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Old 02-06-2014, 12:46 AM   #1
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Getting a 75g!


Stumbled onto a complete 75 setup on craigslist and should have it this week. No sure on specifics on the led lights, or type of filters etc...but I was told it is about a year old tank. Fingers crossed all is well with it.

I'm taking it slow this time with my set up. I ve learnd a lot with my 10s and my 36 bow front.
I made a huge mistake with the bow front in having super thick layers of miracle grow organic, flourite, then gravel....so deep it still burps up gasses and stem plants are not always happy...

So, this time around I am planning on about an inch of miracle grow organic?

Maybe a layer of flourite, about an inch?

But instead of gravel, thinking of going with sand...is one type better than another?

Any guesses on how many bags of each?

Thanks all!
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:22 AM   #2
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Well a 1" layer in a 75 is almost 900 cubic inches and a 20# bag of gravel is about 500 cubic inches. I hope that is some help.
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:24 AM   #3
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Oh, and as far as sand goes, I prefer a mix of play sand and a sugar-fine sand that is made by Nature's Ocean. I use that mix as my only substrate in my 33 gallon planted tank and the plants never complain.
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:54 AM   #4
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If you are capping Flourite with sand it will most likely work its way towards the surface. You can cap dirt with sand leaving out the Flourite layer.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:55 AM   #5
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Well I had planned on getting the tank until the ice storm and downed trees ate my piggyback....

But it is what I want and will have. Should I make the top layer of sand deeper than one inch to ensure the dirt doesn't work it's way up?

Thanks for the help too!
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