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08-21-2015, 11:40 PM #1Junior Member Platy
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SL Dan's 75G
I've been reading quite a bit on here lately and have started to get my tank put together. Figured it would be a good idea to have a thread/journal with everything in one place. We'll see how I do with the updates.
I haven't had any fish in over 10 years (last tanks were "lost" in a divorce), but I always had fish growing up. Mostly 20 gallon setups with live bearers or barbs. I had a 55 gallon for a short while in my early teens...but then I noticed girls and got distracted! ;) The couple tanks I had when I was married were some swordtails (that had originally been my grandfather's). Internet forums weren't really a thing back then, so it's very cool to be able to find out so much information now! Much better then the couple of aquarium books I had.
I've been thinking of getting an aquarium setup for the last several years, but I kept thinking about it and never actually got started. I finally got off my butt this week and went out and bought a 75 gallon Marineland setup (came with the stand, glass canopy, LED light). Now my credit card has been burning up buying all the other necessities.
I haven't planned out exactly what fish I want, but will very likely end up with some tiger barbs or maybe some gouramis. But, I figure I have a fair bit of time to work out exactly what I fish I will get as the tank will take some time to get cycled. I do plan on having the tank fairly well planted, but not as artfully aquascaped as some of you have. I've never really done many live plants in the past, so that will be something new.
To that end, I had read good things about Eco Complete Planted, so I put 5 bags in the tank before filling it up yesterday. It seemed to really cloud up the water as I filled the tank, but it's mostly cleared up since then. I guess I'm old school, used to rinsing the gravel/substrate completely before filling the tank, so I'm not used to that. As I was filling the tank I treated the water with Prime to get rid of the chlorine/chloramine.
For a filter I bought a Eheim 2215. This is the first time I've used a canister filter. It was easier than I thought setting it up, we'll see the first time I have to clean it out how I feel about it. I do like the quietness, especially since the tank is in my living next to my tv. I think the 2215 will get me started but, from what I've been reading this might not be enough filtration, so I might get a second 2215...or ?? I also bought a 300 watt Hydor heater for canister filters. What I did not figure on was the tubing size of the 2215 is too small to use with the Hydor 300 watt (they have a 200 watt that I think would work). To get some heat in the tank while I sort that out, I added a 200 watt Aqueon submersible. Currently the tank is 80° F. Might turn it up a degree or two while I'm cycling.
The LED light that came with the tank is maybe adequate for a tank with artificial plants. But, since I will want decent plants I'll be looking for an upgrade. I've been looking at the Finnex Planted+ and the Satellite+ Pro. They seem to be very similar in all the programming they do, but the Finnex seems much more reasonably priced, so I'm leaning that way.
I have a master API test kit. Took some initial readings last night (just a few hours filling it up and getting the filter running). It's been a long time since I've tested any water and mostly just wanted to work through the procedures. Here's my results:
Temp °F pH Ammonia Nitrite Nitrate GH (drops) KH (drops) 8/20/2015 82 7.2 0.25 0 10 11 5
That's where I am for now!
08-21-2015, 11:59 PM #2
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We recommend a minimum of 2 times your tank size for filtration, even more if you stock heavily or with high bio-load fish. The Hydor inlines come in a 200 watt with a 1/2" hose for use with your Eheim canister. Another 2215 would give you excellent filtration. Many of our members have Eheims.
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08-22-2015, 12:08 AM #3
Sounds like fun problems to have. I'm looking forward to following your progress. I look forward to seeing your build and the stock choices you make.36 GAL South American Journal
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08-22-2015, 12:29 AM #4
welcome to the forum, its a nice community.
08-22-2015, 12:43 AM #5
A 75g tank is a great size (my largest is 40g), not only in length, but the 18" width will make planting easier than the 12" you find on the 55g. The Eco Complete is a great choice also for plants. Have you bought (or thought about) a Python for water changes? For that size tank it will be one of the most valuable tools you could have, assuming it will fit your faucet or you can adapt it somehow. If not, just buy a new faucet for it. lol
Hope you do keep updates going as many of us like to follow along when we can't add a new tank ourselves.
08-22-2015, 01:17 AM #6Junior Member Platy
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! It does seem to be a friendly and helpful community.
I did buy a Python because of comments I had read here on the forum. I didn't have it yesterday when I filled the tank by 5 gallon buckets (filled in my basement carried up the stairs), but Amazon delivered it today! I'm sure it will be very used.
08-22-2015, 05:00 AM #7
We're always hungry to see new tanks go up! This sounds like it will be a very fun build. 75g is the perfect size! So many 'scaping and planting possibilities with all that width. Great choice on the substrate, too.
I have a Satellite+ on my 29g and love it. It gets the job done for the plants and offers an unlimited selection of colors as you can create any color you want by adjusting the RGB values by remote. It also offers lots of really cool dynamic modes (cloudy day, lightning storm, dawn/dusk) that bring more life and movement to your tank. I've heard nothing but great things about the Finnex line of LEDs, though. I think you'll be happy regardless of which you choose.
Be sure to update often, if you can! We're all kinda aquatic junkies around here. I like to think of this as the Addict's Corner
08-22-2015, 05:06 AM #8
Welcome to AC . This sounds like fun. Either of the two lights you listed are great. I have the finnex and love it. Others love the satellite pro. Both are great.Fishes go "pook pook"
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08-22-2015, 12:40 PM #9Junior Member Platy
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Since everyone likes pictures, I took a picture late last night. Still lots to do, but this is how it sits. Sorry, it's just quickie with my cell.
I'm also working on creating a background. I'm keeping it simple, but wanted something other than the fake store bought scenes. A solid plain color seemed a little too basic. Back in the day we used to always use tin foil with some wrinkles taped to the back of the tank, but that didn't seem fitting for this tank. So, I'm trying something a little different. I don't know if it'll work out, but I'm using some copper colored Rust-Oleum Hammered paint applied to a thin piece of plexiglass, which I'll affix to the outside of the rear of the tank. For those not familiar with Hammered paint, it's usually used over metal to help hide imperfections as it leaves a textured surface.
Freshly painted background:
And this is close up to show the texture (it was still tacky at this point):
After two (heavy) coats, it's still a bit translucent in the valleys. I'm not sure if I'll do a 3rd coat of the hammer paint, instead I'm thinking I'll paint the backside of the plexiglass black, which will work for the purpose at hand.
Thanks again for all the interest.
08-22-2015, 03:53 PM #10
I like the way the rocks are set up. Will you leave it like that and just add the plants, or will there be rearranging?36 GAL South American Journal
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