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Looking for the right tank

I'm trying to plan out a larger tank that I can hopefully start setting up by the end of this year.

The problem is finding the right size tank for what i want to do.
I would like the tank to be 4 feet, mostly because i can make my own canopy this way. I would like to keep it below 65 gallons. Would a standard 55 gallon be too narrow, depth wise, to do much background to foreground planting.

Other factors are: filtration, co2 system, heater, lighting (diy im thinking), substrate


Any suggestions for tanks?
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At 4' And below 65g then a 55 is your best bet.

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I don't mind a 75 gallon, but i would rather keep it @ or below 65. I'd rather have a deeper tank to mess with then too narrow.
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%%s can be kind of narrow and hard to get to look right as far as foreground plants up to tall stems whereas a 75 will give you extra room for this. A 65g is also a nice footprint and can save you $$ on lighting at 36" rather than 48". you can light them pretty well with 30" lights.

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Sorry %%s is supposed to be 55s

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thanks chad. The reason why i would like it to be 4ft. is because i want to have a fully canopy and i believe I'm going to do DIY lighting.
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You can light, filter and heat a 55g for the same $$ as a 75g. Id go for the 75g. It costs a few $$ more and takes a little more substrate but is well worth it in the long run.

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Agreed. 55's fill up fast. It might be an overwhelming canvas to begin with, but soon, and quick, they become tiny.

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I've noticed that with my tank now. Everything has really filled in the past 2 months (since i got pressurized co2).

I think this tank is going to be my christmas present from the parents this year

I'm thinking of doing a DIY stand and canopy. I'm pretty handy, and my dad has everything i could possibly need for a build.
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I started out just like you 20 years ago. Ive built alot of stands through time and if you click my link you can see what happens when you live and learn. I built the stand and hood in the link(with my dads tools still).

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go with the 75. i kinda hate my 55g just because of the footprint.
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tim, that's like 5 of my questions that you have answered. I honestly don't like the 55's either. Seems to me that it's too dang skinny to have much of a planted tank. And IMO they look like they are very top heavy. The 75G has both length depth and height that I'm looking for.

Chad, do you have any pictures/diagrams of the internal structure to your stand/canopy. I'm trying to figure out a way to hold the roughly 800lbs a 75 gallon tank would hold. I've designed some stuff in the past for smaller aquariums. If and when i get the tank, I think I'm going to make a base frame of 2X4s. then double up on all 4 corners. Then in the middle have 2 more doubled 2X4's (essentially a 4X4) to support the middle, both in front and back. It's kind of confusing, but I'll draw it out and put the pictures up eventually...
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My cameras batteries are dead after tonights fun event but I iwll try to get you some better pics soon. A 2x4 frame wrapped in plywood is a good place to start. If you search some DIY stands on here you might come across something you can use.

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That'd be awesome I'm in no hurries. Just now decided on what size tank I'm going to use. I'd just like to have an idea of how the stand should be built to hold 800lbs of water and tank securely and level. I believe that I'm going to paint the stand a glossy black, so I'll get a sanded 1/4" plywood.
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