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How I Installed My 220 Gallon Aquarium

How I Installed My 220 Gallon Aquarium

Steve Poland here. And this week I’m excited to show you something
that has been in the works for a while. But first I want to give you the backstory. My 125 gallon display tank has been a mainstay
on this channel ever since I started filming videos. The stock has changed, the hardscape has changed, but this thing has been my pride and joy ever
since I got it. But for the last few months I’ve been on the
lookout for something bigger. I know, it’s ridiculous. But I see these bigger tanks and they look
so good. I guess you could call it tank envy. So with these bigger tanks, you generally
have a few options. The most common sizes are 150, 180, and 210/220. So I kept an eye out. And I looked at prices online, and looked
at posts on Craigslist, But I never saw anything that I thought had
potential. But then a couple of months ago I saw a post
for a 220 at a reasonable price. The picture was horrible but I went to see
it anyway. And while I knew it would need some TLC, it
seemed like it would work. It came with the standard 6 foot black pine
stand that you see a lot of places. The guy was moving so I made a pretty low
offer. And he took it. Once I looked at it I realized quickly that
it was actually a 210 made by AGA about 10 years ago. The initial cleanup was easy, But after 10 years, the silicone on any tank
is reaching the end of its life. So I decided to re-seal it. I removed all of the old silicone and taped
up the corners and sides. It didn’t turn out perfect but for my first
time it wasn’t too bad. I let it cure for a full week and filled it
up for a leak test. I klet it sit for another full week and fortunately
it was water tight. But I just couldn’t stop worrying about it
leaking or, worst case, blowing out on me. And in fact, I even had a couple of nightmares
about exploding tanks. Fortunately I found out about a brand new
Marineland 220 being sold locally for a pretty good price. So I decided to sell the 210 and buy the 220. I had the 220 delivered which was a new experience
for me and worth every penny. They dropped it off right in my living room. The first step for me was painting the back
of the tank black. I’ve shown this a few times and it’s very
simple. First I taped up the sides just as a precaution. I then used a flat black latex paint and did
four coats. I started with one coat longways. Then once it dried I came back to do another
coat shortways. I repeated this process again and once it
was done I was left with a solid black background. I then flipped the tank 90 degrees to paint
the bottom in the same manner. The end result was a simple but effective
way to achieve the look that I prefer for my display tanks. One other bit of prep that I did for this
project was bracing the floor beneath the tank. It sits perpendicular to my floor joists and
close to a foundation wall, which is ideal. But this will help since a 220 weighs nearly
a thousand pounds more than a 125. I bought two adjustable jack posts and a 4×4
beam. I attached the beam to the joists, and then set the posts in place and twisted
the adjustment screws. I’ll sleep a lot better knowing that this
is in place. Then, finally, came the day of the switch. The first step was to remove the canopy from
the 125 and move it out of the way. Then I removed the lids, LED light, and overflow
box but left the filters running. I wanted the filters to be stopped for as
short a window as possible during this transition. The next step was to remove the rocks and place
them out of the way. Even though I just did a deep cleaning of
this tank a couple of months ago, there was still quite a bit of waste that
kicked up from under those rocks. Since I knew I would be re-using the sand,
I wanted to remove as much of that waste as possible before transfering it. So once all of the rocks were out, I turned
on the python and did a bit of cleaning. Then it was time to move the fish. As many of you know, directly opposite this
125 is my 90 gallon growout tank. It’s heavily filtered and while not an ideal
long term environment for this many fish, I know it would be feasible to house them
temporarily while switching out the big tanks. Moving the fish didn’t end up being that difficult, though I could have made it easier on myself
by taking out more of the water first. But again, I wanted to leave the filters running. These fish sure do hate to be caught. My tetrastigma even decided to bury himself
down in the sand in an attempt to hide. In the end, all of the fish were moved over
without too much trouble. It was around this time that my reinforcements
showed up, in the form of my buddy John, aka Maximus
Aquatics. John is a great guy with an awesome YouTube
channel which I will link to down in the description. He has great tanks and his videos are hilarious. So at this point, since everything was out
of the tank, it was time to turn off the filters and drain
the rest of the water. You may have noticed how bad my filter intakes
and returns look here. These are actually my backups. My regular parts were pulled out of the tank
so that I could do some work on them. But more on that in a future video. I used my 1300 gallon per hour pump here so
draining the tank went pretty quickly. I stopped a couple of inches from the bottom
because I wanted to get the sand wet. A lot of beneficial bacteria live in the sand
and my goal was to keep it all alive if possible. Removing the sand was not super fun but having
several buckets helped a lot. The next step was removing all of the filters
and other equipment so that we could move the old tank and stand. This is more work that you would expect and
having a buddy to help out is really nice. With all of the equipment out of the way it was time for the
heavy lifting. The tank was easy. A 125 isn’t all that heavy for two people
to carry. The old stand was way overbuilt though and
weighed much more than the tank. Still, it wasn’t too bad. We carried them out to the garage to be stored
until they are sold. Now moving the new stand in was easy. These black pine stands are nice but they’re
really light. Once it was in the room I measured to make
sure it was the right distance from the wall and level. Then came the part that neither of us was
looking forward to: moving the 220 into place. John had a couple of furniture dollys that
we threw underneath it just to save us work getting it into the room. This is when I started to realize just how
much bigger this tank was than the old one. Ultimately, it wasn’t terrible getting the
tank up onto the stand, and once it was there we made some minor adjustments
and checked it again to make sure it was level. Lucky for John, this meant he was done for
the day. And I got started on something I had been
waiting so long for, setting up the new tank. First I added the old sand and a couple of
bags of new sand that I had rinsed the night before. Then I put the rocks back in place. It’s crazy how much smaller they look in the
220. Then, the moment of truth: starting the fill. If you’re wondering about the blue bowl, this is something that I recommend when filling
a tank that has sand in it. It prevents the water from splashing on the
sand as much which helps with the initial cloudiness. Unfortunately you can never completely prevent
it which you’ll see here shortly. With the water starting to fill, I made some
adjustments to the rocks and started some modifications to my filtration
setup. Since this tank is so much taller, I had to
switch out some of the hoses for longer pieces. It took a long time to fill but fortunately
there were no leaks. I would have been surprised if there were,
since this tank was brand new, but you never know. With the tank full, I turned on the filters,
added some Seachem Clarity, and began to move the fish to their new home. Then it was time for a few final steps, like adding the glass tops and lights. I don’t have a canopy for this tank yet, as
they seem to be tough to find, so I will probably be making my own at some point. After a quick scrub to remove a bit of the
dust from the sand, I was finally done for the day. And now, a few days later, this is how the
tank is looking. I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s one thing to see a big tank like this
in videos, or in a store, but to see it in my own home is just amazing. The filtration seems to be doing a great job. I’m running the Eheim 2250, two Eheim 2217s with DIY external heaters
attached, and then a Fluval FX5. The water is crystal clear. You’ll be seeing this tank a lot in the future and hopefully you enjoyed seeing the process
that I went through to make it happen. Let me know what you think down in the comments. And if this is your first time here at my
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100 comments on “How I Installed My 220 Gallon Aquarium

  1. Equipment on the new tank:
    Big Eheim:
    Smaller Eheims:
    Rock is a landscaping stone called Carderock

    My aquarium gear recommendations:

  2. You paint the background black instead of a wallpaper, you put big ass rocks instead of plants and natural ornaments? Lol Good video but you're a weird ass dude.

  3. Beautiful tank Steve. I'm still trying to convince the wife that a 1000 gallon aquarium would look awesome in our living room.

  4. this is light work try taking a few of these tanks up some stairs…my brother has 3 this size….reallly aren't too bad either just push it up the steps or die situation xD

  5. Don't you add any plants to your tanks ? they look beautiful but I can't help wondering how some plants might look just centered in the background.

  6. Hey Steve, watched this video a few times over the years and im now preparing to upgrade my 60 to a 265 in the coming months. I notice how carefully you made sure this was level. If a tank is slightly not level, what would you have done to fix it? If the waterline isnt 100% straight what kind of issues would this cause?

  7. Great video👍👍 ive just upgraded to my biggest yet, only 40 gallons but i love it cant wait to have something as beautiful as yours!

  8. I have a 150 gallon tank I need to set up, but I can’t fit in my houses crawl space and I’m not sure if my floor would handle that much weight

  9. 4:31 TINK! the sound of rock against glass… you freeze… face turning pale… adrenaline rushing… heart pounding… shirt soaking… not breathing… time slowing down… earth stops spinning…

  10. Great video. And I love the time lapse so it is not 99 hours long lol. How did you get bio transferred? That is what I am working through going from a 29 to a 75. Same issue as you had but on a 1/10th scale. Any advice is appreciated.

  11. If you want the aquarium to be leveled then you should have a thin lair of frigolit aka insulation at the bottom, the tank will level itself out and will prevent the aquarium from krackning.

  12. So the old sand eliminated the need to cycle? You just added new water over the sand, and add fish instantly?

  13. I find it easier to use the hang on square birthing boxes to scoop the sand. Even the big square net works awesome!

  14. is gorgeous! I'm about to setup a new tank and I'm definitely thinking on painting the back and bottom black as you did. Those rocks you have in there, where you got them from? can you just stick random rocks into your tank? xD

  15. #stevepolandaquatics Wet dry vacuum would make that sand a cinch to remove just when the vac fills up put the water back in the tank to get the rest of the sand.

  16. I'm supporting my floor joists in the same way. I have my supporting 4×4 in the right location, but after doing some measuring the 4×4 sits slightly in front of the tank. The tank is sitting perpendicular to the floor joists and is against a load bearing wall. I was wondering if I should push the support beam a few more inches to be directly under the tank.

  17. owning a fish tank is one thing, but i feel that people who own multiple tanks that are so huge or have many small tanks hoarded throughout their homes, are suffering from some kind of unknown sickness. Theres no need for such a huge tank, not to mention you already had a big one. quite ridiculous. also notice how he tells no one where to get a tank like that or who made it.

  18. Thx, Steve, well done video and job moving the tanks and occupants. I’ve just subscribed and look forward to more.

    I’m particularly interested in the bolstering of the floor. Can you elaborate a bit more on how you did it and where you bought what jacks, etc., pls? Thx! 🐠👍🐠

  19. I got the 300 of this. Love it. Mines marine, with overflows, sump, skimmer, grow cheato, a few media reactors and plumbed with extra returns since I run 2200gph with 2 mp60s

  20. Legends has it that til this day he is still trying to catch those fishes. Hey bud, not to sound smart but had you drained out most of the water and leave 10% left it would been easier to catch those fishes

  21. Great video. Did you have your floors supported while the 125g was there? My old house sat on a concrete slab so it was not a problem. My new house has the same kind of floors like you and I'm weary of putting a 125g here. Not sure if I can get all the way to the location in the crawl space to support the floors either…

  22. Just some rocks? Seems a bit spartan to me, but each to their own, I guess! lol
    I'm not an expert, and it looks like you got great filtration, but don't you want some decorum?
    You know, plants, driftwood, some sort of character in that gorgeous tank?

  23. Hi I'm looking for the same set up by with a canopy. Your tank is 220gallon? U know where I can purchase it from?

  24. the fish are great . the tank looks like the ons at Petco. need to have a eye for the tank as much as the fish. a couch and a end table would have been better

  25. Steve what is the sand composition? Is it 100% crushed coral? Is it the same as Caribsea special grade reef sand?

  26. WTF!!! I have never seen any cichlid use the gravel to hide! like a salt water wrasse! WTF!!!!!! 6:29

  27. Did you siphon your old tank water into the new tank? I figured tap would have killed all of your beneficial bacteria. Was just curious how you did that part for when I upgrade my 55g. ( sorry I just realized this is an older video) ill be sure to check out your new content. thank you!

  28. It's so beautiful!!! I'm extremely jealous of you. I just got a 50 gallon for my flowerhorn but I really want a 150 gallon because you're very right about seeing a bigger tank in your home it brings so much peace and there's really no need for a TV on my opinion. Thank you for your video

  29. Jesus. my 80 gallon weighs a ton. I couldn't imagine moving around 125 let alone a 220. I did go up stairs though. My nerves were quivering.

  30. I'm poor! so I bought a cheap 220, resealed it. put 3, 125 sponge filters in it and I have exploding tank nightmares every night. I still go to sleep with floaties on😳

  31. thats an underwhelming ammount of rock… if u add more rock and especially porous rocks the fish will spawn and you get babies that live in teh crevices, u got like 5 boulders in there and some sand…. use ur imagination!!

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