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post #1 of 88 (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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My 75g tank build

Got a cheap 75g off of CL for $60 it was previously used for a saltwater setup, a little elbow grease and it cleaned right up. I couldnt find a stand any where and didnt feel like paying mad amount of money for a stand so i made one myself. Heres what it looks like right now:


my DIY stand first time i ever made something from scratch, not perfect but it will do, dont mind the stain i was testing it out to see what it looks like everything will be stained cherry wood to match my wood floors and furniture.


This is the tank, i added a 3d background and just bought a piece of driftwood for it, I will be creating a biotopish set up with some low light plants. Looking to add more driftwood and will be using medium sized gravel for the substrate.




As for equipment i will be running 2 canister filters, Odyssea CFS500 and a Sun sun, and a aquaclear 50 for surface agitation, do u guys think that is too much current in the tank?
lighting will be dual t8's and a led light strip on top of it


on a side note my 55g planted tank

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Some of the changes my tank went through:









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Looks like your off to a good start, as for to much glow, well maybe, for discus, but I run a filter similar to the one pictured on my 75, it is 700gph.. at first I thought that would be to much, and figured id have to valve down a bit, since they are adjustable , well thats not the case, I have had to add a power head to conquer a few dead spots... I guess trial and error will be your best solution. But I would think for discus you'd want it fairly calm. Atleast one of your filters has an adjustable return.
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I forgot how m6ch gph mine is but its pretty high I made a spray bar for it and I still have to turn down the flow
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Your 55 Gallon is gorgeous...I am getting ready set one up and am so jealous! Also, where did you get your 3d background for the 75 gallon?
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thanks i got it from yourfishstuff it was like $90 i think thats the lowest from any site even evilbay
btw does anyone know what i can use to stop leaks besides rubber cement?
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Where's the leak at?
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What about silicone?
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that might work never thought of that lol
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what size discus you gettin
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I already have 5 theyre in my 55 bb tank im hoping to put them in the 75 when they reach 5 inches right now they are about 3 to 4 inches I raised them when they were babies, im hooing to add 2 more bringing the total number to 7
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Looks like you've got a nice setup going there. I've got two recommendations.

1- 5 adult discus on a 75 is plenty. Any more and they'll overwhelm the tank. I had 7 in a 90g and it was just too much from a visual and maintenance point of view. Here's the tank in Sept of '03. One of the fish was in time out for bad behavior when I took the shots. http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2003/show66.html

2- Get your plants well established and growing in your 75 (display tank/DT) and keep using the 55 to grow your fish out before adding them to the DT. That'll save you a lot of heartache in the long run. The smaller volume will save $$ on water and money, will give you time to get them eating food more suitable for planted tanks, and you won't have food/nutrient related issues with algae in your DT. I learned this lesson the hard way and wish I'd done things differently.

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your tank looks great what did u use as a carpet? looks like you have some wilds? I dont plan on adding the discus until dec and over filtered I have 2 canister and planning on a hob
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That was Glossostigma elatinoides and Echinodorus tenellus. Trimming was really easy, I just took a knife and cut out sections of Glosso and let it regrow. The Echinodorus just got pulled up wholesale by the runner-full wherever it started getting invasive.

Before I got the fish eating pellets and bloodworms I had problems with algae and cyanobacteria where chunks of beef heart made it down into the Glosso. HC would probably be a better alternative these days. I don't think it was in the hobby when this tank was going.

Yeah, stocking was 5 wild and 2 domestic RSG.

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