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Jay702 05-24-2012 04:20 AM

FW 240 Gal. (My Build)
Hi guys

Been busy so I havent been on much, But I have a update on my 240gal. Figured Ill just make a post and just keep updating it here.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestion feel free to post. Im a DIY type of guy and more then willing to help anyone with any questions that they may have.
I'll try my best to help others with my DIY builds via YouTube so it will be much easier to understand and build

Thing I want to build.
1: A top canopy
2: A "3D" Background with Styrofoam
3: Completely frame out the tank & canopy (to make it look like one piece)

So far that's all I got. Those are the things that will get posted when they get built.

The tank will be for a Lake Tanganyika setup. For Lighting I will just use a T8 shop light.
For filtration im running a Fluval FX5 and ground bedding is sand.

At the the moment im working on the Stand.

Prep Work

Rope Molding Trim

Door Sample

PhotoShopped Sample

I don't know if I should leave the doors as posted or separate them and make 2 frames on each door and put my knobs in the middle. Its just taped down with double sided tape till I find the right design.

Im using left over gray vinyl in the frame to match the dining room. The rope trim will be painted white to make it stand out a little more.

That's it for now.

Romad 05-24-2012 04:48 AM

Wow - that's one amazing tank. Great job so far! I think I'd leave the doors as is. Breaking them up might be a bit "busy" IMO.

And this is going in your dining room? So jealous!!

Jay702 05-24-2012 05:08 AM


Originally Posted by Romad (Post 1093514)
Wow - that's one amazing tank. Great job so far! I think I'd leave the doors as is. Breaking them up might be a bit "busy" IMO.

And this is going in your dining room? So jealous!!

Thanks Romad.. Appreciate the input, Only place the tank will look good and I have what I need close by ( water/ drain) if I need to do a water change. Thinking of splicing the water line and sending a separate line into the tank. Something I'll have to do while my lady is out the house. Another reason I have it in the dining room is because its towards the back of the house and dont want to stress the fish with so much foot traffic.

Also you'd be surprised on the deals you can get on craigslist. I picked up the Fluval FX5 for $100 bucks (retail's new for $250 ) and the guy threw in 2 large drift wood which alone would cost $50-$60.

Geomancer 05-24-2012 11:18 AM

Awesome. I've put a great deal of consideration into finishing off a room into my basement to make into a fish room.

Your stand looks nice too! I built mine for a 125 gallon, but yours looks much better =)

My only comment is have you checked that the wall behind the tank is a load bearing wall (beam supported by pillars in the basement/crawl space or an external wall along the foundation wall)? Unless of course it's on a concrete slab foundation.

Jay702 06-06-2012 06:26 AM

Finally got around to getting some help and setting up the tank.. In the process I almost lost all my fish. I had them in buckets and Temp was dropping really fast and out of 5 buckets I had to share 2 air pumps back and forward. Took a little longer then expected because right after my FX5 filter stopped working. BLAH!! I had to take the whole thing apart ended up being some media stuck in the motor.

All this while the fish sat in the bucket :( 3 were almost belly up, one was stressed the hell out and laying sideways, one kept jumping out.So I ran a few water test ASAP.. as soon as it was close to normal, I rush them in the tank. If I didnt act as fast as I did, today would have been a sad day. Im so happy they didnt go into shock. The placos are really happy with the sand and playing around. and eveyone else is alive thank god.Water is still cloudy but I had no choice if I wanted to save them. I added my other filters to speed up the process. Im still working on my doors I ran out of paint.

Here are some updated photos of today. 9hrs later :shock: lol

Fishes mad at daddy :cry:


Cleaning and getting drift wood ready

Fishes happy with daddy :-D

One of my large placos (12" long)

Jay702 06-07-2012 12:11 AM

Spend most of the day shopping and researching stuff for my tank.

Tank is cleaner and more clear today, not as much as it could be but should be within the next 24 hrs.

I picked up some Red Lava Rocks, Jumbo Cotton Balls and Fluval Pre-Filter Pellet media for my FX5. Works amazing!!
Something must have been clogged yesterday because im getting better flow from the nozzles today.
Going to build a spray bar next week, add a water pump and connect it to a timer. I also added another 4ft shop light today.

I spend most of the day doing a 25% water change, cleaning out the filter, re-cleaning the drift wood and deep cleaning the lava rocks.
For $3.68 i'll have a hard time running out. Beats paying $10.00+ for only 17oz of Fluval BioMax.

Enjoy.. :-)

Red Lava Rock Info from Home Depot

Actual Bag of Red Lava Rock (just in case you want to pick some up)

Goodies :)

Media Baskets
(Media Order = Bottom-Middle-Top)

Update Shot

Side Shot

sparkyjoe 06-07-2012 12:51 AM

Having fun watching this swimming pool, oops!, I mean huge tank come together.

I love Oscars and it would be a dream to have a tank large enough to have some one day.
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Tcook1355 06-07-2012 01:00 AM

That is amazing!!!!

Jay702 06-08-2012 06:24 AM

Well at work all I could was think of my tank and trying to figure out what to do next.
seams like this project is never going to end, and I dont want it to lol. Every day Im learning
something new and coming up with ideas. Love this hobby!!

Today I worked on the doors,Im very happy with how its coming along. What do you think?

Next project after this is the top canopy, trim framework and lighting.

Talking about lights..What light cycles are you running?

Any recommendation for running 4 lights? each one is on a timer just haven't figured out what times I should set each one too.

Thanks and Enjoy :-)

Painting Trim

Adding adhesive to the vinyl

Using Spare tiles as weight to press the vinyl to the door

Added door knobs (matches the stainless steel appliances)

3 down 3 more to go

Jay702 06-09-2012 06:16 AM

Just a quick update

I have 3 doors drying up, ran out of wood trim I have to pick some up Tuesday.
Today I put up 3 of the completed doors and everything is coming along good so far.
Also ran out of door hinges :-? didn't thing I would be working on this as much as i'm
but oh well its fun :-). I couldn't find black hinges so i'll have to paint over these.

Hope you like it so far.

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