Ok, 5+ years ago, I had 2 55gallon tanks set up and running.
Both had the Marineland 350 magnum cannister filters and one Penguin HOB on each as well.
One tank was meat eaters, the other was "cute fish" for the wife (Though I did put my clown knife in there and he ate all her Neon Tetra's LOL)
Both tanks ran perfect, were always clear and clean, and I did weekly testing and kept it in a spreadshreet to track and see any possible trends before they got out of hand.
I sold those when I moved, and am ready to get back into the fish world... I was going to do a reef tank, but just simply cannot afford it, so I am going freshwater.
Picked up an All Glass Aquariums 75 Gallon tank and a stand for 75 bucks...
Aquarium was a reef tank with a BUNCH of coralline algae on the back and sides... Picking up some muriatic acid on the way home tonight to get rid of it...
The stand is the All Glass Aquariums 48x18 black cabinet stand...
What concerns me is that the stand is open on the top, and the tank ONLY sits on it around the edges... Even though it has a tempered bottom and it is the stand made for this tank, I just don't feel safe with it like that...
I am going to add some 2x4 struts front to back and put 3/4" plywood across the top for full support.
now, several questions... I want the tank to be planted, so I need a good substrate, not just the gravel. What is recommended?
Also, is the Magnum 350 good enough for a 75G tank? should I also have any powerheads or an HOB?
and lastly, Lighting... Tank has no hood, so I need to buy or make something... What would you all recommend?