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Old 03-04-2013, 01:22 PM   #11
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Agreed 6 inches in depth is no big deal. They are both 4 feet long right?

55 gal is usually only 12" deep from what I have seen, that is pretty narrow, for driftwood and rocks. Go Big!
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:12 AM   #12
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I currently have a 55G and a 75G, and my preference is the 75G. It's the same length and height, just a little deeper from front to back, 18" instead of 12". Gives you more room to have some nice setups. The 55G is just a little too narrow for me. If you get the 75G, you will like it. And for maintenance, it's not much more than the 55G.
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(for my freshie side) I went from a 10g non-heated guppy tank to a 72g bowfront heated tank. it never really looked out of place or too large. but that has a lot to do with 1) being on a slightly longer wall and 2) I have had a 6' 125 for awhile. id say not to make any rash decisions until you've given it decent time and thought. youll more than liekyl grow to love the 75
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:28 PM   #14
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Thank you all for your advice and suggestions!

I have decided to keep the tank. Not only keep it but go BIG with it! I plan to make it a project tank that I most likely won't even set up for a while.
Currently it is light wood colored. This is half the reason I thought it looked too big and stood out too much. I hate the color/look.(pic uploaded) I plan to sand down and paint the stand black for sure and most likely paint the tank edges black as well.
I would also like to put a 20-30 gallon sump in the cabinet underneath. It came down to a nice canister or building a sump and from research I see more advantages of a sump and really love the fact of your water level never changing. I know you must do it right and there is the back-flow concern if power goes out. Looking into possibly drilling tank but I am kinda scared to.. LOL
I am also looking into doing a small 3d background made out of styrofoam. I've been researching all over the internet and think they are very cool! (the extra 6" you've been talking about will come in nice for this!)

I plan to make this a planted tank but still far away from setting it up to know what type of freshwater tank I want it to be..

Hoping the weather gets nice soon and I can get this out in the non-insutlated garage to start working on it!

Still up for suggestions about what cool things I can do with this tank, what type of freshwater tank to make it and problems that might arise or different ways of doing these upgrades.

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Here s an idea..... Love this....good luck with your build, agree with the stand being black.

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Thank you all for your advice and suggestions!

I have decided to keep the tank. Not only keep it but go BIG with it! I plan to make it a project tank that I most likely won't even set up for a while.
Currently it is light wood colored. This is half the reason I thought it looked too big and stood out too much. I hate the color/look.(pic uploaded) I plan to sand down and paint the stand black for sure and most likely paint the tank edges black as well.
I would also like to put a 20-30 gallon sump in the cabinet underneath. It came down to a nice canister or building a sump and from research I see more advantages of a sump and really love the fact of your water level never changing. I know you must do it right and there is the back-flow concern if power goes out. Looking into possibly drilling tank but I am kinda scared to.. LOL
I am also looking into doing a small 3d background made out of styrofoam. I've been researching all over the internet and think they are very cool! (the extra 6" you've been talking about will come in nice for this!)

I plan to make this a planted tank but still far away from setting it up to know what type of freshwater tank I want it to be..

Hoping the weather gets nice soon and I can get this out in the non-insutlated garage to start working on it!

Still up for suggestions about what cool things I can do with this tank, what type of freshwater tank to make it and problems that might arise or different ways of doing these upgrades.

Convict just re-stained his cabinet and it looks luxe!
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:56 PM   #18
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I just set up a 72G and at first it seemed WAAAAYYYYY too big, but after a while it was just amazing. I think with your breeding you will be happy to have the extra room. Water should be easier to take care of being bigger.

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I haven't really finished aqua scaping that's what the giant bunch of plants are in the middle.
I do like this tank!
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