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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-28-2015, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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75 gallons of zen

We just bought this tank this past Sunday. We are busy finalizing the plans for how to 'scape and stock it.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-28-2015, 02:29 AM
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Sweet... Love a 75 gallon tank!
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Cool! Good luck with it.
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Just to update on the progress so far.


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Watched this video and liked the design of the media;
http://youtu.be/JFXJaRDfR1w

So I ordered 4.4 pounds of the Biohome Ultra from these guys. Should have ordered at least three times as much. Hardly looks like anything in the sump. Even with the ceramic rings I added I still had room left for most of the bio-balls the Biohome was supposed to replace. Still, it's better than nothing and undoubtedly better than the bioballs. Just so much more surface area. I will probably order more in a couple weeks so I can fully convert the sump.

I added the little gel balls of starter bacteria as well. No idea how long they will take to populate the tank. But that should give me a decent start. I ordered extra bacteria gels just in case.

I also added some blackworms from an LFS. Those are fun to watch wiggling around in the substrate. I wonder how long they'll last when we finally stock the tank.

Eager to move the fish from their temporary home to their new estate. But don't want to do it until the water clears. No sense killing everything because I got impatient.
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75G are awesome when it comes to dimensions. Where are you housing the fish now? Are you going to cycle the tank before adding them?

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The fish are currently in a 5g jug in the kitchen. We have to do almost daily water changes due to no plants and no filtration. The plan was to get the 75 up and running then move the fish. But the 75 is not cooperating. I don't want to move them and have them all wiped out by some spike during the cycle.

We were looking at the 75 the other day and thinking it really isn't that big. I think my wife and I are both fish junkies. We could probably build a 1,000 gallon tank and still find an excuse to go bigger.
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I found a 130G on craigslist locally, thought about it but I can't find a 6' section in our house that my wife will let me put it in. So it would be a garage tank...still contemplating it! haha.

Good luck with the tank. What kind of plants do you have in mind?

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Buy the 130... then buy a new house better suited to the aquarium. You have your priorities mixed up.

We've got some plants already. A big sword to help hide the foam that hides the overflow. Some corkscrew vallisneria. Something called red temple. Some sort of pennywort. Some crypto. Another plant I can't remember. It was hanging under a "hairgrass" tag but it is definitely not hairgrass. And a couple banana plants. I have a thing for banana plants. May need therapy. Or medication.
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Here it is with plants and whatnot. The rocks on the wood to the right are just to hold the wood down. Apparently it didn't soak enough. I'll reposition those rocks once the wood is firmly anchored.

I've added some microswords since this picture was taken. That will be the "carpet" for the tank.

Odd that almost none of the fish are visible. We currently have 12 serpae tetras, 4 glass catfish, 8 neon tetras, 3 cories, 2 loaches of a forgotten variety, 1 hillstream loach, 4 nerites, 1 apple snail, and a bunch of ghost shrimp. The neons don't seem to be doing well. Not sure if we'll replace them. We do need more glass cats though. Haven't seen the hillstream loach in several days. Worried that he's found his way into the plumbing.
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