and tks for answering all the questions, I love the tank but my wife would kill me at that price.

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  8. Tjita1

    To be more correct, reasonably non toxic ammonium turns into very toxic ammonia when the pH rises above 7 or so. It does that when the CO2 in the water vents out when the bag is opened.

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    1. Thomas B

      Tjita1 I actually posted a link to an article that goes far more in depth. I dulled it WAY down for simplicity' sake.

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    2. Tjita1

      Yeah, what you're saying is not incorrect, I just felt I wanted to clarify. King of DIY taught me this in a fairly recent video.

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  9. Kody Dryden-Conway

    lol I know the struggles of being tall to I'm 6-foot 6 also I thought I should say I love your videos

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    1. Big Al's

      Kody Dryden-Conway — wow! Brian is also 6'4"– We should all start a club… and thanks! We love that you love the vids!

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  10. Kody Dryden-Conway

    lol I know the struggles of being tall to I'm 6-foot 6 also I thought I should say I love your videos

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    1. Big Al's

      Kody Dryden-Conway — wow! Brian is also 6'4"– We should all start a club… and thanks! We love that you love the vids!

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    1. Thomas B

      I guess that depends what temp your house is going to be all summer. Honestly though, I use one all the time just to maintain a stable temp (temp swings are bad).

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    1. Thomas B

      I guess that depends what temp your house is going to be all summer. Honestly though, I use one all the time just to maintain a stable temp (temp swings are bad).

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  11. GoldfishCraft

    Pop quiz Time Thomas (or Brian). How do you get rid of brown algae, when you have no phosphate and low nitrates? Damn that thing is killing me!

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    1. GoldfishCraft

      Fresh cold water. 8h recently upped to 10h of the DEL light that came with my tank. Other end of the room. It's growing everywhere, even on my live plants.

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  12. GoldfishCraft

    Pop quiz Time Thomas (or Brian). How do you get rid of brown algae, when you have no phosphate and low nitrates? Damn that thing is killing me!

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    1. GoldfishCraft

      Fresh cold water. 8h recently upped to 10h of the DEL light that came with my tank. Other end of the room. It's growing everywhere, even on my live plants.

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  13. ESUSAMEX

    $14,500 CAD is about $100 USD? I wish the exchange rate were that high, because I would get to visit all of Canada and drink all your great beer. By the way, I love the tank. I hope to have a very large Oscar tank one day.

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  14. ESUSAMEX

    $14,500 CAD is about $100 USD? I wish the exchange rate were that high, because I would get to visit all of Canada and drink all your great beer. By the way, I love the tank. I hope to have a very large Oscar tank one day.

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    1. Thomas B

      And here I thought my audience had a sense of humor! Yes, I can certainly be a "sarcastic dick" as well as "Canadian nice" all rolled into one! 😉

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    1. Thomas B

      And here I thought my audience had a sense of humor! Yes, I can certainly be a "sarcastic dick" as well as "Canadian nice" all rolled into one! 😉

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  15. Tony Black

    Hey T, i have a question.
    so im using a reactor with silica sand in it for my 125 gallon fresh water tank. the problem im having is that its dropping my PH and seems to be holding in nitrates. would it be better to get rid of sand and replace it with biopellets? keep in mind it's a fw tank. anything would be greatly appreciated

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    1. Thomas B

      Fluidized bed filters can work well, but the media should be inert and not affect pH. When you say, "holding in nitrates" that really isn't a thing. I suppose if it isn't being properly fluidized it may trap detritus which will break down, but nitrates are present because nutrients are being broken down by the beneficial bacteria in your system. You'd have to do regular maintenance on any and all mechanical filtration or places (like the gravel bed) where detritus can be trapped and held. Doing that will prevent it from breaking down further and being converted to nitrates.

      I'd stick with the fluidized bed over biopellets, as they haven't been quite tested enough or proven in freshwater.

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  16. Tony Black

    Hey T, i have a question.
    so im using a reactor with silica sand in it for my 125 gallon fresh water tank. the problem im having is that its dropping my PH and seems to be holding in nitrates. would it be better to get rid of sand and replace it with biopellets? keep in mind it's a fw tank. anything would be greatly appreciated

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    1. Thomas B

      Fluidized bed filters can work well, but the media should be inert and not affect pH. When you say, "holding in nitrates" that really isn't a thing. I suppose if it isn't being properly fluidized it may trap detritus which will break down, but nitrates are present because nutrients are being broken down by the beneficial bacteria in your system. You'd have to do regular maintenance on any and all mechanical filtration or places (like the gravel bed) where detritus can be trapped and held. Doing that will prevent it from breaking down further and being converted to nitrates.

      I'd stick with the fluidized bed over biopellets, as they haven't been quite tested enough or proven in freshwater.

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    1. Keston Frizzle

      I've had my saltwater reef tank 10 gallon for 3 months now and I have 2 corals growing on a 30 dollar freshwater light, ones a zoathid and the other is a mushroom. I think the lighting in the saltwater industry is a bit over powered.

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    2. Thomas B

      I would tend to disagree on whole, but there is something to be said about the trend of ridiculously high PAR fixtures, and marketing around them.
      Freshwater fixtures do not put out the correct spectrum of light for coral photosynthesis; so typically you'll need a stronger fixture in a freshwater spectrum to produce the same results as a proper reef spectrum fixture. I'd also argue that your experience is with pretty easy to keep, undemanding corals. I'd take it a step further and say that you won't get the same coloration from your corals that you could get with the right spectrum of fixture.

      I am in no way saying what you're doing is incorrect; if it works, it works. But, it is not optimal.
      A lot of us strive for optimal growth and coloration, and a strong fixture tuned to the correct spectrum certainly makes a big difference. Many corals (even higher light SPS corals) will thrive between 200-300 PAR, and achieving those numbers can be difficult if you don't have a shallow tank, and that is why we see some really powerful saltwater fixtures available. I for one am a big fan of Radion XR30w PRO LED fixtures, or 6/8 bulb T5HO fixtures for hard coral reefs. I understand how much of an impact a proper light fixture can have on my corals, through both research, and practical hands on experience (15 years worth).

      If you ever do decide to invest in a reef-specific aquarium light, you'll see first hand how much of an impact it can make 🙂

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    1. Keston Frizzle

      I've had my saltwater reef tank 10 gallon for 3 months now and I have 2 corals growing on a 30 dollar freshwater light, ones a zoathid and the other is a mushroom. I think the lighting in the saltwater industry is a bit over powered.

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    2. Thomas B

      I would tend to disagree on whole, but there is something to be said about the trend of ridiculously high PAR fixtures, and marketing around them.
      Freshwater fixtures do not put out the correct spectrum of light for coral photosynthesis; so typically you'll need a stronger fixture in a freshwater spectrum to produce the same results as a proper reef spectrum fixture. I'd also argue that your experience is with pretty easy to keep, undemanding corals. I'd take it a step further and say that you won't get the same coloration from your corals that you could get with the right spectrum of fixture.

      I am in no way saying what you're doing is incorrect; if it works, it works. But, it is not optimal.
      A lot of us strive for optimal growth and coloration, and a strong fixture tuned to the correct spectrum certainly makes a big difference. Many corals (even higher light SPS corals) will thrive between 200-300 PAR, and achieving those numbers can be difficult if you don't have a shallow tank, and that is why we see some really powerful saltwater fixtures available. I for one am a big fan of Radion XR30w PRO LED fixtures, or 6/8 bulb T5HO fixtures for hard coral reefs. I understand how much of an impact a proper light fixture can have on my corals, through both research, and practical hands on experience (15 years worth).

      If you ever do decide to invest in a reef-specific aquarium light, you'll see first hand how much of an impact it can make 🙂

      Reply
  17. George Burnett

    Water change once a month. Isn't it just nice to do it weakly to help growth and give the fish some fresh water?

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  18. George Burnett

    Water change once a month. Isn't it just nice to do it weakly to help growth and give the fish some fresh water?

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