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Old 04-08-2013, 01:04 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:27 AM   #2
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You do less water change on the 4 gal but the overall caring is the same for all sizes.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:33 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:34 AM   #4
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It's easier to maintain stable water quality parameters in a larger body of water.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:46 AM   #5
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:35 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:49 AM   #9
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4g much smaller margin for errors.

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Don't really matter unless it's SW. Bigger is always better but it's not hard are all to keep a fw 4g.
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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.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:37 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:54 PM   #13
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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"
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