Originally Posted by Gregoryalln854
My Name is Greg, I had just set up a 75 gallon back in 2012 and a drunk driver doing 100mph drove through my house hitting me and destroying everything I owned. After several years I finally got things somewhat back to normal and I’m hoping to do another aquarium. I was thinking of another 75 gallon low tech. Any info on what to buy would be greatly appreciated. Before I was running a sump, but so much has changed in 7 years that I don’t know where to begin.
Thanks and it’s nice to be back
Having been in this hobby for over 40 years the basics have not changed. When I first started I wanted the biggest, baddest, newest things. Learned over the years the old stuff really did work. I started with corner box filters.Went to Aquamaster/Aquaking filters. Did undergravel. Sponge? Yuup. Sumps? Of course. Second Nature HOB too. Canister.
Right now I am running 30+ tanks on sponge filters and/or Lee corner filters. I've got 18 of them. It is more efficiant for me as I can run one very large air pump. I still have 4 tanks in the house with HOBs. My 90 was a sump for a while. So was the 75. Now each has two Tetra filters on them.
About the only filter I haven't made yet is the Matten. But it is coming.
The nitrogen cycle is still the nitrogen cycle.
Thing is while there really is nothing new under the sun. The newer stuff may look nicer and work but it costs more.
You laugh at the sponge filters? The hatcheries are using them in many tanks. They are very cost effective.
If you are comfortable with the sump then go back to it. It will still filter your water. It will still be crystal clear same as many other filters.
If it were me starting out? I'd get the tank size I could afford and run HOB filters. One or two as needed depending on bio load and tank size. I am partial to the Tetra filters since I've used them for so many years. Aquaclear is good too.
Some here prefer sand. I like gravel. My larger tanks I went with pea gravel from the big box store. I've got one with top soil as the substrate. No sand cap just dirt. Been running for years now.