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Hey everyone,
I just upgraded my 55 gallon walmart special tank to a 75 gallon used tank i found off my local CL. Got the tank and a stand for $100!

Anyway i only have a HOTB filter now for my 55 gallon and i will need to upgrade. I was thinking of getting a Eheim 2017. Will this be enough? any other suggestions other than the model I mentioned? is a canister enough or do i need a HOTB also?

Also the tank has no lights to i have to get a new light strip...any advice? looking to get good light at a reasonable price.

I'm moving in a few weeks and I'm excited to get everything setup and running. Hopefully i can get everything before then.

Thanks for the expert advice!
 

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so I think I might keep the HOB from my 55 and then purchase a canister also. Is Eheim the way to go? any other models that are comparable?

As for a canopy, I might build one sometime soon but I will set up the tank first. I will not have any plants in the tank. I might go that route once i build a canopy and get a shop light to put inside.
 

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Also BTW,
If I do build a canopy, what is the best thing to do? have the all glass lids on top of the tank ant then the canopy or just have the canopy and the lights exposed to the water below?

I am leaning towards building a Canopy because it should not be too hard. Any links to plans for a 75 gallon hood?
 

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Rick, Thanks ill take a look around...*** been searching the internet and have not found anything as of yet. I don't have the glass lids so i would have to buy them, thats why I had asked. Also any appropriate height that lights should be off the top of the water? i was thinking around 10in.

Thanks again
 

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Thanks mithesaint,

I have seen it bone both ways...i think i am just going to design one to fit my needs. I has seen lights both with glass lids on the tank and without...wondering what is the correct, if there even is, to do it. The only thing i would be worried about is water splashing the ballasts or just the humidity corroding them. Do you have any ventilation?

I think I'm going to design a canopy with small front doors and a top lid that lifts also, that way i should be able to get in to do water changes and feed also. This will obviously have to be taller just because the doors on the front.

I just don't want to waste $75+ on a light strip to sit on top of the glass if its going to be cheaper to build a canopy with the lights included.
 

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Great thanks for the reply!

Ill just get some shop lights also....what wattage are they?

The other lights that i was looking at was these: http://saltaquarium.about.com/gi/dynami ... 5hood.html

This is what you have correct:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/sto ... 185+502059
Just one ballast in the hood? or do you have 2?

I think im going to go backless also...if needed ill get some glass lids but ill ship that for now and see how things go. Possibly just some Plexiglas that covers that back half of the tank would work.
 

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Many things are taking place since my last post.

1. started to build a canopy. Got all items cut just need to put it together. backless and lidless
2. Purchased a HD shoplight ---still need bulbs.
3. Purchased a Eheim 2217.

Tonight I'm off to HD to get paint, trim, hinges, bulbs, and a night light to put in the canopy of some kind. Then I just need to assemble the canopy, Put trim on it, Sand, Paint, Add lights, and plug it in. Next order of business is to get some more rocks for the bottom and substrate and set it all up in a few weeks, then wait for it to cycle so i can go buy some new fishies! :fish:
 
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