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ed
12-07-2004, 04:05 PM
Hey everyone,

I went to this guy's place that was moving out of town, and I bought the following stuff from him for $200.

-4ftx20inchesx20inches tank (75 gallon?)
-glass lid for this tank
-iron stand
-a long stip light for this tank(not the full 4ft length of the tank)
-a 2ft strip light with no light tube
-an 18inch incandescent hood light
-a 19 inch strip light
-a penguin 330 bio wheel filter
-a 300W titanium tube filter
-a penguin mini bio wheel filter
-an Elite 802 air pump
-some kind of power head filter
-a ten gallon tank with 3 struggling amazon sword plants
-other random tubing and stuff
-several nice slate pieces about 10 inches each
-3ft piece of driftwood (he said it might be for lizard setups, he never had it in his tank)

What does everyone think?

cich1
12-07-2004, 04:59 PM
sounds like an good deal to me.i picked up my 75 for $100 it came with 2 ac500's and an ebo jager 250 watt and lids and light fixture.sounds like you got a better heater than i did,and yours came with a stand and a small tank with plants.i think you did pretty darn good on that deal:ok:

ed
12-09-2004, 01:01 AM
cich1,

What are the measurements on your 75? I think it might be the same as mine. I remember looking at your tank pics when you were setting it up, and it looks about the same.

cich1
12-09-2004, 01:17 AM
it measures,48"x18"x21":)

it's 21" tall from bottom frame to top frame but really probably only 20" or less deep from the inside.

jennigypsy
12-09-2004, 01:30 AM
..sounds SWEET!

Trim4c
12-11-2004, 09:08 PM
sounds like a 80 or 90 gal. to me..

Trim4c
12-11-2004, 09:10 PM
eather way...nice buy...i woulda done it..

cich1
12-11-2004, 09:15 PM
you're right Trim4c,it works out to be 83.11 gallons with the dimensions ed gave.:ok:

Trim4c
12-11-2004, 09:33 PM
lol...i thought so..

cich1
12-12-2004, 04:03 PM
hey ed what are you gonna stock that bad boy with?

dagamore
12-13-2004, 03:40 AM
sounds like a great deal if you ask me, i know i have spent alot more on fish gear in the past.

plus it comes with great filters on it :D

ed
12-16-2004, 12:25 AM
hmmm....stocking?

I guess I'm open to suggestions. Always a good forum conversation starter! I'll probably throw some cons or salvinis in to fill out the tank, but I'd like to get a big boy or two as the focus of the tank.

jennigypsy
12-16-2004, 12:27 AM
TRIMAC-TRIMAC-TRIMAC
<chanting>

..sorry....just got a trimac, so I'm on the bandwagon...

Trim4c
12-16-2004, 07:30 PM
hmm..i think Black nasty...you can get em through Jeff Rapps..

there really nice lookin..ill get a pic in a minute...hold up...

Trim4c
12-16-2004, 07:40 PM
ahh..it wont let me post the pic...sorry.. :(

Trim4c
12-16-2004, 07:46 PM
heres the site.... http://www.georgies-cichlids.com/

scroll down and click on Nandopsis haitiensis
and theres your black nasty...

punkypuffer
12-16-2004, 08:32 PM
someone on this forum has had them before from rapps. from what i hear, they are not too hardy, at least when they are small :/

cich1
12-18-2004, 12:11 AM
what about a pair of jacks with a couple of cons as targets.maybe even a pleco of some kind and some tiger barbs.

ed
12-18-2004, 01:14 AM
How about a pair of chocolates or a pair of oscars? Also, if I ordered some fish from Jeff Rapps, how much would the shipping costs be to GA?

Cich1, you have silver dollars in your 75, right?

cich1
12-18-2004, 01:21 AM
yeah i have 3 silver dollars right now,but the lfs down the street has some red hook silver dollars and i may pick up 3 of those.i've never kept chocolates but a pair would probably work in your tank.

ed
12-20-2004, 05:29 PM
ok, what should i use for substrate in my 75?
A local hardware store has all purpose gravel for $3.57 for 60 lbs.
They also have silica sand for $6.04 for 100 lbs. They also have playsand too. What should I get? Is silica sand ok?

cich1
12-21-2004, 11:53 AM
well ed,i use playsand that's what i would pick.playsand also contains crystalline silica.the only thing about using it is you really have to take your time washing it as it's quite dusty and dirty out of the bag.my fish sift through it all the time without any problems.
HTH

ed
12-22-2004, 02:21 AM
Well, I ended up getting the 60 pound bag of gravel and putting it in my tank today. I am wondering if this cheap gravel will harm my water quality at all. I'm no geologist, and the bag didn't mention what types of rock the mix contains.

Also, I took a look at the Amazon sword plants the guy gave me. They are recovering quickly! I just put them by a window so that they get massive sunlight. I just wanted to throw this in because it's an exciting moment for me.... I had live plants once many years ago but failed miserably at keeping them alive. ;)

cich1
12-22-2004, 02:28 PM
well as far as the new gravel,you can set the tank up and let it run without fish for a few days and monitor the ph and hardness to see if the gravel has any affect on those perameters.congrats on the success with the plants:ok:

ed
12-23-2004, 01:46 PM
I moved the plants to a fry growout tank where there's probably more nitrates available. I pruned off all the old dead leaves, and now they look great. I should have taken some before and after pics.

Thanks for all your replies and suggestions cich1. I think my threads would be pretty barren without you around...

cich1
12-24-2004, 07:46 PM
how about some pics of those plants?i have 1 amazon sword that i butchered pretty bad but it's finally making a comeback.:oops:

you're welcome for the replies.if i can, i always try and help:)

ed
12-24-2004, 09:25 PM
I'll post some pics when I get back to Athens. I am visiting family in Atlanta all through next week.
I put a couple of the sword plants in my new 70. I hope they're thriving when I get back....

cich1
12-24-2004, 11:06 PM
sounds good ed.have a good one dude:)