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Your thoughts on a 40 gallon breeder?

Just looking into putting up a 40 gallon, and am wondering what you experts' opinions are on the wider 40 gallon breeder (36x18x16 I believe). I would not be setting it up to breed. It will have live plants and attempt to emulate an amazonian floodwater. I like the extra depth to the breeder tank, and the lower height -- overall it gives more of an impression of flooded land. The depth really helps with capturing that. The extra surface area it seems would be beneficial; but are there problems I might not be thinking of that someone else might?

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The depth of those tanks is very nice. However, they are just a bit too short for anything buy carpet and midground plants. If you like to have any tall plants, I'd recommend buying a 50gal tank. It has the same footprint as the 40 breeder, it's simply 25% taller.

Either way, that extra depth will make aquascaping much easier.

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I 2nd that.

It is really tough to find a tank with good depth and height in anything under the oceanic 58. I know AGA makes a 65 that is nice and then the 75 and 90. Oceanic also makes a 30 and 37 cube.....they are also have nice front to back room.

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I think 40 breeders can make stunning tanks. I had a blackwater setup with painted black back and it looked like it went on forever. I love shallow, very wide tanks; they allow great flexibility for landscaping as well.
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I agree with uniridna and Jason about the 50 breeder instead. I have one and love it! The extra height gives you a lot more flexibility.

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Thanks for the replies. I'll look into the 50 gallon and other options, too.

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or go with a 40g breeder, and just plant on pruning the background plants more than once a week.
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Yep, 40 breeder is still in the running because I like the flat, shallow look. That's an average bayou or cypress swamp depth around our place. It would make a perfect Mississippi delta biotope space.

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