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Old 10-26-2007, 10:49 AM   #1
 
New to Forum - Need advice on aquarium purchase!

Hello everyone, as the subject says I am new to the forum and looking for advice. I have been an aquarium / freshwater fish enthusiast for years, but have never had anything over a 29 gallon tank. I am in the process of finishing my basement and am hoping to build in a tank as a part of my office. A standard 75 gallon rectangle seems to be where I am leaning as far as size (due to available space). Cost is a factor but not a huge concern. My questions are:

1. Glass or Acrylic?
2. Anything I need to watch out for since it is a built-in?
3. Any recommendations on places to purchase online / brick and mortar? - I'm looking now at aquariumsource.com
4. Filter setup recommendations for this size tank? I am willing to purchase a canister if that is the way to go.

Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions :D
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:32 AM   #2
 
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Is this a built in tank with only glass in the front? Either way I would say glass is the best way to go. Easy to clean, not easily scratched. But most people will say it is a matter of preference and sometimes price. A canister is the way to go for best filtration and with a build in tank it may be the only way to go.
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:48 AM   #3
 
Thanks for your response. Yes, it will only show the glass part on the front side, but I will have full access to the rear of the tank via our storage room.

Any suggestions on where to get a glass tank? I see lots of acrylic dealers online, but not so many glass (perhaps because of delivery issues, maybe it's better to visit a local store).
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:59 PM   #4
 
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yeah if cost is somewhat of a concern, go with glass. Glass is a lot heavier and can shatter so it is not often available for shipment. Generally online you find acrylic tanks because they are light weight and won't shatter. They are a LOT more expensive though. You should easily be able to find a 75 gallon glass tank at petco or maybe petsmart or a small local shop. I know petco should be able to order tanks in the store if they don't have one in stock.
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Old 11-05-2007, 02:59 PM   #5
 
USE GLASS INSTEAD OF ACRYLIC, IT IS CLEANER. EVEN THOUGH YOU WANT THAT TANK FOR A FRESHWATER SET UP, I WOULD RECCOMEND YOU BUILD A SUMP, WHERE YOU CAN PUT YOUR PUMPS, MECHANICAL FILTER, BIOLOGICAL FILTER, AND CHEMICAL FILTER. TRY TO MAKE AN OVERFLOW SO YOUL NEVER GET SKIMMY SURFACE OVER YOUR TANK WATER, YOU CAN PERFORM WATER CHANGES DIRECTLY FROM THE SUMP . BELEIVE ME IT IS EASIER TO CLEAN A SUMP THAN A CANISTER FILTER. IF YOU HAVE SOME QUESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW. MY E MAIL IS feje_vi@hotmail.com .
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