75 gallon build; from ground up

Sb092
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I began my fish keeping with a 3.5 gallon classroom pet aquarium. Upgraded to a 5 gallon (in my home).
My husband recently purchased a 75 gallon marineland aquarium. It is 48x18x20. I have already purchased many products to begin the set up. I will add pictures of the products purchased as they arrive. (Most items purchased from Amazon).
First thing to do is build a stand. I am using the following plans that someone on fishlore sent to me:

I plan on adding two more 2x4 sections in the center (top to bottom)on the front and back of stand. I have looked up the cost of materials and plan on using fir 2x4s and sanded oak plywood for sides and doors. I will post pics as the build progresses. Unfortunately, it has been raining in my part of Texas and I have not had a chance to get the materials for the stand. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a nice sunny day; check back for updates
 
Betta'sAnonymous
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Sounds like a fun project!

On a sidenote, can send some of that rain my way...most of the state is in drought or near-drought conditions again!
 
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Ok. The sun is out!! I pulled the 75 gallon out the guest bedroom and used a vacuum to get whatever was in the bottom of this tank.
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I then used vinegar and water to spray it down (inside and out). I used a micro fiber towel to wipe it. Was afraid paper towels might scratch it.
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I noticed lines on the tank walls when it was wet with the vinegar/water solution. I attempted to use my finger nail to scrape a little away (it seemed to come off). I also tried an algae scrapper. It goes away when the glass is dry. Anyone ever have that happen to them?
I did finish wiping it down really good and as I began this post, my mailman showed up with packages !!!!!!!
Will open and post photos of whatever came in today!
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Sorry the dog photo bombed me trying to get a good a pic of fish tank.
Package number one contained two 300 watt heaters. I purchased these heaters because they came with a guard.
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I hope these are good heaters…..anyone out there used these before???
 
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I received the finnex 24:7 light for the tank.
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Does anyone have any experience with this type of light? It has all kinds of settings.

I also received the biomedia. I am using biohome, which was a pretty penny. I purchased 5 kg, even though I know the fluval fx6 can hold 6 kg. I will be using one tray for filters, so the 5 kg should be enough.
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I also received the glass fish tank lid/cover. There are plastic pieces that attach to the back. You are supposed to be able to cut it for you cords and hoses. I had the hardest time getting them to slide on. Someone suggested putting them in a sunny window to help soften them to slide it on. So, right now they are sitting on a windowsill.
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Somehow I ordered 2 sets. I now have an extra lid. Hopefully if I post enough I can join the buying/selling on here and hopefully sell it to someone in need.
Today I will be beginning the stand build. Will post more pics……
 
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The stand: I purchased 8 pieces of 2x4x10s to create the base of the structure.
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I still need to put two more pieces of wood on one more leg portion. Currently in the picture above the top is not secured. The battery on my drill died. It is charging and I will complete the base of the stand tomorrow. I think it is looking good so far.
Update on glass lid/cover: I did place the plastic backs from the lid in a sunny window today. They slid right on this time.
Update on glass lid/cover: I did put the plastic backs in a sunny window all day. They slid right on with no issues!
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Danny002
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Seems to be coming along very well! Do you have any plans for how you want to stock/ scape it?
 
Basil
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I use all Finnex lights on my tanks. And I use the custom 24/7 settings to set what I want. Or close to what I want :D. So I can try to help.
Stand looks great so far. Are you planning to add a plywood sheath to help with stability?
 
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Danny002 said:
Seems to be coming along very well! Do you have any plans for how you want to stock/ scape it?
Yes… I am definitely building an underwater sand waterfall.
Today went and purchased plywood for the top and inside bottoms.
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The side pieces and the front are some type of skinny plywood.
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Next we will be building doors and painting!!!
 
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Sb092 said:
Yes… I am definitely building an underwater sand waterfall.
Today went and purchased plywood for the top and inside bottoms.
The side pieces and the front are some type of skinny plywood.
Next we will be building doors and painting!!!
That sounds super cool! I don't think I've ever seen someone make a sand waterfall, I'm interested to see the process of that. The stand is looking good too, seems to be coming along quite well!
 
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Danny002 said:
That sounds super cool! I don't think I've ever seen someone make a sand waterfall, I'm interested to see the process of that. The stand is looking good too, seems to be coming along quite well!
Thank you. I will post the waterfall process. I already purchased a 1 in pvc pipe and one elbow. The dragon rock for the waterfall came in two days ago and I am in the process of scrubbing them down with an old toothbrush and soaking them in water. Today I’ll scrub them one more time and then soak overnight in a bleach solution and let them dry the next day in the sun. I am still waiting in the bubble stone filter and 1mm white sand to come in from Amazon. And I am going to pick up some garden border (will post pics because its a certain one you need to buy for tanks). Then I will start construction and will post pics and steps. It’s really awesome and doesn’t seem hard (but we will see when it actually goes down).
 
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I spent 3 days on scrubbing rocks with toothbrush and soaking overnight. Last night, I put one capful of bleach in the bucket and filled with water. This morning I poured out water and set rocks in the backyard to dry in the sun. I am really hoping that I scrubbed good enough. I added some pics of the dragon rock. I think this will be enough rock to build the sand waterfall. Tomorrow I will be continuing the stand build (need doors now).
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Today I painted!!! Also built the doors. I painted the hinges too, they were silver. Almost done, should be done by Thursday.

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The tank stand is completed!!!! Now to move it into the livingroom and begin aquascaping.
 
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Ok everyone!!!!!! The stand is finally in my livingroom!!!!!!!
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Sb092 said:
Ok everyone!!!!!! The stand is finally in my livingroom!!!!!!!
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Today I hooked up the hoses. I did not mess with the media or anything else. I just wanted to het hoses cut to the right length. I wanted to put my sand waterfall in the right hand corner, but now I am rethinking that. I have read reviews that state the fluval fx6 intake is pretty strong and to keep bubblers away from it because air is not good in the filter. The bubbler I will be using will be encased in a pvc pipe and the bubbles will be broken by rocks around the pvc pipe. There will be sand and I know I do not want Sand in the filter either….does anyone have any suggestions? Should I just put the sand waterfall in the middle??? Or will it be okay near the intake?
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Danny002
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I'd say if you're apprehensive about putting it by the intake, then don't do it. Personally I would much rather replan things a bit now instead of having to move it all later. You could also try out the idea of not putting right in the middle, but off to the side a bit, I think that could look cool.
 

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