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07-14-2009, 12:52 PM
Well I officially got the MTS bug and decided I wanted to do a 125 Malawi Mbuna tank. So here is a journal of my progress to date. Credit has to go to member ErikFromNJ for the inspiration and help to do my DIY stand and canopy(oak).

07-14-2009, 12:56 PM
And some more....

07-14-2009, 01:04 PM
Aaaaaaand a few more:ssmile: ! This is where I'm at right now. I need to complete the canopy and then concentrate on the rest of the mechanical workings of the tank setup itself. I am going to use PFS this time(have 3MCQ in my 72g) and I need to decide on which type of rockwork I will use. Filtration will be an FX5 and an AC110, plus a Koralia3 PH to move waste to the filter. 2 250w Stealths will do the heating. Lighting is going to be DIY. I've got 2 3' T5 fixtures from HD that I will mount in the canopy. It gives me 84w of light(non-planted).

07-14-2009, 01:39 PM
Looks great! Very nice work.

07-14-2009, 02:07 PM
Very nice!
Thats a stand to be proud of!thumbs2:

07-14-2009, 05:39 PM
very nice work

07-14-2009, 11:16 PM
so when are you going to come build stuff for me?
very nice work! looks very well done. can't want to see it up, running, and full of fish.

07-15-2009, 07:16 PM
Thanks everyone thumbs2: . The canopy is done except for needing 2 coats of polyurethane. Now I can get down to business getting everything else setup :D ! I went and got 100lbs of pool filter sand today, but that will go in after the rockwork. Here are a few more pics.

Z Fish Man
07-15-2009, 08:45 PM
Wow very impressive work, people pay thousands for work like that.

07-15-2009, 09:59 PM
Thank you. Maybe I'm in the wrong line of work!

07-15-2009, 10:09 PM
Looks awsome..............great job

07-16-2009, 12:00 PM
Thank you sailor. More to come once I start getting things IN the tank!

07-26-2009, 06:58 PM
Rockwork is in. Filters and Heaters are running, I will start cycling tonight. The cloudiness in the pics has since cleared, although I may change to a different spectrum bulb eventually as it seems to yellow(3500k)

07-26-2009, 07:12 PM
Looks to me like you are off to a good start!

07-26-2009, 07:17 PM
looking good

07-26-2009, 08:40 PM
The tank looks great!
Nice rock work.

07-27-2009, 03:40 PM
wheres the fish???

07-27-2009, 08:01 PM
Thanks everyone. Just started FL cycling last night so it will be a few weeks before its stocked.