Tank Decision 60 vs 75
I had a 60 gallon planted tank about 12 years ago, but haven't had one in about 8 years. I want to do it again.
I have a deal on a 75g setup for $275 and a 60g(48x18x24) for $180. Tanks include stand glass tops and basic lighting. I will be using the Current USA Sattellite Pro 48" in addition to what came with the tank.
I'm weighting the height vs depth issue. Cost isn't the concern. I'd love to know your thoughts.
I liked the height of the 60, as it let my plants grow tall, they were low light, including swords and various stems. I kept Rainbowfish and Clown Loaches and male Congo Tetras, and while people say the top part is dead, I had a lot of activity all over the tank.
The 75 gives me more for aquascaping but I find the extra height of the 60 is more generally appealing to the casual viewer. I feel it's more visually stunning. There is no question that the 75 is better for the fish and a better Par level, but my goal with this tank is more visual appeal as it will be the centerpiece of my living room. However, I think the 75 has more overall upside to advanced aquascaping vs a bunch of tall stem plants an swords.
I love the look of a higher tank and taller plants, but is that offset by the depth of aquascaping and better light levels for moderate light plants.
I'm also struggling with substrate. I'm not sure if I want to do Eco Complete alone or mix it with a gravel 50/50 like I did last time. I'm also trying to decide if I want to paint the back black or a very dark blue.