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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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I am looking at getting my last tank...............I've said that many times but this time I mean it! I dont have room for another after this one.

I know that this is a very subjective question but what is your favorite size of tank and why?

I'm torn between a 120 gallon short and a 125/135 long. Is a 2 foot depth too deep visually for a planted tank? I guess what I'm looking for is that classic proportion.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 03:21 AM
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I personally like 40 breeders (for their depth front to back) and my 90 gallon tank. My only complaint about my 90 gallon is that I wish I had more depth (front to back) do have more floorspace to work with.
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I have the 120 short. Its awesome for depth in scaping and cheap on the lighting and floor space it takes up. Of course you have to run pristine water to see through it but its amazingly clear. I was concerned with that short of a foot print for mt floor but its holding up well(something for you to consider). I bought a 40B and 65g a long time ago for the same reason but when it comes to a tank, bigger is always better if you have the time to make it look right.
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Never owned a tank over 70g. Up to that point I'd say 40B. I just set up a riparium in a 56C, I think that is the perfect tank for that purpose.

I think if I ever had the space in the right room, with a good floor, a 200G ~ 96 x 24 x 20 would be the perfect combination. At 8' you can really fill your field of vision sitting in front of it. I think 24" is really a nice depth for aquascaping. Over 20" tall is not fun to work in, and a little easier to light than taller tanks.

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Food for thought.. I have a 40B. No center brace. Since buying the glass top, I have noticed bowing in the front. The top does not quite fit as snug as I would like. I know bowing is probably not unusual. Only slightly aggravating
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I started with a 50 (36" long), and now have a 125 (72" long). Will never go back to something smaller, but don't feel particularly inclined to go much larger. If anything I'd get something a little wider next time...24" instead of 18", maybe....maybe.

Why? The 50 just didn't offer that much room for fish to swim around in (they are all schooling nicely now), and things felt rather cramped plant-wise.
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my largest tank has been a 55g. My favorite so far is the 40 b. The tank which i would like to have is a 33g long... it basically looks like a 12g for big boys

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My favorite size is 24" wide. I'll never have another tank less than 24", as the aquascaping options are much greater. The additional width is also more pleasing to view.
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I'm enjoying my 29. It would be nice if it was a little deeper front-to-back (12"), but the height and width are great (30" wide x 18" tall)

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 01:16 AM
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I used to like large tanks - I've owned all the way to a 250 gallon in-wall tank, most others were in the 150 to 180 gallon range.

Now I like smaller tanks better. I can make them look much more full and abundant with way less effort, (and cost) and they're every bit as impressive. I loved by 7 gallon nano-reef on my desk at work even more than my 150 gallon reef.

Right now I'm all the way down to a 37 bowfront planted tank and love it.
I don't think I'll ever go back to larger tanks. About 40 gallons is the sweet spot IMO.
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Looking at it on line and realizing it is not really that much bigger dimentionally than my 46g bow-front, I really like the 120g short. I think the 24" floor space would give really good transitional space for short to taller plantings. What a cool size tank to work with. I think I would like a 60g 24" cube too!

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+1 on the 40b. Great dimensions!!
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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 02:54 AM
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No 75g. It has the best of both worlds in a 55g and a 40g breeder. Although I have never used a 75g, its seems like a nice size. With that said, I am glad that I have invested in a 40g breeder multi-tank setup. Why? Petco $1 sale baby, lol. I figure for the price it can't be beaten. I assume that is why it is the popular choice.

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I've got 4 55's a 75 and a 90. (Among many others) The 55 is to shallow front to back but it fits certain biotopes I have. I love my 75 but the 90's extra height is nice. If I had the 6' space though I'd most assuredly get a 125. I just like the proportions. What I don't like is the extra money it takes to stock it with plants and fish.

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Favorite size for me, hmmm has to be the 40 gallon long 48" x 12" x 16"!!!!!

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