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free 90 gallon tank and stand

Free 90 gallon fish tank! Big project alert

Some of you may know- to add to the list of crazy traits I have, I love fish keeping. When I was born my parents had 21 fish tanks in the house, in fact, they met at a fish club show. Growing up I was around all varieties of tanks, from 5 gallons to 125 gallons. Small community fish to fish large enough to take a finger off.

Over the last four years I lived on a small powerboat- not really enough room to have a proper tank, so I have been without fish a while. After moving into our project house, I set up my old 30 gallon tank, but I wanted more.

Yesterday on OfferUp I saw a 130 gallon tank listed, FOR FREE! Hard to pass that up. I headed over and picked it up a few hours after it was posted.

free 90 gallon tank and stand

Tank size from a picture is a bit hard to determine, so I will post photos of the measurements below. Suffice to say this is a 90 gallon tank, not a 130. But hey, it was free!

The tank material is acrylic. I believe this is the first acrylic tank I have owned. There is a slight haze to it that I can get off with a good buffing. Sometimes when filled with water the haze disappears, so I will try that first.

The stand looks rough in the picture- because it is rough. There is a lot of rot and water damage on it. I do not trust it with the 800 pounds it will be holding. No big deal, we were already knew it needed work from the posting photos. I will take the doors off the front and build a new skeleton inside it. Piece of cake.

Sadly, there are several projects around the house that are higher priority than getting this tank running, so it will be a few months until she is up and running.

I prefer under gravel filters but am tossing around the idea of building an external sump. What do you think? Shoot me a message.

Outer tank size

Inner tank size

How to get rid of black algae in an aquarium

For years, well really nearly 3 decades, my father and I have been raising tropical freshwater fish. Occasionally the tank will somehow acquire a growth of black algae.

Black algae is insidious. Once you get it it is impossible to get rid of without tearing the tank apart and bleaching everything. The danger here is that bleach is highly toxic to fish. Even a single drop can kill off an entire 120 gallon tank full of fish.

Maybe the most popularly debated topic online is how to get rid of black algae, and until now nothing has worked.

I accidentally ran across the answer over a month ago!!! Here it is:
Heat!

My heater (~16 years old!) failed and failed on. The temperature in the tank spiked to 110F before I noticed.

Over the weeks the tank, which previously was completely covered with black algae, has cleared up. Even the normal green algae is gone!

I do not recommend getting your tank that hot with the fish in it. All but 2 of my fish died :(. You can put them in a temporary holding tank, or buckets, while you heat up the tank.

I am curious to know of anyone else out there who has tried this method and how it worked for you.

Edit (Feb 2017): Noting from a commenter- My tank did not have any live plants in it. They are all plastic.

Here are a couple pics of my tank today. I wish I had a before pic to show you, even the plants were covered in the black algae.

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Feast of Fish!

My childhood friend Josh came over last week with a backpack full of fresh fish. 12 pounds of fish to be exact! Neither of us had cooked fish before but we were up for a new challenge.

There was Red Rockfish and Halibut. We decided to split the cooking into pan frying and baking in hopes that one of the methods would turn out good. It all came out amazing! We gorged ourselves on fish. I was eating fish for the entire following week. It was truly delicious!

 

Ocellaris Clown Fish


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