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Yesterday I finally got a utility (laundry) sink installed in our basement. The fact that we didn't have a sink in the basement for water changes is what's been keeping me from turning the finished portion of our basement into a "fish room". The next thing we are going to do, and soon, is paint over that old dark paneling, then I'll be ready to participate in Multi Tank Syndrome!

The basement will be perfect for a fish room, because the floors are vinyl covered concrete, so weight will not be an issue.

I believe the first thing I will do is buy a glass 75 gallon from my local PetSmart, and build my own stand out of painted cinder blocks.

Looking for a bit of advice on stocking. The way I see it, I can either go with another cichlid tank of some kind (not a single O, I want some variety) or a big planted community tank with a bunch of colorful schooling fish and perhaps some larger "centerpiece" fish, possibly a gourami of some kind or one of those larger Bettas with the shorter fins. If I go with the community tank, I probably wouldn't concern myself with trying to stock it only fish from a certain region of the world.

I have an unused AQ110, so that will be the filtration, or at least part of it.

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Some good stand out fish for big tanks

Peacock bass
Flower horns
Datnoids
Rays
Small arowana
Snakeheads
Pike cichlids


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And congrats. Your living the dream


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75GL? Community tank?

A nice big school of Cardinal Tetras, some Rummy Nose, a Clown Pleco, a few cories, & maybe a few Rams. Put some Amazon swords in a clay flowerpot, get some Vallisneria, some driftwood, some decent lighting, a you've got a good looking aquarium.

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WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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Congo tetra


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Thanks for all the advice. I have great respect for all the advice received from the regulars of this forum.

Here are a few pictures of the finished portion of my basement, which I plan to transform into a "fish room". Keep in mind that I am going to paint all that ugly old 1960s paneling and trim eggshell white and (trim) a gloss white.

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On the left side of this picture is the sliding (recently replaced) patio door. First tank (75 gallon) goes against the far wall, to the left of the door. The wooden door you see in the picture separates the finished from the unfinished portion of the basement. I would estimate the finished portion to be approx 800 square feet.

Moving a bit to the right:



Big walk in closet that my wife has transformed into a pantry. Please excuse all the junk.

Panning more to the right, we see the treadmill, a futon converted into a bed (I sleep here when I snore and wife kicks me out of the bedroom) and more ugly 1960s paneling that will soon be painted over.




Lastly......this:




What is it, you ask?

It is some sort of "island" right in the middle of my basement. I have asked around, and the word is that it was originally a concrete planter of some sort. Thumping around on it confirms that it is extremely solid (concrete probably) around the edges, and hollow in the middle, covered with (probably) plywood, and then carpeted over.

IMO, this would be the perfect spot to place a VERY LARGE tank, either saltwater or fresh, with a 360 degree view around the whole thing.

Whew!

Got my work cut out for me. Gave up a couple of other hobbies for this.

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That middle bit demands a big big stingray tank.


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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Got my utility sink installed....

Stingray, schmingray.......Dovii.....500GL breeding tank.

OR......you could put a stripper pole.....add a 3-tap system, liquor cabinet, & hey now, you've got something there. :evil:

THOSE WHO REFUSE KNOWLEDGE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL.

WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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mishka replied the topic: Got my utility sink installed....

Cool Gora can't wait to see it :)

Stingray, schmingray.......Dovii.....500GL breeding tank.

OR......you could put a stripper pole.....add a 3-tap system, liquor cabinet, & hey now, you've got something there.


That escalated quickly lol
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"OR......you could put a stripper pole.....add a 3-tap system, liquor cabinet, & hey now, you've got something there. :evil:"

This! if you never listened to him before listen to him now!

....Ok...a 500gl tank would be nice as well...but don't make any impulse decisions
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