Got a 75 gallon for free

Stradius011

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I got it for free from my dad's friend. He says that it's a 75 gallon aquarium but it doesn't seem much bigger than my 29 gallon aquarium. It has a lot of scratches and is really dirty. Could I clean it with baking soda? Also, I plan to put leleupI cichlids in there.
 

sgould

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If you go here: https://www.fishlore.com/ConversionCalculator.htm

At the bottom of the page is an area where you can put in the measurements of the tank and hit "compute" and it will tell you how many gallons the tank holds. That would let you confirm the size if you are unsure based on its appearance.
 

Butterfly

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WOW! How lucky can you get! Congrats on the new tank. Baking soda and lots of work will get it clean
Carol
 

Tom

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You could also use vinegar to clean it and then you would have to rinse it like you have never rinsed before. You could also use this site which Butterfly showed me.

Tom
 

Isabella

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I'm very happy for you Stradius You know, I used to think that 75 gallon is a big tank ... but actually, after a while, it becomes kind of "normal" ... you know. Now it doesn't seem that big to me at all! I want a bigger tank! I don't think I'll ever be satisfied in this hobby UNTIL I get some 200 - 300 gallon tank ... seriously!
 

COBettaCouple

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Isabella said:
I'm very happy for you Stradius You know, I used to think that 75 gallon is a big tank ... but actually, after a while, it becomes kind of "normal" ... you know. Now it doesn't seem that big to me at all! I want a bigger tank! I don't think I'll ever be satisfied in this hobby UNTIL I get some 200 - 300 gallon tank ... seriously!
Maybe the aquarium down at 'The Living Seas' in EPCOT would do? Think of the possibilities.. LOL
 
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Stradius011

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I decided to get Fancy Goldfishes. How many would do, 4-6 or less? What plants are reccomended? I am not good at designing my aquariums.
 

COBettaCouple

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Stradius011 said:
I decided to get Fancy Goldfishes. How many would do, 4-6 or less? What plants are reccomended? I am not good at designing my aquariums.
- this info might help. 4-6 sounds like they'd fit into a 75 gallon well.
 

sirdarksol

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If you're buying live plants for goldfish, don't buy expensive ones. Goldfish have a habit of tearing them out of the substrate and snacking on them. I planted a little swatch of microsword in my tank. About a week later, I found it floating on the surface.
 
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Stradius011

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So far I have vallisneria, swordplants, java fern, myriophyllum hippuroides, anarchis, and water sprites on my list. Will they be hardy enough?
 

atmmachine816

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I did a bit of work for my aunt and got some good links, I'll see if I can pull them up for you. I wouldn't go for more than 6 fancies. Though if you wanted you could keep a common plec in the tank as long as you keep a heater so it doesn't get too cold but you would have to take some fancies out. The plants you said are ok though most will probably get eaten except java fern, though you can try and see what they do, doesn't hurt. Hornwort is good too I'm pretty sure along with java moss. Just have as much filtration as you can, more than 10x and use bubble things.
 
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Stradius011

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atmmachine said:
Just have as much filtration as you can, more than 10x and use bubble things.
So...get a filter that's for a 750 gallon with aerotion thingies?
 

atmmachine816

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What I would do is get two of the large filters at wal-mart, called aqua-tech or something like that than diy put a bio-wheel on it. I think they run about 30-35$. They are a lot cheaper and the same filter basicaly as the bio-wheel just without the bio-wheel. Or if you not comfortable with that get two of the biggest aquaclear or bio-wheels or one of each. Or if you have the money get a canister. Depends on your budget and what you like. Personally I would just get a aquaclear, largest one and a emperor bio-wheel 400. And ya buy different aeration things and some pumps. Helps keep the water moving without creating a huge current and IMO I've seen goldfish tanks with and without these and the one's that have them are by far the best.
 
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Stradius011

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Actually, I need to make it a fancy guppy aquarium. My guppies are reproducing like crazy, lol. Can guppies and a pair of dojos get a long fine?
 

COBettaCouple

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Stradius011 said:
Actually, I need to make it a fancy guppy aquarium. My guppies are reproducing like crazy, lol. Can guppies and a pair of dojos get a long fine?
The dojos can be aggressive with small fish sometimes. I think it's a 50/50 thing.
 
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Stradius011

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Ok. :-X
 

atmmachine816

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You'l still need a large filter, guppies produce a lot of waste. They should keep reproducing in the 75, if you let it go long enough you'l have tons, my grandpa did that.
 

armadillo

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Wow! 75G! Am getting a 40G from my parents for my birthday and thought I was pretty lucky, but 75G! You must have done something right in your previous life.
 

PrayforMojo

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I would settle for a free ten! lol
great find. good luck.
mojo
 
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Stradius011

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armadillo said:
Wow! 75G! Am getting a 40G from my parents for my birthday and thought I was pretty lucky, but 75G! You must have done something right in your previous life.
Another person kindly offered to give me another aquarium that's about the same size but I don't have any more room, lol.
 

armadillo

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Stradius011 said:
armadillo said:
Wow! 75G! Am getting a 40G from my parents for my birthday and thought I was pretty lucky, but 75G! You must have done something right in your previous life.
Another person kindly offered to give me another aquarium that's about the same size but I don't have any more room, lol.
You're kidding? How do you DO this? I guess I like to make myself feel better by imagining how much maintenance all those free tanks would be if I was offered them. Still. Xtreeeemely jealous!
 

COBettaCouple

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Stradius011 said:
armadillo said:
Wow! 75G! Am getting a 40G from my parents for my birthday and thought I was pretty lucky, but 75G! You must have done something right in your previous life.
Another person kindly offered to give me another aquarium that's about the same size but I don't have any more room, lol.
Tell those people to move to my neighborhood, I'll gladly take that tank off their hands.
 

armadillo

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Well actually, my customer today (am an IT consultant for my sins) had a screendrop of a fish tank, so we got chatting about it, and he told me I could have his 500L aquarium for 100 euros (don't ask me what that is in dollars. I guess around 2x as much). I seriously considered it, but there just isn't the room in my house. Argh!
 

atmmachine816

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You know what's amazing, I was offered a 55 gallon Saltwater tank with all the Live rock and fish and everything for 100$, but my parents wouldn't let me. It was probably worth over 1000$
 

COBettaCouple

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atmmachine said:
You know what's amazing, I was offered a 55 gallon Saltwater tank with all the Live rock and fish and everything for 100$, but my parents wouldn't let me. It was probably worth over 1000$
wow.. that's almost a legal reason to slap them! i'd love that deal to come along.. I don't know where i'd put the tank, but maybe some furniture could go or something. we could sleep on the floor..
 

atmmachine816

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FLBettaCouple said:
atmmachine said:
You know what's amazing, I was offered a 55 gallon Saltwater tank with all the Live rock and fish and everything for 100$, but my parents wouldn't let me. It was probably worth over 1000$
wow.. that's almost a legal reason to slap them! i'd love that deal to come along.. I don't know where i'd put the tank, but maybe some furniture could go or something. we could sleep on the floor..
Ya and all I got was a 5.5 gallon tank and I spent 100$ on live rock and one coral ;D
 
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Stradius011

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atmmachine said:
FLBettaCouple said:
atmmachine said:
You know what's amazing, I was offered a 55 gallon Saltwater tank with all the Live rock and fish and everything for 100$, but my parents wouldn't let me. It was probably worth over 1000$
wow.. that's almost a legal reason to slap them! i'd love that deal to come along.. I don't know where i'd put the tank, but maybe some furniture could go or something. we could sleep on the floor..
Ya and all I got was a 5.5 gallon tank and I spent 100$ on live rock and one coral ;D
Whoa....a 5.5 gallon Saltwater tank? That's like...small. ;D
 

armadillo

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Stradius011 said:
atmmachine said:
FLBettaCouple said:
atmmachine said:
You know what's amazing, I was offered a 55 gallon Saltwater tank with all the Live rock and fish and everything for 100$, but my parents wouldn't let me. It was probably worth over 1000$
wow.. that's almost a legal reason to slap them! i'd love that deal to come along.. I don't know where i'd put the tank, but maybe some furniture could go or something. we could sleep on the floor..
Ya and all I got was a 5.5 gallon tank and I spent 100$ on live rock and one coral ;D
Whoa....a 5.5 gallon Saltwater tank? That's like...small. ;D
I think it's 55G.

100$ instead of 1000$, but indeed, where do you put it. Exact same thing happened to me and turned him down. Rah!
 

sirdarksol

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Actually, I have seen a small (maybe as much as 10 gallons, but definitely not more than that) Saltwater tank that was going for $750. It had a single tiny fish in it and then a bunch of inverts, mostly coral but with a tiny cleaner crew. It was a very pretty tank, though I've got to think that keeping the water parameters in check would be a pain, especially with the sensitivity of coral.
 

armadillo

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That is so expensive!
 

sirdarksol

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armadillo said:
That is so expensive!
That's kind of what I thought, though I gathered from the stuff written on the tank that some of the coral was rare. I know little about individual types of coral, though, so I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference.
 

COBettaCouple

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well since I don't know much about corals myself, I think i'd be happier with what $750 would buy in a regular Saltwater tank than a rare coral one. Of course, I want clowns so I'll be going with anemones when we take the Saltwater plunge.
 
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Stradius011

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armadillo said:
That is so expensive!
Lol. All Saltwater are very expensive.
 

atmmachine816

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armadillo said:
Stradius011 said:
atmmachine said:
FLBettaCouple said:
atmmachine said:
You know what's amazing, I was offered a 55 gallon Saltwater tank with all the Live rock and fish and everything for 100$, but my parents wouldn't let me. It was probably worth over 1000$
wow.. that's almost a legal reason to slap them! i'd love that deal to come along.. I don't know where i'd put the tank, but maybe some furniture could go or something. we could sleep on the floor..
Ya and all I got was a 5.5 gallon tank and I spent 100$ on live rock and one coral ;D
Whoa....a 5.5 gallon Saltwater tank? That's like...small. ;D
I think it's 55G.

100$ instead of 1000$, but indeed, where do you put it. Exact same thing happened to me and turned him down. Rah!
No I have a 5.5 gallon tank. My parents wouldn't let me get the 55 so I converted my 5.5 from planted to SW. It's expensive but not too bad. The water parameters are not hard to keep in check, it's more heat that is actually. I have some mushrooms right now and it's not too bad. Everybody says paramerters are hard to keep in check in small tanks, either I'm just really good at it or it's a myth because I haven't had problems with Saltwater or FW.

btw: how's the 75 comming?
 
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Stradius011

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I haven't done much on my 75 gallon yet. I'm still wondering if I should use live or plastic plants for this one.
 

COBettaCouple

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Stradius011 said:
I haven't done much on my 75 gallon yet. I'm still wondering if I should use live or plastic plants for this one.
Go live! You could do some very cool stuff with live plants and wood/rock decor in a good sized tank like a 75g.
 
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Stradius011

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I've been thinking about getting live plants after seeing NextStepAquatics's awesome aquarium.
 

COBettaCouple

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Stradius011 said:
I've been thinking about getting live plants after seeing NextStepAquatics's awesome aquarium.
yea, that was impressively done without a doubt.
 
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Stradius011

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What a bummer. I was told it was a 75 gallon but when I measured it, turns out to be a 45 gallon aquarium. :'(
 

armadillo

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Oh no. And you had your stock all planned out. Shame.
 

armadillo

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My tank was actually sold to me as a 60L (15G?) and it's actually only 51L. Gutted.
 
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Stradius011

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armadillo said:
Oh no. And you had your stock all planned out. Shame.
Welll...I was only going to put as many fancy guppies as the tank will allow so it will still work.
 

sgould

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Still a great price though! I am sure it will look great when you are done.
 

armadillo

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Oh well that's really good then. No major disappointment.
 

tan.b

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hey, how do you guys get offered all these free/cheap tanks?! no-ones ever offered one to me!!!
I have a 45 gal, still plenty of space for your guppies and their offspring!!! good luck...btw, goldfish would destroy your plants, at least guppies won't so you can still do down that route!
good luck
tan
 

atmmachine816

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tan.b said:
hey, how do you guys get offered all these free/cheap tanks?! no-ones ever offered one to me!!!
I have a 45 gal, still plenty of space for your guppies and their offspring!!! good luck...btw, goldfish would destroy your plants, at least guppies won't so you can still do down that route!
good luck
tan
Talk and read
 
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Stradius011

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I'll post some picts of my guppies as soon as I move them to the 45 gallon.
 

sirdarksol

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I might be getting a free 50 or hundred gallon tank soon.
My brother's day program has a little ten gallon tank that I've started taking care of. It's got three black skirt tetras and a five inch pleco. The guy at the pet store told the woman who bought the tank that fish can't outgrow a tank, they'll just stop growing. Well, the pleco has apparently slowed down growing, and I found out why last friday. I ran a water quality test and the nitrates were maxed out. So I talked to them, said that we could find something else to take care of the algae and then try to find someone who would take the pleco. One of the employees at the place asked if I would take it if she could get me a tank large enough to keep it in. I said "yes," of course.
 

tan.b

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sirdarksol said:
I might be getting a free 50 or hundred gallon tank soon.
My brother's day program has a little ten gallon tank that I've started taking care of. It's got three black skirt tetras and a five inch pleco. The guy at the pet store told the woman who bought the tank that fish can't outgrow a tank, they'll just stop growing. Well, the pleco has apparently slowed down growing, and I found out why last friday. I ran a water quality test and the nitrates were maxed out. So I talked to them, said that we could find something else to take care of the algae and then try to find someone who would take the pleco. One of the employees at the place asked if I would take it if she could get me a tank large enough to keep it in. I said "yes," of course.
wow! how cool is that!! failing that...i'll have it!
 

sirdarksol

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tan.b said:
sirdarksol said:
I might be getting a free 50 or hundred gallon tank soon.
My brother's day program has a little ten gallon tank that I've started taking care of. It's got three black skirt tetras and a five inch pleco. The guy at the pet store told the woman who bought the tank that fish can't outgrow a tank, they'll just stop growing. Well, the pleco has apparently slowed down growing, and I found out why last friday. I ran a water quality test and the nitrates were maxed out. So I talked to them, said that we could find something else to take care of the algae and then try to find someone who would take the pleco. One of the employees at the place asked if I would take it if she could get me a tank large enough to keep it in. I said "yes," of course.
wow! how cool is that!! failing that...i'll have it!
I'm not sure it's worth the shipping from MN to England would be worth it. (I hope I'm seeing your flag right. Never been good at flags.)
 

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