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Old 05-15-2013, 08:53 PM   #1
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[updated] Opinions on upgrading from a 20g tall to Mr Aqua 33.6


Hello all, long time reader first time poster.

I have a 20g tall planted now in my living room sitting on a sturdy end table. It was originally a Marineland kit as I was downsizing from saltwater after my second child was born. When the Marineland hood/filter/light died for the second time I decided to buy parts instead.

Now it has:
-Finnex Ray 2 24" (with one layer of window screen to cut the light - had algae before that; this was a great tip I picked up on this site)
-Fluval U3
-Ecocomplete mixed with some regular gravel
-Variety of plants (crypts, rotala (this grows so fast), swords, anubias, fern)
-1 GBR, 1 small gourami, espeis, rummynose and 2 otos. Some amanos and 2 nerite snails.

The picture below is about a month old and the tank is much more grown in now. The tank has always been stable (3 years now), but with this new light the plant growth has really taken off. I also found a nice piece of manzanita in Sedona that is too large for this tank.

Thinking about the Mr Aqua 33.6 - it will fit on the same table and I hope to be able to use the same light/filter. Anyone made the jump from the 20g to this tank? Wondering if the increase in size is really noticeable as only the depth increases.

The tank must be viewable from all 4 sides given its placement in the room, so I thought rimless would look better. Hoping to do a switch from one to the other, reusing the substrate (adding more obviously).

Only other tank at 24" wide looks to be the 60 Deep Blue, however I think I would need better filtration with that. . and I'm a bit worried about the weight on that end table.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

Thanks.

Jim
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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Well, since no one talked me out of it I decided to get the Mr Aqua ;P

Here is a shot if anyone is considering it (sorry its an iPhone). All the inhabitants made it through ok.

Can't wait to add more fish.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:56 PM   #3
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Whoa, nice upgrade!
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:58 PM   #4
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I've got a 20H currently. You've got me thinking now...
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:58 PM   #5
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Cool tank gasol, great upgrade.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:50 PM   #6
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Thanks all. Temple2101, nothing to think about! Even my wife approves now that it is in. Spending $200 on the tank and some more substrate was so worth it considering I reused everything else.

Looks empty so we will go add some fish soon. Would love to add an angel for my daughter but I'm worried it won't get along with the GBR and dwarf gourami. Or it might eat the small rasboras or tetras.

Thinking of a school of green neons or ember tetras, whatever is available locally.
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:32 PM   #7
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I love the dimensions of the new tank. looks fantastic. part of the beauty of your tank is that it is sparcely planted. im sure it will get eventually full but enjoy it as is for the time being. Once it gets really dense, the line of sight and scale of the tank wont be as obvious.
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:35 PM   #8
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Definitely consider Ember Tetras. Their pop of color would be perfect for your tank and the room the tank is in.

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Old 06-01-2013, 03:27 PM   #9
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i have a 33.6g mr aqua that was first a planted tank and now a saltwater tank. Its a great little tank, I absolutely love the dimensions.
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