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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
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Advice Needed: Moving up in size!

I currently have 3 tanks full of plants.

8g EBI Finnex Fugeray plantedEheim 2213
12 mr aqua 36" sat + Eheim 2217
20L 36" Finnex fugeray planted Eheim 2213

I've been seriously thinking about getting a much bigger tank and selling my nanos. I'd like to get something that's 55g+. I'll use all the plants, fish, and equipment from my nanos. Ill dirt and use black diamond. Very low tech. No co2, low light.

Is there anything I need to know about LARGE tanks? Never had a large tank...

What should I expect?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 04:19 AM
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The traditional 55 gallon is a very narrow tank, and fairly tall. Hard to 'scape.
For the 4' length, if you can think about a deeper (wall to front of tank) tank, this would allow much more scope for scaping, yet take just a little more floor space.

If your tank is roughly as deep as it is tall, the scaping works better. More room for that 3-D effect, which is tricky anyway.
In as narrow a tank as the 55 gallon it is very difficult to add hardscape materials or plant plants in layers, or back-middle-front layouts.

This is also pretty bad when you are thinking about low light. The tall tank with so little depth does not allow a reasonable amount of light to reach the bottom.
A tank that allows you to put 2 fixtures, or a slightly bigger one over it can still be low tech, but you will get better light to the floor of the tank. Less loss out the sides.
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In my experience, 55 are shallow and easy to get high par for growing. With my 75 gallon I need multiple lights and 2" thick sand to get a half decent par.

That said I think the 75 gallon is great for any kind of scape, also.. I just prefer the well balanced shape compare to long tanks... they are not attractive to me lol.

It's all in what you like and budget shallow tank = lower cost in lights, shallow substrate

Taller = higher cost in lights, deeper substrate
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-27-2014, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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Where can I buy something that's 40+ gallons rimless at a reasonable price?
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