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Old 09-19-2011, 03:08 PM   #11
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You may get a good deal on craigslist, but you wouldn't get that new. Proper filtration for a 75 is not cheap, neither is a setup. You can do it right from the beginning or you can always work a little harder to keep it going because you cheaped out in the beginning, the choice is yours.
What I quoted is for new. A new 75 is $100, lighting with tubes $35, Substrate $10, and 2 ATI #5 Hydro sponge filters $20 to $30. That leaves $35 to build a stand or buy a tank full of fish.
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We couldn't sell a 75 for a $100, maybe a 55 if they are on sale for us. Maybe a cheapo brand or something on sale at a big store, maybe.

A 4' strip light made for an aquarium is a lot more than $35, a hardware store cheapo option is a possibility (and cheaper).

Substrate, again hardware store cheapo stuff not made for aquarium use, yes. A higher quality substrate that is actually made to go in an aquarium, no (even bulk bags of gravel).

2 sponge filters as the only filtration on a 75, lol. If that qualifies as filtration then do what you want. If you are in this hobby to save money you better get out now. They are great filters, for 10 gallon breeding/fry tanks. But I couldn't use them on anything else, at least not as the only filtration.

Yes, one Fluval FX5 would be the only filtration and flow needed for a 75.
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Perfecto (made in the US and shipped to Canada) 75 gal, $100.00; I have one still in the box in the basement.. My mistake about the lighting, it should have been $18 to$25. Putting substrate in a bag that says aquarium on it doesn't raise the quality, just the price. Yes 2 sponge filters on a 75, will work just fine. The crud gets removed weekly with the water change, not stored in a can.
After 40 plus years in the hobby, I have come to realize that simpler (easier) is usually better, and spending money needlessly, as you you seem to recommend, is not necessary, and actually a little offensive. You are awfully cavalier with other people's money.
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