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Good tank size for learning

I'm going to buy a tank at Petco's $ sale for my granddaughter to raise some show guppies and learn about planted tanks.

She wrote specific rules starting with "Papa can't touch 'anything' except when Julia asks"....and then she even made me sign a paper........

The inhumanity of it....

I started looking at 40's but that's a big tank for a kid and I got to thinking that a 20 long would be pretty because it's narrow and not that deep

Any suggestions since I'm new to plants also, is 12" a good depth because a 29 is the same size except 18" deep

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I think the 20L is a winner for her. Easy to reach into/lots of floor space and plenty of room for the Guppies to swim in. If you do a single strip T8 it will grow provided you get a good 6500K bulb. Loew's sells a "Daylight" 6500K for $10 and Zoo Med has an Ultra sun 6700K which is $10 on Drs Foster & Smith.

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The smaller the tank the harder it is to maintain. Anything under 10 will be pretty time consuming. 20 and up will be easier, and less maintenance.

20L is a great tank. I have a 20L with about 20 neon tetras, and heavily planted. The neons school together and it looks great in a long tank.
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I agree me too 20L is a good size for beginning.

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+one for 20 gal long.
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+1 on the 20 gal long. what a lucky little girl and the future of our hobby!
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I say 20 gallon long, too.
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+1 for 20, that was my first tank as a kid.
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Thanks everybody, twenty long it is :-)
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+1 20 long, Its what I am getting! Its easier to reach into ( I am short..err Vertically challenged!), easier to light (lower profile), and if you make a mistake (who me? Never! *blushes*) its easier to fix. Plus if you light it right, its easier to do Foreground/DHG etc.


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