Mark's 125G Dream

By: dewalltheway
April 14th, 2012
11:26 am

Mark's 125G Dream

It has been awhile since I have visted the site and thought I would share my new adventure. Back in January of this year, I decided to scrap my 90G corner bowfront and get the tank I have always wanted...a 125 gallon, 72"L x 18"W x 23"H. I had alot of work ahead of me because I wanted to build it into the wall in my basement and have the back of it accessible to my fish room. If you want to view the complete build Click HERE to go to my journal on TPT. Here are some pics of the build...

The start..


Fish room


Cleaned out ready for new floor paint


Paint applied


The tear down


The start of remodel






My little girl checking my work


Base in


View from fish room


Soffit in


Drywalled and ready for paint


Ready for tank


Tank in


Testing hardscape


Starting to fill


Filter wall in fish room


Planting started




Filters setup






Almost done..just have to build the front cover


Thanks for looking!

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90 comments on "Mark's 125G Dream"

  • Tugg
    August 27, 2014 at 11:02 am

    You can freeze it into little sheets using something like a plastic sandwich container, then slowly slide it under the cap. At least that's an option I've read somewhere. I would suspect with a tank your size you could do most of it pretty quickly depending on how much you can freeze at a time.

  • dewalltheway
    August 29, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Originally Posted by Tugg
    You can freeze it into little sheets using something like a plastic sandwich container, then slowly slide it under the cap. At least that's an option I've read somewhere. I would suspect with a tank your size you could do most of it pretty quickly depending on how much you can freeze at a time.
    Never thought about that. I think my wife though would think I am totally of my rocker when I tell her to free up some space in the freezer for some dirt

    Thanks for the suggestion!

  • dewalltheway
    September 3, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Well...Sunday afternoon I was trimming my jungle val and I decided to rip it apart as it was getting so overgrown and out of control. I was trying to go a year, but I just couldn't. So..I started with this......



    and as of tonight, I am here with still more to do......







    I have my rocks, anubius nana petite and moss to put back in yet. Stay tune for completed layout.

  • Tugg
    September 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Hey.. I can see fish and driftwood... awesome.

  • dewalltheway
    September 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Originally Posted by Tugg
    Hey.. I can see fish and driftwood... awesome.
    Yep! It was pretty overgrown. Cleaned up a little for now.

  • Kerry
    September 5, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    LOL! I just ripped all the JV out of my tank too! I had to tear the whole tank down to get all the shoots out...then I re-planted with all new stuff!

  • BruceF
    September 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I like this branchy piece of driftwood.

  • dewalltheway
    December 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I can't believe it has been over a year since I last posted an update but I really have not had the time and not really much to post till now. I have been battling this black algea from hell itself for the past 6 years or so and it has really gotten bad this past year. I would put anubius plants in there and within a month the leaves are black. All my driftwood is the same way. I have been thinking for quite sometime if it could be because my substrate is old (some of it dates back to 2005) and dirty. So today, I pulled my driftwood out and power washed them off and have them soaking in tubs of water and peroxide. Tonight, I started to dig out my substrate and cleaning it with fresh water by using my daughter sandbox sifter. This has worked really well because it is taken the Eco-Complete and given me fine and medium coarse substrate which will work great with starting a new layout. Once I sift it all once, I will clean it again in fresh water. I have only done about 1/4 of the tank so far and will be working through the week on the rest of it. The water on this 1st go around of cleaning was completely a dark brown. I am hoping this is going to work.

  • niko
    December 14, 2015 at 6:37 am

    No, it is not the old substrate. It is the microorganism populations that you have in this tank. They are not the right mix of creatures. And no, nobody can tell you how to establish the right kinds. But there are general practices you can use.

    Look at these pictures. This is a tank that is now 8 years old. Substrate was never touched. It has a layer of mulm on the bottom - maybe 1/2". Water is seldom changed (last year maybe 2-3 times just 5 gallons at a time), just top-off with RO. Read the comments to the pictures. They make no sense to the vast majority of people in this hobby. But they are true. Once again - the answer is in the dynamic processes that take place in that tank because of the establishment of the right kind of microorganisms.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/1116466...LSLk_GR7dP13QE

  • dewalltheway
    December 14, 2015 at 8:18 am

    What is interesting is that he has snails in that tank. I have a 20 gal tank that I took my anubius nana petite and put them in that also has snails. Within 2 weeks, the leaves were completely clean and have stayed clean. I wish I could figure it out because it makes the hobby very frustrating when your plants are covered in black gunk.

    Thanks for the link.


    Originally Posted by niko
    No, it is not the old substrate. It is the microorganism populations that you have in this tank. They are not the right mix of creatures. And no, nobody can tell you how to establish the right kinds. But there are general practices you can use.

    Look at these pictures. This is a tank that is now 8 years old. Substrate was never touched. It has a layer of mulm on the bottom - maybe 1/2". Water is seldom changed (last year maybe 2-3 times just 5 gallons at a time), just top-off with RO. Read the comments to the pictures. They make no sense to the vast majority of people in this hobby. But they are true. Once again - the answer is in the dynamic processes that take place in that tank because of the establishment of the right kind of microorganisms.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/1116466...LSLk_GR7dP13QE



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