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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-15-2014, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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starting over with an upgrade to 75g

i guess i should start out buy describing what i have now and then go to what i want to build. here is a pic to get started, i know it is a horrible picture.


55g
Light- odyssea dual t5 ho 6500 daylight about 7 hours a day
Substrate- miracle grow soil some red clay balls capped with florite red
Heater- marine land 300w
Filtration- cascade 1000 and sponge filter
Ferts- was using flourish excel but stopped
Plants- idk look at the picture (jk i do know but i dont want to type out)
Fish-
bristlenose pleco 1 albino 1 reg
corys 5 green 3 melini 2 panda
tetra 6 lemons 8 neon 4 rummy
1 german blue ram
3 true symeese alge eater
4 otos
unknown # of cherry shrimp

overall the tank is nice and looks good but im not happy with it. my wife and 1 year old love the tank. unfortunately they don't see it they way i do. just for example the dirt has surfaced in some spots there are parts of drift wood with bba on it. the bulbs are over 2 years old and need to be replaced. (i want led) in my mind the tank should be broken down and re done. if i do break it down i want to go bigger and have more room for scape. the plan is to have more of larger numbers of tetra or cory not mix match like i have. im planning to keep the price down and not go all out and spend where i need it.

my 75 tank diy stand

75g- tank
Light- finex ray 2 48"
Substrate- 6 bags of eco complete block
Heater- marine land 300w
Filtration- unsure may drill tank otherwise bigger canister
Ferts- not for sure but maybe flourish and excel
Plants- reuse some i already have some new
Fish-
1 bristle nose pleco
5 otos
10+ rummy nose tetra
10+ neon tetra
10 sterbai cory
1 pair of German blue rams
1 pair of apisto (not sure which 1)

this was a 4am post so im sure not all of it makes sense ana their are miss spellings. overall i am looking on input on how would you do 75g starting from scratch with out going overboard with money. (dont count fish as cost). also thinking about more drift wood and may get some suri stones.
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I don't know I kind with your wife and child that's a beautiful tank. I understand were your at and this is a big part of the hobby. Most of us like to set up new tanks. Nothing like a new tank and new equipment to get us all hot and bother but I would have hard time tearing down your tank it really looks good.
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I bought a 37 gal w/ an LED lid on it (not plant rated), so I made a new light for it, and had to get an aquatop, etc. Then it was "I have this hood, I need a tank to go with it." That second tank became my pampered planted tank (co2, new led fixture, etc), which led to the purchase of a 29 gal. (which got a used current satellite t5 light from craigslist). It's never ending, and you'll always find some issue with your tank that will make you want to upgrade. I feel your pain, and good luck!


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This tank is just fine dude. What you need is a 75 in addition to the 55.

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This tank is just fine dude. What you need is a 75 in addition to the 55.
+1 on that. I concur.
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I like the idea of another tank but I would want a salt water tank next I already have the 55 and shrimp tanks divided 20l and another 20l. I have about 3 monts before I move into a house so I have some time to think.
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Keep the 55 and go big for saltwater. I'm sure there's plenty of room in the new house for a tank room!


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This tank is just fine dude. What you need is a 75 in addition to the 55.

LOL, enabler.

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Have you ever had a saltwater tank. I have. There a nightmare. Beautiful , but an expensive nightmare . and I put imphasise on expensive. I advise doing a ton of reading before going there before you do.

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To answer the question no I have not had a salt water tank. I am aware of the cost and maintance. If I was to start a salt tank it would be a 75 sumped starting with rock and fish for a year then conceited coral.
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LOL, enabler.
Gosh no. I am just trying to get him to realize anything less will make him less happy

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To answer the question no I have not had a salt water tank. I am aware of the cost and maintance. If I was to start a salt tank it would be a 75 sumped starting with rock and fish for a year then conceited coral.
What is conceited coral? Is it vain?

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To answer the question no I have not had a salt water tank. I am aware of the cost and maintance. If I was to start a salt tank it would be a 75 sumped starting with rock and fish for a year then conceited coral.
What? Your coral would thinks it's better than everyone else's coral? I would rather have humble coral that is just happy to be alive...


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