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FishyParents 05-04-2011 08:07 PM

Starting my 1st 75 Gallon!!!!!
 
Me and my husband just purchased a used 75 gallon aquarium with matching stand and filter system.
This aquarium is AWESOME. It holds water excellent and the filter still runs flawlessly.
So I'm having a couple of ideas for the aquarium. It will hold various tropical fish that will be compatible with eachother.

So here are the ideas. One is a volcano theme. Mostly because my hubby saw a volcano bubbler and said "OMG!!! we have to have it!!!" In the volcano theme there will be black gravel the volcano in the middle, two huge coral/rocks in the sides and tall/big green plants all between and in the back of the tank.

The second theme is a colorful coral theme. Very colorful coral statues with dark purple gravel and brightly colored plants planted around like the volcano theme. Mostly green plants but some brightly colored ones.

Now pictures!!!!
http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com.../5/6/photo.jpg
The gorgeous 75 gallons....well the backside xD (I didnt feel like opening the garage)

http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com.../6/photo_6.jpg
Mountain HackALugy.....hehe Brandon named it alreadyhttp://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...es/biggrin.gif

http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com.../6/photo_4.jpg
Rock decor to go on the right side

http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com.../6/photo_5.jpg
Rock decor to go on the left side

http://www.dsdimages.com/Images/19/Large/7725_pid.jpg
Stock photo of the chosen gravel.



http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com.../6/photo_1.jpg
Big coral decor that is going into the middle of the tank

http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com.../6/photo_2.jpg
Flexi-Coral1

http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com.../6/photo_3.jpg
Flexi-Coral2

http://www.thatpetplace.com/images/p...ion/P45522.jpg
Stock photo of the chosen purple gravel.


There are other decors that I'd be choosing for the colorful coral theme. But right now heres the links to the plants I'd be purchasing. The volcano theme is ONLY getting the green plants and maybe some orange and red plants in the other value pack.
Marina AquaScaper Jumbo Variety Pack - Decorations - Fish - PetSmart
Marina AquaScaper Variety Pack Aquarium Plants - Decorations - Fish - PetSmart
AqueonŽ Foxtail Plant - Decorations - Fish - PetSmart
MarinaŽ Pearlscaper Red Ludwigia Plant - Fish - PetSmart
MarinaŽ Vibrascaper Red Ludwigia Plant - Decorations - Fish - PetSmart
MarinaŽ Vibrascaper Small Artificial Aquarium Plant - Decorations - Fish - PetSmart
MarinaŽ Vibrascaper Medium Artificial Aquarium Plant - Decorations - Fish - PetSmart
MarinaŽ Vibrascaper Medium Artificial Aquarium Plant - Decorations - Fish - PetSmart
Top FinŽ Pink Plastic Plant Variety Pack - Sale Category - PetSmart
Top FinŽ Plastic Plant Variety Pack - Blue, Purple, Yellow - Sale Category - PetSmart

OH YEAH!!!! We need help deciding which theme to go with. So vote for whichever them you like best. And which ever theme gets the most votes....well that theme will be picked.
End date is midnight this sunday.

FishyParents 05-04-2011 08:41 PM

anyone?

ElectricBlueJackDempsey 05-04-2011 09:11 PM

I'm not a big fan of fake decor. You should get a couple of large pieces of driftwood and but your tall green plants along the back of tank with black or tan gravel. Picking between the 2 ideas you have, I would definitely do they volcano one. You'll regret doing the coral in the long run. But it all matters on what kind of fish your gonna get

FishyParents 05-04-2011 09:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ElectricBlueJackDempsey (Post 665608)
I'm not a big fan of fake decor. You should get a couple of large pieces of driftwood and but your tall green plants along the back of tank with black or tan gravel. Picking between the 2 ideas you have, I would definitely do they volcano one. You'll regret doing the coral in the long run. But it all matters on what kind of fish your gonna get

heres a list of what is currently being considered:


AbbeysDad 05-04-2011 09:43 PM

Each to his/her own I guess, but coral, sea shells and volcano's just don't belong in a freshwater tank.

Just my $.02, but I think the best aquascapes are those that create the most natural looking environment. If we were exploring river pools in the amazon rain forest or a pond in Florida, what would we see?

FishyParents 05-04-2011 09:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AbbeysDad (Post 665645)
Each to his/her own I guess, but coral, sea shells and volcano's just don't belong in a freshwater tank.

Just my $.02, but I think the best aquascapes are those that create the most natural looking environment. If we were exploring river pools in the amazon rain forest or a pond in Florida, what would we see?

understandable
a natural look could be very beautiful as well.

zfarsh 05-04-2011 09:47 PM

although i was impressed too at first with the flashy stuff, i am now going towards the natural stuff with real plants, sand, and driftwood, and rocks. That said, you should go with the less flashy colors, such as the black gravel (your fish should be the peace of attraction after all, and this will make their colors come out, if they have any that is). I agree that i like the volcano best if there is like red bubles coming out of it (remind me of finding nemo), and i have seen it at big al and originally wanted it.

FishyParents 05-04-2011 09:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zfarsh (Post 665647)
although i was impressed too at first with the flashy stuff, i am now going towards the natural stuff with real plants, sand, and driftwood, and rocks. That said, you should go with the less flashy colors, such as the black gravel (your fish should be the peace of attraction after all, and this will make their colors come out, if they have any that is). I agree that i like the volcano best if there is like red bubles coming out of it (remind me of finding nemo), and i have seen it at big al and originally wanted it.

how do I make them red?
That would be an epic idea

zfarsh 05-04-2011 10:08 PM

i saw it at Big Al in Oakville. You buy a nice volcano that has a whole in the middle for bubles to come out. You have to buy a pump to push the water, and then there are elements that will be in the water (in your volcano) where the bubles come out from, and they have different colors for these.

Air Pumps:
Air Pumps

LED Light:
LED Bubble Wand

These are not exactly it, but to give you an idea, so that when you go to a Big Al's, you can ask them. I was originaly going to implement this idea, but then pll said air bubles are not necessary as the HOB filters are giving enough oxygen already, and figured i would spend my money on the rest ;).

gmyers0203 05-04-2011 10:10 PM

They make LED lighting that you can place under the aerator in the volcano to make them red. That, however, is just one more cord going into the tank.

I agree with those above, if not considering a natural look, I would go with the volcano theme. I feel that this theme would best emphasize your fish as the main attraction... of course aside from the red bubbles coming from the massive volcano :-P

Good luck! And welcome! :-)


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