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Which size is better for a planted tank?

If you had to choose a 29 or 30 galllon for a planted tank, which one would be better?? Thanks-
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I'd choose 30-gal, more space even if it's jus one gallon, plus bigger measurements (I think?)...
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Out of those two, the standard 30-gallon is better than a 29-gallon. The 30 is actually not as tall as the 29 (shorter by 2"), and you'll have less problems with lighting. The 96W kits are perfectly suited for lighting the setup due to the length of the aquarium also. There's also more floorspace for planting the tank.

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Thanks alot!
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Out of those two, the standard 30-gallon is better than a 29-gallon. The 30 is actually not as tall as the 29 (shorter by 2"), and you'll have less problems with lighting. The 96W kits are perfectly suited for lighting the setup due to the length of the aquarium also. There's also more floorspace for planting the tank.
I agree. I have a 29G and that 2 inches of depth makes a difference.

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I am not sure about the depth making that big of a difference. Go over to the Photo section of the forum and take a look at George Willms 29G.

That might make you reconsider.

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It really depends. That 2" does come in nicely if you like tall plants and also really depends on the depth of your substrate. That extra 2" comes in handy when you want to build a deep substrate bed, which is what I'm currently running.

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I should have clarified.

If I had to make the choice today, I would likely pick the shorter (30 Gal) tank because the 2 inch difference matters in terms of light penetration (at least with my 40W illumination).

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I really don't think that the 2" is going to make that big a difference in light penetration. Again, look at George Willms 29 in the photo album.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3451

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I can't see the pics. (Photobucket.com server appears to be down.) I'll look again in a while, since they sound like a good ones.

You're right, the extra 2 inches does not matter -- if you have high-enough wattage.

My tank is a bit of a forest and I have observed that growth is healthiest and most robust in the top 10 inches of its approx. 16 inch depth (factoring minimal substrate depth).

The problem is my Eclipse 3 hood, with its 40W bulbs at the very front, making the rear 2/3 of the tank darker than the front, in addition to the lower 6 inches being darker than the top 10. For people with 96W (or even 60W) this would definitely not be an issue.

My light variation is not at all visible to the eye, but the plants detect it for sure. Wisteria is my best indicator plant since it is the fastest growing.

When I bought it, the Wisteria was about 9 inches tall and grew to 15 inches, breaking the surface, in about 4 weeks. In early July I trimmed it to about 5 inches, putting it well within the lower "dark zone." Since then, it grew very slowly until it reached its current 10 inches in height. Now it has begun to noticeably accelerate.

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Saw the tank -- it's great. I love the colors and the layout.
Very nice.

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The heighth of a tank makes no difference in lighting but it makes all the difference in the world for plant selection.

Its all depends on plant selection when you choose a tank. If you prefer the tall grassy plants like Vals, balansae's, Apono's etc then get a taller tank... if you plan a larger short foreground cover then go with a shorter tank that has more acreage to plant

Lighting is definately NOT a factor in tank selection...
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It really depends. On a tank such as these two, it really doesn't matter. For something that's more deeper, PCs won't be be an option.

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I have deep tanks 30H and a 45H soon to be planted? and the problem with deep tanks are you always put off the easy mantainance because you do not want to go armpit deep into your tank to rearrange. But I do like the tall plants.
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