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Brandmaner 08-15-2010 03:23 PM

New 75G Fish Tank
Okay, so me and my fiance just purchased (well in the process.. be here in 3weeks.. so doing all my research in the final moments!) a 75G Tank and stand with all glass tops and light strips. Also I am buying 2 filters rated for a 75G tank to assure I can hold a decent bio load without harm. I am also going to try and run a 10G Sump for it even though it's freshwater. Not sure what to put in the 10G Sump.. I thought maybe breeding cherry shrimp to put up in my main display tank and for snack foods for my slightly larger fish. Anyhow... I am looking at stocking ideas, equipment ideas and of course... rare colorful fish that I can put in it. We currently have a 29G tank with one Angel fish, one Neon Tetra and one Red-eye Tetra that have lived together for nearly 3years now. We did have a pleco I lost back in march. So we are not entirely new to the hobby but don't want to overdo it either with such a large tank. I wanted to do saltwater at first, but we deiced another 5-8yrs in freshwater first would be better and we would buy 150-200G Reef ready tank later on if we where still interested in saltwater. So what I am asking is for ANY advice that can accomidate the current fish I have plus at least a few more fish.. for a peaceful community tank, I plan to have it planted so upgrading my lights is probably a must but how much more wattage do I need? So all in all.. I am asking for help, before I jump into something I can't handle. I'm going to also want to use a "real" base.. not just gravel or something. I want to have a well planted tank. I am considering keeping a ID shark (catfish) but I heard they can get pretty massive, and don't want to stunt it's growth because it'd be at least 2-3yrs before i bought a bigger tank. Well thanks in advance for any and all advice.. criticism welcomed openly !

Romad 08-15-2010 03:58 PM

Hi Brandmaner,

Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new tank setup in the works. I set up a 75 gallon a few months ago and I'm loving it. I'm curious about your choice of filtration. Have you considered a canister filter? I set up a Rena XP3 on mine and it's really doing a great job. Added bonus is that you don't see the canister filters bc they can go underneath in your stand (obviously if it's a stand w/doors or storage under).

As for fish, def. get some more groups of tetras. I don't have any angels so you might want to check out the compatability first.

Good luck and keep us updated on your progress. There are lots of experienced and succesful fish owners here on the forum if you need help or have questions along the way.

Brandmaner 08-15-2010 04:01 PM

Thank you for replying so soon. I do think I am getting canister filters.. if I'm thinking of what your talking about... there the ones that come with like starter kits from Wal-mart/ petco right? I know I'm not getting a bio-wheel filter again.. bad experiences lol! But looking at your post again just now.. I'm thinking what I have may be just a basic HOB filter.. its rated for a 60Gallon but I use it for a 29 gallon :P

Brandmaner 08-15-2010 04:05 PM

Okay after some very quick googling.. I realize I was wayyy off base on that lol! I plan to put a sump under my tank.. not sure what for yet other then hiding the heaters and such.. Because as far as i know.. its not like a salt-water setup where you put a protein skimmer, sea-weed and other beneficial stuff you don't want to be seen in the display tank.. which brings me to another question.. is there anything like that for larger freshwater setup that I could add to the sump tank? I'm mainly doing the sump like.. a live food breeding take with the filters/heaters down in it with some small plants.. But give me your inputs.. I'll post a few pics of my current 29gallon as soon as I can find the charger to my camera.. It will be my sump tank once the one one comes in and I get it set-up and cycled so I can transfer the fish safely. Well Thanks in Advance again!

Romad 08-15-2010 04:19 PM

No clue with that but there are some pretty creative people here. If you haven't noticed the DIY section yet, here's the link. You'll probably find what you're looking for and if not, create a thread there and see what the "pros" have to say.

Brandmaner 08-15-2010 09:16 PM

I took a gander at the DIY alot of interesting ideas... I just need to find one for my tank I don't want to drill it at this time.. maybe sometime down the road for the sump.. but I am going to use a overflow box currently if anyone has some cheap DIY for an overflow from freshwater setup into a sump.. lead me in the right direction. And still looking for stocking options.. it just has to fit my 7" Angelfish in the setting because I'll never get rid of my flourance :P (Fiance named him... we hope it's a him at least! LOL)

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