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Old 12-30-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
 
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75 gal's progress

Just before the end of the year, hubby decides to live up to his promise on helping me start up the 75 gallon. This is going to be a planted goldie tank. The goldies will be fancys and fantails. Maybe a BN pleco and a few dojo loaches. I'm honestly thinking of not doing the pleco if I get the loaches.

Now as far as my plants, I'm thinking of going with these:
Hornwort(floating)
Swords(likely Amazon)
Anubias(tied down to my DW)
and either Cabomba or moneywort or wisteria

So my husband was paranoid about the stand that came with the tank. It was handmade and made with 1"? thick wood. To me, I think it was very sturdy. But hubby wouldn't trust it. At. All. So he went and blew $150 some odd on some particle wood PetsMart stand.

So the previous stand:



And the new stand. It looks really nice. To me it makes the tank look bigger. I PRAY it will hold. If not, I know hubby won't let me get another tank until we buy our house :(



So the tank didn't come with a top. So hubby bought a sheet of plexiglass and cut some pieces. This is 1 large lid. It will be secured to the edges with velcro.




Now, my lighting. I'm thinking of using 2 of these: Mainstays Clip Lamp, Black: Decor : Walmart.com
I'd love to do something like this: 150-Watt Incandescent Clamp Light-CE-300PDQ at The Home Depot But I'm worried that if I lay the lamps down flat like polukoff's lamps: Need Lighting Help for a 55 gallon planted tank. BUT, I'm worried about the lamps getting too hot against the plexiglass. Do you think these would be enough lighting for my NPT? I'm thinking it will be. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy. I'll be posting updates on the tank as I get new stuff in. I'm really excited about this.

We're also replacing the silicone....there's not much of it left
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:34 AM   #2
 
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The stand your hubby bought looks really nice. I love that he was able to make you a lid. Good luck with getting everything going and I look forward to seeing some more pics.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:58 AM   #3
 
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The stand your hubby bought looks really nice. I love that he was able to make you a lid. Good luck with getting everything going and I look forward to seeing some more pics.
Thanks! Im really excited and it's driving me a bit nuts.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:23 AM   #4
 
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Can't wait to see you guys setting it up! I wish I had room for a 75gal, haha. Also can't wait to see goldfish pictures, they're so cute :)
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:57 PM   #5
 
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Looks like a great start. But won't the Goldies eat the plants?
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:10 PM   #6
 
Love the idea, your one of the first people I've met that is giving goldfish a proper home. Great job! Remember though you can't keep much more than 7 goldfish.

What are you planning for filtration. Goldfish are poop machines so you want extra filtration. I recommend around 2 aquaclear 110s.

For lighting I recommend a 48" 4 bulb t5 fixture. Aquatic life has a 2 bulb linkable fixture so you can start with 1 and as you get more plants go with 2 and finally max out at 3. Preferably start with 3:). The 48" freshwater is around $135/each on drfostersmith.

If you are worried about heat against the hood (the 3 fixtures will use 300w/hour), then build a canopy and raise them up. However, these fixtures come with legs that keep them 3-4" of the glass hood which will negate heat. Plus assuming where you live doesn't get to warm (no more than 80 in the house top) then the bulbs can help make the heater run less. If you are very worried about heat a small chiller for a few hundred dollars can keep your heat down.

Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:25 PM   #7
 
This is absolutely wonderful that you are going to be giving some really lucky goldfish a wonderful home. That said I'd caution against a pleco in a tank full of goldfish. Goldfish alone are pretty...messy. They fowl up water really quickly. So it is best to avoid adding another fish that will only add to the impact (pleco are a bit heavy towards the bioload too). That said what specific loaches were you thinking of getting?
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:59 PM   #8
 
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:09 PM   #9
 
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Yes I am only going to get max 7 goldies. Olympia said if I get them young they shouldn't harass the plants too much.

Well since I'm doing a complete NPT I assumed the bioload wouldn't be too much of an issue since the plants would be using it. My only filter would be the one pictured. Marineland Penguin C380? And it would only be used as part of my cycle.

I know the plecos have a high-ish bio load, which is why I was thinking of doing away with them and using the dojo loaches or the Black Kuhli Loaches.

Now the lighting, do I HAVE TO use the fluorescent tubes? I found this:Lights of America 4' Solid State Shop Light, White: Decor : Walmart.com and it would certainly eliminate hubby having to build the light strip canopy. I'm worried about him building something that involves electric.
But this type of lighting brings me back to my main issue, I don't know if it would get too hot while sitting on the plexiglass. I'm not really wanting to hang anything from our roof or wall. Wouldn't the 2 original lamps I linked give off enough light when using 2-3 of them with atleast 30w fluorescents?
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Yes I am only going to get max 7 goldies. Olympia said if I get them young they shouldn't harass the plants too much.

Well since I'm doing a complete NPT I assumed the bioload wouldn't be too much of an issue since the plants would be using it. My only filter would be the one pictured. Marineland Penguin C380? And it would only be used as part of my cycle.

I know the plecos have a high-ish bio load, which is why I was thinking of doing away with them and using the dojo loaches or the Black Kuhli Loaches.

Now the lighting, do I HAVE TO use the fluorescent tubes? I found this:Lights of America 4' Solid State Shop Light, White: Decor : Walmart.com and it would certainly eliminate hubby having to build the light strip canopy. I'm worried about him building something that involves electric.
But this type of lighting brings me back to my main issue, I don't know if it would get too hot while sitting on the plexiglass. I'm not really wanting to hang anything from our roof or wall. Wouldn't the 2 original lamps I linked give off enough light when using 2-3 of them with atleast 30w fluorescents?
They also are known for going after the slime coat of slower moving fish. I'd nix the idea of a pleco regardless of what you get. The dojo loach is a good idea but again, be aware that loaches need clean water. If the water isn't pristine you will have frequent issues with sickness.

That said I'm not very useful when it comes to advising with the light situation. I do use two 23" lights from Lights of America. One sits on my 10 gallon and the other sits on the right side of the 80 gallon to help get some more light to the plants on a big piece of drift wood. Heat warps plexiglass after a while so if I were you I'd hang those lights instead of laying them directly on top, or build a canopy to put them into.
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