|03-08-2013 03:05 AM|
|Aquatic Delight||i love your tank!|
|03-07-2013 08:32 PM|
Well I got my 75 gallon set up this past weekend. Had to reinforce my cheap Petsmart stand, which was rated for a 75 gallon already. But now this thing can support four 75 gallon aquariums!!! As we head into this coming weekend, sadly I will be tearing down the 75 gallon already to replace it, with yet another 75 gallon. I didn't notice that my new tank had a small 2" (barely noticeable hairline) scratch on the side I picked to be the front (it also has 2 4" long barely noticeable hairline scratches on one end). It had to come that way since I blanket wrapped this thing and treated it with white gloves. I know for a fact I didn't cause that scratch. Bad news is I painted the back and sloped Eco-Complete against the back, so I am guessing it it may now be scratched not to mention the time needed to remove the paint. My LFS that I purchased it from just got another shipment of brand new shiny 75 gallon tanks yesterday, fresh from the distributor. They sell them for $75 so it's not a ton of money, but I shouldn't have to pay twice for one aquarium without scratches. I guess there is always Craigslist to sell the first one. I'm just bummed because I hate stressing the plants and breaking stems when I replant them, not to mention I just spent an entire weekend setting this up. It also ticks me off that I was sold a scratched aquarium and now need to take a loss and buy another one. The scratches are barely noticeable and my wife and kids think I'm crazy for doing this. But I know they are there and it bugs the tar out of me!!! Obviously they don't understand the passion we have for our planted tanks. Had I bought this on CL or used, I would expect a scratch or two. But buying something brand new you expect it to be in perfect condition. Either way, this weekend will be spent swapping out my brand new 75 gallon with yet another brand new (and hopefully scratch free) 75 gallon!!!!
Oh, and the scratches are on the outside of the aquarium, further adding to my suspicion that it was sold to me that way.
|03-02-2013 04:53 AM|
|OKnights112||Can't wait to see your new setup.|
|03-02-2013 04:35 AM|
|JerSaint||The 55 looked great, I can't wait to see the 75!|
|03-02-2013 04:29 AM|
Ugh, what a long day. Got all my fish and shrimp transferred to a temporary 37 gallon with the canister filters. Reinforced my cheap Petsmart stand by adding 4 additional cross braces on the bottom, and a total of 8 addition support braces hidden inside the cabinets. Reinforced the bottom inside the cabinets and also ran some additional pieces to help better support the top. Overall it turned out well. Even though it was already rated to handle a 75 gallon, I just felt the quality of the stand was an issue and something that would be in the back of my mind. Now that it has been retrofitted this thing will have no issues handling a 75. Now I almost wish I bought that 90 gallon instead....
Found out my "Flip Top" legs on my Catalina Aquarium light will not fit the rim of the 75 gallon. Just when I thought I was getting by cheap on this upgrade. Had to order their regular legs for $20 + $10 shipping. Oh well.
Anyways, I also got the wall behind the tank painted. Scratch another thing off the "honey do" list, although I'm sure my wife will have me painting the rest of my man cave tomorrow or Sunday.
The only thing remaining is the fun part, which is setting up the new 75, scape it, and add the fish. That will have to wait until morning though.
|03-01-2013 04:40 PM|
|thelub||Thats a nice looking aquarium! Good luck on the swap out. It recently took me ~6 hours to swap out a planted 55.|
|03-01-2013 03:38 PM|
It's going to be a long day.....I took the day off from work and started the tear down this morning. (I'm swapping from the 55 to a new 75 gallon). My wife added to the workload though and wants me to paint the wall behind the aquarium as though I didn't have my hands full already. I guess she makes a good point. Our house is only 5 months old and we have the cruddy builders flat white paint everywhere. I'm sure in the long run I will be glad I did as it would suck even more to tear down an established tank just to paint.
Also going to to take this opportunity to reinforce my cheap Petsmart particle board stand by adding solid wood braces on the sides, top and bottom. Its rated to hold the weight, but I will feel much better about it.
New tank should hopefully be up and running by tomorrow night. Fish, shrimp, nerite snails and plants will be housed in my 37 gallon cube with tank water and established filters until their new home is ready.
Got the new tank background painted black last night and final coat this morning. Heading off to Home Depot for a few 90 degree braces for the stand reinforcements and painting supplies .
|03-01-2013 05:11 AM|
Not bad at all, I actually like the scape, especially the lotus/h. diformis contrast. Looking forward to the 75G replacement tank with the new plants.
One comment: you might want to check the temperature ranges for your fish. The majority of the fish on your list might do better at high 70's low 80's.
Keep the pictures coming!
|02-28-2013 10:16 PM|
Picked up a brand new 75 gallon today for $75 which I will swap for the 55. The lack of depth in the 55 gallon really made it difficult to scape the way I wanted it to look.
I just hope my 3 x 54W T5HO Catalina Aquarium light fixture will put enough light on the front of the tank where my HC and Glosso will be placed. I don't expect it to be an issue.
Guess I know what I will be doing this weekend....
|02-28-2013 12:49 AM|
|smiller||Great looking tank.|
|02-27-2013 10:26 PM|
|blue1delta||Tank looks good. Thanks for the advice on my filter selection! Would love to pick up the old plants!|
|02-27-2013 07:50 PM|
Need to start working on the tank tonight. Received my order of Limnophilia Aromatica and Ludwigia inclinata 'cuba' today. Monday my Hydrotriche hottoniiflora, Mayaca fluviatilis, Heteranthera zosterfolia and Taiwan moss arrived. Just waiting for my 5 stems of Blyxa japonica and 3 stems of Ranunculus inundatus to be delivered tomorrow.
I'm ditching my easier starter plants like the wisteria and dwarf sag. They look nice but grow too fast with high light and CO2. They quickly overgrow the tank. Also pulling the Bacopa, Red Tiger Lotus, crypt wendeti, crypt undulata and crypt parva. Still debating on the Amazon sword.
Just need to figure out where everything should be planted for the best "curb appeal". Any advice would be appreciated and welcomed.
As far as the old plants, watch for an ROAK sometime later this week.
|02-26-2013 12:31 AM|
No, it is Ludwigia peruensis. Yes, the dwarf sag is being replaced with some Blyxa japonica this week. At least most of it is.
|02-26-2013 12:26 AM|
Bashes first planted 55 gallon journal
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|02-26-2013 12:22 AM|
|JaysTanks||Very nice tank. In my opinion get rid of that dwarf sag it took over my tank too hard to control. Is that rosefolia behind the driftwood?|
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