Meet Chewy

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Meet Chewy

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Meet Chewy. My only pet catfish. She was a "rescue" a year and a half ago and named by Jools. For size comparison... that wafer is 2.5 cm (just over 1").
She will eat from my hand and swims to the front of the tank when she hears me in the fishroom.
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That fish is big!
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Chewy is chonky. Great fun fish!

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Time to upgrade as Chewy has outgrown her current tank and a recent accident gave me a good scare.

Over the weekend I was fiddling with the sponge filters in my 10 gallon tanks. I must have given the airline to Chewy's tank a slight tug. At some point between Sunday night and Monday afternoon the blower blew her airline off its connection leaving her with no aeration or filtration. She was very still in a corner of the tank and showed no interest in eating (which NEVER happens). I added a powerhead to bring O2 levels up and serve as a fail safe in the future. With a fish of this mass there is little room for errors. Never have a single point of failure. By the next morning she was behaving normally and eating.

The good news is that the accident also made me realize it was time for an upgrade. By lucky coincidence My local Petco was having a tank sale and I was able to snag a new 75 gallon (48.5" x 18.5" x 21") for $123. Not bad! I was out the door with the tank and top glass for $200. Stephen Tanner actually took a few minutes from his vacation in Hawaii to work out the filtration system with me. Should have it up and running in the next few weeks.

Chewy is in the top left tank. It's clear she has outgrown it!
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Good save, Shane. That would have been a painful tragedy. Glad it ended so well.

Only $123 for a new 75 gallon tank? Dang! I recently bought a used 75 gallon tank for $100 and was pleased with the price, until I found out late the plastic frame was cracked both on a top corner and on a bottom corner. AFAIK, no way to repair that safely other than buying new frames. This tank went out in a greenhouse, so if it bursts, at least I don't destroy the house.

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Eric,
I am honestly not sure that the frame on a 75 gallon provides any type of structural support. There are warnings on my new tank to never lift it by the frame (which tells me it is not attached well).

You might find that you can solve your issue by removing the plastic frame and using silicone to create a glass brace or two across the top. This will keep the water pressure from causing the top of the tank to spread over time and split the corner seems. I seem to remember most tanks in Europe having this design with no plastic frame at all.
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Thanks Shane. (even so, for $23 more, I would have jumped at a new tank over a used one, even if the frame wasn't cracked).

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