FINAL AQUARIUM REVEAL: 900 Gallon Mekong River

– [Dustin] This is the moment that I don’t know what this tank looks like. Everybody is like, hurry
up and make the video, show us what the tank looks like, I don’t what it looks like (upbeat music) What’s up fish take
people. Dustin’s Fish Tanks bringing it to you on a Sunday baby. How’s everybody doing? I
hope you’re doing well. Today’s video is the final
look in the four part video series about the Mekong
tank that’s 900 gallons, I did up at the Newport Aquarium. I’m going to talk about the
initial fill, the second fill, the good, the bad, the
algae, and we’re also going to show you some fish. Let me just back up for a second, okay. Imagine if you were in my
shoes for just a minute. Take the best aquarium you
ever set up, something that you’re most proud of, the best
aqua scape you’ve ever done, And then not get to see it
everyday when you wake up. Yup, it’s killing me not to
easily go and see this aquarium. It’s 75 miles away, and it’s
not an easy trip to simply go up and make all the time. Naturally, of course, I am
in the middle of the largest project I’ve ever taken
on in my entire life. More about that in the “Greenhouse Saga”. So I setup this take in one
or two days and basically turned over the keys to
the Newport Aquarium and said hey, see ya later. Now who’s going to be better
at working on the aquarium that I set up, with the
plants that I know, and the style that I do? The answer, not the Newport
Aquarium, the answer is me. Let me unpack some of the
things that could possibly go wrong with this aquarium, and some of the things that did actually go wrong. The first thing that I want
to unpack is the decaying plant matter. Yes, I shook
off most the plants before I put them in the aquarium,
but plants will always have some sort of an adjustment period. One of my concerns is
there being a little bit of an ammonia spike
with the loose decaying plant matter in this aquarium. Second thing I want to talk
about is tannins in the water. What about that oh so
beautiful drift wood that I put in there? As I mentioned
in last weeks video though, I forgot to soak this in my pond prior to putting it in the aquarium.
It might give the water a brownish color. Now
I’ve never used rocks like these before, you can see
here I started to fill it up but a massive cloud started to form. This was not an expected thing. Someone made a comment
in last weeks video and I would love to get your
comments on this aquarium. Down in the comments below they said, why do you drain it and fill it so much? Well one of the concerns
we have is this is a 900 gallon aquarium and the
cap leaking in the substrate. You see, this is a four foot deep tank, if the cap leaks it’s not
exactly a reach your hand in and throw a little bit more gravel
on and move on situation. This is a drain it, let’s get
in there and fix it, problem in an aquarium that can’t
exactly look not great cause they’re open everyday of the week. There’s another little something that I want to talk about here. Algae. Look, I’m not going to lie to you folks. You’ve had algae, I’ve had
algae, we’ve had algae. This is a 900 gallon aquarium
with the most insane lights I’ve used in any of my
own personal aquariums, and I’m using not one, not
two, but three of them. Algae is a minor concern.
Additionally, this place is open from 10 to six. They
have eight hours a day of external light coming
into the aquarium as well. You can’t exactly do a
black out on this tank if something is heading the wrong way, and we are driving Ferrari lights, if you will. And finally there’s an
adjustment, there’s a feel, there’s kind of an intrinsic
thing that I can see when I look at an aquarium
of mine that I’ve setup, that I know where
adjustments need to be made. Is there a little bit of
algae forming on that rock? Is there more water flow needed? Should we add oxygen to this tank? Is it lacking certain nutrients? These are just adjustments
that I see, on the fly that I can’t easily relay into
someone else’s brain. I’m the one who setup
this aquarium, not them. Everybody wants me to show them the end of the Mekong tank. This is for the next one. That’s all the tank needed
was some rays dude, nice. – Oh wow. That’s a great redo. (Chatter) – Look at the erectus. Oh man. – [Jeff] Did you get new
fish in here too. No this is all the original fish. The
rock scape is way better. – [Dustin] All the pisharody are out. – [Jeff] Pisharody are out? – I took those out because
they over populated everyone, they took up too much space. – Wow dude. – This scape is way
more bigger and way more out now. It looks way better. (chatter) Yeah they feel more secure.
Cause there is more around them. – So this is the moment
that I don’t know what this tank looks like, everybody
is like, hurry up and make the video, show us
what the tank looks like. I don’t know what it looks like. Oh yeah dude, nice man. Alright. – I’m keeping the tannins. – You’re keeping the tannins? – Hell yeah. – Wow. Man it looks different
than I imagine it would. It looks way different. Yeah we got the Hygro Red. Hygro Red is gone. – It’s gone.
– Completely Gone. Hygro cordata Red is not there.
It just all disintegrated. Oh my Lord. What on Earth? – But everything else
is looking really good. – Yeah, the hygro reds the only thing to go, the compacts fine. And while I was there I actually
saw this cute little girl Right at eye level with the
gravel looking underneath the plants, checking out
the fish. It was awesome. – So the fish have been
really using the under story. Cause if you look between
all the stuff they’re really using underneath all the areas. – The Skunk Botia, the meanest fish (laughter) of all Botias. The skunk botia. (rhythmic music) – This is the first time
I’ve seen it in a while. Since New Years day, it’s been 60 days. Wow so the only survivor is
the, it looks like somethings picking. Cause instead
they’re up on the ends. – Look they’re like,
right around all the rock. They nibble of all the edges. – That’s a fat Botia right there. This area down here, just watch
the interaction of animals, like all under the
understory, the areas where fish feel comfortable to get together. When fish first went in
and red was up there, the scissortails, like 300
0f them just hanging there. (chatter) That is the plant eater
right there, Mr. Redtail. That monster in there, do see
him, ah he’ll come back out. And just for the record I
had absolutely nothing to do with the fish selection
here, but I do love how our friends at the Newport
committed to doing a large school of small fish in
a large tank, I think it works really well, but I’d
love to get your feedback on this. What do you think
about the fish selection? What kind of fish would you
put in a Mekong river tank. Please drop me a note in the comments on your thoughts of the fish selection. You can see all the plants.
Center of the plant is growth. What ever happened
underneath is gone. This has a two halide on it right now. We could go a third
it’s not a big deal, but you can see the plant
is healthier down here. Everything that’s eating down low is good. The compacts went from real
short, size of a quarter, up like that. Plants absorb
four to 400 times more nutrients through their roots
than their stems and leaves. Here’s your proof. Lower
light bottom of the tank, come up here and look at
the hygro cordata red. Now something may have eaten it, its not feeding at it’s roots like it
should. Now to be fair that’s not a same comparison of same
species, but that plant got a little bit beat up but I’ve
got a technique that I’m going to do in there to get
them more root nutrients there. But it’s still alive, it’s
just not the way it is and we want to bring that
on back, but we can do that. The hygrophila difformis
growing wide and leggy. More light will just punch
all these, and now the tank can handle more
light. I like that they did less light initially and
now we’re going to talk to them about going to three
lights, which was the plan. Earlier on we didn’t want
to do three lights because it would be too much
algae, but now it’s a go. And if you can catch botias
on the log that was covered in algae if you see the clip
here. That was covered in algae that’s now cleaned off
naturally by a bunch of cool little, they’re mean
fish but they seem to be alright in here, the skunk
botias. Click the link to check out the video of that fish. Watch his personality, watch
how he chases everybody, that’s how he is. Look
at him, he’s a punk. The punk skunk botia. That
dude chasing everybody. That’s what they do,
but they chase danio so it doesn’t matter. – [Man] What’s the regimen, routine, 10%? – [Dustin] Yeah 10% water
change minimum per week, but the fish are fed probably
three or four times a week. – Wow. – With all that amount of air. – Look at all the danio. Turned out nice. – Our caregiver is going after whitecloud. She’s going for a school
of white cloud in there. Hopefully thin out some of the
danios to go to whitecloud. – Thinning out the big
danios or the little danios? – The bigger danios. We stay
with the smaller species because I think in this
area it’s more practical. – I agree. – [Dustin] And this is why I
love working with the Newport Aquarium, we are on the
exact same page when it comes to talking about a
ridiculous amount of small fish in a large aquarium for a big impact. – [Jeff] I love to see like
the small danios hanging at the top, the giants are in the
middle, the whiteclouds are hanging up on the side,
and the scissors are hanging down here. So you have like
three different basic levels of species. And then the gouramis
will start coming in too. (small chit chat) – [Dustin] And I hope you
enjoyed 900 gallon series, it’s been an absolute riot setting it up. But maybe there’s something
we missed, maybe there’s more you want to know, or
something I didn’t cover quite enough you’d like to
know so do me a favor, drop me a comment on what
you think about this. Also make sure you hit the
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100 thoughts on “FINAL AQUARIUM REVEAL: 900 Gallon Mekong River

  1. This is so cool, to have your scape out there to enjoy by millions . I m really proud, I haven't seen some running through the aquarium with a big siphon though,big tanks need big siphons you know. It's great ,I hope you can update us the way it matures. Siphon On

  2. personally, I think it looks great, I especially like the hygrophilia on that sexy piece of driftwood. you seemed to look a little disappointed tho…

    also I am very impressed on how that pesky stringy algae got eaten, since many times have I bought a really nice piece of manzanita, attached some Anubis to it and be all chuffed about it until one week later its got that stringy stuff all over it. remind me what fish it was that ate it?

  3. been following this scape since you first posted about it on insta and im so happy to see the final result. tank looks great with the tanins! can't wait for the next tank you set up for them, tank on man

  4. Thanks to Dustin and the Newport Aquarium for sharing this project. I'm new to the hobby, currently working on my first planted tanks substrate and the final reveal has shown me how wonderful a tank with a large number of small fish can be.

  5. Will the plants that lost the lower leaves grow them back after more lighting is added or will they need to be trimmed and replanted?

  6. I always thought that public aquariums have the best fish keepers as employees… The tank looks great but they should've been on top of all the issues that caused the melting, algae and weird growth. It has a huge potential, the hardscape is top notch. Are you getting back in to add new plants?

  7. Nice job. You have set yourself up for future projects. Does it mention you in the description of the tank. Love the way the fish selection uses the entire water column.

  8. bro out of all the youtubers watch i get jelly of your life the most, so lucky dude! I reckon that red plant at the top started to melt and the rts finished him.

  9. I agree with the large schools of small fish in big aquariums. I used to alway be of the mindset, big tank = big fish and when I originally started getting into bigger and bigger tanks, 55g, 75g, 95g, etc, I used to keep buying bigger and bigger fish. But only being able to have a few big fish got boring, they would rip the plants up relentlessly, even if it was accidental, like they were just swimming by, I'm over it. Now all I do is big schools of small fish and enjoy watching them so much more.

  10. If my boy Dusty comments on my comment will make a video of my betta aquascaped tank. As my first video.


  11. Hey Dustin!!
    I was thinking possibly use a hole saw and cut in a hole that you can put a iron rich slow release beneath where you'd like your fire reds appear especially with that large of water turnover I'd be afraid of too much leeching and being a detriment to their biological filtration
    Td:Lr cut hole in rock put plant with Fe booster to aid in ease to re boost

  12. Dude, that tank is fantastic! Hard work really pays off. Is there a 'Scaped by…' plaque under it? Now, about our Brownies…Kareem Hunt?

  13. I know you seemed worried about the direction the tank went as far as plant loss, algae ect but I want to let you know this was the first video I watched in the series and the “foundation” you created is a beautiful scape that both you and the owners can continue to work with. ??????

  14. Looks great. Big tank small fish is where it's at. Sorta like LRB's new 240. … awesome work here, stoked for the greenhouse update

  15. you dont come up on my subscription feed even though i watch your vids, like them and ring the bell, have to search for your new vids

  16. Need an update of it with the 3 lights layer down the track, would be cool to see it all grown in! A bit of a shame some of the plants went leggy

  17. Congratulations on your work! It was amazing to follow your development throughout the 900g. I hope this will create more offers for you to setup public aquariums!
    Scape seems very natural and pleasing to the eyes. Some tall grass could maybe be cool to have in the background (but not sure if that is authentic)

  18. Dustin! I have the same problem in my tank with the algae on the top branches, it's a deep planted tank 55gal how did you deal with it? My tank is only in it's 2nd month of running. It's my first big planted tank and I've never had this before so please excuse my beginner brain!

  19. great job by you. Seems like they need to replant the plants up top and maybe add a few plecos to clean the rocks youve placed in there

  20. turned out great. with you not being a part of it daily and relying on other people what could you expect… it looks fab

  21. Total waste of time and effort just to stock it with giant danios larger more interesting and colorful fish would be a lot better

  22. Hey Dustin, quick question did you ever have a chance to look into Goby fish species. I looked at your species Sunday playlist and could not find anything. I would like to know more about these species from an experienced aquarium keeper. Hopefully all is well and you have a chance to respond.

  23. Need more colorful fish other than grey and silver ones….great scape awesome dimensions but lacks small clolorful fish and possibly shrimp…but idk whats in the wukong

  24. At 8:20 it looks like you can peer into a "forest", with the compacts hiding the roots while the stems of the background plants are bare and then have leaves at the top…. it actually looks really neat

  25. Should take a trip with your fam and check out the amazing tanks they have at San Francisco academy of science.

  26. I still think you should go back and put in a big Buddha..maybe surrounded with mossy twigs,bamboo sticks, or just plain wooden vines to be liana's…
    Next time!

  27. Looks amazing! I would be proud to have done that tank. Hats off Dustin! We need more Wu in the videos! Suuuuuuu

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