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Old 10-19-2011, 11:57 PM   #1
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75 gallon build

My very lovely wife agreed to let me buy a 75 gallon tank. I found a new one on Craigslist that I hope to pick up Saturday. I'm traveling on business the rest of the week in Baltimore and I decided to go up to That Fish Place in Lancaster, PA after work to check it out. If I had a bigger vehicle with me, I'd have had a tank tonight. However, I did pick up a light they had on clearance for $310 because it was missing a $20 bulb. The fixture normally is $530. It's a 6 bulb T5 with built in digital timer and looks pretty sweet. Anyone have any experience with these?

Www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod/247299/product.web

What are my limitations with this fixture?
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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I doubt there will be any limitations at all. 2 watts per gallon is plenty and most bulbs are 54 watts. I only have a four bulb t5 on my 31" deep 150 gallon and it's plenty. Are gonna have a planted tank or just want it for light? If your gonna have a planted tank that light will just grow a Tom of algae without co2 injection and stuff like that. Sorry if you already know all this. Lol
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And I'm jealous...
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:11 AM   #4
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I doubt there will be any limitations at all. 2 watts per gallon is plenty and most bulbs are 54 watts. I only have a four bulb t5 on my 31" deep 150 gallon and it's plenty. Are gonna have a planted tank or just want it for light? If your gonna have a planted tank that light will just grow a Tom of algae without co2 injection and stuff like that. Sorry if you already know all this. Lol
This will be a reef.

I have a couple of FW planted tanks and I can't conceive of how green they'd turn with this guy over 'em.
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Oh okay, I couldn't imagine that on a freshwater 75. I should have put the puzzle pieces together... Either way I can't see any limitations you could have from that light... Maybe add a dimmer... I only keep cichlids, I tried saltwater and just couldn't enjoy it over all the work it took so my saltwater knowledge is limited.
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Got the tank and stand Saturday night and put the stand together tonight to make some space in the living room. I went ahead and installed the lights so i could show 'em off.

Tank and stand with room lights only:


Lunars only:


2 Blues only:


"White" bank - actually 2 whites, a blue and a pink:


All lights (except lunar lights):


I can't decide if I'm going to paint the back, use a background, or leave it blank. I'll figure that out and then install the sump. I'm thinking a 30 long and I'll install my own baffles for a protein skimmer and refugium. I think I'll use a sock hanger for the inlet and plumb with PVC.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:41 AM   #7
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Coming along - SLOWLY

The back is painted and I've acquired pumps, a sump and a skimmer as well as two overflow boxes. I fabbed up a spraybar for a return line and have it mostly plumbed. (I need about another 3' of 1/2" PVC to finish). I also have two Maxi-Jet Pro 600 circulation pumps hanging in the tank.


Here is in the "in" side of the sump. The skimmer is visible on the left.


And here is the "out" side of the sump. I'm using two smaller return pumps I got a good deal on.
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Looking good! I love a nice clean new tank, so many possibilities. lol

I like painting the back glass on my tank. I go with black usually.
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traveling on business the rest of the week in Baltimore and I decided to go up to That Fish Place in Lancaster, PA after work to check it out.
I live just a little bit south of Baltimore (Glen Burnie)..isn't it nice to have "That Pet Place" so close? An hour and a half to the toystore

It looks like you have a really good start...as you were setting up, was your wife looking at you like, "what did I allow him to get INTO?"

I like the idea of that spray bar....
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I like painting the back glass on my tank. I go with black usually.
It was a toss up between black and blue for me. I probably would have gone with black since this tank has black silicone, but I asked my wife and she wanted it to be the same as my 37. (Well, at first she wanted me to paint it orange but I told her that wasn't happening.) It ended up being cheaper to go with blue since I still had some left after painting the 37 years ago.
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