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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-26-2010, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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40g Long or 55g

My first post and my first foray into planted tanks. My question: Would there be any reason to go with a 40g long or a 55g? Does one have any benefit over the other? Is one easier than the other to maintain?

I am planning on starting with a low tech, no CO2 tank. Substrate, lighting and plants area still to be purchased. Fish would possibly include swordtails and a pair of sajicas along with a cleaning crew.

Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-26-2010, 06:29 PM
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A lot of people hate 55s because of their dimensions. They're long, deep, but very slim from front to back. I have one and it isn't that much of a problem, though I think I like 40 gallon breeders a lot more for their dimensions. Good luck and have fun!
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ahh that introduces another possiblity - the 40g breeder. It is shorter but wider, makes it easier to scape I would think.
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i hate my 55. the dimensions from front to back suck.
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I have had both 40 long or breeder would be a better choice
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I love the 40 breeders there is so much you can do with them. Plus you can get that really deep look to them.

Whats this green fuzzy stuff thats growing in my tank.
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If you want to enjoy both deep water and space for scaping, allow me to add to your frustration ... Try a 75 Gallon. it has the width (four feet) and water depth (20+ inches) along with space to scape (18 inches front to back)

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I started with a 55g and regretted it, if I could do it over again I'd go for the 40 or 40 breeder.

The 75g Wes suggested is also a good choice if you have the space.

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