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View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #151 of 1118 Old 09-30-2012, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
It sounds silly, but I can't even reach the substrate to level it out. I had to use a 2x4. Which is actually a huge pain. I should have thought about this sooner. Gonna be tricky adding plants when I can't reach the substrate.


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post #152 of 1118 Old 09-30-2012, 12:14 PM
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Don't use anything that you can drop and break the glass! Just use a step stool and lean over in the tank... without falling in.

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post #153 of 1118 Old 09-30-2012, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
I'm using a step stool. The tank is 30" deep and my arm is 23.5" from armpit to tips of fingers. I don't want to lean on the tank too much. Sketchy.


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post #154 of 1118 Old 09-30-2012, 02:33 PM
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I'm using a step stool. The tank is 30" deep and my arm is 23.5" from armpit to tips of fingers. I don't want to lean on the tank too much. Sketchy.
lol pile substrate up and level it out with the hose as you fill it :P

you can get tank glass scrapers with planting forks on the bottom end they are about 9-10 inch at a guess hope this help not as much fun in setting up as you thought then lol :P

good luck though dude
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post #155 of 1118 Old 09-30-2012, 02:45 PM
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That is a nice problem to have..... great looking tank. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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post #156 of 1118 Old 09-30-2012, 09:00 PM
Not to mention unless you are wearing a tank top your sleeves will get wet when its full my aquarium is 26 inches deep and if I have to reach to the bottom standng on a chair I get soaked everytime
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post #157 of 1118 Old 10-03-2012, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
So I filled it with water, took an hour. My vacuum hose fits the sink downstairs, where the big tank is. Unfortunately it does not fit my kitchen sink upstairs where the other tanks are.

The heaters are pretty much calibrated. I need to raise them about 2 degrees, but right now they're not running all the time and they switch from one to the other. Perfect!

I found this deal on kijiji:



A great deal, all this for $40. Big Al's charges 5.99 a pound so this saves me a ton! I pick it up Friday or Saturday!
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post #158 of 1118 Old 10-03-2012, 12:44 PM
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Sounds like you need to invest in some scuba gear!!! Nice-looking wood - great price! I can't wait to see it all in place!
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post #159 of 1118 Old 10-03-2012, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like you need to invest in some scuba gear!!! Nice-looking wood - great price! I can't wait to see it all in place!
Me too! I wish I could pick up the wood today!

I'm going downstairs right now to try hooking up a canister filter for the first time.


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post #160 of 1118 Old 10-03-2012, 01:23 PM
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Have fun with all that. . . I just did that for the first time a few weeks ago, too! They seem more complicated than they *actually* are, but I'm still kind of afraid of mine, lol!!! So far so good - Good luck!
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