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New Set up Aqueon 65 gallon. Leaky??


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Hello all. I'm new to the forums here and just wanted to say hello before I bombard you with some questions.


I've been into Aquariums for awhile now, thanks to finding Cory's videos that brought me back to the hobby I have been away from for some time. I'm not a newbie but I'm also not Elite Fish Fu Master as some of you are. I have a few tanks that are doing quite well but there is always that want and need for something bigger and new. I'm running a 10 gallon and a 20 Long but lately I've wanted to go big. The wife out of her loving heart decided to allow me to get another tank.... GASP I know.


So back to the point. I'm looking at the Aqueon 65 Gallon Aquarium. The thing that has me scared is the reviews on the site (Petsmart sells a tank/stand combo). It looks like it's a leaky tank. I was wondering if anyone has this tank and how it's held up for you? I live in a apartment at the moment, thus why my concern of the leaky reviews.


I've been eye balling this tank for a long time and want to jump on the buy but I also want to save swimming time for the beach or pool if you know what I mean. Would reinforcing the silicon with an over lay be the way around this?


I'm still pretty much sold on this tank and most likely will take my chances on it which I'm pretty sure it will be fine.


Also have another question about this set up. Would a larger single filter be fine for the volume or would you recommend two small filters. I will be going HOB the filter. I know I've heard it would be better to have 2 smaller filters for a 55 Gallon due to it's 4 foot length but this 65 comes shorter length with wider sides and taller height. Filter I'm thinking of it's either a Penguin 375 pro or a Tidal 75.


Other then that, I've got pretty much everything else nailed down to want I wanna do. Thanks for letting me pick your fish brains and allowing me to be part of this community.


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I wouldn't worry about the reviews, I have lots of Aqueon aquariums and they've been working fine for years. I would not recommend a big box stand however. Some of the worst stands I've seen clients have were combo tank and stand deals. These are generally not very well built, and once you introduce water, they eventually fail or cause a leak. Get whatever tank you want and either get a metal stand, or just build your own from 2X4's.

As far as filtration, it's going to depend on the fish you're stocking and how many you have. A Tidal 75 would most likely be able to handle the setup you're looking at getting with most fish. But if you want to do an overstocked mbuna tank or some large predatory cichlids, I'd run secondary filtration in addition to a HOB or upgrade to a smaller canister filter. I don't recommend Penguin filters, the media box is tiny, the bio wheel is a gimmick, and they clog up quickly and just overflow back in the tank.

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