I think I messed up on the last edit - please delete if dupe! Thanks!!
Good idea on the craigslist! I have checked a few out, but they are in the 250 to 350 range for a 75 gallon tank with stand and I would have to haul it myself ( 4 door car ) but I do have a buddy who owes me a favor, so I might have to check on craigslist more!
As Reefdiver said, I would rather save a little longer and get the upgrades from the start rather than 'getting by' until I can get those upgrades. I am planning on putting in a decent amount of fish and have heard that 8x's ( 600 gph
) is ideal, but would 5x's ( 375 gph
) be sufficient or should I just stick with the 8x + per hour?
As far as my 'ideal' setup, I used to have a planted tank with 18-20 fish, cichlids, silver dollars, 2 pleco, syno cat, bamboo shrimp ( they didn't last long ) and a crawfish who surprisingly lasted a long time, was just smaller than my fist at the end. I will never do a planted tank with cichlids again, they either dug them up or ate them down to the roots. I also had some drift wood in the old tank but since it has been sitting in the shed for almost 10 years, I think I'll toss it haha.
Here is a pic of my old tank