New Big Tank on the Way!
The kids and wife gave me a coupon (in crayon by kids ha) good for a 180 gal or less for Christmas! I have 8 x 9L bags AS, a new RO ssytem to put together (hard water here in central Ohio), lots of Manzy from Tom, needle wheel for CO2. Still to go is final decision on lighting (ATI or Tek T5), HOB overflow, sump, large purchase of Stauro for foreground, and of course the tank itself. Here are my choices (dimensions in inches), no built in overflows except for the local DLS tank).
Standard Aqueon 180 gal 72x24x24 from local LFS
DLS no brace 185 gal 60x30x26 from local LFS
From Great Lakes Aquarium in Michigan (4 hour or so car ride to pick up, they can drill back of any tank for bean animal overflow use if I go that route)
Star fire rimless no brace 155 gal (60x30x20)
Star fire rimless no brace 150 gal (72x24x20)
Star fire rimless no brace 170 gal (72x30x18)
Star fire with rim & brace 175 gal (60x30x22)
Star fire with rim & brace 200 gal (60x30x26)
Star fire with rim & brace 165 gal (72x24x22)
Star fire with rim & brace 195 gal (72x24x26)
Star fire with rim & brace 205 gal (72x30x22)
I am replacing a 120gal (48x24x24). New tank would be in same spot. I would like the star fire rimless/braceless but the height is a lot less. I have discuss and am not sure of the 18 or 20 inch height compared to 24 I have now, nice picture view from the front glass important... 24 inch front to back an easier sell to wife than 30 inch, although 30 inch in a 5 foot length would be Ok, 6 foot by 30 inch would be pushing it haha. I can get a higher measurement with rim & brace and still get star fire. The 72x24x22 or 72x24x26 would fit best in a 6 foot length. Viewing would be from the front and right side primarily(as facing the tank). Back of tank against a wall. This will likely be my final tank (had the 120 for 10 years so wanna get it right. High tech planted with fish. Also want to maximize gallons as well if possible
Any thoughts appreciated!