A 90 gallon tank wouldn't be OUT of the question per-se and since posting, I've actually leaned towards the 75 more. The problem with a 90 gallon tank is I would most likely be forced to put it in the basement because of how much it would weigh - though, I would have to check. I can however keep a 75 gallon in my room (AFAIK
). But now you have me possibly thinking about the 90. Buying new isn't really a problem, as I'm getting $$ as a birthday present. I've looked at tanks on ebay and such, but, I'm kind of put off by ebay.
As for the stand, I found one for 1130ish online, which isn't bad. That would put me only 30~ over what it would cost to buy the 60 gallon tank before taxes.
As for fish, I'm actually really not sure what I would put in there. I have 2 full grown guppies right now and one baby one that is still growing up in one tank, and 4 albino tiger barbs in the other (which I know is technically over crowded if you go by the 1 inch:1 gallon theory - I was originally intending to buy a 55g and having a bunch of barbs and find one or two more fish to put in there). That said, I have no idea what I would put in a huge tank like a 75 gallon one. I love the albino tiger barbs and guppies, but I also like fish that are unique and that aren't seen everyday (exotic). I used to think the Rainbow shark/Red tail shark sold by petsmart were actually sharks, but apparently they are not. To me that would have been pretty cool because it'd be pretty badass (for lack of a better term) to own a "shark".
However, after looking at petsmarts selection some more fish that caught my eye:
Electric Blue Cichlid
Tiger Oscar Cichilid
All of those fish can grow to be quite large, and I would like to add at least one or two schooling fish to the mix. I also don't know if these fish will mix. I was hoping for some good suggestions, and possibly ones that allowed me to have 2 "big" fish a couple medium sized ones, and possibly 2 smaller schooling fish into the mix. (not really sure on that, just throwing it out there to give people an idea).
2 last things: most of the interesting exotic fish I have looked at for another fish store in my area are for saltwater tanks. Is this generally the case? (seahorses seem awesome, so do Puffer Porcupine and Mandarin Goby) but I have no experience with non-freshwater tanks so I have no idea what I'm doing with that, or if there are also exotic freshwater fish kinda like the one's I just mentioned.
Second thing: anything that live breads is awesome. For example, I think it's really cool to have a guppy give birth and then the little fish can sometimes make it to grow up (like one of myn has for the past couple of months).
Anyway, hope I didn't ramble too much in this post, as you can tell I really have no idea where I am going with this. I don't want to screw it up and waste a bunch of $$, overstock, or find something way cooler that I just "have to have" since this will most likely be the last tank I'll have room for, for a good while.