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    Thanks for all the great responses(mostly). A 75g is way too big for my living room (sizewise) I may be able to convince her but that is to be seen. Where I live the water is almost like liquid rock and it is easier to choose fish that can deal with the water than rather changing the water parameters that are acceptable to the fish.( I rent high now, so water systems and such are just not viable options, plus we hope to move relatively soon) so I think Africans are in my immediate future. Still gonna keep small plant and shrimp tank in the meantime and see what happens. I enjoy slipping into the darkness(lurking/Tower of Power Reference for all the older SoCal members) and and enjoy learning all I can from the board

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave7739 View Post
    Thanks for all the great responses(mostly). A 75g is way too big for my living room (sizewise) I may be able to convince her but that is to be seen. Where I live the water is almost like liquid rock and it is easier to choose fish that can deal with the water than rather changing the water parameters that are acceptable to the fish.( I rent high now, so water systems and such are just not viable options, plus we hope to move relatively soon) so I think Africans are in my immediate future. Still gonna keep small plant and shrimp tank in the meantime and see what happens. I enjoy slipping into the darkness(lurking/Tower of Power Reference for all the older SoCal members) and and enjoy learning all I can from the board
    Don't forget that brackish set ups are also an option for hard water, most like a ph of 8 and gh/kh higher than 14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave7739 View Post
    Thanks for the heads up Kole, my sister lives out that way and I may have to stop by OBM to check it out. The big "if" in the whole equation is the wife, she thinks the 75g is too big for the living room. So I may be relegated to a 40 or smaller, which will seriously limit my options. BUT the would put me back in the planted tank realm realm.
    There are other rock yards, building, construction and landscape supply companies closer to you that will have stuff at the same cost or cheaper. There is a rock yard by me and stuff ranges from 7 cents to a few bucks a lb
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave7739 View Post
    Thanks for the heads up Kole, my sister lives out that way and I may have to stop by OBM to check it out. The big "if" in the whole equation is the wife, she thinks the 75g is too big for the living room. So I may be relegated to a 40 or smaller, which will seriously limit my options. BUT the would put me back in the planted tank realm realm.
    Dave,
    I had the same issue with the wife. Just deciding where to put my 150 gallon tank I knew was going to bring some heat, lol. The trick is, in addition to Kole's suggestions, is to make it look really nice! Tank is in it's early stages of development with barely the hardscape in place sitting dry. I keep getting the same question from her, "When is this going to be filled up". Hehe! Good luck with that.

    On a side note, I actually have some Malawi cichlids and Tanganyikan shell dwellers. I'm rehoming all the Malawis and eventually some Tanganyikans (Multis). The Tanganyikans recently had 2 batches of fry and I currently have around 20 of these cute lil guys.

    PM me for some pics if you are interested.

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    Maybe you can flip a compromise in your favor. Borrow a 150/180G someone. Bring it home chuck it on a stand and when the wife says no! way too big... Downsize to a 75/80G as a "compromise" on your end. Bam! you just got a really great size tank to work with, promptly return the borrowed tank.
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