75 Gallon Aquarium Setup

Jaxsco

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Hey guys,

Today I got my 75 gallon (Finally!!!!!!!) and before I go into details I would like to say that I love the amount of support I've gotten. You guys have helped me with over 26 pages of posts! I would like to thank: LeoDiaz, BornThisWayBettas, krack499, Plecomaker, shusband, dragon10monster, hampalong, jroe263, Mitchellmaslin, fishcrazy99, abrooks12376, Fufu, TexasDomer, and Anders247.

I've attached some pics below of the stand and tank. I'm going to paint the stand black to go with my room. I still have a ways to go before I put fish in it. I've already sanded it so I can get ready to paint. The tank will also have to be cleaned hardcore. In case your interested this is my stocking list:

2 Bolivian Rams
11 Black Skirt Tetra
10 Cory
12 Cherry Barb
2 Gourami
1 BN Pleco

I'm so excited!


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(My shoes are a size 11, just for comparison.)
 

Anders247

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Congrats!
 

LeoDiaz

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Np Happy to help, what are the dimensions the tank? looks small to me maybe because the pics appear tiny to me.
 
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Jaxsco

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It's a standard 75. I should have used better comparison.

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We're about to paint it!

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LeoDiaz

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Jaxsco said:
We're about to paint it!

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Pictures once your done
 
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Jaxsco

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You got it!

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TexasDomer

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Yes please, pics when you get it set up!
 

krack499

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Subd is that a rimless tank

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Jaxsco

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What do you mean by rimless? Here it is with the first coat!

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krack499

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No plastic piece on the top or bottom stand like good though

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Jaxsco

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It just sits on the stand. All that goes on top is a wooden cover. No need for extra support or anything.

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LeoDiaz

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krack499 said:
Subd is that a rimless tank

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Is an acrylic tank that's why you don't see the trI'm around the tank.
 
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Jaxsco

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What Leo said.

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krack499

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Oh gotcha

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Plecomaker

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Looks nice, that's a load of fish, but they seem like a good match!
 
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Jaxsco

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Thanks!


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How should I clean the acrylic?

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krack499

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Hot water and vinegar

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Stubbs

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+1 to hot water and vinegar. It can be buffed, but if you've never buffed acrylic or plastic before I wouldn't try it on such a nice tank.

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Jaxsco

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Thanks. I'm going to set up the stand and am going to clean and set up tank tomorrow. I'll post new pics when it's set up.

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Just moved my desk out. It feels so weird being so open!

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Jaxsco

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I had a desk slightly smaller than the 75 gallon stand in my room. I also had to mount the tv to my wall. Now I can watch my fish while I'm in my room.

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Plecomaker

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If you run outta vinegar, diluted lemon juice works pretty well, smells better too!
 
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Jaxsco

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OK thanks! I have to wait till tomorrow anyways.
Too dark.

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BornThisWayBettas

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Yay!!!! Happy for you!
 
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Jaxsco

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Thank you! :-D

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MongooseALaMode

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I'm excited for pictures!
 
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Jaxsco

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Finished cleaning the tank! I'm probably going to take it inside sometime today!

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A lot of off topic posts have been deleted, please stay on topic as useful information gets lost amongst the chat.
 
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Jaxsco

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Ok. Got it.

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The tank is inside! I'll post some pics soon!

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Bithimala

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Can't wait to see how it's coming along!
 

krack499

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Me either

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Jaxsco

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Thanks. I just have to screw the door of the stand back. (I had to take it off so I could paint it.)

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Here it is! This is what it looks like from my bed. I'm so excited!!!

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krack499

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Ooh very nice I'm jealous wanna trade

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Jaxsco

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Haha! I'm very excited!

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Bithimala

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Looks great so far!
 
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Jaxsco

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Today I'm hoping I can go grab some of that black Diamond sand from tractor supply. We just have to wait for UPS. They're like "Your package will arrive sometime between 8am and 8pm." Thanks for giving me the heads up about that black Diamond sand. I can't wait to use it.

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Jaxsco

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OK I got the sand and washed as much as I could. Here it is! I'm going to wash more tomorrow.

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Jaxsco

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Forgot to thank you for the vinegar idea. It worked great. I'm going to have nightmares tonight. I'm seeing an add at the bottom of the page titled, "HUGE Bristleworm Hitchiker...Now I am Scared..." I'm scared too! It even comes with a picture of a 2 foot long monster from the bowels of somewhere really scary. Maybe Transylvania or something.....
 
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Jaxsco

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I love how great the sand looks! I'm going to post some more pic of the tank tomorrow. Krack, do you use this sand for your tank?

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krack499

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No unfortunately I didn't know it existed I just went to farm fleet and got a bag of regular sand there I'm definitely gonna use that in part of my next tank though

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Jaxsco

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I love it already. It has little flecks of something metallic which gives it a really cool look. It just takes forever to clean, but it's worth it for all the money you save. I went with the "fine" size but they had medium. Medium seemed a bit big though. What kind of driftwood should I go for or would any kind work? Also, how would I sink it. The only method I know it putting it in the water till it sinks.

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krack499

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Jaxsco said:
I love it already. It has little flecks of something metallic which gives it a really cool look. It just takes forever to clean, but it's worth it for all the money you save. I went with the "fine" size but they had medium. Medium seemed a bit big though. What kind of driftwood should I go for or would any kind work? Also, how would I sink it. The only method I know it putting it in the water till it sinks. Enjoy reading this long post! ; P

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Can't wait to see pics I didn't even clean my sand I dumped it in filled the tank and let it settle before doing anything else so your a strip ahead of me already lol and to driftwood I have no idea my lfs had a bunch so I picked up a piece for my bn pleco luckily mine was really dense and sunk right away I think your options are soak it till it sinks or tie it to some large rocks long post back at ya lol

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Jaxsco

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One of the LFS has a nice piece of driftwood that hopefully isn't too expensive. If I get it I'll post pics.

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BMcK

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Just started following. 75 gallons is a great size, you'll love it.

Depending on how you're going to scape, you can wedge the wood between some big rocks. Another way I've never tried is bolting it to a piece of slate, and cover it with sand.
 
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Jaxsco

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Here's another pic of the gravel.

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krack499

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Jaxsco said:
One of the LFS has a nice piece of driftwood that hopefully isn't too expensive. If I get it I'll post pics.

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I think my piece was around $10

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Jaxsco

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krack499 said:
I think my piece was around $10

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How big was it?

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krack499

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Jaxsco said:
How big was it?

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The tanks 4 foot across and I think 21" tall if that gives you an idea

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Jaxsco

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Wow! That's a good sized piece! I went to petco and they had scrawny 6" sticks of driftwood for $12. I'm hoping to go to the LFS and grab that big piece if it isn't to much.

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That's an awesome tank!

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jboone82590

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IT'S NOT GOING TO BE BIG ENOUGH!!!! I have a 75 and I want a bigger one hahaha but that's a nice looking tanks iv never had acrylic before but I hope it all goes well
 
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Jaxsco

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Thanks Jboone! The piece I'm eyeing is a big one.

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