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Questions about buying a tank

We are looking into buying a 55 gallon tank that will be partially viewable from the backside as well as the front. AGA has a 55 gallon "overflow" tank available that you run the filter hoses through to hide equipment. Do these type of filter set ups work well? I am afraid that the little slots the water flows through will get clogged easily. Does anyone have one of these type of tanks, how well do they work and how do you like it?
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I have a 120 gallon with two overflows and those little slots dont get clogged! It works well for me, all my equipment is in the sump. Just check them once in a while and remove items such as loose leaves etc.
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Don't have any experience with it, but I've never seen the slots clogged on other people's tanks. If I were you and had enough money to get one, I'd do it without thought :-P
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Would you consider a 75G, Quincymom? The extra depth (front to back) really gives a lot of hardscaping and aquascaping flexibility.

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Would you consider a 75G, Quincymom? The extra depth (front to back) really gives a lot of hardscaping and aquascaping flexibility.

Mike
I second Mike on that. The limited depth of a 55 is very restrictive to a scape.

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3rd Mike... 75's are so much nicer than 55s
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Yes, actually my husband is now thinking to just buy a tank in the 70 gallon range. The planted tank is mine I am hoping I am not too short to plant it!!
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HAHAHAHA ya i know your concern with the height factor. I have a 100gal and i need to stand on a chair to clean the tank. If they have a display of the tank in the store with a stand then try standing next to it and see how far you can stick your hand in the tank without using a step for you to stand on.
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Yes, my husband has a 90 gallon reef, even while standing on a stepladder I can't reach the back bottom of the tank. I have this vision of toppling in head first...
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And thats where the benefits of a big stick to move things around comes in to play
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75G! Good move! Once you start working in the 75G you are going to wonder how you would have gotten by in the 55G. They are narrow. Hats off to the folks who can aquascape them! That is a talent I don't have!

The height can be an issue for anyone. I almost always use a small step stool when I am working on the aquarium.

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I always build my stands around 24 inches high so that I can reach in my tanks without needing a chair. I still need a little step stool for the 24 inch high tanks but it is much more managable that way.
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