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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 #161 of 1118 Old 10-03-2012, 01:29 PM
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You really sure this will be your last aquarium?
I have thought about going to one very very large tank, but then, what would I do with the old ones? They all still need fish in them...

p.s.: sorry about your problems reaching the substrate. I found that out with my 56 gallon column. I can juuust barely reach the bottom.

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post #162 of 1118 Old 10-03-2012, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
Thanks! Long Island eh? You watch hockey? I've been an Islanders fan my whole life, despite being a Canadian. They've made it hard for the last decade.

Well, the aquaclear and the canister filter are running! Now it sounds like an aquarium. I turned the two heaters up a bit, we'll see how that goes. Still haven't hooked up the air pump, as I need to pick up tubing this weekend.

Haven't shown any pics because they all turn out too dark. Haven't put the lid and lights on the tank yet because I'm waiting until I put the driftwood in. After the lights are on, I'll take some pics.

I could not, for the life of me, get the tubing to go a full 2" up the intake and outtake tubes (or on the canister lid), even with lube. One leaked a little at first, but I managed to get the clamp to go on a little tighter, and now it seems ok. I'll keep a close eye on it tonight and tomorrow. (and forever, but especially for the next 24 hours).

Can't wait to get that driftwood! I think I'm going to start off with some fake plants, just to fill it up a bit, and then tie some java fern to the driftwood to get the real stuff growing. Later when I have more money I'll add some anubias. Hopefully one day I'll have enough real stuff that I can remove the fakes without the tank looking barren.

Edit: I really think this will be my last aquarium. :) We have 5 now and that's a lot of fish.


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post #163 of 1118 Old 10-03-2012, 04:01 PM
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Your tank looks wonderful. I have enjoyed watching and learning from you. For your tubing problem, I found dipping the end in boiling water softens it enough to push it farther on the plumbing. just make sure it's in the final position or your stuck. LOL

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post #164 of 1118 Old 10-03-2012, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
I'm stuck! LOL. But I seem to be on enough to stop any leaks. Dry so far. I wish the manual had suggested something along the lines of the boiling technique.


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post #165 of 1118 Old 10-03-2012, 08:29 PM
I'm sure you will do fine my issues were adding a inline uv sterilizer to my Eheim pump the connectors were all different sizes so we had to make up parts the eheim return is small priming is fun
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post #166 of 1118 Old 10-03-2012, 08:59 PM
Driftwood is awesome I looked for months for a deal like that ended up at pj's pet centre they had some nice driftwood
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post #167 of 1118 Old 10-04-2012, 11:12 AM Thread Starter


We may switch to an all black background. The store gave me this one, it was what they had on it on display and they couldn't resell it anyway. I actually like it.
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post #168 of 1118 Old 10-04-2012, 11:41 AM
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Looking good, man!!!

I'd be torn, too. I prefer black backrounds, but that one is pretty cool looking. You'll know once you get everything in there, I'm sure - off to a GREAT start!!! Sorry about the canister issues... I'm still afraid of mine. Make my husband help me with it! Sooner or later I WILL master it! I WILL!
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post #169 of 1118 Old 10-04-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
My problem is I can't get the tube on all the way to the output, but I can't get it back off either. Argh. I'm terrified it is going to leak one day.


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post #170 of 1118 Old 10-04-2012, 11:52 AM
I like it looks good
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