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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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My 75 Gallon (56k)

Hello everyone,
I recently scored a decent deal on a 75 gallon tank of craigslist, and now I get to upgrade from my 55 to the 75. ( I never was satisfied with the depth of the 55 so i've been looking for a 75)

Here is a pic of what i'm working with at the moment.


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And here's a picture of my older 55 (a.k.a green hair algae heaven)


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That's a nice 75. I have a 55 sitting in the garage, but I haven't put it up. Everyone says that 75s are better because of the depth. So I may never put the 55 up, LOL> Can't wait to see this tank completely set up!!

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Okay so i found a guy locally who makes furniture out of driftwood so he said i could get a 4 foot piece from him for around $30. So now i just need to find a piece that like.

Does anyone have a good link to show how to suspend a light? i plan on building a wood enclosure and having it suspend over the tank.

Also one last question for the moment is the 75 gallon aquarium made out of oak? when i make the light enclosure i want it to match as closely as possible. I plan on staining the stand a dark red mahogany.

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you could always do somthing like this, its not a canopy but its cheap and i think it looks good. i just used copper water line soldered it and painted it black then used some waterline clamps and screwed it to the back of the unitlight is the same as yours just 24" and i bought the reflector from a hydroponics store and painted it black
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you could always do somthing like this, its not a canopy but its cheap and i think it looks good. i just used copper water line soldered it and painted it black then used some waterline clamps and screwed it to the back of the unitlight is the same as yours just 24" and i bought the reflector from a hydroponics store and painted it black
Nice. I was thinking more alone the lines of a wooden box though similar to what they have on the AH supply website. The lighter colored one( though my will be stained a dark red mahogany color the same as the stand) I haven't decided on if i'm going to suspend the lights from the ceiling or just make two conduit pipes.



Speaking of varnish does anyone have a good guide to varnishing as i've never done it before.
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Is anybody on here good at recognizing wood? i would like to match the same wood in the light enclosure if it's not too much money.
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Soaking the driftwood.


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Looks like pine or maybe Douglas fir. Definitely not oak though.
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okay so the outside of the stand is almost finished. I'm thinking i might want to paint the inside to make it look nicer and also more resistant to water. i was thinking white, grey, or black. Does anyone know of a good way to paint wood that's fairly waterproof?
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Okay finally got the last coat of poly on the stand last night. just waiting until tonight to bring it inside here are some pictures.


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Looks nice man! Hope that canister works out well.
A little late, but when staining pine, sometimes it helps to use a stain conditioner, which helps the stain soak evenly, unless you are looking for some contrast.
Look into maybe.seeing of you can find a cheap pipe bender, and buy some galvanized conduit, bend it, and use pipe hangers to mount. I dont have a bender myself, but i can borrow one for a weekend if you are ever around.
Also, once you get this going let me know, I have plenty of stems, crypts, floaters, moss, guppy grass.


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Yeah i plan on going the conduit route. I'm hoping they'll just bend the pipes for me in the store since i just need to 90 degree bends. I'll definitely let you know when i need some plants. Thanks again.
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Okay I'm trying to figure out how I wanna setup the filtration. I have a 305 and a 304. I was planning on having each intake strainers in either back corner and then getting two fluval spray bars and having them on the back glass facing forward at a slight angle down. What do you all think or recommend?
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Sounds like even flowage. You planning on hooking up thr CO2? And how?


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