Episode 8 :: Building a 3000 Gallon DIY plywood / epoxy Planted Amazon Big Cichlid Aquarium.

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Episode 8 of the fish basement series shows the birth of my 3000 gallon DIY wood / epoxy aquarium. The video covers all aspects of building the aquarium; as well as, showing the mistakes that I made along the way and the solutions. By the end of the video the tank is built, filled and the ecosystem of fish and plants is started.
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Bryan Beall
Bryan Beall 12 օր առաջ
How much were materials? Over / under $5k
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 11 օր առաջ
Hey Bryan! Over 5k, probably somewhere around 8k, but wood in the US is a lot more expensive at the moment then when I built this...feeling that pain right now as I am building Predator Bay tank.
Terry Runyon
Terry Runyon 12 օր առաջ
What ever fish you buy to put in this tank has hit the jackpot!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 12 օր առաջ
Hey Terry! Haha that is true..plenty of room...no predators...plenty of food...not half bad :-)
Dale
Dale 14 օր առաջ
Building an above ground pond in my backyard currently. My dimensions are 144”x48”x36” with 96”x18” viewing windows on both sides.Did you use tempered glass or regular plate glass? Also is 1/2” thick enough for my project? TIA
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 14 օր առաջ
Hey Dale! Yes, I used 1/2" tempered glass on my 3k build. If on your build the viewing window is at the top of the pond 0-18" depth, then 1/2" tempered glass with proper bracing around the edges should be fine.
B Currie
B Currie 25 օր առաջ
Good thing you over built, that hard scaping is heavy.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 25 օր առաջ
Hey B Currie! Oh yeah...my back was sore for a while after moving all that rock and sand. :-p
WILLSTAR
WILLSTAR Ամիս առաջ
Great build bud !! You need a nice arowana in there !!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
I agree! :-)
I AM MATTHEW
I AM MATTHEW Ամիս առաջ
Amazing 👍 What was the water bill to fill it up? 🤣
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Almost free! My home is on a deep aquifer well, so lot's of clean, very low tds water. Perfect for fish tanks! :-)
JC49fish NINER4LIF
JC49fish NINER4LIF Ամիս առաջ
ONE WORD MY FRIEND AMAZING💪💪💯
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Thank you!!
Josh Martin
Josh Martin Ամիս առաջ
That's a lake, not an aquarium. He built a lake.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Fish need room to stretch their fins :-)
lord simpus
lord simpus Ամիս առաջ
the fact that your channel only has 2.6k subs is quite sad
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
@lord simpus Thanks, I appreciate that! Lot's of new content on the way! :-)
lord simpus
lord simpus Ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain yea, you definitely deserve more, crazy work man, keep it up!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Lot's of room for growth I guess :-) Maybe the youtube algorithm will take a liking to a future video.
Skyman2013
Skyman2013 Ամիս առաջ
This build is impressive. There are powertool caulk guns which could make a installation like this go faster.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Hey Skyman! I know the tool you are talking about and it would for sure make it a lot easier...but then I wouldn't get to experience what it feels like when your hand feels like it is gonna fall off from dispensing a dozen tubes of acrylic lol :-)
Tim Horvat
Tim Horvat Ամիս առաջ
This was probably the best fish video I’ve ever watched. Really cool to see such a huge build from start to finish in one video. Beautiful tank sir.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Thanks Tim, I appreciate the kind words!
dailo dai
dailo dai Ամիս առաջ
one day when i have enough money saved i would love to build one. great work. ball park how much money should i expect to spend lets say to build a tank this size
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Hey Dailo! Depending on how you build the tank, materials used etc. price can vary greatly. For me based on how and when I built the tank the cost was approximately $8000; however, the price of the materials can fluctuate a lot. I know that both the wood and glass are considerably more expensive now (just build the 600 gallon) than when I built the 3000 gallon.
Jason Rolling
Jason Rolling Ամիս առաջ
That look awesome. Its my goal to build a massiv tank too. Great video
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Thanks Jason! Big tanks are lot's of work, but also lot's of enjoyment when done. :-)
Travis Bedard
Travis Bedard Ամիս առաջ
Taking 3000g and making it look like 2 120g tanks..
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
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Shawn
Shawn Ամիս առաջ
You did a fantastic job building the tank and you've got so much room in the sump. One thing you might want to look into to make it easy on yourself since it's so long. Is to set up that first tank as a sediment filter that just allows the muck to settle and then flow into another tank or section that has filter floss. I do that with my koi system and it has drastically cut down on the amount of cleaning filter media. One other thing how much flow are you able to get out of that 1-in pipe? I thought the maximum flow for 1-in gravity was about 900 gallons an hour which seems really slow for that tank. Maybe you could rebuild it with a couple of one and a half inch overflows and then you could use a three to four thousand gallon an hour pump. However if you're having success maybe you don't need it. I have just always liked to filter the entire volume of water in the tank 5 to 10 times an hour.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Hey Shawn! Essentially the first chamber of the sump is a settlement chamber I just have the container with the floss sitting in it, basically can function either way. Right after that is 3 feet of matala mat filter which keeps any solids in the first chamber. As far as water flow it is meant to be a slow flow denitrification system, but not as slow flow as it is. :-) I am working on a project to address this already. Next video on this tank will have the upgraded drain/overflow system.
william dodd
william dodd Ամիս առաջ
Definitely one of the best tank builds I've ever seen. I would LOVE to take a task like that on, but unfortunately my house is way too small and the expense would be too much anyway. That's why we watch videos like this....we can dream! Well done on a fabulous tank.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Thanks William! Appreciate the kind words. I understand the feeling, took me 20 years of dreaming about the tank before I was in the right house/situation to actually build it. :-)
hdjdo hdjf
hdjdo hdjf Ամիս առաջ
Amazing build mate 👍
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Thanks!! :-)
S Logh
S Logh Ամիս առաջ
Awesome setup. New subscriber here🤙
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Thanks! Great to have you on board!
Multi-Tank Addiction
Multi-Tank Addiction Ամիս առաջ
I just built a 522 plywood tank, and on the day I came out to drain it, I found a trickle of a leak, I was thinking of putting another layer on pond shield on it to fix it. I'm going to be doing a similar thing as you with amazon biotope but i plan to do a DIY 3D background as well.Thank you for sharing this build its an inspiration to those of us that would go bigger if we could.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
@Multi-Tank Addiction Nice! I will definitely check it out.
Multi-Tank Addiction
Multi-Tank Addiction Ամիս առաջ
I will be posting a new video tomorrow if you want to check it out.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Hey Multi-Tank Addition! I am pretty sure I saw your video where you were test filling the tank in the garage and found the leak. I will be checking back to see the progress on the tank!
Multi-Tank Addiction
Multi-Tank Addiction Ամիս առաջ
The leak happened after the water test forgot to mention that.
Green Giant
Green Giant Ամիս առաջ
If you happen to have an alarm system, you could likely install a simple float switch that ties into it. Really nice to have low water alarms on big units like this. If you don’t have an alarm system. You could probably get a pretty simple system that would serve your purposes. You could probably figure it out for under $300. I prefer to wire the float switches in the “normally closed” orientation. This way a short or fault should trigger the alarm.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
I ended up adding a water detection sensor that works with my house alarm, (hopefully no more leaks) but if it does happen I will get a notification on my phone. :-)
Green Giant
Green Giant Ամիս առաջ
Is the overflow a siphon then? Seems overly complicated and prone to error. I prefer bulkheads fittings. Well done! Gorgeous tank and basement.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Hey Green Giant! It is basically a pvc pipe version of an overflow box.
The Fish Mafia
The Fish Mafia Ամիս առաջ
This was very relaxing. I actually enjoyed the video. You gave a new subscriber sir.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Hey Fish Mafia! Great to have you aboard!
Harley Walls
Harley Walls Ամիս առաջ
did you get the idea from the king of diy
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
@Harley Walls Not a 24 hour live stream but you inspired me to make a series of Virtual Aquarium videos. Here is the first one: am-posts.info/list/x6-rt4bFu6TNcXI/video
Harley Walls
Harley Walls Ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain nice i love aquariums and taanks but 1 i dont have the money to do the hobby 2 i dont have the the expirence so i watch people doing the hobby coz i love watching it if i could find a stream or something of some1 just showing a fish tanks with fish 24 hours clearly i would always be watching it
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
@Harley Walls Hey Harley! Didn't think it was rude at all, perfectly legit question. I actually forgot in my reply that my actual inspiration was a guy who built a plywood aquarium and posted in on reefcentral forums.
Harley Walls
Harley Walls Ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain fair enough mate sorry i was just wondering hope i didnt come across rude or nothing im Australian soo yea idk when im rude or not lol
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Hey Harley! No, I actually built my first DIY tank in 1999 to house my saltwater Leopard Shark that out grew his 265 gallon aquarium in 1 year. Built him a 8x5 foot tank that he out grew 2 years later. Thankfully for me back in that time public aquariums would take your over grown shark. :-)
ailopp paourbbdk
ailopp paourbbdk Ամիս առաջ
1 betta and 5 shrimps will look great in that size tank.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Hey Ailopp! If I did that we could play where is waldo fish and shrimp edition lol :-)
Dusk194
Dusk194 Ամիս առաջ
Thank you for including your errors. Often problems encountered, insight into how to fix them, and the associated thought processes are the most valuable portion of content like this. Also, that tank is beautiful
Brock Zeke
Brock Zeke Ամիս առաջ
@Franco Davion checking it out now. Seems good so far.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Hey Dusk! Oh yeah, I just share the evolution of my fish basement good and the bad. I am an experienced fishkeeper 35 years (yes I am old) and while I make less mistakes than before I still make them. Plus I try new things and different things that I think will work out, but don't always.
Master commander dragon Sir
Master commander dragon Sir Ամիս առաջ
Nice dude
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Thanks!! :-)
33alwright
33alwright Ամիս առաջ
Wow.... Great job... Fantastic looking 👏👏👏👏
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Thank you!!! :-)
reggieb1963
reggieb1963 Ամիս առաջ
Are you engineer by trade ? It was amazing to watch you work and figure out how to solve the few problems that you encountered... I know it's nobody's business but the cost of building it had to be astronomically high... Hats off to you sir because we all OVER SPEND on the hobbies we love and my wife would be very upset if she knew how much I spend on fishing equipment... Lol
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain Ամիս առաջ
Hey Reggie! My day job is in Cyber Security, but I did grow up with a father who was a finish carpenter so I picked up some wood working skills along the way. I estimate that the 3000 gallon was about 8 thousand for everything as you see it in the video, but I would also say that in 35 years of fish keeping I bet I have spent less than if I bought a single fancy sports/luxury car. Plus doing a lot of DIY work saves a ton of money versus trying to buy something like a 3000 gallon glass or acrylic tank from a manufacturer. :-)
gibbyrockerhunter
gibbyrockerhunter 2 ամիս առաջ
Dude, this thing is a beast. You are a beast. Great job. I just found you and had to subscribe. I will definitely go through your videos, but one thing I would love to know, is if there is anything you would change about the construction aspect of it. Design to execution. Thanks for your content!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Gibby! Sure, I find that I am always refining the construction process with each new build based on experience of what worked well and not so well. Also the nice thing about DIY tanks is they can be modified to some extent even after built and running. You will see some pretty serious improvements to the 3000 gallon in the next video I do on this tank...it is always evolving :-)
LMAO0O0O0
LMAO0O0O0 2 ամիս առաջ
Who else thinks he sounds like Kevin Nealon?
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Too bad I am not funny like Kevin Nealon, I could make more entertaining videos :-p
Kurt Osborn
Kurt Osborn 2 ամիս առաջ
What kind of glass did you use and where did you get it
Kurt Osborn
Kurt Osborn 2 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain excellent thanks for the info. I also got tempered glass for a 270 gallon build but some folks say not to use tempered but I believe it’s the right choice.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Hey Kurt! The glass is two 96" x 36" x 1/2" thick tempered glass panels that I purchased from a local glass shop. Glass shops that sell shower glass enclosures, glass table tops, etc. can usually order large tempered glass panels.
Palmettodeuce
Palmettodeuce 2 ամիս առաջ
Great job,
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thank you! :-)
Jeff Dawson
Jeff Dawson 2 ամիս առաջ
Only half inch glass would scare me, but that’s one hell of an aquarium good job sir !!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
@Jeff Dawson Get it done...and put up a video, I want to see it :-)
Jeff Dawson
Jeff Dawson 2 ամիս առաջ
Very true ! I just know I wouldn’t be able to sleep for the first little bit knowing I have 3000 gallons of water just waiting to escape lol. I’m renovating my basement in the spring and a 1500 gallon reef tank will be added in to the mix ! Your videos inspire me to actually get it done
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Jeff! Keep in mind the glass is tempered and is fully front braced on the entire panel.
Jason Andrews
Jason Andrews 2 ամիս առաջ
Amazing tank. Love that you built it off the ground. Really feels like it needs WAY more filter flow. Larger pipes and pumps.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Jason! Yeah, you are right it does, I am in the process of adding two more overflows right now. The return pump is actually really strong, it is just running on a very low setting with the single overflow. Also giving the lighting some upgrades as well....always a work in progress...but a fun one :-)
Mikeel Jahosafats
Mikeel Jahosafats 2 ամիս առաջ
Excellent!!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Mikeel!
Richard Portelli
Richard Portelli 2 ամիս առաջ
That would make a sick reef tank!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
@Richard Portelli Yeah, especially with coral prices these days.
Richard Portelli
Richard Portelli 2 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain haha yeah let alone stock it with coral.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Hey Richard! It would, but I don't think I even want to calculate the cost to light and dose a reef tank that big...lol
Richard Portelli
Richard Portelli 2 ամիս առաջ
nice indoor swimming pool!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Lol :-p
Ralph Pernesiglio
Ralph Pernesiglio 2 ամիս առաջ
Do you worry about all that moisture damaging the building?
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Hey Ralph! Yes moisture is something that has to be managed with a bunch of big tanks. I have humidity / temperature monitors in multiple places in the basement, as I heat the room instead of individual tanks. I keep humidity under 50% through covering tanks with tops and a dehumidifier.
Aubrey M
Aubrey M 2 ամիս առաջ
Hey man all I can say is WOW. I'm not worthy. I'm lookin into makin a 6×3×3 bout 450 gallons. What is the thickness of the glass u used?
Aubrey M
Aubrey M 2 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain Thank u sir.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
@Aubrey M I would not do 3/8" acrylic at 36" tall. I had a 360 gallon acrylic tank that was 24" tall and 1/2" thick acrylic (manufacturer made not diy) Acrylic is a little bit stronger than tempered glass, but not a whole lot. Most use it for the strength combined with the light weight as tempered glass gets super heavy when using thick panels.
Aubrey M
Aubrey M 2 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain I hav also thought about Plexiglass, 3/8" should be good uh? Plexiglass supposed to be stronger.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Aubrey! Sweet, 6x3x3 is a good sized tank. I used 1/2" tempered glass, which will allow you to go up to 36" in height. My tank is filled up to about 34".
Bridgeport Fishkeeper
Bridgeport Fishkeeper 2 ամիս առաջ
This tank is literally built like a tank. It looks so big on the video but it must look massive in person. Thanks for sharing the build.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Yeah, it is definitely on a different scale from my other tanks. :-) It is funny in person how tiny the 220 gallon looks sitting next to the 3000.
20g_reef89
20g_reef89 2 ամիս առաջ
Definitely a new sub here sweet fish room can't wait to see it progess. You should put a platinum red tail catfish In there 👌 amazing video you deserve so many more subs.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks 20g_reef89!! Appreciate the kind words. I love Red Tail Catfish, but I am not sure my live plant aquascape could survive an adult Red Tail. :-)
Steven Phelps
Steven Phelps 2 ամիս առաջ
That is a awesome tank you got! You got some skills and it turned out super great.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Steven! I appreciate the kind words.
Tyler Glück
Tyler Glück 2 ամիս առաջ
What kind of lights did you use ? I'm planning on getting some to light a 180 gallon
Tyler Glück
Tyler Glück 2 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain I love the colour it shows on camera personally !! Camera isnt always the perfect representation of colours to be fair, but it looks so nice and natural like the sun is shining through the tank. Thank you very much for the reply !! I think almost daily about the sump you made for this tank too
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Hey Tyler! The lights are LePower LED IP66 Flood Lights (6000k). They work pretty good, but I would like to get the color temperature of the tank closer to 6700k so I am still looking to make some lighting upgrades.
Bradley Kandhai
Bradley Kandhai 2 ամիս առաջ
This is awesome. The one thing I'll change, if it was mine. I would have drilled overflows other than that, this is crazy and amazing. 👍
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Bradley! I think the 3000 gallon is going to be the tank I never stop tinkering with to try and make it better. I am working on lighting, plant and filtration upgrade projects on this tank right now. :-)
Matt Denefe
Matt Denefe 2 ամիս առաջ
did you say 1/2" or 3/4" glass? is it tempered? I am planning a tank that will have a similar viewing window. 10x3x4 ft. I was planning on 3/4" but didn't know if I needed to temper it
Matt Denefe
Matt Denefe 2 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain thank you so much! That what I have seen as well. Tempered let's you get a thinner panel but if not tempered then need larger
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Hey Matt! Mine is 1/2" tempered glass. From my research you can do 1/2" tempered if depth is 36" or less and fully braced by the frame (top, bottom, both sides).
Dewitt George
Dewitt George 2 ամիս առաջ
That is really an amazing tank.. even more amazing work... WOW.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thank you! Lot's of work, but the tank brings me enjoyment every day :-)
K Man55
K Man55 2 ամիս առաջ
So cool
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks K Man!
Their World Aquatics
Their World Aquatics 3 ամիս առաջ
HOLY COW! Great video and well spoken! You did a tremendous job, absolutely perfect, kinda jealous...lol. I'm presently building a 1000 gallon saltwater system, be sure to check us out on youtube as part 18 just got released.
Their World Aquatics
Their World Aquatics 3 ամիս առաջ
I might be slow, but I'm incredibly good!
Their World Aquatics
Their World Aquatics 3 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain hahahahaha
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Wait a minute...is this Slow Joe? :-) Sorry I have watched too many OFR live streams :-) I will definitely check out your 1000 salt build!
R. Sohi
R. Sohi 3 ամիս առաջ
This is the most incredible build I've seen. Great job! I also really like the aquascaping job you've done. It's hard to make a big tank look natural but you've pulled it off. A couple of questions (just so I know if I try to do something similar): (1) I notice you only had to brace the tank in the middle. Do the 2x4 stack walls bow at all? (2) I also notice you did not drill the tank anywhere for the plumbing. Was there a reason you decided against that? Thanks and again, really amazing tank! I look forward to seeing ongoing updates.
R. Sohi
R. Sohi 3 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain Thanks for your reply!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thank you! No, the stacked walls do not bow, the stacked 2x4's are screwed / glued extensively and overlapped at each corner. This means all the four sides support each other, the middle braces of course provide added strength for the long sides of the tank. Not drilling was a conscious design decision. Bulkheads can leak and uplift tubes can be disturbed by very large Cichlids. My pvc overflow box design eliminates bulkhead failures and is screwed down to the top and side of the tank like all of the other inputs and returns to keep big fish from disturbing them. I feel a safer design for the size of the tank, construction material and large fish.
Shinoelin Moodley
Shinoelin Moodley 3 ամիս առաջ
This is one of a kind aquarium😱
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Hand made on site :-)
Charles Lales
Charles Lales 3 ամիս առաջ
Hi, what an impressive tank/project and thank you for sharing this! I would have few comments or questions, but first of all, keep in mind I have no experience in building such big setup so it is relevant as you may take it. 1. silicon. Your colleague start well with the blue sticker but after that, you can use it bit more: put not just one layer on the glass, but a second layer on wood as well, closed to each other. When you put pressure on the glass, extra silicon go out between both sticker layers. Use finger or simple angular tool to constraint nice regularity over complet length of the join, then when it is still fresh, put away all sticker and ugly silicon on them. This way you get a perfect look ;-) 2. scaping. It is excellent that you're planning a natural look instead of naked tanks as so many do just to maintain monster fishes. But you use only small drift woods and stones. Why not using long tree logs? Rocks have weight issue, why not fake background? E.g. AquaDecor ones, can see 2000G from King of DIY here am-posts.info/list/ybS11mSYrZW7p3o/video 3. tubings and overflow. You avoid to drill your tank, but that would nevertheless be simpler (maybe safer). In term of water flow, I would definitely use your center column (dividing glass) to hide an intake at the bottom of the tank. It is really advisable in order to take all waste that streaming pump won't bring back to surface. And you surely know that you can take water from bottom but without risking to empty your tank: simply setup an overflow (hidden in your central box) with a grid at bottom. With return tubing from back to front glass, and adding to side pump from left/right to center, you'll get nice water circulation grabbing all debris to the filter ;-) 4. filter. Here we come to the part I'd love to setup on such tank, so challenging and same time, plenty of room! All this aren't new idea, simply best practices from koi pond area. You use only half of your tank surface, already big volume of sure but you could have built same removable panels as you have on top to give front access to tank. The pond liner is not best idea, folds will accumulate waste. Why not simply use same coating as for the tank? You'll then get nice long sump where you can setup sealed dividers. So mechanical filtration / polishing water -> I would definitely go for roll paper filters, and I mean filter_s_ because you can optimize with 2 or even 3 rolls on the row, changing paper retention to trap big particules then thinner ones. Put the paper perpendicular to sump length. This video gives you the idea: am-posts.info/list/ytXJ16a6yqa6cno/video To chain this way (with security pass-by always) would be really original and is possible in such long sump! For automation, a budget friendly option can be Mi Home smart home system ;-) After that, biological filtration -> moving bed with Kaldnes Helix (micro) evolutionaqua.com/k1-media and air pump. Such moving filtration brings many advantages: boost aerobic bacteria process, auto clean, aeration and no way to clog a rotating pump. Finally, denitrification: you talked in another video about anaerobic bacteria. It is interesting on paper. But 1. it is hard to setup and control properly, 2. all fish breeders I know in my area (south Germany) testing this technic gave as feedback that performance is not here with heavy loaded water system. Keep in mind your tank is currently not loaded at all... Instead, I would take profit one more time of your long sump (maybe even use the second half surface, accessing from front with removable panel) and start aquaponic system: emerged plants take better CO2 from air, and immerged roots extract nitrates ;-) You can even give a try to vertical garden at the front of the tank, covering each side wood panels. That could lead to even more immersive Amazonien atmosphere with some Monstera Deliciosa (Mexican Breadfruit) framing the tanks, hanging from tubing with sump water circulating slowly (silently) in it! Well, that's it. Sorry for long comment, but in case it can some how contribute a bit to nice project worth it. If you wonder, here are - My both ("nano") tanks: www.charleslales.com/hobbies/fishkeeping/my-tanks - A DIY filter all-in-one roll paper + moving bed (but for "conventional" sized tank) www.diyaquariumfilters.com - How Mi Home smart home system can be implemented nicely for aquarium (DIY filter) www.miaquarium.com
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Hey Charles, here are some more detailed responses to each of your points below. In general I would say that there are many right ways to build a DIY tank, for example glass or acrylic, wood frame or concrete or metal, etc. they all work and it mostly depends on cost, build location and which materials you have the tools and proficiency to work with. Point 1. I only really needed to trim silicone on the front. On the inside of the tank the silicone was smoothed out using finger and then a separate bead of silicone was used on all edges of the glass to give water tight bead. Point 2. I only wanted to use real plants, rock, wood, sand etc. for my scape. The wood / rock I used is more in scale with my tank and allows for more intricate scape and more room for smaller scape items in between larger ones and more area for bacteria growth. Point 3. Did not want to drill install bulkhead on the bottom of the tank, bulkheads can fail and the vertical drain tube can be knocked into by large fish. My fx6's pull from the bottom of the tank and are used for removal of any waste that is not removed via the top overflow. Point 4. Certainly there are a number of ways to handle filtration, especially with a sump as large as mine. To your main points: no issue with folds in liner as the water entry into sump and first main settlement chamber does not allow for physical solids to pass into the rest of the sump. I have about a 8 foot section of sump that is currently empty and may one day be used as a vegetable filter (plants eating nitrates) but for now I want the nitrate I have to go to feeding the plants in the display. I have yet to even reach 20ppm nitrate with current plant load and denitrification techniques.
Charles Lales
Charles Lales 3 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain Cool, feel free to ask more detail regarding filtration if you're interested in upgrading your sump, that would be awesome. Don't forget to answer the few questions as well if you have time.. I would add: - why glass over acryl? - why wood structure over aluminium profil? Wood panel with coat resin internal ok, but for the skeleton that would be waterproof and timeproof... or?
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks for the detailed comment Charles! You have lot's of good ideas, I am sure people checking out this DIY build will find them useful!
Stephanie Lewis
Stephanie Lewis 3 ամիս առաջ
Should have put in a drain.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
For the design on this build (stacked lumber / plwyood) I elected to only use the pvc overflows that I built in order to no introduce bulkheads to the build.
Joseph Krug
Joseph Krug 3 ամիս առաջ
Do you have one of those 'water on the floor alert' sensors? If not, that could be a good thing to find and get. Cool tank so far though. :)
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Actually it looks like my alarm system has one that ties right in with my existing phone app for alerts and they are not too expensive...pretty much a no-brainer. :-)
Joseph Krug
Joseph Krug 3 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain The king of diy didnt initially have one either, but after a big leak he got one too. so good luck getting a good one, I do think they can alert to cell phones (if they are smart phones).
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
I don't have a water alert sensor, but I agree it would probably be a good idea to get one. :-)
Texas Fish Room
Texas Fish Room 3 ամիս առաջ
Looks great. So ready to start building something like that.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks! Lot's of upfront work, but it is worth it...gazing over at the 3000 gallon as I type this :-)
Cameron Thomas
Cameron Thomas 3 ամիս առաջ
Great in depth videos won't be long till your channel blows up. Keep up the great content
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Cameron! I am working on a bunch of aquarium projects as we speak and I think I get a little better at editing with each video. :-)
Brian Olesen
Brian Olesen 3 ամիս առաջ
Wow!!! Awesome build👌🏻👌🏻
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Brian!!
Kevin Hillier
Kevin Hillier 3 ամիս առաջ
amazing tank
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Kevin!
Богдан Шаповалов
Богдан Шаповалов 3 ամիս առաջ
To add black arowana
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Its possible, but they are not too easy to find available for sale.
Trinifish Hobbyist TV
Trinifish Hobbyist TV 3 ամիս առաջ
Amazing tank. Excited to see the development. Question: Aren't you worried about the pressure across the top of the tank pushing out? I didn't see a top cross brace and I would greatly appreciate any guidance you can share. Very inspiring! Thanks Shout out all the way from Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean 🇹🇹
Trinifish Hobbyist TV
Trinifish Hobbyist TV 3 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain thanks. I missed that part of the vid. Excellent work!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks! Trinidad and Tobago, woot! There are actually 2 cross braces in the middle of the aquarium (you can see them later in the video when I am putting in the hard scape. The corners are all overlapped and each level of stacked 2x4's are both screwed and glued together, the tank is very rigid as is required to support the 2 part epoxy paint. (cannot have flex/bowing when using epoxy paint)
Manish Pathak
Manish Pathak 3 ամիս առաջ
Honestly, I lack patience to watch a 45 min video - BUT I literally watched every second of this one and not to mention rewinding a few times. First, very nice pace and your video skills are amazing - great pace yet a lot of detail. And of course, AMAZING tank. Kudos man. Liked and Subscribed. Can't wait for more content - and also planning to go look at your other videos.
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thank you for the kind words Manish! More content is on the way, I have another DIY build I am working and another big ecosystem tank is in the planning stage. :-)
Zorba
Zorba 3 ամիս առաջ
WOW Fantastic ,, Best construction ive seen , thank you and Merry Christmas from the UK Regards Roland ... Stay safe
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Roland! UK, cool :-) Merry Christmas to you as well!
Sarah Wright
Sarah Wright 3 ամիս առաջ
First one here!👍🍉
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Almost!
Crazy For Aquarium
Crazy For Aquarium 3 ամիս առաջ
Professional work... will do same after I own my house...check my instagram “crazy for aquarium” since you’re crazy for tanks too...
Benedikt Seelmann
Benedikt Seelmann 3 ամիս առաջ
cant believe that the side and back frame you made with these little woods is standing the pressure :O
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Connected the correct way all those little woods becomes incredibly strong :-)
Johno Pen
Johno Pen 3 ամիս առաջ
I like that you raised the tanks off the ground. All the other monster tank builds I've seen have been built on the floor and you need to bend down to see them. Great build!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Johno! I feel exactly the same way, building it at normal viewing height was one of my first priorities for the build.
FishManc
FishManc 3 ամիս առաջ
Can only imagine the fear you felt coming down to see the water level so low that morning. lucky the FX4 wasn't deeper!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
It sucked! Was first thing in the morning on a work day, could hear the pump sound coming down the stairs, flipped on the light and there it was....that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach :-( like you lost your wallet or car got stolen or something like that....did I mention it sucked!
FishManc
FishManc 3 ամիս առաջ
Great build video to watch on Christmas eve morning👍🏻 What to do you do for a living? If you say 'guppy breeder' then I'll eat my hat 🤣
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks Luke! For a living I am a Zebra Danio breeder :-0 JK, I work in technology/cybersecurity.
Red234 Jc
Red234 Jc 3 ամիս առաջ
How do you dechlorinate all that water ?
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
My house is on a well, so no need to dechlorinate.
Cars n Fish
Cars n Fish 3 ամիս առաջ
awesome video. do you mind sharing approximately how much this whole build costed you? just trying to get an idea for when I attempt a large plywood build
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks! I built it over the course of a year and didn't keep exact cost totals, but a reasonable estimate would be about 8k for everything except fish and plants.
luster 5
luster 5 3 ամիս առաջ
How thick is the wood? Plywood just sound very easy to break under extreme about of water weight.
luster 5
luster 5 3 ամիս առաջ
@Ricky Vargas thank you!!! I don't think my kidney is worth even 8k do, I'm going to buy a 10g and add a few extra 0000 to the label.
Ricky Vargas
Ricky Vargas 3 ամիս առաջ
@luster 5 He mentioned in another comment he spent 8k on the tank, at my local fish store they have a 1200 gallon glass tank for around 40k so I think he save A LOT of money lol.
luster 5
luster 5 3 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain thank you so much!!! How much did you saved, if you compair your beautiful tank to a glass or even acrylic of the same water total gallon?
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Just the one layer, they are stacked, glued and screwed together with overlapping corners for strength.
luster 5
luster 5 3 ամիս առաջ
@AquariumDomain okay now that make sense, Just one layer of 2×4 supports or multiple?
Leitl. Mou
Leitl. Mou 3 ամիս առաջ
Love it!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Thanks!!
Ricky Vargas
Ricky Vargas 3 ամիս առաջ
This is incredible man! I cannot wait till I can one day build something like this!
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
I am looking forward to seeing the video when you do!
Ark Aquatics
Ark Aquatics 3 ամիս առաջ
Was waiting for this
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
Some, they munched on some dwarf sag I put it, but left the Anubias & Water sprite alone.
Ark Aquatics
Ark Aquatics 3 ամիս առաջ
100% better than Joey's 2000. Did you have any problems with the severums and the plants?
AquariumDomain
AquariumDomain 3 ամիս առաջ
I hope it lives up to expectations :-)
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