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  1. I attended my first fish swap on 8/21! I did okay. Sold a lot and brought some home. Also won a 75 gallon Marineland setup! I've painted the back and bottom flat black like the rest of the aquariums in the fish room. I've picked up a few 75s for cheap and will be refurbishing them for use in the fish room. Last night I added the 75 that I won to the rack.
  2. I haven't done any updates here in a while so here it goes. Things have changed quite a bit in my Fish Room corner of the basement. Not long after my last post, I had a heater malfunction that cooked my breeding group of L397's. By the time I noticed it was already too late. I moved them to another tank but none survived the night. My Uaru have bred twice so far this year. The last batch had 192 fry. The current batch looks like in the 70s but they won't be counted until I move them to a grow out tank. I've been shipping my Uaru around the country with mixed results. Most have arrived without incident. My biggest issue was shipping three adult Uaru and having USPS damage the box causing one of the fish to perish and one to be injured. USPS and PayPal claims later, everything is back to normal. As always, please check out all my other social media. I'm North Vineland Tropicals on Facebook, Instagram, & especially Youtube where you can see videos of all the fish I'm selling and my 220 "mostly" South American cichlid show tank. I'll be at the O'FishShell 1st Anniversary fish swap on August 21st in Mountain Top, PA from 11am to 5pm. Last I heard there was close to 20 vendors and food trucks. Come out and buy some fish! Now, here's a few photos of what's been happening.
  3. I got my next rack cut down to 93" tall x 24" deep to fit in my basement. I have no shelf racks or cross bars for it though. I was thinking of cutting them down again to 18" deep so I can sit 40s or 75s right on the shelves.
  4. Air has been piped in. The metal needle valves are a pain to thread in by hand. I ended up using my drill to get them in the PVC. I ran lines to all my tanks even if they're not currently being used. The pump is very quiet, I only hear the bubbling of the sponge filters if I'm not directly below the pump. I am going to insulate the little shelf it's on as it's below my bedroom and I can hear it slightly while trying to sleep. If that doesn't work, I'll attempt to lower is a little so it's not completely boxed in.
  5. Thanks! Here are a few photos. Look me up on youtube under North Vineland Tropicals for videos. I'm not allowed to post a link.
  6. I guess it will officially be considered a fishroom after this is installed. I can't add anymore tanks until I upgraded to a central air system. This should do nicely for a while.
  7. I did the maintenance on all my aquariums on Sunday. I had to take a video of my 220 as the Uaru colors were incredible. I love these fish. 220 gallon after fresh maintenance
  8. Oh, that's my dad and brother, I had no say in it. My dad is a perfectionist and my brother just got his welding certifications for his work last year. You can't even tell he capped those corners. I did all the grunt work of prepping, polishing, painting, & staining.
  9. LOL. Yeah. I'm glad I wasn't the one drilling them all.
  10. Not really. The aluminum afforded the strength I needed at roughly half the weight as steel and no need to be as bulky and reinforced as a wooden stand.
  11. Don't be sorry. We're all here to help each other. I'll try to answer them in order. 1 - I love using a sump. The maintenance is so easy compared to a canister filter. I've got an FX6 on my 75 and its a great filter but I hate doing the maintenance on it. Yes, I have separate drains per overflow. From my research I was better to do it this way as one drain has a tendency to be more powerful than the other and the pressure could hinder the other drain. The returns are a single pump with the PVC teed to each side. What you can't really see is that the returns are connected at each end to a spraybar that runs across the back of the tank at the water line. I have not been able to do anything about the bubbles, I've tried different configurations on the drains but it didn't change any. It's not terribly noisy. 2 - I ended up taking the socks out and just using filter floss. The socks were restricting the flow to much and starving my pump. I would have been swapping them out every day. I'm running the sterilizer separate so I can slow down the flow thru it. The slower the flow the better the UV works. I purchased a tiny pump that only does about 5gph. With the UV and the temp at about 82° F I've never had a disease. I barely get algae on the glass. 3 - Just something I'd like to add. I'll need to take an updated photo but I have A LOT of biological media in this sump. Two CerMedia blocks, 6 or so bags of volcanic rock, and some ceramic cylinders. Also, 8 bags of Purigen.
  12. I just posted 3 threads under the journals.
  13. From 9/27/21 - This is the build of the canopy for my Marineland 220 gallon aquarium in photos. The entire unit was constructed out of white pine. I looked an tons of photos online for inspiration. I originally wanted the two front sections of burned wood to open like the doors below AND have the entire front tilt up but, my father the engineer said that was a tall order. he could do it but it would weigh a ton and be super complicated. So, we simplified my idea down to having the entire front tilt and just mimic the front doors below. Please check my other post on building the aluminum stand for this tank.
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