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Unwrapping and Tank Setup!

By Andrew Windham on

All right. Welcome back, everybody. Today is going to be setting up the stand-in canopy putting some of the chiller together. It'll just be what it's going to look like minus the aquascape and livestock.

I'll show you putting the doors together on the canopy and on the stand and the lighting list for the seamless sun filtration and my idea for plumbing and what I'm going to be doing here. That'll just be it. It'll be quick video today of just that. The next video will be me drilling holes into this aquarium for the plumbing.

For the first part of the canopy, I'm just going to be literally just taking off all this protective cover for the glass portions and then just add stuff. It's really easy. Here we go do it right now.

There we go. I'm just going to do the same thing for the stand. First, I need to get all of this out. Let me just do that one more time. Now I just need to put the doors on. That's the doors for the canopy. That's the doors for the stand. I'm going to take all this off. I'll do that first. Then I'll show you guys putting the doors on. Yes. All right. With that now done, all have to do is put the doors on, all the plumbing and everything's going to be over here. This looks nice. Nice little black glass. Keeps the new balance. There's two little drills in the back for just your exits to your power supply or your plumbing, whatever you need. I'll be taking advantage of those. The canopies are looking nice too. Sleek looking.

All right. I'm going to get these doors on. Okay, this is what it looks like with the doors on it. It's the same process with the canopy doors as it is the stand doors. I'm going to show you how to do it here. Let me just say that oh my God, the packaging, it's amazing and it's great. It's so much. It took me like 20 minutes just to get all that off of the window, the panels and things like that. They just wrap it, but it is really,m really great. There was one little mark on the door panel that I thought was a break and I was worried about, but they put this to wrap it. This is on the glass. It protects the glass. This is wrapped all around the entire door. Then you have this like all over it. Nothing new. This is fine.

Here's the how you do the doors for anyone that's interested in there stands and their canopies. They tell you, "Hey, this is top. This is the top." This one is good, close here. It says 'top this site up'. It'll tell you this is the outside door, this side facing out of the cage. Meaning this side right here would be here facing this way. Then this one says 'inside door, this side facing into the cage.' This side is just going to go in that way. There's two indentations, I guess I would call them for these to fit on.

You just put one end of the door down in here and up in here for the inside rack, that would be this line. For the outside rack, it will be could this one. I'll do that really quick. Just like it says, top side with the side facing in, you're going to push this up into the first one, then Then same thing with the outside door from the outside. It's going to be on the outside realm. I'm just going to slide it in, then here we go. Just like this.It can be accessed. Right side. Left . This is amazing. Okay.

There we go. This is what the tank looks like when I put the doors on it and the covers for both. Looking nice. I mad the stand, this is going to become pushed up a little bit. I wanted the stand easy to fit the filtration. I like to have little extra length on the back just so I can put stuff or whatever. Yes, this is going to be filtrations house. I'll set that up right now.

After getting the doors on, I'm going to put the plumbing in now, but I'm just running a water test to make sure that water isn't going to keep raising. It will do its job of overflowing into that and then going down in here and making sure it equalizes in between those two tubs. I just recommend doing this for any system or whatever you have going on to test your filtration just before you try using it in case there's something wrong. I completely trust custom aquariums and their design but it's a good practice. I will let you know when it's done.

This is also another reason that you want to do this, just all little particles and things and dust that got inside through shipping or while sitting in the crate but just sending out a bunch of the bad stuff that you don't really want inside there.

As you can see water is going to flow in through here into the sump, and then it'll overflow out, trickle down into the trees. Then it's just going to go down and push down through the trays, go back under and equalize and come up here and go into this big basket. All hot returns sheeting backup.

This is the final product. As soon you take the sticker off, but here we go. Then come over here. We've access to the sump. Here's the chiller, everything's fine. It's not the pluming I said I'll get to do, but yes. Next time, I'll show you guys the drilling of this. That's it.

About Andrew Windham

Andrew needed a custom stand, canopy and filter system to fit a non-standard aquarium for his axolotl. This video series features installing the Seamless Sump filter, H2Overflow and Siphon Stopper on an aquarium.

"This is the introduction to what will be a project series called the Axolotl Aquarium Upgrade. Custom Aquariums sponsored the build and made the equipment to go along. This series will cover everything from putting the tank, stand, and canopy together to plumbing, filtration, aquascaping, stocking, flow control, and much much more! Create your own dream aquarium with Custom Aquariums here:"

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