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Hello all. I have setup a 33 long in about the past month or so. Sadly due to horrible experiences with a family member being infected as well as lockdown, I have had no time to go further into planting or stocking the tank.

So far what I got...
Seapora 33 long tank - 48x13x12
Caribea Sunset gold sand - 60 lbs
Finnex Stingray 48 inch
Aquaclear 50

Plan is to have the tank setup as a low tech planted with root tabs, easy plants and a few species of different smaller schooling tetras and maybe some shrimp.

I really like this size tank and it might even be my favorite size since its so unique. I used to have a 55 and I loved the length. For the past three years though I have had a three foot long tank and it just wasnt doing it for me. I wanted a four foot tank, but one that was easier to maintain and that was good in price. At my LFS, they had 33 longs for only 100 bucks so I walked out with it a happy camper! Also had a Seapora 55 for 110, and the 40 long by Marineland for 150 which is way too much IMO.
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wow, those are interesting dimensions.
Yes, I love the length and with the right stems and arrangement then it could look a lot bigger than it is!

sorry about the current situation but this tank is going to look great once it's all set up

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Yes! I am loving this tank. Its a breeze to work with! Over the weekend, I added a few plants to start with. Some crypt balansae, rotala indica and a madagascar lace plant. I am really enjoying it so far. I havent got all the plants in the right places yet though and I do plan to add more.

On another note.. went to the LFS for neon tetras and came back with guppies lol
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I almost bought a 33 long a couple days ago. I had a 55 but they’re so tall it was ugly imo. I love the 40 longs, but you’re right they’re more expensive than either the 33 or 55. But they’re perfect. Not too tall and not too short.

Ultimately I ended up with a 40 B for surface area but I’m kind of regretting not getting the 40 L.

I may go back and get that 33 but I fear I would not hear the end of it from the GF who only allowed me one tank (which is probably a good thing) thus has to settle on the one that can do it all, aquascape and room for fish (40B).
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You need a aponogeton crispus down at right end, or maybe a couple more Lace bulbs. Nice V shape cluster of leaves for fish to swim around/under. The leaves going almost up to surface in a nice V shape will look great. With judicial pruning of older leaves you could probably even do a biovianous bulb



boivinianus, this would look spectacular on right end.



Get that rotala clump broken up and spread out to say a 8x8 area for best effect, it’s one of the most prolific plants, get that lead weight off and let it do its thing, every day you leave it in that tightly bound clump is detrimental to it. Once those crypt get oriented and rotala is on even spacing so it is not shading itself out it will bush up . Rotala in healthy clump is so nice and takes very little attention/dosing when under med light. At 9-12” it will start going this nice blonde/pink thing. Frame that dark green aponogeton B. with it


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Thanks for the advice! I do honestly love the aponogeton species plants! Especially madagascar lace. I have had great success with it in the past. I have had pretty good success with rotala indica in the past before as well. Used it as a background plant and it used to grow really easily. I am trying to stick to easier, low maintenance plants. Nothing too crazy. I also love crypt wendtii as well. Always looks cool and grows fairly easily once you get past the initial crypt melt stage. A few plants that I think are really cool that are low maintenance are jungle vals and dwarf sags. Sadly, with all the type I always hear about how easy they are, I have never had success with them. They have always just melted in my tanks and never grew back.

I am thinking about adding some kind of moss to the wood. I think it would be a cool effect.

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I almost bought a 33 long a couple days ago. I had a 55 but they’re so tall it was ugly imo. I love the 40 longs, but you’re right they’re more expensive than either the 33 or 55. But they’re perfect. Not too tall and not too short.

Ultimately I ended up with a 40 B for surface area but I’m kind of regretting not getting the 40 L.

I may go back and get that 33 but I fear I would not hear the end of it from the GF who only allowed me one tank (which is probably a good thing) thus has to settle on the one that can do it all, aquascape and room for fish (40B).
Years ago, I used to have a 55. But when we moved, I had broken it down due to lack of space and went with a 36x18 60 gallon tall tank. It was an okay tank. But it never really gave me the enjoyment that having a huge 55 gallon, 48 inch tank did. I enjoy my tanks long. IMO, it's so much more enjoyable for watching fish. Especially if you like to have schooling fish who really utilize swimming back and forth in the 48 inches of the tank. And through out time, having a taller tank and doing maintenance on it... Really made me start to despise taller tanks. So then last summer, I went down to a 40b. I had it for about 3 months before I discovered I just wasn't really feeling it. So about six months later, I purchased the 33 long and sold the whole 40b setup.

A lot of people would consider that a "downsize," but not me. I prefer this tank. So far, working on it and doing anything on it is so easy. You barely get your arm wet at all due to the short height. Personally, unless I am doing some kind of non planted, living room display tank, I won't ever do a taller tank again I don't think. I am starting to quite enjoy shorter tanks due to the ease of smaller scale aquascaping, planting and maintenance that they offer. I did see another cool tank at my LFS the other day. I am not the biggest fan of the breeder footprint, but they had a Seapora 30 gallon breeder tank. I would definitely try something like that in the future if I had the space for a second tank option. Dimensions of it are 36x18x12.

If I had the room/time.. I would have a couple 33 longs and have one as my normal planted fish tank, and the other as a devoted planted shrimp tank. It would be so cool for that.

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A few things going on with this tank. I got a few more plants today... Or should I say what's left of them. I ordered them like two weeks ago almost and given the fact that they didn't arrive til today and they are crypts, there isn't really much left of them. Ugh. Not being able to go to reliable stores right now is killing me. I hate not seeing what your getting.

I also picked up some glass tops today for my tank. That was a royal PITA. Since I have a Seapora brand tank, I have to either to DIY or find the glass tops that Aquarium Masters makes for Seapora tanks which is what I chose to do. Outrageous price of 60 dollars is what I ended up paying. I tried picking up an Aqueon set thinking it might work, but it didn't. They were too small. Years ago, I had an Aqueon tank that I could use Marineland lids with and they fit. I hate using glass tops. Not a fan of how the strip in the middle holding the glass together blocks light and makes a shadow in the tank. But after all my fish jumped out of my previous tank, I have to have some kind of top.
I may at some point try something DIY or try using a mesh reptile lid and carving out the pieces in the back for filtration.

On another note... One of the Guppies died. The others seem to be fairing quite well though. They are pretty cool fish. I like their easy going behavior, they are quite colorful and decent schoolers, and they seem to eat whatever's in the tank. The piece of driftwood was covered in slimy and fuzzy types of algae and they devoured it all after I put them in the tank.

My aquascape so far is pretty... meh. I am enjoying the ratios of the tank at least with the balance between plant height and having no dead space since the tank is so short. I will have to post a few pics later on. I am still trying to configure getting some good plants that I will have success with. I want to do mostly easier plants such as crypts and aponogeton plants.

I am using two Aquaclear 50 power filters. One on each side for total of 100 gallons of filtration. Sadly, recently, our power got knocked out accidently and since then, one of them won't turn on. Well, it turns on, but it just makes a low sounding noise and no water will fill up and it doesn't do anything, so I'm not sure what to do with that...
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Not much... but a few pics. Like I said... my aquascape is not the best... but I am hoping in time I can make it look decent and I have to add more species of plants.
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I really like my 33L. I'll follow to see what yours looks like grown out! I love being able to give the smaller fishes lots of room, without feeling like I have a huge tank in the room.
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Yes! I like that too. It is nice having a four foot tank, but not a tank so big that it overwhelms the room. And doing anything in the tank because it's so short is super easy. Even easier than my past 40 breeder.
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