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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for tank in 5-30 gallon range???

I'm looking for a recommendation of a cool looking tank that is not too expensive for simple plants and some fish? I'm open to size and interested in anything from the 5-30 gallon?

I like the Fluval Edge, Eco Pico, and rimless tanks?
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I have a Fluval Edge, and I really like the look of the tank. BUT, make sure you choose low-maintenance plants because it is extremely difficult to get your hands in the small top opening and trim your plants without disturbing or uprooting things. Why not just go with a simple 10g tank? You can get one for $10 at one of the big box pet stores and you can do a whole lot with one. There are a ton of examples on this forum of great 10g tanks, just check the profiles and journals. Good luck with your new tank!

I even have duckweed in my water bong!
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Here is my 10 gallon tank. This picture was taken about a month ago: This is how the tank looks today (ignore the mesh bag, I'm getting some bacteria to grow there to help seed a new tank) , but it gives an idea of the growth. I just used regular aquarium gravel for my substrate, filter is a penguin 100 hob filter and lighting comes from 2 clip on desk lamps with 13 watt 'daylight' bulbs in them. I dose ferts about once a week if I remember. The tank has been VERY low maintenance, I've trimmed a couple of the taller plants once in the last month. If you want to stay cheap and easy this is definitely one way to go. You should be able to get the tank for $10-$15, I bought the lights for $4 each at a local grocery store, and got a 6 pack of bulbs for $9. My point in this post is you can spend as much or as little money as you want and still have some nice results, and certainly won't be dissapointed if you choose to go the route that I did.
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I'm a big fan of the 20g long. As long as you're not interested in tall stem plants (or don't mind them growing out of the tank), and you can be creative with the flow (you'll probably need at least one powerhead), it's a big bang for your buck. $32 at PetSmart. And you can de-rim it if you'd like.
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I like the 29g. Plenty of height, volume and floor space. Its hard to get a tank this small with enough front to back depth to fit a good scape into. It can be done and I think a 29 supports this best.

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5-30 gallon range is a really big range. If you're looking for the smaller tanks, the Mr. Aqua 12-gallon long looks like a nice unique tank size:
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