What's tougher? 4gal or 29gal? - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
DefStatic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Maine
Posts: 579
What's tougher? 4gal or 29gal?

Maybe it is just me venting, but I was curious, what is harder? A 4gal or a 29gal?

I thought maybe I was ready to start my 29gal. It has been sitting empty in my apartment for a year now. But now that I am having problems with my 4gal, I am not so sure.
DefStatic is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 02:27 AM
Dude Where's Your CO2?
 
AlanLe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 1,450
What's tougher? 4gal or 29gal?

You do less water change on the 4 gal but the overall caring is the same for all sizes.

http://s32.photobucket.com/user/onephattai/media/banners/alanle.png.html
AlanLe is online now  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 02:33 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 2,261
4g. Evaporation and concentration of things relative to the volume of the tank is quite significant. If you want to make sure everything is accounted for as far as water volume goes, you'd literally have to do several topoffs daily with distilled/RO water to account for evaporation. The larger the tank, the easier it is to keep stable due to the amount of x needed to shift parameter y in the larger water volume.
freph is offline  
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 02:34 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Posts: 519
It's easier to maintain stable water quality parameters in a larger body of water.
Cyanider is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 02:46 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Knotyoureality's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1,369
Every size and style of tank is going to have it's pluses and minuses.

While it's easier to keep water parameters stable in a larger tank--it's also a bugger if you realize the location isn't working and more costly in time and money if you find yourself in a position of needing to make major changes.

2g or 200g--failure to set it up properly and provide the required maintenance will land you trouble.
Knotyoureality is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
DefStatic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Maine
Posts: 579
I guess I am just frustrated that with all the research I have done and reading, I am struggling with my 4gal. Then it makes me wonder if I should even try my 29gal.
DefStatic is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 04:09 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Knotyoureality's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1,369
Even the most experienced tank folk, working with the best setups, go thru periods of extreme frustration. Depending on what problems you're having with your 4g, you might find the larger tank easier.

Most of my tanks are in pretty good shape right now--but my 2.3g just sprouted diatoms out the ying yang, I'm seeing free-floating hydra in my 37g, my red claw crab stopped eating, my beautiful red root floaters are being decimated by rams horns and my red cherry breeding tank is--quite honestly--being allowed to devolve into utter chaos because I'm fed up with some on-going issues that really aren't going to be solved unless I break the tank down and start over from scratch. Eh, all part of the fun.
Knotyoureality is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 04:35 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: LaPine, Oregon
Posts: 605
I think it's a toss up. Each tank has it's own issues.

I didn't touch my 8g for months because it was simply too hard to work in. Although I finally did about a month and a half ago, and it was worth it, and now I pretty much leave it alone.

I do wish a had a inbetween size like a 29 though. My 75g is planted and it's a monster to take care of, especially since I am only 5ft tall.

If your worried about parameters, go with the bigger tank. If your having plant issues then it may be better to figure that out in the small tank before setting up another.

Fluval Flora Pimp #34, 40b Congo Puffer Tank,
75 Gallon High Tech
Calmia22 is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 04:49 AM
OVT
Carpe Diem
 
OVT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: SF East Bay Area
Posts: 5,186
Re: What's tougher? 4gal or 29gal?

4g much smaller margin for errors.

via Droid DNA Tapatalk 2

Courtesy * Integrity * Perseverance * Indominable Spirit * and Self Control
Tenets of TKD
OVT is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 05:11 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Neatfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: TX
Posts: 2,021
Don't really matter unless it's SW. Bigger is always better but it's not hard are all to keep a fw 4g.
Neatfish is offline  
post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
DefStatic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Maine
Posts: 579
I think I have learned a lot on my 4gal. I think I have found a point where I feel I have decent flow and still not too much that my Betta has no place to rest.

I think my biggest mistake was buying plants from Petco that are not well known, easy to maintain plants.
DefStatic is offline  
post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 07:37 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
talontsiawd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Concord, CA
Posts: 4,574
Send a message via AIM to talontsiawd
In my opinion, it's not really any different for growing plants specifically. I would focus your efforts on choosing the proper lighting and general setup (going with CO2 or not, filtration, etc) for your needs. If you have the appropriate light level for what you are trying to achieve, planted tanks can be very easy. The more light, the more difficult they get.
talontsiawd is offline  
post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 07:54 PM
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Montgomery Village (back to NYC soon!)
Posts: 225
larger is always easier because small swings in parameters are less likely to disturb the balance of the aquarium; 4 gallons does not leave a lot of room for a "margin of error"
melanotaenia is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome