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Old 05-12-2011, 09:57 AM   #11
 
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Wow all of these posts are very useful, thank you! I was worried that there would be to much Bio in the Eco.. and would lead to high nitrites/ammonia. I think the bacteria in the substrate break bio down tho.. I will be having a carpet of plants, so there shouldnt be an issue with that. Im more worried about filling and changing my tank.. As I will be living in a 3rd floor apartment.. haha. From the living room to the kitchen or bathroom it's maybe 25ft? Or less? Or more? not sure.. I havent checked.. Ill be moving into my new apartment soon haha. Not soon enough however
I use syphons for my 10g right now and put it into a 2.5 bucket haha. Guess that means Im old school? Funny about that is.. Im probably the youngest on this site. lol
At any rate, Ill find a cheap hose to use for syphoning out of my 75, and for filling.

Thanks for the replies!
Aqueon and Python come with a 25-foot initial hose, and you can buy additions in 25-foot lengths. It takes me 3 (75 feet) to get from my laundry room sink to the fish room. And, you need a faucet on which you can screw a hose. Some kitchen faucets can't do this.

A 75g tank is very heavy, water weighs i think 10 pounds per gallon. Be careful where you put the tank on the third floor, unless you're in a concrete building. The tank has to be across the floor joists, not parallel, or it may suddenly end up in the apartment below.

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Old 05-12-2011, 11:12 AM   #12
 
My Aqueon came as 1 solid 50ft tube. There are 2 variations you can get. Water is 8.35lbs, but rounding it to 10 is probably safer since gravel rocks, and other decor displace water but are heavier.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:28 AM   #13
 
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Aqueon and Python come with a 25-foot initial hose, and you can buy additions in 25-foot lengths. It takes me 3 (75 feet) to get from my laundry room sink to the fish room. And, you need a faucet on which you can screw a hose. Some kitchen faucets can't do this.

A 75g tank is very heavy, water weighs i think 10 pounds per gallon. Be careful where you put the tank on the third floor, unless you're in a concrete building. The tank has to be across the floor joists, not parallel, or it may suddenly end up in the apartment below.

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Wouldnt putting the tank against the wall be a safe bet anyways? and floor joists? How do I find those?
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:40 AM   #14
 
joists are the beams that run across the floor to hold it up: Google Image Result for http://pre2005.flexiblelearning.net.au/toolbox/demosites/series10/10_01/content/bcgbc4010a/10_floor_systems/10_sub_floor_framing_floor_joists/images/page_009_deep_floor_joists.gif

the more joists under the tank the safer it is, some areas of your house will have more joists to accommodate for anticipated weight such as the bathroom where are are tubs that will be filled, etc. Even up against the wall, you will still be risking it if there is not enough support underneath.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:06 AM   #15
 
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Using that good diagram SinCrisis linked, your tank must go along one of the two walls that are at right angles to the floor joists. Putting it along either of the other two walls that are parallel to the joists is almost sure to cause trouble and one joist is not adequate to support that much weight.

Now, i'm not saying this is foolproof either, since I don't know the strength of the floor joists in your building. And again assuming it is frame construction; concrete is not a problem for one tank.
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Wouldnt putting the tank against the wall be a safe bet anyways? and floor joists? How do I find those?
Only 'safe' against a wall if it's a load bearing wall (that is across floor joists). If you have or can get access to the basement you will be able to know the direction of floor joists. In a typical home structure there is a main beam across the center of the basement, then the floor joists running across on top of that beam from one end of the foundation to the other. The floor joist direction will be the same for all floors in the structure. So you really want your tank to go across the floor joists so it has the support every 16" oc.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:43 AM   #17
 
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Only 'safe' against a wall if it's a load bearing wall (that is across floor joists). If you have or can get access to the basement you will be able to know the direction of floor joists. In a typical home structure there is a main beam across the center of the basement, then the floor joists running across on top of that beam from one end of the foundation to the other. The floor joist direction will be the same for all floors in the structure. So you really want your tank to go across the floor joists so it has the support every 16" oc.
OMG! REALLY!? The floor will have the same joists on each floor? I was trying to figure out how to see which direction my joists go without having to dig into my floor.. lol or go into the apartment below me and punch a hole in their ceiling..
SO I guess Ill go into the basement and see which way they go.. Thank you Abbeysdad!!
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