This thread is about my adventures/journals transitioning from a 29G to a larger tank, in this case, a 75G.
I've been running a 29G tank for about a year and half now and always wanted to move up to a larger tank (55G+) and it finally happened.
Whenever Petco had their $1/gallon sale, I would debate whether or not to get a 55G, which was the largest size available under their sale. I also felt that I would get buyers remorse if I hadn't gotten a 75G instead of the 55G, but 75G's weren't part of the sale. 75G tanks also cost anywhere from $175-$275 from my LFS, which is considerably more than $1/gallon.
Over the weekend, my brother-in-law in PA decided to downsize some of his tanks (he has about 7 or 8 tanks total) and gave me one of his 75G glass tank. I was reluctant to accept it but in the end, beggars can't be choosers, right? I had fears (and still do, to be honest) about used tanks and just felt more comfortable with a brand new tank. Anyway, he brought it down with him when they came to visit.
My initial impression about the tank that I received?
OMG, this tank is HEAVY!! This particular tank has a walnut trim color instead of black, which is what my stand (more on that later) color is. There is apparently no center brace or support on the tank. However, from what I understand based on Google searches, some of the older Oceanic Systems glass tanks don't have center support braces but have thicker and heavier glass. That could explain why this tank is so !@#$% heavy and for this particular tank which I can only assume is made by Oceanic, as it was purchased from That Fish Place in PA years ago, and carry Oceanic tanks. That said, I assume the lack of a center or support brace won't be an issue since the tank never had one from the factory?
The first picture depicts what the tank looks like "as it" when he delivered it. After they left, I spent several more hours cleaning the tank further with vinegar and water including removing tape residues from the trim (noted in the first picture, bottom trim). The second picture shows the tank after it's been cleaned a second time by me earlier this morning. There are also hairline scratches on the glass, but I can't feel it with my fingers. Should I try and fix those scratches. Thoughts on that? I understand it's not an easy process and may not be worth doing?
Lastly, I want to paint the trim and the black of the glass black. From my research, apparently the choice of paint to use is Krylon's Fusion, and I was able to find it at my local Walmart and also bought a sanding block (second picture). The third picture depicts the tank after it's been cleaned (glass) and the bottom trim sanded somewhat.
Next steps: Sand the top trim sometime today or early tomorrow morning, and then tape up the tank's sides and spray the Krylon paint on the trim and back of the glass. I'm working against mother nature as well: they're calling for a thunderstorm tomorrow so no matter what, I have to get the painting done outside and then either have a neighbor help me bring the tank inside (did I say it's !@#$% heavy!@#$%), or let it sit outside and cover it up somewhat?
As always, appreciate any thoughts/tips on this journey. I'll cover the details of the stand (still needs to be assembled!) in the next update.