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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-08-2015, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Journey from a 29G to a 75G; let the adventures begin!

This thread is about my adventures/journals transitioning from a 29G to a larger tank, in this case, a 75G.

History:

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.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-10-2015, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Tank has been painted!

9/9/15 update:

Two to three coatings of Krylon Fusion Satin (Black) later (especially for the back glass), the tank's trim and back glass has been painted. I actually had to run back out to Walmart to pick up a second can as the first wasn't enough. There are two spots of overspray on the front glass that I will need to clean but overall, I'm pretty happy with the result considering this is the first time I've tried spray painting from a can!

It's amazing how different the tank now looks in black compared to what it was before, in the walnut trim. With a neighbor's help, we brought the tank indoors as they were calling for thunderstorms at night.

Next phase: Assembling the stand. Will update the thread once I got it assembled. The stand that I will be using is the Top Fin Center Shelf Aquarium Stand, which will it claims to support a 75 gallon tank.

http://www.petsmart.com/fish/aquariu...6-catid-300066

Note: I was able to get this stand for considerably less than the advertised price during a sale earlier this year. Hopefully it will support the tank fine.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-10-2015, 04:28 PM
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Looking good, nice acquisition. I too went from a 29 to a 75 a few years ago.

Back in the 80's and 90's many of the 4 foot tanks were built with 1/2 or thicker glass and did not have a center brace, and as you figured out, they are heavy!

Could be any number of manufacturers, actually.

180g - Tropheus Bemba, Syno Petricola
125g - SA Community, Geophagus & Acaras
75g - Planted community
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Stand assembled!

Update:

With a friend's help, we got the stand assembled and situated in the final place where it will go. Still need to do a leak test on the tank so that's on the to-do list. My lightning is a 48" Finnex Planted+ 24/7 LED unit.

One issue encountered: the stands for the Finnex doesn't seem to fit the trim of the aquarium (see photo). Any suggestions? I'll reach out to Finnex and see what they have to suggest as well.
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Update:

With a friend's help, we got the stand assembled and situated in the final place where it will go. Still need to do a leak test on the tank so that's on the to-do list. My lightning is a 48" Finnex Planted+ 24/7 LED unit.

One issue encountered: the stands for the Finnex doesn't seem to fit the trim of the aquarium (see photo). Any suggestions? I'll reach out to Finnex and see what they have to suggest as well.
Hey! I am using the same light fixture on my 75 gallon.

Each individual leg has two bottom parts to it (the part that the little screws are in and the part that would go inside the rim). This part can be removed. You can see two little pieces that click it into the rest of the structure. Push in the opposite direction (it takes some force) and that piece pops off.

You can then insert the leg into the fixture and place it over the tank.
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Nice setup. Jealous of your euro-braced 75g - I hate the center brace on mine lol
75g is a great size for a tank - you will not regret going with that one. Way better than a 55 IMO

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Hey! I am using the same light fixture on my 75 gallon.

Each individual leg has two bottom parts to it (the part that the little screws are in and the part that would go inside the rim). This part can be removed. You can see two little pieces that click it into the rest of the structure. Push in the opposite direction (it takes some force) and that piece pops off.

You can then insert the leg into the fixture and place it over the tank.
Thank you!!! Your advice nailed it and I was able to successfully remove the two bottom parts of the legs and take them apart, to fit the trim of my tank. Once I adjusted the position of the legs against the edge of the trim, I find that I didn't even have to use the screws to hold them in place.

Next steps: do a water/leak test and once that's OK, then I can start planning the migration of my existing 29G tank over to this one.
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Great looking tank and stand! Much better black than oak, imo.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-14-2015, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Canister filter: Fluval or Eheim (NatGeo label from Petsmart)

I'm thinking of using a canister filter and was wondering if anyone has any experience with either the Fluval 406 or the National Geographic CF80 which is actually a relabeled Eheim Ecco Pro 2236?

I will supplement with my existing AquaClear 70 HOB filter which is already established in my existing 29 gallon tank until the beneficial bacterial is fully established in the canister filter.
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