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Got the 125!

One of my friends in Connecticut asked "what are you going to put in that behemoth"? I liked that so much, I've decided to name the tank Behemoth! Heaven knows I never expected to be so lucky as to get a 125. So, Behold The Behemoth! (I say that in my deepest echo voice - lol)
First, ignore the mess in my living room. I'm in the process of redoing the floors and I've torn out the carpet & pad, and I'm now starting to lay 1/2" ply on top of the existing sub-floor. What you see is the original sub-floor. I have to put down the ply, Hardiebacker board, and tile before I place the tank in it's final spot - so for now it's in the middle of the the living room. I'm having the floor shored-up/supported from underneath too, before I fill it.
For a sense of scale, there is a 40g breeder about 15" behind the 125. I bought the 125 off a coworker who was tired of it - he's had it set up & running for a year without any fish in it (I think that's weird). It used to have discus. I scooped all the substrate out (Amazonia/gravel mix), but there is still an inch of brown water in the bottom - boy is it stinky. It came with a Magnum canister filter, a Magnum hob filter, heaters, digital thermometer, three versa tops, typical one bulb strip lights (I'll be giving to my friend) air pumps, and all kinds of misc stuff, like an undergravel plate - is that part of the canister set up? - much of which I don't think I'll be using. He's had it ten years, and he sold it to me for $75.00. One thing that worries me- one of the two plastic strips in the rim, that cross from front to back, has been cracked. For how long, I don't know. He did a repair job on it and used something to bond it back together. He said it was no big deal and the glass never bowed, but I worry! I was thinking about having two metal straps fabricated in the same size/shape as the plastic straps. Just simple [_______] shapes that would slip over the existing plastic bars for piece of mind against bowing. Does that sound reasonable? I'll add a pic of the repair in a minute...

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The repair on the plastic band, right where it attaches to the rim...



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Looks good! If he used some epoxy on the plastic frame chances are it's just as strong as the plastic. I'm glad to see you got it moved without breaking it...or anyone, I remember how nervous you were, lol.
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Looks good! If he used some epoxy on the plastic frame chances are it's just as strong as the plastic. I'm glad to see you got it moved without breaking it...or anyone, I remember how nervous you were, lol.
That's good to know about epoxy - I don't know anything about that sorta stuff. He did say he was going to epoxy it when he first told me about the break...
I have been a huge cranky grump at work - due to stressing over picking up the tank on my day off. I'm surprised I didn't get coached for my (always vocal) temper last week! lol I feel SO much better now ; )
I can't stress how hard it was to move. Once we got to where the tank was, we had to call my friend's grandson - he was in the area as it turned out and he picked up one end like it was a toy. When we got to my house, we had to call my friend's granddaughter's boyfriend to help - they were about a half hour away but came right over - it was the first time I met him, and he is a mountain! I am so fortunate to have such helpful people around. My neighbors weren't home, so I'm even more appreciative of folks dropping what they are doing to help. To get it into my house it was me on one end, and the girl's boyfriend on the other. I feel like my insides are going to fall out now - LOL
Every time I walk past it, it stops me in my tracks. I have to seriously rethink how I'm going to stock it - so many possibilities! This is like ten Christmases rolled into one
I know a lot of people have 125s here, and even bigger tanks. I may sound silly going nuts over a ten year old tank, and I thank you all for bearing with me

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Haha, I barely slept the night I got my 90...I hear you!
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I have to say, that sludge in the bottom stinks to High Heaven. I set up my air purifier on max, right next to it. When I get home from work tomorrow I'm going to sponge it all out & clean the tank. Am I the only weirdo that sits and watches an empty tank? lol

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I can't even sleep when I get a 10gallon lol can't wait to see it up and running. A good fish that you could get and possibly save the species of is the Xiphophorus couchainus, there easy to breed and are practically extinct in the wild, the 125 would be more than enough space to keep them too. Either way can't wait to see the progress!

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That's good to know about epoxy - I don't know anything about that sorta stuff. He did say he was going to epoxy it when he first told me about the break.
Every time I walk past it, it stops me in my tracks. I have to seriously rethink how I'm going to stock it - so many possibilities! This is like ten Christmases rolled into one
I know a lot of people have 125s here, and even bigger tanks. I may sound silly going nuts over a ten year old tank, and I thank you all for bearing with me
How did he break it in the first place?
I remember when I inherited my first big tank, an 86g from my sister, I could not believe how frikkin HUGE that thing was! Funny thing, I called it 'The Behemoth" too You're gonna loooove all that space

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I tried to google that, but nothing came up. Any pics/info? I hate to be boring, but my original plan was to have a good sized school of Buenos Aires Tetras - I have ten in a 29g and I love them, and would love to see a big school. I haven't thought much past that point...lol I have ten Red and Blue (Columbian) Tetras in my QT tank - they've been there for months. The BATs don't touch my plants, I have to see about the Columbians though...maybe they end up in one of the 29s.

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I didn't think to ask how it broke - frankly, I was afraid he would say it was due to the glass bowing, even though he told me the glass didn't bow at all.

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If I were to do my big tank again, I'd do without the boesmanis and congo tetras, and go with 2 huge schools of little fish.

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I didn't think to ask how it broke - frankly, I was afraid he would say it was due to the glass bowing, even though he told me the glass didn't bow at all.
For peace of mind, it would be pretty easy to add a metal brace to that before you fill it up. You'll likely sleep better My 86 had no braces at all, and the bowing freaked me out.

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The driftwood I have for the tank is large (it may not look so large now!) and has lots of small to medium holes, tunnels, and arches. I picked these driftwood pieces out with schools of smaller tetras etc. in mind. Bigger fish might not have enough room. I like the looks of big schools of little fish - at least in pics. I've never seen a large tank set up before. My friend is all into African cichlids, but that's not my thing.

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I tried to google that, but nothing came up. Any pics/info? I hate to be boring, but my original plan was to have a good sized school of Buenos Aires Tetras - I have ten in a 29g and I love them, and would love to see a big school. I haven't thought much past that point...lol I have ten Red and Blue (Columbian) Tetras in my QT tank - they've been there for months. The BATs don't touch my plants, I have to see about the Columbians though...maybe they end up in one of the 29s.
I have it on my Shrimp Bowl Omen thread https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...wl-omen-4.html

Care is easy all they need is a 20g tank for a group of them and the usual filtration and love and care

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I want to add the metal brace for piece of mind, for sure. How would you go about it? Can I have a steel strap bent so it covers the original plastic part, and folds over the rim? Like an elongated, shallow "U". What kind of person does that work/fabrication - who would I look up in the yellow pages?

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These guys http://www.shickel.com/Home.aspx
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http://www.allthevirginia.com/Local/...ation_15309794
Make sure they know you don't want anything fancy, I'm sure they can do something cheap out of a scrap of stainless steel.

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