225 Gallon Planted Tank Build

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Was going to post as I built but I knew due to work/life this was going to be a very slow build.
But let's begin.

Picked up a Used 225 Gallon Tank, the couple decided to go Saltwater and turned out to be a disaster, money wasn't an issue but they just didn't have the proper knowledge, and their plumbing was completely off. Ended up taking it off their hands for a really good deal.

225 Gallon
72" Wide, 24" High, 30" Deep
1/2" Thick Glass

1st Day Moving the tank down to the basement, figured 2 strong guys could do it.
Horrible Start

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Removed the front panel and decided to take advantage of the opening and clean the tank up, easier than expected to remove the left over residue.

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A few days later, replaced the front. Back in business.

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Working on the stand cover (still deciding if I want a cover or not)

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Hooked up all the plumbing and decided to spray paint everything blue.

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Current Sump Setup (90 Gallon)
Adding more media soon, and removing the carbon after 2 weeks.

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Current Light Set up. 6 x Sunblaster 54w T5HO Bulbs.
Hoping I won't have an algae issue, but I plan on doing short and carpeting plants, so I want them to reach to the bottom.

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Now for the AquaScaping!

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Went with 60lbs of Seiryu Stone and 60lbs of Leopard Stone. Wish I purchased a bit more but after many failed attempts I think I am happy with the results.

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Plants will be going in today and I will post some pictures when it is complete and the tank is filled.
 

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Super jealous. I had the chance to pick up a 500g for $500 a while back but had no way to move it.
 

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MrBryan723 said:
Super jealous. I had the chance to pick up a 500g for $500 a while back but had no way to move it.
Would you be jealous if I got a 90 gallon for free?
 

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Crispii said:
Would you be jealous if I got a 90 gallon for free?
Lol well maybe a bit... I got my 65 for free and paid $100 for my 100g.
 

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Looking good with the reseal? Did you end up resealing the entire tank, hate for it to bust on you. Old silicone does not bond well with new silicone.
 
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Crispii said:
Nice setup! How much did you get this tank?
I'll have to actually calculate the total cost because it came with a bunch of saltwater accessories and rocks that I ended up selling.
But definitely a steal.

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Super jealous. I had the chance to pick up a 500g for $500 a while back but had no way to move it.
That is a crazy deal, but that is just a tease! How do you even that inside your house? That would be amazing to own.

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Looking good with the reseal? Did you end up resealing the entire tank, hate for it to bust on you. Old silicone does not bond well with new silicone.
We just did the front panel but removed all the silicone it would come in contact with and used new silicone, also had to replace the top bracing as it has also cracked. I let it sit for about a month filled to the top as a test. So far no issues.

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Just curious, how did you crack the glass?
My guess is, it sat in the garage in minus 30 weather and when we brought it in, it was still cold outside but hot inside, so maybe it became a bit fragile? And at one point we had to turn it and let it sit on its front, heard some noises but didn't think there was any damage done until we got it downstairs. Was honestly so close to just chucking it all away haha.
 
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Some new photos on the tank with plants.
Disappointed, I took pictures when it was first planted and how empty the tank looked but for some reason they did not save, so can not show the amount of growth of the plants, but it's been incredible how fast they are growing and spreading, did not expect this rate of growth. Still tweaking a few things, starting to see a bit of algae on the glass and rocks, but nothing too serious.

Plant List:

Dwarf Grass
Alternanthera RenickI Mini
Helanthium Quadricostatus
Staurogyne Repens
Ranunculus Inundatus
Weeping Moss

Currently injecting CO2 into the sump right next to the Pump, will be turning it off once fish arrive.
For fertilization, just used tabs in the sand.
The light stays on for 7 hours per day.
 
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For the sump.
Water flows through Filter Floss, then into 2 more stacks of filter floss and sponge, into Seachem Matrix, then some bioballs floating and on the ground, into one more stack of floss and sponge then the pump.
Working on building a lid as evaporation is a bit too much, need to clean up the wiring as well, may also set up the ATO as I have a chamber for it.
Currently using 2 Gyre 230s to move the plants, do believe I'll need to adjust once the fish are in.

Wish the pictures were a bit nicer, don't know how you guys take some pro shots haha.
 
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Fish Stock List:

FOR SURE GOING IN THE TANK:

50 x Cardinal Tetras
50 x RummyNose Tetras
20 x Ottos
10 x Juli's Corys
10 x Panda Corys
10 x Nerite Snails
5 x 4-6" Different Catfish
2 x BristleNose Pleco

Option 1)

4-5 x Discus
Would love to have them. I know many owners have them with Tetras but speaking with an experienced Discus hobbyist, he states there's no way you can give them a proper temperature without putting the other fish in stress. They simply like hotter water.

Option 2)

20 x Different Rainbowfish, probably 4 or 5 different kinds.

Option 3)

15 x Black Ruby Barbs
15 x Odessa Barbs

Would love to hear your opinions and comments on the list, what should I change, add, or get rid off. All criticism is welcomed.

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Nice.. I absolutely love it. One day perhaps, if my future wife allows me.

P.s. I have 5 Black Ruby Barbs, they are such fun fish..So I am a bit biased on this and would say option 3.
 
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Just some updated pictures and some new friends.

50 x Cardinals
20 x RummyNose
10 x Ottos
5 x Nerite Snails
6 x Discus

Still an empty tank, waiting on the shipment for the remaining fish, but the Discus have arrived and they are doing well.

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