75 gallon tank and stand

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So moved in to a new place. Rewarded myself with a new 75 gallon finally (even got the now live-in girlfriend’s consent). Living on Maui, it’s tough to get anything large shipped in, so decided to build my own stand, wood from Home Depot being way cheaper than the shipping alone.
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after 1st coat of stain:
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Final product:
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I have black poster board backing my two 55 gallons, so I decided to try something different and siliconed slate wall tiles to the back glass of the tank for a more textured background look.
Then, added my fluval stratum capped with a thick layer of black sand and driftwood and lava rock decor:

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For the final addition of the night I plugged in my new Current satellite pro+ led light.
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Needless to say I am beyond excited to add some plants and water, and especially my blood parrot, sailfin pleco, and soon to order red dragon flowerhorn.
 

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Wow looking amazing! Well done in the stand really like the stain you’ve used.

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Looks great, I like your background and aquascape setup. However, may I make suggestions for your next build. I always build my own stands and leave six inches to one side for a small shelve space. It comes in handy for pumps, food etc.Resized down.jpg
 
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Looks great, I like your background and aquascape setup. However, may I make suggestions for your next build. I always build my own stands and leave six inches to one side for a small shelve space. It comes in handy for pumps, food etc.View attachment 135376
I left about 3-4 inches in the back for pumps. About 1.5-2 in the front for foods. I also have a shoe rack/stand right next to it so shelf space wasn’t needed
 
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Water, plants and fish are in. Flowerhorn is on order, should be here soon! Stoked on the new setup. And Cheeto seems happy.

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Looks great! I know you'll be very careful but keep an eye on the Flowerhorn some of them are absolute beasts and need to live alone.

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Looks great! I know you'll be very careful but keep an eye on the Flowerhorn some of them are absolute beasts and need to live alone.

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That’s the plan. It’s actually why I’m going with a flowerhorn. My blood parrot is a female and decided to become a murderer when she started laying eggs. Lost 3 Buenos Aires tetras and a male convict.
 
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It was flowerhorn, or Oscar, or Jack Dempsy. They all seem to have the best chance with her due to size and temperament. At least from what the interwebs and local sources say. I was gonna go polar blue parrot, but word is they grow really slow and sometimes just stay pretty small.
 
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I don’t know if anyone is following this other than me...haha. But, update...I’ve added a couple new hides (clay pots on either side of the driftwood), another temple plant, and some Java moss.
Also put my flowerhorn, Chubs, in. Cheeto, the blood parrot, was definitely protective of her spaces in the whole 75 gallon. I think I had her in there alone too long, got herself a little too comfortable. So,in hopes of easing the aggression, I added a school of tiger barbs as dither/target fish (I know there’s a chance they become meals, but better than my flowerhorn getting beat to death).
Last night was the first night together and they seem to have worked out the major issues ??
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