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I called and reserved my 75 gal today. Going to get it on Saturday! Then off to Home Depot for some play sand/rocks and such and to the house to set it all up. I'm excited. Since I recently got an eheim canister for my 55 ill be moving one of the hob to the 75 to start the cycle and eventually move both hobs on over and just let the canister run the 55 since it won't have many fish. I can't wait to start adding some cichlids! This week is going sloooow!
 
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Where do you get the pool filter sand and why is it better?

- yellow labs, electic blues, etc

I've got a few weeks to decide. That's why I've been gathering info on what I like from you and JD the past week or so.
 

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Good questions! Well, I chose pool filter sand after reading here that play sand was too fine and HOB filters could suck it up and get clogged.

Pool filter sand is inexpensive and depending on the brand, looks natural. I use the hth brand which I got from Ace Hardware. If your local Ace doesn't have it in stock they can order it and you can pick it up at the store. Here's a link to the kind that I got:



I also checked out the PFS at Home Depot, but I didn't care for it.

I also have black Tahitian Moon Sand in my 16 gallon. That's expensive but sure looks great!
 

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Pool filter sand is much nicer. Just because its not going to go crazy when you add water. It settles easier than play sand. And like cichlidnut says its softer nice for the cichlids to dig in
 
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Cool. The sand in my 55 settles good. I got it at petsmart but it was kinna high and seeing what I'm spending on the tank, ill save where I can. Sounds like a plan though. Ill look around
 
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Any other suggestions/ideas? I've got a big piece of driftwood with holes for the center and am gunna build rock caves around it
 

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One more for pool filter sand - particularly if you are running HOBs on it.
 
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I always liked the white sand but ill look for the pool sand. I gotta go to Walmart here in a few so ill see if they have any if not ill look at Home Depot this weekend after I secure my awesome as he.. Tank!
 
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2nd thought, I'm hoping I'm not over building myself about how much more 25 gallons is. 3rd thought - could I use the same kinna stand for the 75? The one my 55 sits on is a topfin 55 but when I searched online it says its a 55/75
 

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There is a big difference between a 55 and a 75. 55 is a big little tank, while a 75 is a little big tank. The difference, is that the 55 is only 12 inches wide while the 75 is 18 inches wide. That's a 50% larger footprint. Sooo, will a 75 fit on a 55 stand? Not if the stand isn't 19 inches wide....
 

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never used pfs but I used quikrete sand its by the concrete mix at home depo, I hate how play sand compacts haven't seen this with quikrete
 

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I'm using quickrete all purpose sand in my 125. It's very fine but seems to stay down pretty well.
 

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I have some driftwood in my tank. The albino likes it a lot. Just lots of slate is my only suggestion. If you want any plants java moss works really well because you can put it anywhere and it grows like crazy.

My featherfin likes having his own big slate cave to hang upside down in. I have branches in mine that my cichlids like to weave through. So that's another thought. Plus I've got the java moss wrapped around the branches lol.
 
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Awesome. All great suggestions! I'm glad all the cichlid fans are chiming in at once!

1) would they have slate at Home Depot?

2) what kinna branches did you put in yours?

3) what is Texas holey rock?

My " driftwood " is something from petsmart that's a large brown chunk with holes and whatnot. It's been in my 55. Hopefully moving the used filter and all the decor that's moving from the 55 and the 10, I will cycle rather quickly!
 
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I was mostly concerned with the added weight of the 75 doing ok on the stand, it will fit.
 

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If the stand is wide enough for a 75, then I'm sure it will withstand the weight.
 

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1. Maybe. Id try a quarry and just wash it. Getting from home depot it would probably have chemicals of some type on it. And its free from a quarry or creek

2. Some sticks and branches I found walking around in the woods that I liked. You bake them to get out any bad stuff. Wrap them in foil and bake it on low for an hr or two. Anything over 170 degrees f will kill bacteria.

3. If u look on randomzoid's profile I think he's got texas holey rock in his mbuna tank. You like white? Its very white, lightweight and very pretty. He has a featherfin in his tank too.

You should cycle quickly. Lots of bacteria in the driftwood and decor too
 
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I measured, it's big enough. On a side note - I ran into an old buddy who now works at a glass shop earlier. They do everything from big windows on buildings to auto windshields. Bout to get awfully awesome in the world of max's fish tanks lol
 
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There's the driftwood piece I was talking about - has like four holes but you can only see one
 
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I got it for like $23 was normally $50. I would have never paid full price lol
 
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I'm going to try and talk them down on the tank if I buy the stand too. They were $10 more than the lfs but the lfs tank came with a ugly black stand but also offered 20% off their ridiculously price accessories with purchase of package and all I really need is another heater
 
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Lol. I'm not sure if it comes with filters. I know it comes with lights.
 
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My 55 came with everything and was the same price so I'm assuming this is tank, hood and lights. I just called and told them to hold it since I live in the boondocks
 
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Does anyone put a sheet of plywood under theirs to distribute the weight?
 

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I have a rack that has a bunch of tanks on it. I put plywood under some of those. As for an aquarium stand, there should be no need or benefit to it.
 
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Really? The stand only has two points of contact
 

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It's got to have more than two points of contact....

What's it look like??
 
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Let me grab a link :




It might be three. I know the top of the back is basically cardboard that I drill through to run cables
 
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The actual edge that supports is like half of what it looks like if I remember putting the other one together correct. The doors were a real pain getting to sit right
 

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wow that's a nice looking stand! It's supported at all 4 corners and 2 of the 4 sides. If they sell it for a 75, then I wouldn't worry.
 

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Depending on your floor, plywood might be a good idea.

The last place I lived had floors that were over 100 years old and occasionally gave way under our feet. If I'd had anything bigger than a 29gal, I'd have put plywood under the stand.

The house we bought this summer has good floors that I'd trust to hold a big ol' tank without worrying.

If your floor is solid and not squishy, there's probably no need for plywood.
 
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I live in a double wide. That's why I'm asking
 
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An jay, it's the actual floor I'm worried about moreso than the stand. With water sand and rock piles it can get heavy
 

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I thought you were asking about the top of the stand, where the tank is lol. If you're worried about your floor, I'd rather be safe than sorry. You're going to have at least 750lbs sitting there all the time.
 
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Right. I guess I'll put the stand together And get a good measurement and cut the plywood sat and fill it up to start my cycle : ). Friend at work gave me a driftwood piece from his old 125 today. Will post later when I get home since I'm trying to get outta here lol
 

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