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What tank would you go with?

I am torn between 2 tanks. First I am only 5'11"

180 Perfecto which is 72x24x24 (corner overflows)

210 Aqueon which is 72.5x24.5x29.7 (overflows on each site, not in corner)

Which would you guys go with. I am thinking the 180, I really don't think I want to deal with tank that almost 30"
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I am 5'-11 also and my tank is not as high as yours and I need a step stool to insert my root tabs under substrate. Go with the bigger tank. always go Big.


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I am 5'-11 also and my tank is not as high as yours and I need a step stool to insert my root tabs under substrate. Go with the bigger tank. always go Big.

I think I have narrowed it down to the Perfecto, just not sure on the size. I avoided getting the 265 because I was worried about the height. I am thinking 220XH would just be trouble like the 265, and the best option would be the 180.
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I am 5'10" and have the 30" tall tank. The only area that is a real stretch is the center back. If you do not have a large hood then moving lights to reach the back corners is no problem.

The advantage of a taller tank with live plants is the awesome visual effect of vertical growth. You can grow swords, crinum, vals, longer crypts, even stem plants etc. to their full glory. Here I let some Taiwan lilies reach the top. In a shorter tank this look might feel a bit cramped.



If you do not want angels or discus or some other vertical looking fish, and you also do not want the height for plants, then shorter can work fine. So it depends on what you want in the tank. A bunch of rainbows with java fern or short crypts would look great in the shorter tank.

If you opt for taller, keep the stand so the rim is below your armpit (for quicker reaches) and get a stout step stool.

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I'd go with the 180. I'm also 5'11" and have a 90 gallon that's 36"x24"x24"h, and that's about as deep as I would want, have to run the muscle shirt even at 24", lol.
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I am 5'10" and have the 30" tall tank. The only area that is a real stretch is the center back. If you do not have a large hood then moving lights to reach the back corners is no problem.

The advantage of a taller tank with live plants is the awesome visual effect of vertical growth. You can grow swords, crinum, vals, longer crypts, even stem plants etc. to their full glory. Here I let some Taiwan lilies reach the top. In a shorter tank this look might feel a bit cramped.



If you do not want angels or discus or some other vertical looking fish, and you also do not want the height for plants, then shorter can work fine. So it depends on what you want in the tank. A bunch of rainbows with java fern or short crypts would look great in the shorter tank.

If you opt for taller, keep the stand so the rim is below your armpit (for quicker reaches) and get a stout step stool.

That tank looks really great. Is that perfecto tank? How tall is your stand?

Now I am taking a second guess at not getting the 265, but wife would not be happy about that as it 84x24x30

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It is a Marineland 220XH tank. Stand is 29", tall enough for large Eheim canisters underneath.

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Your tank making me think twice about the 220 over the 180. My stand going to be 34 inches. I really wanted the 265 they make but big jump in price 1800. LFS can get me the 220 for 1200 and the 180 for 775. Just worried about that 30 inches

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I am not going to try and talk you in to either choice. For me the inconvenience of not being able to reach the substrate in the center back is a small price for the larger viewing area. I do not think that PAR readings at your substrate, using a step stool, or any other imagined concern is really much of an issue. No matter how high your stand, a step stool will get you everywhere else you need to go. You will probably want long tools in either case.

If you want any pushing in any direction, tell us more about what kinds of fish and plants you want. That might help you figure this out.

Measure from the ground to your armpit. If your stand plus tank is higher, then you will need a step stool to do any serious maintenance. Not a killer to me since the stool is out whenever I am working the tank anyway.

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I am not going to try and talk you in to either choice. For me the inconvenience of not being able to reach the substrate in the center back is a small price for the larger viewing area. I do not think that PAR readings at your substrate, using a step stool, or any other imagined concern is really much of an issue. No matter how high your stand, a step stool will get you everywhere else you need to go. You will probably want long tools in either case.

If you want any pushing in any direction, tell us more about what kinds of fish and plants you want. That might help you figure this out.

Measure from the ground to your armpit. If your stand plus tank is higher, then you will need a step stool to do any serious maintenance. Not a killer to me since the stool is out whenever I am working the tank anyway.
Thanks for the info.
I think either way I will need the stool, be it with a 180 or 220. I could always have the stand built 2" less so 32", total of 62"

As for plants, I would like stuff in the back that kinda, plant and forget it. The front I would like a carpet, the rest of the tank, I really have not thought about it.
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