55 vs 75 gallons - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-21-2011, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
zenche's Avatar
 
PTrader: (13/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 898
55 vs 75 gallons

with petco's $/gallon sale...the 55 looks pretty tempting from a cost perspective.

but the overall dimensions of the 75 seem so much more....proportional from a scaping perspective, but obviously costs more than 1/gallon.

even considered a couple 90 gallons i've seen in ads...but am a little intimidated by their size :P

I can't deal with anything longer than 48" in the space I have to potentially put another tank in. Gonna fill this next tank with 4-6 large angelfish and maybe a small school of something.

Anything opinions about which size?


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


RIP TANKS

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
"
zenche is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 12:00 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Eldachleich's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Aliso Viejo, California
Posts: 1,702
Whats the proportion of the 75 gallon?
I'm debating between a 56 gallon a 60 gallon and a 65 gallon... I have no idea what to do... Lol.. Ones longer, but both the other ones are wider.. which is appealing... For scaping... lol...
Eldachleich is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
zenche's Avatar
 
PTrader: (13/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 898
75 is usually 48"L x 18"W x 20"H

I have a 56G tall right now. the 24" H is kind of a pita to plant, but not SOOOO bad. I do wish my tank was wider though...kinda feels cramped if I don't trim my plants.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


RIP TANKS

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
"
zenche is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 12:18 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Outside Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 1,845
Well, the 55 is a bargain price, but the other tanks are 18 inches wide and the aquascape will be a lot better.

I usually consider the tank to be comparatively low in price, compared to what you'll spend on everything else. My choice would be the larger and wider tanks.
DaveK is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 12:48 AM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Bradenton, FL
Posts: 45
I think the 75g is pretty much the perfect tank for most people. The only thing I like better is the 4ft x 2ft 120g. The extra width makes such a huge difference.
devlyyn is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 12:55 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
VeeSe's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 1,423
Send a message via AIM to VeeSe Send a message via MSN to VeeSe
Go 75G if you have the budget. The extra 6 inches is really nice. I have a 55G because I'm scared to put 75G on the 2nd floor due to weight, and I wish I had an extra 6 inches to work with. I will say that the 55G will be just fine though for a basic scape. You can work through the narrow width decently if you plan for it.

-VeeSe

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
VeeSe is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 04:16 AM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Omaha, Ne
Posts: 27
I personally had to make this choice on the last sale they had, between a 75 and a 55 gallon, I went with a 75 gallon and Im very happy I did. My Co2 regulator cost more then the tank its self, So in the long run go bigger, you will just wish you would of spent the extra 50-100$ on the larger tank because except for the substrate you need nearly they same equipment for the 55 as the 75
CleverBs is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 04:40 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
NJAquaBarren's Avatar
 
PTrader: (10/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,489
What CleverBs said. On the overall scheme of things and expense, the extra $20 for the 75 is trivial. Get it, you'll enjoy it more and therefore get more for your "total" money.

Get the 75.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Eheim Pimp Club member #414, 2076 Pro 3e
Fluval G6
NJAquaBarren is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 04:57 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (19/95%)
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Peshtigo, WI
Posts: 715
Quote:
Originally Posted by NJAquaBarren View Post
Get the 75.
+1
xxbenjamminxx is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 06:14 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
audioaficionado's Avatar
 
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Medford, Orygun
Posts: 2,220
Get the 75. I have a 45H and while the 24" height is nice for watching fish swim around, I'd trade it for a 40B in an instant. I'm seriously considering getting a 75 soon if I can't swing the expense of a 60x24x24 150gal.

The length:height aspect ratio of 2.5:1 looks very nice proportionally.

The 20L, 40B, 75, 150 all have that nice ratio IMO.

Steve


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Never argue with a fool. Onlookers often can't tell the difference.
Growing older is mandatory, growing up is optional.
My advice is free and worth every penny.
audioaficionado is offline  
post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
zenche's Avatar
 
PTrader: (13/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 898
yea, gonna go with a 75. though i can't find any 75's for just $25 more than a 55G

worked something out via craigslist...a 75g + stand + an eheim + heater for $200 delivered. ...the delivery is key since i don't have a car that would fit anything bigger than just a 55g much less a stand.

attached will be delivered wednesday
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	photo 1.JPG
Views:	66
Size:	108.5 KB
ID:	36474  



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


RIP TANKS

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
"
zenche is offline  
post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 07:59 PM
Algae Grower
 
Pooch's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 65
The 18"-24" width is very nice. I would not consider the std 55, unless a tight budget is your reality. If it is that tight, I'd say stay away from fish/plant keeping in general until you can pour money into the hobby...

You mention keeping a nice school of Angel's... I'd really look at the 90. The extra height is nice.... I'd also keep an eye on Craig's List in your area. Likely there are many opportunities to cash in on someone's escape strategy. Also this is a "greener" approach in that it recycles and keeps the money "in the family."

As far as weight concerns go, Most floor joists will easily support the weight of a tank/water/gear up to about 120 gallons... Past that the pounds per square inch gets into the red zone. If you would not hesitate to have four of your fattest friends stand in a 3x4 foot area, then you should not worry about a tank.

*edit* Just read your latest post. Glad to hear your going with C-list. Congrats!
Pooch is offline  
post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
zenche's Avatar
 
PTrader: (13/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 898
thanks!

I had a potential 90G in the works, but the stand the guy has with it was too large for my space (who puts a 48"L tank on a 68"L stand?)...and w/o the stand he was asking for $500 still....not worth it when I can get a 75 with stand delivered for less than half that. I'm too impatient to wait for another 90G to come along on craigslist


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


RIP TANKS

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
"
zenche is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome