We’re shopping for an aquarium, probably a 55gal, though we’d really prefer a 75gal since we’d like to have goldfish again. The bigger the tank, the easier it is to maintain, and since goldfish produce a lot of waste we want to have a big tank. (Plus bigger tank means bigger fish, or more smaller ones). We thought about doing tropicals again, but goldfish – especially the fancy varieties like these guys – have so much personality and they’re relaxing to watch. Tropicals dart all over the place, but goldfish just mosey around.
They’re more our speed.
I have a wrought-iron stand I bought with an old aquarium at a yard sale last year. The tank was a real oldie by Metaframe (how’s that for irony – before we used the term for internet stuff!). It was a weird size and impossible to find a hood for…Just more trouble than it was worth to make our own hood. We donated the tank to Goodwill during our Great Basement Cleanout of 2003; someone will be thrilled to get it for reptiles or other non-aquatic uses.
Anyway, the stand and filters I got with it were worth the $20 I paid. Thing is, the stand is an odd size: 48″ long x 13″ deep. We may be limited in what larger tanks would safely fit on it. We saw a 75gal setup advertised in the Jack’s Aquarium and Petsonline sales flyer. It’s an All-Glass Aquariums brand and is $139, including the hood and light. It measures 48″long, 18″deep x 20″ high.
My big concern is that, even with a board bringing the top of our stand out to the tank’s width, it would be topheavy. Those 75 gallons of water, at 8 pounds a gallon, would weigh in at 600 pounds! For that matter, I wonder if our floor will be okay under all that weight. It would be along our living room wall.
Am I just paranoid? Would any aquarists and/or physicists (even rocket scientists if you’re so inclined) care to comment?