08-26-2006, 01:29 AM
Join Date: Feb 2006
| | Suggestions on hardware for new 75 gal
Hello fellow forum members. I am on the brink of an exciting new point in my fish-keeping career. I have until this point only had 10 gallon up to 37 gallon tanks and I have only now decided to buy my dream tank. I had always liked my friend's 55 gallon tank that was 48 inches long, but I thought it could be deeper to give the plants and rock structures more room. I'm happy to say my new 75 gallon tank gives me that with the same width as the 55 gallon. I've never cared for such a large body of water so any base-line suggestions could be helpful.
Next to hardware.
I'm staring at an empty tank and a stand, nothing more. Your suggestions will help decide the possiblities of this new tank. Let me start by saying that I currently have two young Discus that would likely find a home in this new 75 gallon. I also have a Golden Sunshine Pleco. Since the tanks that these fish are currently in have been stable for 5 years, I have a lot of time to set up the tank before adding fragile fish.
I would like to set up the tank to be based heavily around live plants. I would like the filtration I have to be gentle so as to not disturb the plants with a heavy return flow. I had to replant live plants almost constantly with regular HOB powerheads and I really think it is adverse to a plants growth and my free time.
For lighting I was considering using existing hardware, but only if it is feesible. I have a 30 inch lamp that has 2x65 watt bulbs. It would only fit over half of the tank unfortunately, so there would be one noticably darker area of the tank unless I would coordinate a lower powered 20w flourescent on the opposite side. If it is fully neccisary to use a 48 inch setup I will have to consider that.
I hope the final look and feel of the tank will include ground cover plants, flat rocky surfaces, small caves and a colorful presentation.
Please reply with some suggestions about your experiences with tanks that size, filtration setups for plants, fertilization for said plants, substrates, plecos discus, or lighting.