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Old 05-01-2014, 11:32 PM   #1
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220 gal low tech build.. oh boy..


So I bought a 220 gal tank a year ago when I first got into aquariums. . I didnt realize all the planning that would go into the tank, but I got it for $260 with a stand so I couldnt resist. So the plan was to just let it sit.. plans change.

My dad a has a terribly setup 125gal tank (underfiltered, too low light, and old tank syndrome) and is moving and can't take the tank or fish.. so im adopting them all.. mostly cichlids and a couple plecos.

He lives an hour away and theres no way im moving his 125g with water in it..so im setting up my 220g to house them.. gotta get it cycled and ready to go in under a month..

This journal will in no way b a beautiful tank. Lol im a poor college kid and can barely afford to start this tank up so ill b using some equipment I have laying around.. this will b a ghetto rigged make it work type of deal..


Im installing braces under my floor today so ill post pics as soon as I get that done for approval from the big tank gurus.

The only pics I have of the tank r from the garage.. so here they r

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Old 05-02-2014, 01:02 AM   #2
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A ghetto fabulous 220 gallon? Subscribed!
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Old 05-02-2014, 05:26 AM   #3
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Subscribed as well. There's a ton of low budget things you can do to get this tank up and running.
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Are you getting the 125 too?
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Can't wait til you fill in this tank!
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Old 05-02-2014, 05:08 PM   #6
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Are you getting the 125 too?
Yeah tank will b ghetto fab for sure..


And yes I get the 125 also. But ill prolly sell it to fund this tank.. and books. Lol

The 125 has a nicer stand. It also comes with two hoods and plexi glass tops. But the hoods only have some cheap t8 17w bulbs. My par meter reads 0 at the substrate lol. He had one aquaclear 110 filter and 300w heater.. dont remember the brand. Thought it was decent quality tho.

Ill b keeper the aquaclear for the 220. And also the heater. And thats it lol. I have a rena xp2 im gonna throw on. And two more 100w heaters to go with the 300w.. ill b using a heater controller. And temps will b low so im not burning up heaters (maybe 72f?). Until I can add more.

I have to move the tank out of the basement so I can put up the last floor support beam. Or the tank wont fit out. Old house. Weird layout....

Pics tonight hopefully. Need help moving tank.
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Old 05-03-2014, 03:28 AM   #8
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Painting tank back black.. tight fit.. terrible lighting... long night ahead..



got new foam for under tank.. and a faucet adapter with some 1/2ID tubing for water changes.. gonna build an inline water dump valve off the rena xp2 for removing water. Have one on my 25 gal and I just run the water outside.. so handy..

Something like this.. without the inline heater..


Might paint the stand black tonight too if time permits.. figure black is better than bare wood and I can't afford some paneling. .
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What paint are you using on the tank?

I think I'm going to re-do the black background on my 90gal before I set it up again (it's really scuffed up), and have been debating what to go with...
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What paint are you using on the tank?

I think I'm going to re-do the black background on my 90gal before I set it up again (it's really scuffed up), and have been debating what to go with...
I am using rustoleum latex paint.. it takes about three coats and it peels off pretty easy if u dont like it.. used it on my 25 gal. Turned our pretty good.
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Spray or roll-on?
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Spray or roll-on?
Roll on..

Stand is getting painted tonight also..
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I got the tank back finished and the stand finished..


I live with 3 dudes so I gotta get the roomies around and move the tank upstairs. I work till 9 tonight so itll b another late night of tank work. Unless I go out.
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Enjoying this thread, but I gotta say, man idk, is that stand adequate? Looks like it could use some re-enforcement..
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Enjoying this thread, but I gotta say, man idk, is that stand adequate? Looks like it could use some re-enforcement..
When I bought the tank I looked at it while it was still running. It held it then.. he had full water and about 250lbs of sand and a bunch of concrete tube things in it.. I did add a bunch of screws and loctite heavy duty construction compound.. between the front and side plywood boards. also added the top plywood board. So it should def be fine now.. well see I guess lol..
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