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Should i Upgrade to a 55 Gallon

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Should i Upgrade to a 55 Gallon
Old 07-27-2009, 12:28 PM   #21
 
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:43 PM   #22
 
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Coming in on the backend of this but I have to say that I loathe 55 gallon tanks. They're tall, narrow, and long. You couldn't design a tank less suited for good flow if you tried, well if you tried and still wanted to keep fish in it. I got rid of a 55 for a 48 corner and have never regretted it, not even once. Get a 75. That extra 5 inches of front to back room is huge.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:15 PM   #23
 
I looked at craig's list today and found a 75 gallon tank for about $250 and its not too far away, so i am now considering it..... :) I REALLY LIKE IT and it comes with everything; stand, hood, lights, 2 filters (one back-up) so im excited , im pretty sure im gonna get it :)
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:22 AM   #24
 
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Pay close attention to the stand and filters. Ask if you can see the filter plugged in and in water to confirm they still work. If you can try to get a parts list online for the type of filters and take it with you so you can be sure you have all the parts. If one of the filters doesn't start haggling.
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:35 AM   #25
 
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:36 AM   #26
 
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I agree w/ tyyrlym, make sure things work properly. Also, I think a 75g needs to have a good filter. A friend of mine suggested that I go w/ a good quailty canister filter. He said it would be more efficient than a hob filter. I took his advice and I'm very happy I did. If you can get it for a decent price, you can eventually upgrade your lighting and such if you need to.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:07 AM   #27
 
I was thinking about a canister filter... do i have to start the tank with a canister filter, or can i start the tank with a hob filter and once i get more money upgrade to a canister filter and switch them or do you have to stick with the same filter?
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:41 PM   #28
 
I thought up a question now... if i get the 75 gallon tank, i put the 20 gallon filter on the 75 gallon tank right?
and then how long do i wait?
and do i put in the 20's water in the 75 or better just tell me how im going to cycle it and put all the fish i already have in the 75?
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:41 PM   #29
 
to clear up that last sentence i meant the fish i already have in the 20 how do i put them in the 75.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:41 PM   #30
 
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When I upgraded from a 20 to a 55 I used new water and new gravel (with a few handfuls of the old gravel) and moved the existing filter over along with the fish. First make sure the water is up to temperature. You may also want to check the ph between the new tank and your 20 just to make sure there's no huge Ph difference. Your 20 gallon filter has enough bacteria colony to support the existing fish so you should be good. Check your water parameters every day or so for a week or two then you should be ok to slowly add more fish, only a few every couple weeks.
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