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Old 06-17-2014, 08:30 PM   #1
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Movin' on up to a deluxe aquarium in the living room...


Hey everybody. Names mike.
This is my first big tank (to me anyways.)
I've always wanted a big tank but could never find the time or money to put into one, so my 40 gallon held me over for almost 8 years now.
Found a ad on Craigslist for a 150 gallon with a sump for $150 so I jumped at it. I've been putting it together over the last month and just finally filled it all the way and got both filters running.
I think the tank is a 120 gallon but whatever, I fixed the cracked sump I got with the tank and cleaned everything. Picked up a cascade 1500 as a second filter and also picked up a used coralife 36w uv sterilizer that I haven't turned on yet but water is flowing thru it.
Using pool filter sand and still putting together my slate center piece that will house most the cichlids I'm sure.
I welding up the tall stand too.
Here's a few pics for the other day when I was just running one filter and haven't filled it up yet. I'm also still building the hood and outside lower panels.
And still transferring fish from my other tank.




I'll get some more pics of it later. Super clear
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:01 PM   #2
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Very cool. That is one tall tank stand! Looking forward to seeing it when you have it complete.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:04 PM   #3
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That is one tall stand! Tons of room to work in there
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:08 PM   #4
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what kind of cichlids are you putting in the tank?
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:09 PM   #5
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I wish under my tanks looked that clean

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Old 06-17-2014, 09:29 PM   #6
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I hate bending down to look into a tank... One thing that always bothers me. Maybe cause I never sit down. I also wanted to see it thru the kitchen pass-thru window. Makes doing the dishes alittle better.
The stand is 45in tall with adjustable feet.
It does make working under neither it nice.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:34 PM   #7
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Looks like a standard 125g. 6' long and 18" wide. Just like mine.

You need a taller ceiling. I'd be bumping my head on the ceiling when I worked in the tank.
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Oh... I have a lot of big fish store bought cichlids but the last year or so I've been trying mixing a lot of fish. Doesn't work for some, I guess I just have nice fish.
I have jewel cichlids, Ngara Flametail, Sulfur Head Peacock, few other peacocks, Eureka Red Jake, Lethrinops, red zebra, electric blue hab and others.
My 12in pleco is the tank boss though.
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Looks like a standard 125g. 6' long and 18" wide. Just like mine.

You need a taller ceiling. I'd be bumping my head on the ceiling when I worked in the tank.
I also need a Audi r8 but something's aren't in the cards. I'm not that tall of a guy so it works out for me.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:10 PM   #11
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Did you for real get that for $150? (that's awesome)
So are you gonna put plants in there or just larger fish?
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:45 PM   #12
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Looks good! I think it's a 125G too, but tough to tell. Definitely not a 120G (24" front to back). Great job on the stand. Makes it look even bigger without all the lumber in there.

My 180G in the den sits on a 40" stand too. You see the fish the minute you walk in the room.

If you've never used a sump before, test it in shut-down mode. In other words, make sure the sump has enough capacity to cover a power failure.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:14 PM   #14
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I'm guessing you mean when the feed tube becomes a vacuum? Ya I need to retest that. I was told I need to drill a hole in the top of the feed nozzle ( highest point I guess) so that it just goes back into the tank if a power failure happens. Sound right?

I'll be putting a lot of live plants in it. I have two so far, I'm trying to see what works with my cichlids and a few tropical fish that's in there.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:16 PM   #15
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Ya I only paid 150 for the tank with the sump (cracked). I prob have a grand into now with everything I have.
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