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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2011, 08:44:02 AM »

Living in the boonies means the closest Petsmart is an hour away.  Will probably order my canister online and try to get a good deal.  Can you keep us/me updated as to what you find and around how much they are for a good filter system please? I will let you know if I find anything worth mentioning for sale online as well. Smiley
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #31 on: January 14, 2011, 09:21:50 AM »

I got the AC 110 for $75, normally $90.
Not a huge saviings in itself, but when you're buying a lot like I am, it adds up.
I'll have to check my receipts at home for the other stuff, but I know I've already saved over $100 by getting it on sale.
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #32 on: January 14, 2011, 09:47:06 AM »

the plastic scrubbies or pot scrubbers look like this in the first picture  (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.)  

check out the rest of the site (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.)  he is my fish guy look at the gallery there are some sweet tank 1 guy has some awarding goldfish that are on a magazine cover
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #33 on: January 14, 2011, 09:58:43 AM »

they work as a bio filter and u can get 6 of them for 1$

if u also get some polyester stuffing(its made for pillows and inside dog toys) from walmart( u can get it for 15$ and it last for at least a year) u can use it instead of a sponge for your filter

with the  polyester stuffing acting as a mechanical filter and the plastic scrubbies working as a bio filter that is really all u need in your filter it will work for any filter u might need carbon to somtimes. this method will save u lots of money in a year
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #34 on: January 14, 2011, 10:55:35 AM »

The pot scrubbers are pretty but aren't you afraid they have a dangerous chemical on them?
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #35 on: January 14, 2011, 11:08:52 AM »

All I see are salt water/marine fish he has.  I didn't see 1 Goldfish or any tropicals except those ciclids. Undecided
As far as the scrubbies, I see he uses them in a homemade sump pump.
Where are the award winning goldfish? LOL! Cheesy
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #36 on: January 14, 2011, 11:32:54 AM »

I don't think those are her fish, think she's just borrowing the pics. Kind of neat if you are mechanical and want to build your own.
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #37 on: January 14, 2011, 11:42:26 AM »

That site made me want to cry  Cry

I miss my saltwater tank.  Never got as far as getting the lights and things set up for corals but the live rock and fish make it beautiful as well.  Its soooo much work getting all that set up and keeping everything just right though so I don't miss all the work involved.  Didn't go through everything but all I saw were saltwater tanks.  Gorgeous saltwater tanks!  Small one in the office one day sounds like a fine plan for now and maybe things will have slowed down around my house by then, remodeling is time consuming.    
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #38 on: January 14, 2011, 12:06:49 PM »

(Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.) is the one where the goldfish are

making a homemade wet dry filter is easy all u need is a overflowbox  a rubbermade container  (instead of a tank) a bucket that fits in the container for the bio media and a water pump.

 if u look into it  will not cost any more than a good canister filter it easy to do ant one can do it.

i have even heard of people just using a siphon hose to bring the water down to the filter ( but if  your power failed your pump would stop  and the water would keep coming in though the siphon and there would be no pump to bring it back up to the tank and u would have a big flood) 
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #39 on: January 14, 2011, 12:31:32 PM »

That's impressive   Smiley  You've got a lot of nice fish.
Seriously tho, is it really ok to just use cheap pot scrubbers? I thought everything had to say 'for aquarium use'.

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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #40 on: January 14, 2011, 01:17:30 PM »

just make sure the scrubbers u get dont have chemicals on it or make sure they are not made of metal it will say if it has chemicals on the package.

 u can use just about anything in your fish tank like rock somitimes u will need to boil or bleach the items so u can put it in your tank
(bleaching rocks will kill all algae on them but u must RINSE out rocks for a long time and make sure there is no bleach anymore)

ps that is not my tank it is just a example.
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #41 on: January 14, 2011, 02:04:48 PM »

Summertime, I use what the filters recommend.  They usually will say what is recommended on the box or the pamphlet inside.
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #42 on: January 14, 2011, 02:55:42 PM »

I bought the AC mostly because I want to get those little ceramic rings, bio max. I will use what they recommend, but think it's interesting that you can use all these other things as media. I'm not the type to experiment too much, remember how I was when my fish were sick last year. I'm already afraid that I'm going to do something wrong. LOL
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #43 on: January 14, 2011, 03:32:01 PM »

ya sick fish suck

the ceramic rings would work perfect to so if thats what u want to use go for it. there is a lot of different way to get a good bio filter u can even make a filter out of a airstone  inside a tube that goes though a sponge and some of those rings only for a small tank but it would work alittle

in this hobby there are a lot of ways to do things u just have to find out what works best for u. as long as u have a good bio filter that is all u really need
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #44 on: January 14, 2011, 04:41:32 PM »

DIY filters are better for more experienced aquarists that know more about the mechanics of a filter Smiley
To make it work in the first place, knowing how much space for filter media to put etc... can be quite complicated for someone who's only kept fish for a few years.
Of course, knowing how to make one is never bad! I've got a few examples in some of my more detailed books and they all seem really useful! Cheesy But I think I'll stick to canister filters for now Smiley
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #45 on: January 14, 2011, 08:57:27 PM »

I bought the Fluval 405 canister filter for $175, normal price is $220.

I didn't see any Rena filters or pumps on sale at Petsmart.

The 75 gal tank & stand were $335, normally $395.  However they gave me an extra $20 off the stand because the box it was in was torn and open on the edges.  

I bought this all at Petsmart.

I noticed amazon.com sells the filters and filter media for a good price.  I don't know if I'd want a filter shipped because who knows how they're throwing it around, but I will buy the media from there.  I also like amazon.com because there's usually customer reviews that you can read about the product.
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #46 on: January 15, 2011, 02:54:05 AM »

Wow! Nice!  Congrats! Cheesy
I have a fluval 304 and the Aqueon 55-75 on my 75 gallon tank and they do a real good job with 12 goldfish in there.
The 304 came with the tank and stand for $100.  The fluval canister only needs to be serviced once a month and I find it to be not that dirty.   The Aqueon I rinse the filters out once a week and they last about a month and I gravel vac/water change about 30-50% once a week.
I use the sponges for the fluval and then in the stackable trays I put the noodles in the top tray and then carbon bags in the middle layer and then I put nitrate absorbing bags in the bottom tray.  Then once a month I replace a bag of each and alternate with replacing every other month.  Anyway it is a real clean tank...I think you will be happy with the fluval...they are very easy to maintain. Smiley
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #47 on: January 15, 2011, 07:11:21 AM »

30 to 50 water change sounds harsh
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #48 on: January 15, 2011, 08:39:35 AM »


I'm only doing 20% wc once a wk in my 10 gals, mostly because that's what I read. That's sufficient for the tank with the Aqueon filter, but I've noticed the Top Fin filter doesn't do as good a job and there's more stuff on the bottom that I have to vacuum. The water parms stay good tho, but maybe I should change more on that tank.

I'm jealous that you got all that equipment for $100! I know I spent a lot of money, but I'm still learning and want my fish to transfer successfully. I love them a lot and can't wait to see them grow.    Cheesy

Minde, how big are your fish in your 75 gal tank?  I only have two 2" gold fish now and they're going to be so CUTE in that big tank. I'm going to get at least two more tho as time progresses.

I had NO idea that there were so many options with fish care! I love all the choices and creativity!
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #49 on: January 15, 2011, 08:49:13 AM »

You have to work out what percentage of water you should change each week/fortnight based on how many fish are in the tank, the size of the fish and what filtration you are running.
I change approximately 30% a week in my 40 gallon which works well for me! Smiley
So while 30 - 50% may seems like a lot to you creamkiller it is probably necessary in Minde's Tank Smiley
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #50 on: January 15, 2011, 11:41:28 AM »

it sounds like to much of a shock to thier system to me i dont mind 30% but 50 sounds high and I know how to work out how much water to change i do a 20% max in my tanks anymore it would cause to much stress unless u heated up the water but that is hard to do if u are changing 35 gallons at a time or it would be 25 gallons for me

i got my marineland 400 for $35  my 55 gallon tank stand and aquaclear 70 cost me 100$ used hahahaahahah
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #51 on: January 15, 2011, 12:31:53 PM »

Bad bacteria can build up in the gravel, so I vacuum once a week and try and get as much debrie out as I can.
Sometimes it is a 25% change, sometimes more, sometimes 50%.
I keep a clean tank! LOL!  And my tank is overcrowded, I know! Cheesy
Some of my fish are over 12 years old and thriving.
Some are over 7 inches not including tail fin! Cheesy
Here are some pix, have a look! Wink
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #52 on: January 15, 2011, 12:34:28 PM »

Ugh, sorry for the same pictures more than once I don't know why but it glitched.
Sheesh took me 3 attempts to load the pix! Undecided
Oh and as far as temp, I make sure the new water is the same temp as the old water. Wink
I use a water changer.
Summertime, if you don't have a water changwer, you are going to want to get one with the new 75 gallon tank.
It will save you a back ache from hauling all those buckets! Grin
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #53 on: January 15, 2011, 01:07:40 PM »

i guess there is a differents in my saltwater tang the sand bed will act like a bio fillter cause it is small and there is lots of cervices
can u use agonite sand in gold tank i know u can in a chiclid tank  it works as a bio filter and would help the tank out

hauling water in buckets makes u strong and mighty. plus u can leave it out in a bucket for a day so alll the cloring in tap water will go way (bad spelling) so u dont need conditioner
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #54 on: January 15, 2011, 01:17:27 PM »

well, I do have some holey rock in there that the good bacteria can find a home in! Wink
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #55 on: January 15, 2011, 03:23:44 PM »

Oh well, guess I'm helping the economy with my retail purchases, and paying sales tax.   Tongue

Those are pretty pictures.  Also gives me an idea of your filter placement, although I will probably experiment with it.

I like the natural looking gravel that you have, but was considering using those small oval glass rocks for the bottom.  It seems like it would be harder to clean gravel than between these glass rocks.

I want to get a water changer.  How do you get the temperature right?  Also, don't you have to let the water sit overnight to let the gasses escape?  I've read some articles about that.  I'd love to hear your opinion.

Right now I fill the buckets the night before I change it, and use water conditioner right before I put it in the tank.

This forum's great!  Thanks to you guys I'm getting this set up correctly!  I'm also passing the information on to my daughter and others.  Kind of cool how this stuff spreads...  Good for the goldfish too  Grin

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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #56 on: January 15, 2011, 03:33:24 PM »

I don't know why you would have to let the water sit overnight if you are using a water condtioner???
The water condtioner would make the water usable instantly.
I just adjust the temperature of the water at the tap. Smiley
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #57 on: January 15, 2011, 03:40:13 PM »

 u can get some ovel rocks a the dollar store

u dont have to leave bucket out for 24 hrs that is how long it take to get rid of everything if u use that tap water conditioner.

u dont ALWAYS need to use conditioner if u do Leave the bucket out  if u live on city water u need to leave it out for 24 hour or put the conditoner in

if u are on a well u could put the water straght in the tank but u should test for nitrides and nitrades as u could have some in well water
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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #58 on: January 15, 2011, 04:05:35 PM »

I have city water, and they use chlorine.  But for someone who doesn't have city water, they probably have chloromines, which don't evaporate.  You'd need the water conditioner to remove them.

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Re: which filter for 75 gallon tank?
« Reply #59 on: January 15, 2011, 05:52:31 PM »

You also need the conditioner to remove heavy metals and hydrated lime.
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