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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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40breeder or 55g

Had a question for you fellow planted tank nerds... Which is a better size for you to work with personally, a 40 gallon breeder, or a 55 gallon long?

I'm trying to decide if I'd like to upgrade my 40, but not sure if it's really worth it as they're both nice sized tanks.
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I'd just go for a 65... Same footprint...


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I would get the 40B, or better yet a 50 breeder.
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i personally like the dimensions of the 50. same footprint as the 40 breeder but 5 " taller. My only gripe on the 40 is the low height...


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I already currently have the 40 breeder... And the reason why I might be going with a 55 is because the stand is on sale right now for 50 bucks.
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Have both....I have both a 55g and 40B...best of both worlds...:-)
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I really only have room for one
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The stand is the last thing I would base my decision on for a new tank.

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Well, not me. If there's a tank that works to my benefit of size, and the only stand available for it is 200+ dollars, sorry, that's a bit out of my budget lol
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I love the depth of my 40b and love the length of my 55g....which are you wanting most? Do you have aqua-scaping plans? That may help you decide.
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you will definitely enjoy having that width of the 40 breeder just as many have said before me. The 55 is just so narrow compared to the breeder and to get the most out of a planted tank you will definitely prefer the 40 in the long run.

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I have a 55g and a 40b. I would recommend the 40b for sure. Better surface area, better lighting for the plants because of the depth, and fish will appreciate the surface area more than depth.
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i have a 55g and a 40b. I would recommend the 40b for sure. Better surface area, better lighting for the plants because of the depth, and fish will appreciate the surface area more than depth.
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40b is the way to go in my opinion. I was in a similar last year but I'm happy I went with the 40g breeder. Perhaps right after Christmas you will find good deals for a stand for the 40b.


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I built a 2x4 stand for my 40b and I am not a builder in the slightest. It was easy, cheap, and even looks decent just painted black. Don't base your tank purchase on the stand. Decide on a plan for the tank and go from there. 55 sounds big but the 40b footprint gives some real depth to work with and looks awesome when plants fill in.

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