View Full Version : 75 Gallon planted build

03-29-2017, 06:52 AM
This thread will follow my 75 gallon build. It will hopefully be full of pictures and I'm sure it will also have a lot of questions from me.

I picked up a used 75 gallon non drilled tank and stand from a member of the Atlanta Reef Club.. I also got an eheim classic 350 with the tank and stand. I bought a 48" Current Freshwater plus LED light. I am hoping this light will be enough to have a heavily planted tank. If I need to I can add one or two T5HO retro fit lights in the front of the tank for carpeting plants. I will be using Seachem flourish and flourish excel.

The stand was not as high as I would have liked and the hood that came with it did not offer the access that I wanted. All that meant it was time to make some modification. I made some changes to the hood so it would sit down on the stand. Then I made a base out of 2x10s that I trimmed down so that the tank now sits 8.5 inches higher. Dropped the old hood over the riser and added a little trim.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/smyheights/IMG_1153_zpsdhlcrgbd.jpg (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/smyheights/media/IMG_1153_zpsdhlcrgbd.jpg.html)

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/smyheights/IMG_1149_zps3fpvxqmq.jpg (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/smyheights/media/IMG_1149_zps3fpvxqmq.jpg.html)

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/smyheights/IMG_1155_zpszwop01gl.jpg (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/smyheights/media/IMG_1155_zpszwop01gl.jpg.html)

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/smyheights/IMG_1157_zpsb2jhi6gl.jpg (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/smyheights/media/IMG_1157_zpsb2jhi6gl.jpg.html)

Now that I repurposed the hood next on the todo list was to make a new hood.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/smyheights/IMG_1173_zpsjbeexuzm.jpg (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/smyheights/media/IMG_1173_zpsjbeexuzm.jpg.html)

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/smyheights/IMG_1170_zpsms4fjtsi.jpg (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/smyheights/media/IMG_1170_zpsms4fjtsi.jpg.html)

I think I made the hood to tall. I may take 2-3 inches off of the height of the hood. Then I have some more trim to add to the hood to dress it up a little. Then it will be time for a few coats of white paint.

Thanks for looking and I welcome any advice or comments.

03-29-2017, 08:23 AM
Great start. I really like that stand. What type of fish are you aiming to keep?

03-29-2017, 09:33 AM
Very creative solution. Looks like you are off to a fine start.

03-29-2017, 10:20 AM

I know I want a few rainbows particular boesemani rainbows. Then it will probably be smaller schooling fish. I like the look of having 2-3 larger fish and a couple big schools of smaller stuff. I like the look of chili rasboras and celestial pearl danios, but I don't know much about their care and needs.

03-29-2017, 11:18 AM
Awesome. Watching !!!😃

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04-10-2017, 10:34 AM
Sorry for the lack of updates, I have been busy and traveling some. I still have some work to do on the stand and canopy. I did have some time this weekend to visit Premier Aquatics. They had some really nice pieces of drift wood, I picked up a few pieces and one piece of rock. I think it's gonna make a good looking aquascape.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/smyheights/IMG_1206_zpsccm3lffk.jpg (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/smyheights/media/IMG_1206_zpsccm3lffk.jpg.html)

Sorry for the duplicate post, I meant to post it here the first time.

04-10-2017, 11:16 PM
Finish the canopy tonight. I cut it down to 12 inches tall and added the trim molding. Now it just needs sanding and paint. Then I need to figure out what substrate I am going to use and fill it with water

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/smyheights/IMG_1211_zpszfigpwss.jpg (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/smyheights/media/IMG_1211_zpszfigpwss.jpg.html)

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/smyheights/IMG_1212_zpsodtpujd3.jpg (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/smyheights/media/IMG_1212_zpsodtpujd3.jpg.html)

04-13-2017, 11:17 AM
Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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05-06-2017, 11:57 PM
Following closely.
..v nice start indeed

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