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So I decided to take the advice of a few of you on here and go ahead and completely drain, empty, clean and reseal my 6', 84 Gallon custom tank.. :blueshake: I had no idea what I was getting into..

I know this isn't a unique or exciting topic :roll:, but I wanted to share this little experience with you all as this is my first time resealing or doing anything DIY like this.. Here are a few pictures from today:









Trial on the first corner, came out pretty well I think:
 

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Looking good! :)
When all done, are you going to show pics???? ;-)
Good luck, and hope the floor stays dry in your favour!
 

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Looking good! :)
When all done, are you going to show pics???? ;-)
Good luck, and hope the floor stays dry in your favour!
Thank you and yes I will, I'm really excited about the project, Its a super cool tank and if I can get some more use out of it that would be rad. Its on a concrete slab in the garage with a 2" concrete lip around the perimeter and even it all 84 gallons spill out it wont damage anything of value! :p
 
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Very cool tank. Long and low... its a real beauty! Best of luck to you. What do you plan to keep in it ( besides, hopefuly, water)?
 

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Very cool tank. Long and low... its a real beauty! Best of luck to you. What do you plan to keep in it ( besides, hopefuly, water)?
Thank you, It is a great tank, trying to reseal it has been a mess :lol: .. A fun first time project nonetheless and I just finished resealing it this morning, went through 6 tubes of aquarium sealant. Its not as pretty as I hoped, but hopefully it does the trick, 48 hours and I'll fill it up with water and leave it a few days to see how it holds up.

I am trying not to count my chickens before they hatch in case it leaks but it has been hard not to think about stock. I would love a big solitary predator, but it's only 15" wide so it is limiting even though its so long. Its in the garage and the temp in there can get hot in the summer here in Southern California, so I need to look at really hearty and temperature resilient fish. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

I'll get some more pics up and share my trial run filling it up with water.
 
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So.. I may be going off the beaten path with this post in regard to topic, but I have decided to stock this tank (assuming it doesn't leak) with "Payara" Hydrolycus scomberoides (More comminly known as Vampire Tetra or Saber-Tooth Tetra). Their locality is the Amazon Basin primarily found in Venezuela.

Most people don't know that there are two different species of this fish or how to tell the difference.. Hydrolycus Scomberoides and Hydrolycus Armatus Armatus can reach about 3' long, while Scombs will not exceed 12" in the home aquarium. Armatus don't do good in groups. Scombs do good in groups..

I am getting a few Scombs.. Artamus are too hard to find and expensive and the will outgrow my width quickly.

In order to help keep my Payara happy, it has been advised to me to get a powerhead for current.

So I picked up this Hydor unit today and am testing in in my 75g.. Its absolutly SILENT and pushes water at 850 gpm. It was a bit expensive but I am pumped, because this will drastically improve the swimming room in this 84g tank.. kind of like a little river.

I am verry happy to endorse this product.

Anywho.. what do you guys think about this idea? ANY crital feedback is welcomed!!! ;-)


 

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Whelp.. I have an 6-7" Armatus sitting next to me. :shock:

I was browsing classified adds online and there was one about 200 bucks cheaper than what they go for on Aquascape Online (4" sells for $225) I got a 6-7" for $80 (after talking the guy down from $120).

This little guy is going to have to deal with a 30g Long for a few days until the sealant sets.




I went from not trying to think about stock yet, to deciding on stock, to having it before the tank is sealed.


My name is Ian and I have a bad case of MTS :oops:
 

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Ok I just realized I have a hydrolycus tatauia (tat). they tend to be the most home aquarium friendly reaching only a foot in length.

Also, hydrolycus tatauia is much more long lived than the hydrolycus scomberoides. It is also said, that tats are much more friendly to tank mates than any of the other vampire tetra species. The only down side to the tatauia is the lack of availability and possible high price. Many LFS very rarely get the hydrolycus tatauia and due to the higher demand can charge a very hefty price if necessary. If you can find a tat, it is not something that should be passed up.
I found this online.. I think I struck gold on this one..
 
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fangs

That fish is a beast! Also, I really like that circulation pump you have. Please keep posting pics. Thanks.
 

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Wow, a massive project to be sure! Good luck with it, and do keep us posted on how it comes out!
Haha, as Rssky said above - a beast to be sure! Yikes!!! I know nothing about these guys, they look pretty scary O.O Can't wait to hear how they do in that big ol' tank. . .
 

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Wow, a massive project to be sure! Good luck with it, and do keep us posted on how it comes out!
Haha, as Rssky said above - a beast to be sure! Yikes!!! I know nothing about these guys, they look pretty scary O.O Can't wait to hear how they do in that big ol' tank. . .
Thanks Chesh! It's been really fun! :p

As soon as I get my 90g (which I just decided to get right this second :shock:) I am going to put my Payara in there and turn this tank into a "desert oasis" aquascape. I had a dream I built a custom bird cage the exact same size and hung it directly over the tank to house some finches in so we have earth, water, and air in effect. However toward the end of the dream a friend of mine came over with an Asian Arrowana in a bucket that he rescued and we freaked out not knowing if we should keep it.. Then I woke up to my Boston Terriers staring at me and creeping me out. I need to get better sleep.. This is the third time I've had a dream about Arrowanas.. I know a guy that has really nice Jardinis for sale around here.. maybe my Payara needs a friend.

Not to cross threads here.. but this MTS is getting out of hand honestly.
 

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yes

Arrowana are coolest fish. I've never had room for anything like that, but always dreamed. Love big tanks with big fish.
 

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Update on reseal.





So far no leaks. I am giving it an hour and I'm going to check again. I hope 48 hours was enough time for it to dry. That's what I read was the required dry time.. fingers crossed.

I will be adding new gravel, already established filters, air-stone, fake plants and power-head and heater today too if all goes well. ;-)
 
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No leaks!

SUCCESS! :thumbsup::welldone::guitarist::mrgreen:

I am still a little worried about the thickness of the glass, Its super thin for this size tank. Adding the power-head will help keep old guy busy (the love swimming in a fast current and have been known to hang out right in front of the power-head), but I was worried that with his fast speeds, slamming into the glass on the other end of the tank (with the help of the current) could be a major issue.. So...

I am trying out a "make-shift bubble/plant wall" as a preventative :shock:

I am going to add a few smooth rocks to that end as well.. It wont stop him from slamming the glass if he is startled, but I'm hoping it will help slow him down some, IDK..


 

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All Finished!




Now we wait for the temp to raise. :-(

I am going to have water parameter issues I'm sure, as the gravel is new. I need to get this guy into this tank ASAP as the size of the tank is known to be a big stressor for Payara. I am going to keep an eye on it.. This is the part where I freak out....:shock:
 

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I took some better pictures, the lighting was kind of bad.. enjoy! ;-)


 

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its so pretty!!! are you gonna have anymore decor? live plants maybe? hmmm i love tanks :)
Not in this tank.. maybe a smooth rock if anything else. This tank was a rescue and I've already put a lot of time and money into it. I am for sure going to do a planted tank, but I've never done one yet so i'm going to start with my 30g this week.
 

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*applauds* GREAT JOB!!! Good luck with introducing the fish to their new home - let us know how it goes!
I am introducing him today. I will post a pic.. poor guy is stressed in this 30g hasn't ate yet. Fingers crossed.
 
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