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Moving Cichlids To The New Aquarium

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Speaker: I am going to move the Waroo in today's video.

I've always wondered what's this kind of look like close up, so I put it under this microscope.

Who remembers the pleco? [laughs]

Oh I seen you Timmy.

You guys want something cool, let's feed the fish first.

Okay, so lightning fast update on the aquarium gallery and where we're at with a lot of things. Clearly, we have light now, obviously, I've only got them initially set up. They're only-- I got to fix the wires up, I got to run everything properly, but the main thing was get everything up and running, make sure it works, get them onto the color spectrum and the brightness that I want, et cetera.

We now have this tank fully set up and ready to go. Why is it ready to go and how did I do it? Well, for a while now I've been showing you guys the sumps inside of them we have a marine pure block. This will support about a 100-gallon aquarium, and then inside this bio tower here, it's also filled enough file balls to support another 100 gallon aquarium.

Now, these are already cycled media. They've been in my aquariums for about two years now. Ultimately, setting up this aquarium was like doing a really big water change on that tank. All of this cycled media was simply transferred over to and it's ready to go. This is what one of them look like when it's cycled, but originally it's a pure white ball ceramic media filled with millions and millions of pockets of air, enough for bacteria to travel through it and inhibit it to house the nitrogen cycle.

When they do cycle, they turn this like brown color. Obviously, that would be like the bacteria, detritus, different types of molm that's all accumulated over, but I've always wondered what's this kind of look like close up? I put it under this microscope. Now this one obviously, we're not going to get close enough to see the bacteria. I just wanted to see the structure of the actual media.

I think I'm going to do that with a lot of different types, so I took two different videos of it right quick, it was at like 10 times and then 20 times, so 10 times magnification as well as 20 times magnification. We'll look up close at a bunch of other different things throughout videos in the future and if you have any suggestions on things you want to see out here that we could take a closer look at, let me know. I know bacteria is a huge one, so we will be doing that as well.

I am going to move the Waroo in today's video. These guys are going over into this aquarium, it's all set up and ready for them. I'm moving them because it's just going to make the next move easier when we tear down this racking system. Stands are ready to go. This tanks coming off of it, it's just on there temporarily. I'm going to need these two stands for the next two tanks.

Waroo going here. The [unintelligible 00:03:32] going there. Now obviously, I got the lights all set up as well and I wanted to show you some cool things. Now some interesting things about these lights, we'll just go over right quick. The things that I'm most excited about that I think maybe you guys might as well is well first and foremost, all these lights are currently on the same brightness and the same color spectrum, about 12,000 Kelvins, the Kelvin is the temperature rating of a light.

They're also at about a 100% power wattage as well. The only thing is that the chords I need to fix up and hide them and whatnot, they are kind of pulling them to the front, but you can see that based on the color of the backgrounds, it contrasts the light and they kind of look different. The number one thing that I'm going to be focusing on when I change the color and the brightness and everything is how do the fish look, and how does the overall tank look as well.

Now, I know that some of these lights are kind of looking weird or whatnot, but if we do this, look, when we get the setup right, we can angle them however we're going to want to. I'm not really too worried about how they look right now, obviously, we've got to get them all set up, but if I want to lower them and highlight a certain area in the tank, or maybe make it even more dramatic down there, I know that this might be kind of hard for you guys to see, let me change, there if I set it so it's not on auto, it's easier to see.

You guys will have a closer look. Now you can see if I angle it a certain way or whatever I want to do, bring it down lower, right? See that I can angle it however I want, make it pretty dramatic and dark looking or raise it up even higher and get even more coverage out of the light, but that's not the cool part. Let me show you something, these are all the lights, I've individually listed them as three, four and five.

These are tanks, three, four and five. I've got for example, we're on four, so we've got four-one and four-two, this four-one and four-two. I'm going to shut off four-two, just so I can make the four-one a little bit more dramatic, so I don't have to keep changing them. I wanted to keep them separate so that I can have whatever color spectrum I wanted on each one, so watch this.

Let me turn the color temperature down a bit to say 65, see that change, oh that's sexy. Put it down to 5,000. The 65 they say is, you see this, 65 is the sunlight or 55 or somewhere around there. I usually film in 55, but we can always go up all the way up to 12, get something a little bit brighter. That goes all the way to 20,000 Kelvins which is really blue, but I'm liking the 12, lower the brightness a bit.

We can also time it out throughout the day so the light comes on at a certain color spectrum, peaks during that like we can really simulate the day if we wanted to, but my main focus, to be completely honest is I want this to be the same color and brightness all the time, because I want the lights to be able to come on and off when I want them to instead of having to come out here during specific times to do some filming.

I don't want to wait till it was like, well five o'clock the tanks are the brightest. If these were in my home, I definitely go through that lighting spectrum, because I think that's pretty amazing, plus I can had things like thunderstorms and whatnot or we can get crazy, shut off all the colors and just have blue come on in nighttime, so it's a nightlight for the fish or to speak.

Like moonlighting, for example, maybe like green a lot, maybe like reds, warm whites if you just want something like that, I mean, you can put whatever color spectrum you want. For me, I'm more so about using the automation process where the colors are already programmed, 12,000 looks really good, doesn't it? All right, so I got two nets, one to tactically net them, the other one, to corral them into the net if I have to.

I'm probably going to have to take out all the logs to catch them, but we'll see what can happen here. They don't want to go. It's going to be pretty much impossible to catch them without taking these logs out, so it's fine, they're moving the whole tank out of here anyways. I just don't like doing everything in one day, I don't like putting the fish through that much stress all at once where I'm netting them and maybe they got to stay in the bucket.

Okay, we're going to go to the bigger net, easier to catch them, less stress on those guys as well. It looks like we're getting the biggest guy first. Not bad, can you see him? All right, come on big fellow, take it easy. He's way bigger than I thought. You're going to make a mess. Up over the lid here you go. Oh yes, gorgeous fish. Oh, he's so nice. Here you go little guy. He didn't like that. I don't blame you. Oh, he banged himself up a little bit. He remembers the pleco? [laughs]

The worst part about big fish and netting them is that the-- The worst thing about netting big fish is the fact that they can easily hurt themselves. It's not like a little neon tetra darting around the tank and you'll never see its injuries. When it's a big one, they can do so much damage to themselves. I do my best not to stress them out, not chase the same one, but these guys were darting into the rocks and moving around and it's just one of the things that happens, unfortunately, is you'll get some scratches and whatnot sometimes when moving hundreds of hundreds of fish.

Every once in a while one gets hurt, clean water, water changes, they're just fine. I seen you Timmy, and then of course Timmy. [laughs] Just something like that temporarily, I'm going to shut the lights off in the tank, let them acclimate, remove any stress they might be going through, because like I said, that's always my number one priority, is the fish itself. That will just give them something to hide behind again, it's only temporary.

All right so that's it for today. Got the wall removed, did a little bit of things, get the lights hooked up, this third tank and rack finally set up. Next thing we got to do here obviously, is rip this tank apart just like the others and continue moving on with the aquarium renovations and if any of this is something you guys want to see and you're not subscribed to this channel yet, make sure you do so you don't miss any of it.

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