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Old 07-28-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Hello! I was thinking of getting a 55 gallon tank soon, but I just found out that I have room for a 75 gallon! Will this setup work?

1. 75 gallon glass aquarium
2. x2 aquaclear 110 power filters
3. x2 sponge filters rated for 80 gallons
4. Fluval Q1 Air Pump
5. 40 pounds Eco-Complete or FloraMax
6. 35 pounds sand (is there a brand that is good?)
7. Light fixture and glass hood (I can't find any good inexpensive fixtures or bulbs. Any Recommendations? I want a planted tank with 2-4 watts per gallon).

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Old 07-28-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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Hello! I was thinking of getting a 55 gallon tank soon, but I just found out that I have room for a 75 gallon! Will this setup work?

1. 75 gallon glass aquarium
2. x2 aquaclear 110 power filters
3. x2 sponge filters rated for 80 gallons
4. Fluval Q1 Air Pump
5. 40 pounds Eco-Complete or FloraMax
6. 35 pounds sand (is there a brand that is good?)
7. Light fixture and glass hood (I can't find any good inexpensive fixtures or bulbs. Any Recommendations? I want a planted tank with 2-4 watts per gallon).

Thank You!
I recently just bought 2 8$ work lights from Home Depot and some CFLs. 20$ and should support medium plants at the bottom of my tank (21" tall). Here's a pic
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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Hello! I was thinking of getting a 55 gallon tank soon, but I just found out that I have room for a 75 gallon! Will this setup work?

1. 75 gallon glass aquarium
2. x2 aquaclear 110 power filters
3. x2 sponge filters rated for 80 gallons
4. Fluval Q1 Air Pump
5. 40 pounds Eco-Complete or FloraMax
6. 35 pounds sand (is there a brand that is good?)
7. Light fixture and glass hood (I can't find any good inexpensive fixtures or bulbs. Any Recommendations? I want a planted tank with 2-4 watts per gallon).

Thank You!
I would probably cut filtration down to a canister filter and a powerhead or airstone. Eco complete is fine without sand (although if you want sand for aesthetics that is your choice). Light wise it would be better if you told us what plants you want and then we could recomend a fixture.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:29 AM   #4
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I would probably cut filtration down to a canister filter and a powerhead or airstone. Eco complete is fine without sand (although if you want sand for aesthetics that is your choice). Light wise it would be better if you told us what plants you want and then we could recomend a fixture.
I would like to have plants like wisteria, hygro, anacharis, hairgrass, and possibly micro sword. I plan to have goldfish. Also, COULD I have two aquaclear filters? (I just wanted the sponge filters because I want an air pump, so I might as well put sponge filters on it).
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Personally, although there really is no such thing as too much filtration, well, I think you might be better off with 1 AC110, a couple fluval u2s and a small canister. More filtration strength doesn't necessarily give you properly balanced flow
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I would probably cut filtration down to a canister filter and a powerhead or airstone. Eco complete is fine without sand (although if you want sand for aesthetics that is your choice). Light wise it would be better if you told us what plants you want and then we could recomend a fixture.
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Personally, although there really is no such thing as too much filtration, well, I think you might be better off with 1 AC110, a couple fluval u2s and a small canister. More filtration strength doesn't necessarily give you properly balanced flow
What do you guys think about lighting? What brand fixtures and bulbs are good, and what models?
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Goldfish are pretty notorious plant eaters/uprooters, although not saying it can't work. Might need to rethink the sort of plants you want.
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Lighting could be difficult. Hairgrass is a high light plant and all the others are low light lol
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Lighting could be difficult. Hairgrass is a high light plant and all the others are low light lol
So maybe low-medium lighting?
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Goldfish are pretty notorious plant eaters/uprooters, although not saying it can't work. Might need to rethink the sort of plants you want.
What plants would be better? (I may do a livebearer tank, though)
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What plants would be better? (I may do a livebearer tank, though)
All of those excepf hairgrass would be good for low light. Along with crypts anubias vals and possibky dwarf sageteria
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All of those excepf hairgrass would be good for low light. Along with crypts anubias vals and possibky dwarf sageteria
How about this?
Background: Wisteria
Mid-ground: Dwarf Sagetteria
Foreground: Crypt

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Lighting: 108w

And doesn't micro sword need high light?
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Background: Wisteria
Mid-ground: Dwarf Sagetteria
Foreground: Crypt

+ Driftwood

Lighting: 108w

And doesn't micro sword need high light?
Microsword is medium light if I remember. That would work.
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Microsword is medium light if I remember. That would work.
No micro sword is high light. It may survive in med light but would need ferts, co2, etc:
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How about this?
Background: Wisteria
Mid-ground: Dwarf Sagetteria
Foreground: Crypt

+ Driftwood

Lighting: 108w

And doesn't micro sword need high light?
Switch the dwarf sag and crypt around. Most crypt should grow a lot taller than dwarf sag. And dwarf sag is med light btw.
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Goldfish are pretty notorious plant eaters/uprooters, although not saying it can't work. Might need to rethink the sort of plants you want.
My Goldie's live fine with plants. Only the most delicate ones will get damaged/eaten.
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Lighting could be difficult. Hairgrass is a high light plant and all the others are low light lol
Hairgrass is not high light ( though it likes it ). But are we talking about dwarf hairgrass or giant hairgrass? Giant is high light area. Dwarf can survive in med light.
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What plants would be better? (I may do a livebearer tank, though)
All livebearers ( except sometimes guppies ) are plant nippers. Platys and mollies especially.
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Switch the dwarf sag and crypt around. Most crypt should grow a lot taller than dwarf sag. And dwarf sag is med light btw.
Thank you! Do you think that would look good? What would you do? And would have low-medium light, correct?
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Thank you! Do you think that would look good? What would you do? And would have low-medium light, correct?
Yes you would have around low-med light on your tank. And for background, is rather do for jungle val or some sort of vallisneria because they spread faster causing a more lush looking background.
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