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If you enjoy immersing yourself in the wonders of life underwater you’re going to love a 75 gallon aquarium!
Measuring 48x18x21” in its rectangular form, it gives you a lot of space to build a beautiful marine landscape. In addition, you can have up to seventy five 1” fish or up to 37 2” fish. This gives you a lot more leeway when choosing among the varieties of tropical or saltwater fish that you’d like to have.
There are a few different 75 gallon aquarium shapes that you may want to consider. There is the standard rectangular, of course, and also the 6 sided hexagon shape both in acrylic and glass. There are cube-shaped tanks and one company even makes a double tank system connected by tubes!
The double tank model is a novel concept and very eye-catching. It also lets your fish go back and forth between two different decorative schemes, if you wish, or gives them a different and fun place to swim through.
Depending on the type and shape you choose, you can spend anywhere from $399 on up for a tank.
Whether you choose a glass or acrylic tank, look carefully at the seals connecting the sides and bottom. Bubbles in the seals will compromise the integrity and eventually leak so if you see any bubbles, pass on that particular tank!
75 Gallon Aquarium Pros and Cons
There are many pros and cons to have an aquarium this big.
First, they take up quite a bit of space especially if you get the standard rectangular size. You won’t be moving it anytime soon, so be sure of its location!
75 Gallon Fish Tank Stand
It takes two people to move a 75 gallon aquarium when it is empty and it weighs about 850 pounds when filled with water. For this reason you should give a lot of thought to the type of fish tank stand that you want to support your 75 gallon aquarium.
There are stands for all budgets, from about $150 to over $1,000, and you will want to shop around carefully for just the right one that fits your needs as well as your décor.
It is important that when choosing your 75 gallon aquarium stand that it be perfectly level, both in construction and on the surface you place it on. If the tank is not level the weight of the water will put undue stress on one part of the tank, possibly causing stress that results in breakage or bowing.
Maintaining a 75 Gallon Fish Tank
Believe it or not, it is easier to keep a larger aquarium clean than it is smaller sizes.
It is recommended that you clean the filter while it is in the tank rather than removing it and rinsing it with water. This is because it contains good bacteria and algae that promote healthy tank conditions for your fish and other marine residents.
However, you need to be careful not to overfeed your fish as it contributes to both body waste and unwanted food contaminating the tank.
As for lighting, standard tanks of this size have either one long light fixture or two single fixtures. The double lighting is more economical and also more interesting; you can place a different color light in each or in one to make an interesting effect. The cost of replacing one long light bulb is much more than the two singles.
You’ll have a lot of fun shopping for, setting up and enjoying your 75 gallon aquarium!