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Yesterday 03:00 PM
Blackheart thanks for the thought. I just decided to go with the Petco brooklyn stand though. my favorite stand honestly.

I haven't had any luck on selling my 75 setup. Bummer. No hits. I put it up on craigslist.
02-22-2015 09:29 PM
Originally Posted by Blackheart View Post
Not sure really. Probably some kind of wood. How much do you think it would cost?

It all depends on how pretty you want it. One made out of 2x4" and 4x4" for the frame and Laminated wood for the sides and how many doors you would want. It could be anywhere from $15-$80. Depending on if you wanted hardwood or just 2x4 and painted plywood.

Through down a couple of links to different stand that you like so I can get an idea of what your after and I will price out making something similar/equivalent.

Originally Posted by Maechael View Post
Working at my local LFS and truly enjoying it right now as well.

Lots of daydreaming about tanks lately, wanting a shrimp cube, and a smaller setup for the SO.
the new 55 needs direction, thinking of pulling the rocks out, and lining up the sticks.

Hoping to build a new stand, with my brother for the cube.

Oh very nice.
I've been thinking about volunteering at some of the Hatcheries in the area. Just to see how it's done.

Take some pictures of the stand and tank if / when you get it completed.
02-22-2015 06:48 AM
Maechael Working at my local LFS and truly enjoying it right now as well.

Lots of daydreaming about tanks lately, wanting a shrimp cube, and a smaller setup for the SO.
the new 55 needs direction, thinking of pulling the rocks out, and lining up the sticks.

Hoping to build a new stand, with my brother for the cube.
02-21-2015 09:29 PM
Blackheart Not sure really. Probably some kind of wood. How much do you think it would cost?
02-21-2015 07:05 PM
mrpixel Maechael. What is your new Job?
Blackheart. I've been toying with the idea of building stands for people since it is typically cheaper than buying. What kind of material were you looking for your stand to be built out of? What Color?
02-21-2015 04:01 PM
Blackheart Daydreaming about tanks eh?

I went and looked around at Pet Supplies Plus and checked out their Aqueon 55 gallon tank they had for 100 bucks... It measured 48x13x21. Wish I was taller because it's still a better deal than the Top Fin branded tank I picked up which is actually 48x12x19 which I paid 140 bucks for. It's still shorter though which is better for me really.

Also I'm tearing down my 75 gallon today... It's kind of bitter sweet doing it. I do really like the tank, but we have a small house and it just sticks out way too much. I know the new tank I bought is 4FT as well, but it actually looks a lot smaller in here.

I'm debating about the stand still when I get it... I will probably go the Petco stand route, but there's a company in Imlay City that makes tanks/stands and supplies and they make a 48x12 stand that is only 22 inches tall. Might be nice having something shorter that I can reach down in it comfortably and their only 68 dollars I believe.
02-21-2015 06:54 AM
Maechael Another day at Work, and still liking the new job.

Thinking of how I can switch up my current tanks, debating on whether to aquascape, or just rearrange and play with it.

Really wanting to get some myriophyllum mattogrossense, and some tiny rasboras for a newer tank.
02-20-2015 06:29 PM
Blackheart Oh yeah. I saw that. The stand is still a bit much for me. 100 bucks. They have it on sale a lot of the time though. Sometimes for 70 or 80 bucks.

btw if anyone's interested... I think I'm going to sell my 75 gallon. I'd like to get 200 bucks for it if possible. the tank, stand, heater, and glass tops included.
02-20-2015 06:17 PM
mrpixel Petco has free shipping on all orders today with no minimum.
02-20-2015 06:05 PM
Blackheart Whenever I can find one on sale on their website, I am going to buy one of Petco's metal Brooklyn stands. I really like them, their easy to put together and very sturdy.

Never had a Top Fin branded tank before. Hopefully it'll hold together well. If not, I have 2 months to return it.

Pet Supplies Plus by me has Aqueon 55 gallon tanks for 100 bucks. Better deal than what I paid... I just wish I was a bit taller so I could reach my hand into a 20 inch tall tank comfortably. 18 inches is a lot better for me. 16-18 inches is my ideal tank height.
02-20-2015 05:58 PM
mrpixel What are you planning on doing for a stand for that 50? Do you already have one or are you going to make one.
02-20-2015 05:09 PM
Blackheart I went to Petsmart today on a blind look and decided to pick up their Top Fin 50 gallon tank. Quite pricey. 130 dollars on sale, but I think it's quite nice. Very similar to a 55 gallon, except for the height of it is 18 inches and not 20. Should be easier to reach down into.

I am going to be returning my 40B tank and stand to Petco this weekend and setup the 50 instead. I've had a 40B tank and while I enjoy it's dimensions, I can't really imagine going back to a 3FT tank after having a 4FT tank. A really nice plus as well is not having to buy another light. I can use my existing 48 inch T5HO from my 75 on it.
02-19-2015 02:43 PM
mrpixel Ah, Yes. I was talking about Kev's aquariums and was disappointed with them.
I've had mixed success with Bio wheels. I have only ever had Tetra and Marineland HOB filters and I always preferred the Marineland filter for two reasons. 1) They Had the Bio Wheel. 2) Their customer service was always awesome. I've bought tons of from chain store that had them on clearance for 75-90% off. Several times I would go through the boxes and find that people had taken parts that they needed and one time I found that every filter out of 9 had bad impellers. When you run it, they sound like they have gravel in the impeller. Sounded Terrible. Without fail, they always replaced the parts no questions asked for free. Well, they did ask about the impellers, so they could track down the batch that those came from.
I use to listen to an old Pod Cast called Pet Fish Talks with the Bailey Brothers. They where the owners of an aquatic breeding farm in CA and where a bigger wholesaler who imported Tropical fish and Coral.
They swore by the Bio Wheels for the Beneficial Bacteria that it helped cultivate. I was more ignorant of things back than and took what they said as gospel.
Now days I still use Marineland products Strictly for their Customer service and the longevity of their products.
I want to get away from HOBs as they aren't as configurable for water circulation and collecting the waste.

As an update on the Sand Filters. I found a person selling a bunch of fish gear so I picked up 4 external water pumps and 100 large fish bags.
I'm very sad that I will be out of town this weekend. I was looking forward to going to the Motor City Aquarium Society's auction on Saturday.
In case anyone is interested.
Madison Place
876 Horace Brown Dr
Madison Heights MI
Pre Reg is at 9:00 and Bidding starts at 10:30.
Jeff Matson Will be one of 2 vendors that will have a ton of stuff that was either overstocks or store returns, and selling the stuff super super cheap. Light fixtures, pythons, light bulbs (bring your fixture to test the bulb before you take it home), plants, decorations, filter media, UV sterilizers, etc etc.
You can see his post on the facebook group Michigan Aquarium Classifieds.
02-19-2015 12:31 PM
Blackheart The Marineland Bio-Wheel filters don't seem to work very well either IMO
02-19-2015 06:19 AM
Maechael You still use cartridges for your hobs?

Quilt batting is the way to go, with sponges and matrix great mix, and you only replace one portion of it at a time, mostly just rinsing During water changes.

Vendor comment was for the store you didn't seem to like, perhaps I misread that Bit about Kev's.

Biowheels in my experience are a waste of time, they gunk up and stop weekly, and make lots of noise. And splash a lot.
The Marineland filter though is great once you clear that stuff, and plant it heavily.
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