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DaaWoods 10-18-2011 05:05 PM

:-) found this site while researching freshwater aquariums. i am planning a getting a 75 + size tank and looking for as much info as possible before making my purchases. being in maine is limiting my a store access, so online shopping my be a better resource for me. if anyone has thoughts please share em with me, thanks Denis :-)

SeaHorse 10-18-2011 08:40 PM

Hi Denis! Welcome to TFK!! I have a 75 Gallon and I love it immensely!! I would say that when it comes to what fish and what decor then you hopefully have done some research on what type of fish you like. i.e. Cichlids that like a rocky tank, or a community tank with plastic or live plants? What substrate too? Play sand or gravel...
Lots of decisions to make.
Also what is your water like? PH? I have very hard water at 8.0-8.4 so I cannot to Discus that like more acidic water. Another thing that is very important to know before purchasing fishes or A fish.... how big is the one you want, that you have researched, going to get? so 1 Oscar or a school of Tetras ?
Hope I have not confused you.... hopefully given you lots to think about.
Best advise I can give you is...... "research, research, research!!" and make sure you tell us all about it!!!

DaaWoods 10-19-2011 01:33 PM

hiya jakiebabie, thanks for the words of encouragements. water is from a well, and is not hard, phew. and picked up a good book from B&N called "encyclopedia of aquarium and pond fish" by david alderton. and will probably will pick up several more books by the time i am done. one of my concerns is loosing power like we often do here in maine during the well - now its about any season, lmao. so looking for a decent powersurge/battery backup etc. and nope not at all confused here, errr, well maybe just a little, with some sites on the internet offering different matters of opinions on tank set ups, lol. i realize healthy competition among companies will affect products choices, pros and cons, etc. but really now! and so "top fin" is really"petsmart" kinda stuff. but not rushing into things here, building my cabinet first that will take the load of a 75+ tank and finishing my living room remodeling job comes first. in Daa Woods here in maine, Denis

SeaHorse 10-19-2011 07:39 PM

No Way! That's the only book I have too! Got it for my birthday this year. Hubby done good with that one!!

Remember little rules of thumb.... only one Gourami to a tank. and/or only one shark to a tank. Shoaling fish means they swim in a school. A school is not 3... it's min 6. Does the store have 6, can you afford 6? or more.
Wander the local fish store now before you have the tank set up. go look for stickers on the tanks that are red/green/yellow. ie "plays well with others" lol. or not!! Write down the names and go home and look them up. Talk to the staff but don't believe a word they say!! Go home and research it, ask about them here.
Then go Youtube video the ones you like to see what people's tanks look like. IMO our goal is to make their homes as realistic as possible and I just don't like barren empty tanks. it's just sad! (so are Betta bowls! :cry:)

Hoping you post pics and journal your progress!!

DaaWoods 10-20-2011 01:17 PM

yeah way, lmao...thanks for the color coding, thats a new one for me. i have found that petsmart, has nice clean tanks, healthy lookin fish. and i have had conversations with several employees know, and like ya said, i am aware of the significant lack of knowledge the young kids have. i really threw a lot of questions about different filters, air pumps, cleaning tools etc. it was clear real fast on how limited there knowledge was, and instead of acknowledging there own limits, they faked there way through conversation, lol. plans for tomorrow is to build my base cabinet for the tank. will upload pics there after. will go check out u-tube for videos, tks for that tip as well...D

aunt kymmie 10-20-2011 10:29 PM

Hi Denis, welcome to TFK! I also have a 75gl and love it, they have a nice footprint.
I have nothing to add as Jakiebabie has it covered, just wanted to say hi.
On the power outage issue...I have a Honda 3,000 watt generator-overkill I know-but it sure comes in handy when we lose power and I'm able to keep my five tanks running, and everything else in the house. :shock:

Byron 10-22-2011 05:45 PM

Hi, and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping. Nice to have you joining us.


willow 11-01-2011 04:14 PM

hello and welcome. :)

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