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    Hi guys my names Joe and I am from Moline Illinois USA

    I used to have 20 gal aquariums for my dog and when she died I just never redid the aquarium.

    I used to have problems with fish dying and reading through various articles lately found my problem was 1 i overloaded the tank with too many fish and i would change 100% the water every month and it seems i was overstressing my fish and i had to always replace them.

    So my daughter in law found me a 75 gallon aquarium for free and so i decided to go get it.

    took me 16 hrs to clean the calcified crud off the sides and its fairly cleaned just a few circles i cant get rid of and figure when it has water in it for a while they will soften and I can clean them off then but they are almost invisible now.

    I do cad work for a living so right now I am designing a stand for my aquarium and learning all I can before I get my fish so I can have a low maintenance aquarium without stressing and killing my fish.

    only thing left on cleaning is trying to get all the bleach rinsed out of my gravel and I dont know if its just smelling the bleach on my hands or what but I cant seem to get rid of the bleach smell and was told to rinse til it all goes away.

    well thats a little abt me and where I am at right now. Hope to learn a lot from this group of ppl.

    Last edited by JoeH; 11-13-2013 at 04:49 AM.

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    Hello , welcome aboard. I hope you will enjoy the forum.
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    Hello and welcome to the forum!

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    thanks guys been reading some threads on forum looks like a great bunch of guys and gals on here.

    when I finish designing my stand I will take pics of what my aquarium currently is and screenshots of my base design and will put a link to download the cad drawn plans in case anyone else wants

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    Hello and welcome.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Welcome to the AC....gravel is cheap, so is sand and it looks better...I wouldn't waste much time trying to get the bleach out of the gravel, just make sure no hint of bleach remains in the tank
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    Welcome. And indeed be careful with bleach.

    Aquarium for the dog?? How does that work?

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    I will go ahead and just replace the gravel stuff and be safe I have questions on the bottom stuff I will ask when I start my newbie thread.

    as for the doggie aquarium

    well when the wife and I got married many many moons ago, we moved to Arkansas where I got a job as a plant mgr for a bass boat company.

    my son was really young somewhere around 5 or 6. One of the guys at the plant and I used to scuba dive, hunt and fish together. He had some Rottweilers and one was going to have puppies so wife and I decided we would get one of the puppies for my son as it was November and they would be weened the week before Xmas.

    I had just gotten a 20G long and it was on a stand my dad made abt 36 inches off the floor.

    the day came we brought the puppy home we named her Sassy cause she looked the part. the first night she whined and whined all night so the next night I thought I would leave the aquarium light on for her.

    she walked over and looked up at the tank and so we went to bed and woke up in the morning and she hadnt moved a muscle was in the same position as when i left her for bed.

    wife suggested I make her a stand so she could see them better. I made a box with 2 steps and a 3 ft square platform at the top, carpeted it with some nice boat carpet and taught her how to climb up and down the steps. she would climb up and lay down on the platform and watch the fish all day and night she was happy and content and gave me one of them looks every time i dragged her away for her potty walk.

    when the plecostimus would come around to the front and start sucking the front side she would move her head over and give the glass where it was one lick like she was giving it a kiss. if the fish were fighting she would bark once and they would stop. if fish were in the back and she wanted to see them better she would bark once and they would all swim around to the front.

    she eventually outgrew her stand but still would sit and watch the fish. i had her 13 yrs before i had to put her down because her hip went out on her and she lived by that aquarium.

    so when she went wife had probs with it and we gave aquarium away.

    so now my current dog is 10 yrs old and i told wife no more dogs because one of the grand kids is allergic and so after this one passes we can clean the house really good and be able to have them over for an overnighter once in a while.

    so since daughter in law found this even though we were planning on getting one later on am going to go ahead and do it now.

    thats the story abt the dogs aquarium hehehe

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