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Old 08-27-2014, 09:23 PM   #1
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55 gallon or 75 gallon?! Whats your opinion?!


Hello everyone!
I am not a newcomer to this hobby, but was forced to take a 10 YEAR BREAK due to a real B#*!H of a soon to be ex wife. I wasn't allowed to have fish tanks due to the "smell".....right. Well anyways my new Girlyfriend LOVES tanks and is very supportive.

We currently have a Fluval Spec V planted with a Wavepoint 6" 8w Led. Aqueon 16gallon Bow front planted with a Fluval C3 HOB Filter, Yeast Generator CO2 and a Wavepoint 18" 6500k led. Then 2 10 gallon tanks for the kids rooms, one of which is totally cheesed out with all spongebob stuff lol.

Ok so the question I have is I was given two tanks, one 55 gallon long and one 75 gallon long. Both came with HOB filters and some misc. crap. I will have to hood both and do lighting, I have a stand that should carry the 75 gallon. If it was you guys which one would you build? Pros Cons either way? I am leaning towards the 75 but is there something I am not considering here? I will be upgrading to canister filters eventually, but its a budget build.
Thanks for your opinions ahead of time!
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:45 PM   #2
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I would go with the 75 gives you better room to work with and check out the susnsun canister filters good for a budget build. good luck
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:46 PM   #3
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Hello everyone!
I am not a newcomer to this hobby, but was forced to take a 10 YEAR BREAK due to a real B#*!H of a soon to be ex wife. I wasn't allowed to have fish tanks due to the "smell".....right. Well anyways my new Girlyfriend LOVES tanks and is very supportive.

We currently have a Fluval Spec V planted with a Wavepoint 6" 8w Led. Aqueon 16gallon Bow front planted with a Fluval C3 HOB Filter, Yeast Generator CO2 and a Wavepoint 18" 6500k led. Then 2 10 gallon tanks for the kids rooms, one of which is totally cheesed out with all spongebob stuff lol.

Ok so the question I have is I was given two tanks, one 55 gallon long and one 75 gallon long. Both came with HOB filters and some misc. crap. I will have to hood both and do lighting, I have a stand that should carry the 75 gallon. If it was you guys which one would you build? Pros Cons either way? I am leaning towards the 75 but is there something I am not considering here? I will be upgrading to canister filters eventually, but its a budget build.
Thanks for your opinions ahead of time!
The 75 hands down...I have one now and have had 55's in the past. 55's are simply too narrow in my opinion....I would buy a 40 gallon breeder before I would own another 55.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:26 PM   #4
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My vote is 75 as well. I've owned a 55 gallon in the past and now own a 40 breeder. I really enjoy the extra width afforded in the smaller tank. If the 75 has a larger width, I say go with that.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:04 PM   #5
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Yes that was kinda my feeling to. The 55 is rather narrow. Thanks just wanted another point of view! I will definitely check out those filters!

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Old 08-28-2014, 01:25 AM   #6
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Both, use the 75 for the display and the 55 for a sump.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:27 AM   #7
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Both. Fully scaped. Why settle? Have your cake and eat it too. Anything less is well less.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:33 AM   #8
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Go with the 75, it will create a more stable environment. The difference in the cost to run each size is minimal, and it should satisfy the urge to upgrade to a larger size at least for a little while. You will also be able to house more plants and fish.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:43 AM   #9
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Go for the 75; the 55 is too narrow as stated above.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:01 AM   #10
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+1 for a 75. Much better size for aquascaping.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:19 AM   #11
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Well I am going to use the 75! I will keep the 55 for when the divorce is final and I get the bigger house lol. 1400sq Ft not enough room for both
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Well I am going to use the 75! I will keep the 55 for when the divorce is final and I get the bigger house lol. 1400sq Ft not enough room for both
Use a double metal stand and put both up. You're just not wanting it enough. I don't think your heart is really into this.
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75 gallon. When I went down to Petco for the $1/1gal sale I looked at the 55 and it's lack of surface area made me decide on the 40B. If it's a plant only tank then maybe a 55, but with fish I'd go with the 75 gallon.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:44 PM   #14
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When I get my bigger house I will do the double stand...... for now I want to keep my girlfriend
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75...the 18" depth makes all the difference.
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