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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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75G Organic Dirt tank

I enjoy having neighbors, thanks to them I have a free 75G tank with stand. My idea is to set it up as a organic dirted tank as my 55G. Shoot me some ideas for it.
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75g is a great size to turn sideways so that only a short side is against the wall. Since it's relatively wide, that gives you a great ability to look at the tank from both sides.

The footprint of the 75 also gives a lot of room for longer fish. Maybe a knifefish?
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main difference between a standard size 55g and 75g,,,,, LOL
the only difference is the 18" depth to the tank.

you're going to hate the 55 after scaping the new tank because it works out so much better for depth of field looking at it.

congrats on the score getting one for free.


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ive been thinking about a double sided tank for a while, i think that would be the most interesting option. I need to get a serious piece of driftwood.
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main difference between a standard size 55g and 75g,,,,, LOL
the only difference is the 18" depth to the tank.

you're going to hate the 55 after scaping the new tank because it works out so much better for depth of field looking at it.

congrats on the score getting one for free.
I'm still in awe of how much depth this thing has, its almost overwhelming.
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Wait till you start planting it! When I first go my 90 I had a bunch of Amazon Swords and some Dwarf Sag to plant...so I'm standing on my stool reaching down in there, guestimating my location, and planting away happy as could be.

I step back from the tank and just laughed. All my plants were in the back 1/4 of the tank...it's so hard to judge moving from a skinny tank, lol. That and water perception is tough from above, and that's the only way to plant a 90 on a stand (if your 5'10" like me, lol, wear sleeveless shirts too).
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I'm 6'8" so it's pretty easy to reach in there. I'm thinking about thick clumps of rotila indica and swords in the back and dwarf sag and crypts up front.
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if you go with enriched (AKA DIRT hahaha) substrate most crypts grow large enough to be planted mid tank


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Free 75 gallon tank and stand = Pure awesome.

What kind of soil are you going to use? Something prepackaged, or something mixed yourself?


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Just because its dirt doesn't make it low tech


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Good choice. Be ready for the crazy spikes though. That stuff goes nuts for the first couple of weeks.


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Good choice. Be ready for the crazy spikes though. That stuff goes nuts for the first couple of weeks.
Yup, just let it spike and change the water...by doing 25% everyday I was able to keep fish in mine from day 2, but if I had it to do again I would have ran a fishless cycle and dosed the hell out of it.

Actually, if I had it to do again I would have grown some emersed HG with the tank covered in syran wrap and a Co2 leak inside, lol.
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If you are interested, I used the same soil in my 2.5 gallon tank and recorded the data on here. Well, most of it. It should give you an idea.

Page 7 of my nano


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Yeah I have the MGOPS running in my 55G https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=143969
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Yeah I have the MGOPS running in my 55G
Got ya. Then you already know the crazy things that stuff does.


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