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Old 07-23-2011, 01:01 AM   #11
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Finally got it planted for the most part. Still have to plant the grass.

So far:


Next step is to assemble sump and drill some holes in the floor....
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:26 AM   #12
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Epic Fail

Well, my worst nightmare came true while sitting on the couch watching the Mets lose....

75 gallons emptied in about 10 seconds...






What a mess
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:07 AM   #13
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Holy cow!!!! Did it just crack??
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Old 08-11-2011, 02:07 PM   #14
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Yup, all the way from end to end in a half moon shape. Crack...Splash...Tidal wave in LR.

It looks like the rear corner of the bottom frame cracked...Hard to really tell if glass cracked and then cracked frame or crack in frame caused the glass to give way.

Either way, same result

You know you are in trouble when you have bloodfin tetras swimming across your LR. Not even an exaggeration...Literally swimming across the floor Would have taken video, but I thought that would not have been in the fishes best interest.

Saved most of the fish...I believe I lost 3 bloodfins (possibly still swimming in AC ducts).


Thankfully I had a shop vac or my floors would probably be trashed....
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:45 AM   #15
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Rough luck. You going to be able to rebuild?
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:52 AM   #16
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That sort of thing happens when the pessure accross the bottom of the tank is not equal. I think that is what happened to the seam on my 70. At least it wasn't saltwater.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:35 PM   #17
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Hi everyone! I am new to the site and was doing some lurking as I was curious about turnover rates for a 75 gal planted that I am setting up. I have had tanks in the past, but never planted and not this big. My plan is to have a wet/dry sump to keep all the stuff out of the display tank.... Anyway I digress... What did "cabezon" mean when he was talking about the pressure being unequal? Pressure due to different depths of substrate? Pressure unequal because the tank was not seated level on the stand? Or something else that I am not even thinking about? Thanks for any advice.
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Turnover rates: Are you planting heavily enough to have the plants be your primary filtration? If so, you don't need a lot of turnover. Net bioload and habits of the fish matter quite a bit for turnover.

Pressure Points: 75 gallon tanks are big enough that not being level, or having a stand that's not perfectly flat and smooth can cause pressure points that stress the glass and can cause breakage. Use a stand that's built specifically for that size tank, and level it carefully. Some people making homemade stands use a layer of foam on the top to smooth out any bumps, but it's debated if this can do more harm than good if the wrong kind/thickness of foam.
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dskidmore, thanks for getting back. I still am in the research phase of this project. That being said, I am thinking that I want a moderately planted tank, whatever that means... something like picture below? I like the idea of a sump to keep the display tank clutter free. I was looking into return pumps and was thinking that a pump that turned the tank over once an hour might be sufficient, but don't really know. I am also toying with converting a tank into a sump. What size is the minimum for a 75? And can I keep it very simple with just mechanical filtration and biological media without having several other sections for as I have seen? I'm sorry if my thoughts are all over the place.

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Old 11-11-2011, 01:32 PM   #20
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I suggest you start a new thread rather than posting in an old one that just happens to be about the same size tank...

You need to think about the animals that you will be keeping as well... this going to be a haven for shrimp? Is there some star fish that tickles your fancy? Or do you want a school of small fish? Or no animals at all in your aquatic garden? Do you like plants/fish in general, or do you have a particular biotope in mind?

Sumps are more critical for saltwater invertabrate tanks where turnover is very high and the water needs to be crystal clear. In a planted freshwater tank, the plants do a lot of filtration for you, so the inhabitants/biotope is of more concern when setting up turnover/fitration/heating/oxegenation.

Converting an existing tank into a sump makes a lot of sense if you want a sump. You can do a very simple single chamber, or make it fancy with dividers for holding filtration media or removing bubbles.

If you're going for a sump setup, a thing to think about very early is if your main tank will be drilled or if you will use an overflow box. Drilling is more expesive and difficult to set up, but is much less likely to fail in a way that spills water all over your living room floor.

If your sump needs are very basic, you might just consider a canister filter instead. You can use a large variety of medias there, and use an in-line heater to still keep everything outside the aquarium.
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