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post #1 of 9 Old 04-26-2018, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Got a 125 gallon tank, 72 x 19 x 22. Actual 130.2 gallons. Got it for a steal...$100. Only 2 issues. 1 its dirty as heck. The former owner had it as a red tank, and theres loads of dried calcified crap on it. I'm wondering what the best way to clean it is. I'm thinking vinegar. Not sure if itll work though. I want to avoid any soaps and stuff. Anyone ever had to do this before.

Also I know filled they are like 1500 pounds or so. I need a stand. This isnt something I'm going to set up right away, I have to get filters, substrate, decorations, tank lighting, covers, etc. Then I need to cycle, etc. I want to put my 3 balas, and 3 tinfoil barbs from my smaller tank In there. But what type of stand do you recommend. I want to set it up, under my t.v (on the wall) and put all my tank stuff underneath, and also my t.v. equipment under (set top box, blue ray etc) I'm looking for something that will fit all of that, and be sturdy as hell. Any ideas??

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Reef tank...not red tank
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I want to set it up, under my t.v (on the wall)
would not recommend that, the constant moisture of water evaporating up will destroy your TV
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would not recommend that, the constant moisture of water evaporating up will destroy your TV


Iíve had big tanks under my 2 big TVs, which are hung on the wall, for 8 years now and have never once had any problems. Also have smaller tanks under small TVs which have never had a single problem. I have a weather station in my living room to give me temp and % humidity and the fish tanks have virtually no impact - even when I had 500 gallons of tanks.

But I have glass tops and canisters on my tanks which virtually eliminate evaporation. OP can easily do the same and enjoy a fantastic setup. If the OP wanted an open top with HOB filters.....maybe it might cause a problem at some point. I think I would want to hear from people who have such setups and see what they have to say. Maybe do a search and see if anyone has reported having a tv ruined by their fish tank. People post threads about all kinds of stupid things - certainly would expect there to be instances of it happening if itís a legitimate concern.


I have standard wood cabinet stands for my 125s, with everything underneath. I think itís important for the stand to look nice, considering itís going to be the focal point of the room.



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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta

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Iíve had big tanks under my 2 big TVs, which are hung on the wall, for 8 years now and have never once had any problems. Also have smaller tanks under small TVs which have never had a single problem. I have a weather station in my living room to give me temp and % humidity and the fish tanks have virtually no impact - even when I had 500 gallons of tanks.

But I have glass tops and canisters on my tanks which virtually eliminate evaporation. OP can easily do the same and enjoy a fantastic setup. If the OP wanted an open top with HOB filters.....maybe it might cause a problem at some point. I think I would want to hear from people who have such setups and see what they have to say. Maybe do a search and see if anyone has reported having a tv ruined by their fish tank. People post threads about all kinds of stupid things - certainly would expect there to be instances of it happening if itís a legitimate concern.


I have standard wood cabinet stands for my 125s, with everything underneath. I think itís important for the stand to look nice, considering itís going to be the focal point of the room.



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It's a 125. I haven't decided on a top yet, so I'm not sure. It is an overflow filter setup, which I need to learn how to use...lol, so no HOB filter. I will have to see about temp regulation, and everything else, but I want to eliminate whatever wires, and hoses, etc in the tank that I can. It'll be a while before I set it up. I have to clean it, get a stand, filters, heaters, pretty much EVERYTHING except for the tank itself.
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It's a 125. I haven't decided on a top yet, so I'm not sure. It is an overflow filter setup, which I need to learn how to use...lol, so no HOB filter. I will have to see about temp regulation, and everything else, but I want to eliminate whatever wires, and hoses, etc in the tank that I can. It'll be a while before I set it up. I have to clean it, get a stand, filters, heaters, pretty much EVERYTHING except for the tank itself.


2 of mine are 125s too. When I got the one for my living room i had to go get a new tv that didnít look so small .

With a background you wonít see any of the wires from the tank. If youíre not comfortable running the tv wires through the wall, they make a covering that will hide the wires between the tv and the tank.

By overflow filter do you mean a sump filter? The overflow box is like an HOB in that it will push the tank away from the wall. With canisters you can keep the tank closer to the wall. With a sump, you can put the heater in there and keep it out of the tank. However, they also make inline heaters for canisters, as well as inline UV filters which keep them both out of the tank. Definitely do some research on sumps - just cause it came with the tank doesnít mean you have to use it.




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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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2 of mine are 125s too. When I got the one for my living room i had to go get a new tv that didnít look so small .

With a background you wonít see any of the wires from the tank. If youíre not comfortable running the tv wires through the wall, they make a covering that will hide the wires between the tv and the tank.

By overflow filter do you mean a sump filter? The overflow box is like an HOB in that it will push the tank away from the wall. With canisters you can keep the tank closer to the wall. With a sump, you can put the heater in there and keep it out of the tank. However, they also make inline heaters for canisters, as well as inline UV filters which keep them both out of the tank. Definitely do some research on sumps - just cause it came with the tank doesnít mean you have to use it.




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Just like this tank, but 125 instead of 180.

Aqueon Tank MegaFlow Black 72LX24WX24H 180gal 100112312 @ Fish Tanks Direct

I'm just not sure how to use it yet...lol
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Iím not very familiar with that kind of filtration, but it seems to take in water over the top and then it gets filtered somehow and pumped back out - like an intank sump?

I would look at some YouTube videos about it.


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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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Iím not very familiar with that kind of filtration, but it seems to take in water over the top and then it gets filtered somehow and pumped back out - like an intank sump?

I would look at some YouTube videos about it.


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Been looking since I got out of work, lol. Bascially it overflows the tank, into the 2 spots in the back. Hooks up to the piping, and goes through a pump, and back into the tank. I also believve tthere's pretty much a "reserve tank" so that the water level in the main tankk always stays exact, and the reserve tank level goes down. Also it makes it near impossible for an overflow if you lose power, or something else happens, because there's no water being pumped back into the tank, while the power is out. Again, I bought the tank on a whim, I'm not sure how to use it, but for the price I got it for, and I know it's about an $800-$1000 tank. I had to jump on it. Just hafta research the heck out of it before I try to start it up.
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