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Big tanks or small tanks, what do you prefer?

I was always all about larger sized tanks (I say larger I mean 40g and up) but lately I've been setting up some 20 longs and a bunch of 10g and I'm beginning to think I like them better. They're easier to light and filter, and you can fill them out a lot easier and cheaper than a larger tank with plants. I also just like the fact that they're sort of small microcosms. I'm scaling down my tanks to just one 55g and one 46g, the rest are 20g and under. I guess for some people bigger always isn't better.
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I wouldn't say I like either better. It depends what I want I want to do with it.

My currents are:
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I wouldn't say I like 20's better than the others but they are each the best for what I need them for.
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Smaller only for smaller water changes... larger for more plant and fish options... can't choose
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They all have their benefits and drawbacks. I have an 80, a 29 and a 10 and I like them all for diff reasons. Waterchanges are certainly easier on the small ones, but big ones are pretty cool. I have a 20l a 45l and a 200 that are sitting dry that I really want to setup once I get in my new place. That way I'll have a full compliment of sizes


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They all have their benefits and drawbacks. I have an 80, a 29 and a 10 and I like them all for diff reasons. Waterchanges are certainly easier on the small ones, but big ones are pretty cool. I have a 20l a 45l and a 200 that are sitting dry that I really want to setup once I get in my new place. That way I'll have a full compliment of sizes
what dimensions are your 200g? glass or plexiglass?

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I like them on the smaller-ish side... say, 40 gallons and under. that's more of medium sized I suppose. Not too big and not too small really.

I'm hoping soon to set up a 38 gallon tall, which is 36x12x20, for me the perfect size.
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I prefer larger tanks. I have a 15g shrimp tank that I'm probably going to break down and get rid of. I've also recently taken down a 30L that I'm probably going to get rid of. However I now have two 125g up and running. May even use an old 55g that's sitting in the garage as a sump since I can't find anyone online wanting to buy it.

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i think i prefer small. i have two 29g, two 2.5g, 2g jar, 8g cube and a 1.5g cube. the small ones are just so cute.
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large tanks, more plants, more fish, more variety, can be more creative with the scape.

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I'm downgrading and going back from my 20 high to 10.. I prefer the look..It's more cozy looking, cleaning is easier and less space to have to fill in with plants though finding plants that don't outgrow a 10 gallon tank is tricky.
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If I had the money and the space, a big tank would totally be what I would love/want.

For the sake of space though, small tanks do rock.
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