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Old 02-04-2019, 05:00 PM   #1
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Iím new

Hi everyone,
Not sure where to post questions. I donít want to post in the wrong section. Just looking for advice in setting up a 75 gallon tank. Havenít had a tank before. Iím a complete newbie to this. Lol
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Old 02-04-2019, 05:11 PM   #2
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This is fine, or you can make a new thread under the freshwater general forum.

Anyway, have you got the tank already? 75 gallons is a perfect starting tank.

What are your goals with the tank? Planted? Cichlids? other??
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Yes I do have the tank, I had a custom built bar for it to go into. Haven’t even filled it with water yet. Still need to pick up all the supplies I’ll need. Heater etc.. I figured go with a big tank in case I mess things up! At this point I don’t have a real plan yet. Not sure what fish go with what. I want to stay away from live plants and just use decorations to start.
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:45 PM   #4
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If it helps there are a ton of beginner plants that are really hard to kill. I personally recommend anubias. I have one that's been growing for about 5 years. It grows slowly and can be attached to rocks/driftwood.
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:57 PM   #5
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Hmmm I guess I can give it a try. Like I said Iím open to anything at this point! Now to figure out what fish work well with others. And how many!
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If you are going the no plant route, look into driftwood pieces and larger rock. And if you like that look it's worth googling African Cichlids. They require that type of set up.

Really, you should pick some fish you like, see if they're compatible, then plan your tank set up around them. That will keep you from the headache of changing your tank around later when you decide you didn't like the set up you jumped into at first.
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:13 PM   #7
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If you are a true newbie, I believe the first thing to do is research the nitrogen cycle. Nothing kills more fish and leads to frustration for newcomers than lack of understanding of the nitrogen cycle. It will take patience to establish a healthy aquarium before adding fish (although the cycle can be established using fish. Just get cheap zebra danios. Some people feel this is cruel. I'll leave my opinion out and let you decide what's best for your situation).

BTW, cichlids for me. Either African or South American. I keep both. SA can get pretty big, though. So can Afican Haps.
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Thanks for the input everyone. Going to get the substrate figured out first then cycle it. But should probably figure out what fish first? Given they may like a certain substrate. Is that right?
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Yeah, if you want something like shell dweller, kuhli loaches or any type of earth eater etc. they require sand. (from what I hear)
Other fish fish are fine with gravel or dirt.
If you just want a single oscar or flowerhorn some people leave the tank bare bottom.

Either way 75 gallons gives you a lot of options so it depends on what you like.
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I do like the look of sand better. Which is easier to keep clean?
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