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Hi guys! Using this thread to document my new 75 gallon that I am SO EXCITED about! It doesn't even seem much bigger than my 55...but it does...but it doesn't...oh, I'm so ready to get it set up on Sunday! Edit: Dear lord please ignore the state of my messy living room xD He included a WHOLE bunch of what I think is anubias...awesome root systems! This photo is of a 5 gallon bucket and there is about 4 inches of dense plantage. These will definitely not go in the 75 with the goldies, but will be used in my shrimp/betta tank and to get a planted tank going for my sister in law
Hi everyone - I'm home for the summer, and have established with my mom that I'd like a 75gallon tank as a birthday gift. My stepdad is building me a stand for the tank, which I'll then stain and seal to be waterproof. My question is this: lately (as in, for the past few weeks or so) the fish have been surface breathing. It used to be only after they ate, but now it's nearly all the time. They don't seem to be sick in any other way - just the surface breathing. I have treated for flukes, salted the tank, fasted them, added plants, and I have an airstone always going. The tank is completely cycled. They're perky as ever but the constant surface breathing is starting to worry me. I would be able to get the 75gal tomorrow ( my mom is going to give me my b-day gift "early") but it will be sitting directly on the floor for 2 months, until I move out. This wouldn't be a problem if I wasn't going to switch to sump filtration - I'm new to the idea, but it seems a lot more efficient and cost effective in the long run. I'll be buying the sump (because I don't trust myself to make one that works correctly) along with a new (appropriately sized) heater, air pump, and pond pump for the sump - that's where all the fish portrait funds are going Can a sump operate on the same level as the tank, or does it have to be located below the tank? My mom is upset about the water changes because it's affecting her water bill (I don't know if this is true because she hasn't actually gotten one yet since I've been home) so...how often would I have to change the water in a cycled 75gal? Right now I'm doing 50% 2x a week...and she's upset about that. In addition to the fish, I have 5 small nerite snails in the current 30 gallon tank. New baby is still in QT. What do you guys think? It's really an "I buy all of it now or I wait until I move out" deal...I'm not going to buy HOB filters now and then when I actually have a stand...go get a sump. I only want to spend the money once, ha
Hey all, just made the drive to move my actual fish. This new place is a basement unit so I can upgrade as much as possible which is awesome! This is a tank I got from craigslist along with lights, hood, biowheel, fluval canister and a million other things (literally three huge boxes I haven't even gone through) for $140 so I'm pretty stoked on that. The tank has been running for a few days with no cycle bumps so I added the fish. The marble and cast iron stand for this tank was given to me by the lady whose basement I moved into. How rad is that? Downside... I totally tore my hammy moving a giant slab of marble. Anyone surprised? Here are some pretty terrible quality videos of the tank but it shows how much more space they have. Right now it's 5 orandas and my ranchu but soon the ranchu will be moved to the 55 gallon. Hopefully will have some ranchu bros to pall around with in there eventually - and two ryukin in my 36. I'm going to keep the 75 stocked at 5 unless I find a large oranda that blows my mind. Before in the 55 - see how they needed more room? lol The 75 is much wider, possibly a bit shorter and just as long. They seem really happy to have the space. http://s7.photobucke...09-13at2219.mp4 http://s7.photobucke...09-13at2216.mp4 And yes, there's just one filter on it right now - apparently the smaller hob filters don't fit the back of the 75! Makes sense I guess. And my big heater died yesterday so this baby one is cranking out the heat until I can get back home tomorrow to get my other one. Also... no idea how the fluval or biowheel filters work so... help? Yay upgrades!