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pros and cons: 55gal or 29gal

So,

I am literally staring at 2 similar setups and don't know which to keep, and which to sell.

I have a 29 gallon tank and hood sitting on a petco brooklyn stand, and I also have a 55 gallon tank sitting on a petco brooklyn stand. Both are brand new and have only been fill tested. I have waited too long noodling and can't return to the store.

both were bought impulsively at the petco 1$ per gallon sale. Regardless of which one I keep, either will be drilled with a 20high sump. Low tech, low light. I am interested in possibly angelfish and dwarf chiclids.

I am a renter, and will be moving in 2 years. I have changed setups every 1-2 years since starting this hobby. I can *just* fit the 55 along a load bearing wall without crowding the wall ac at my current place. I have never had trouble finding a place for a 30-36" tank in the places I've lived thus far.

what would you do? Pros and cons?
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Currently I have a 29g setup that originally was to be a temporary home when my 55g lost its seal. I repaired the 55g but never took the 29g down to but the 55g back into action. That was 2 years ago. I would have preferred the 55g but didn't feel like swapping.

Normally I would advise for the 55 all the way but I can't in your case. You mentioned doing a sump, drilling and that you got the 55 from the $1 sale. The choice here is simple. Keep the 29g if you plan on drilling. The 55g is tempered glass all the way around. I believe its standard now for this size tank. The 55g I mentioned earlier had a tempered glass tag only on the bottom so I didn't think much else of it. Well I broke down that same 55g that I repaired for scrap and it turned out that all sides were tempered. Ask me how I know. Lets just say it took 20 minutes to clean up the mess. There are test however that you can use to determine if the glass is tempered or not. One is to have a pair of polarized 3d glasses to check for the checker board pattern.

If you have the space, I'd actually keep them both. One thing you could do without drilling is a diy overflow and use the 29g as your sump. I did this on my 29g with a 10g to experiment and it actually worked well just using my 2213 canister. I don't advise using a canister as the return pump full time though. Purchase a real pump. The last thing you can do is just set both tanks up with canisters or hob filters.

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I kept angles in a 29 some years ago. As juniviles they loved it, as adults they were cramped and barely had enough room to show off their fins. IMHO Angles would be happier in the 55 than they would be in a 29.

The dwarf chiclids as well would appriciate having more room.

If your going to go planted the 55 would have more planting area.

Why not store the one you don't use?

Just my .02
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Keep both? Storage in LA?

You two are terrible enablers...I was hoping to get some insight. Probably about as effective as a recovering alcoholic looking for advice from a bar full of drunks.
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Throw a piece of fabric over the 55 gal and use it for coffee table while running the 29 gal.(just kiddin).
This from a bachelor that uses wooden cable spools for end tables.
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Keep both? Storage in LA?

You two are terrible enablers...I was hoping to get some insight. Probably about as effective as a recovering alcoholic looking for advice from a bar full of drunks.
As I WELL know alcoholism is more destructive than fish tanks, believe me. I've been in AA for 10 years now, I'm about 4 &1/2 years sober right now was almost 6 years sober before my 4 month relapse, AND I work in a drug and alcohol recovery center. There's way more destructive things you could do with your life.... So long as you don't call into work because your fish died.... Then you might have a problem
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I did not mean any offense by my comment. The analogy was meant to make light of the situation.
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15 yrs of serenity for me.
Gave up on AA bout 11 yrs ago due in large part to all the thirteen steppers.
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I did not mean any offense by my comment. The analogy was meant to make light of the situation.
No offense taken. I was still trying to enable your MTS

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15 yrs of serenity for me.
Gave up on AA bout 11 yrs ago due in large part to all the thirteen steppers.

I haven't given up on AA in general, just AA in this town. None of the "old timers" have anything I want. They have NEVER moved beyond recovering to recovered They sit around and complain that the guys from the center come to the meeting and drink all their coffee and take their 30, 60, 90 day chips Silly me I thought it was about helping the new comer... I get more from my job (I work in a recovery center) than I do from these local meetings. I go to meetings when I go to the big city and visit my folks.

As for the thirteenth steppers I just keep them at arms length. Besides when you smash them about their behavior they tend to shy away from you
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Was the old timers opinions and sharing that carried the most weight for me.
Newcomers just wanted their court ordered papers signed sayin they was there and seldom stayed for the meetings.
Miss the strong coffee and genuine expression's shared by the few genuine folks that came rain or shine.
Sure some folks were drunk as [censored][censored][censored][censored]house rat's when they arrived at the meetings,other's were as mentioned there under court order's ,but I'd still float my stick with the oldtimer's any day for it was them who would nod in the affirmative when I began to share with them all that I had lost (job's,2 wives,several autos).
Hang in there,it get's easier.
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Set them both up. You NEED both tanks. You WANT both tanks. There is no such thing as MTS and everyone here knows that.
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Was the old timers opinions and sharing that carried the most weight for me.
Newcomers just wanted their court ordered papers signed sayin they was there and seldom stayed for the meetings.
Miss the strong coffee and genuine expression's shared by the few genuine folks that came rain or shine.
Sure some folks were drunk as [censored][censored][censored][censored]house rat's when they arrived at the meetings,other's were as mentioned there under court order's ,but I'd still float my stick with the oldtimer's any day for it was them who would nod in the affirmative when I began to share with them all that I had lost (job's,2 wives,several autos).
Hang in there,it get's easier.
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Straight from the book. I know AA from the big city and it's completely different from the small town I'm in. Like I said I've been around for 10 years now. The OTs here have nothing I want except longevity, but if that's what I'm going to be like with 20,30+ I'll go start drinking again. These guys here are miserable. I'll keep my happy, joyous and free thanks


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Set them both up. You NEED both tanks. You WANT both tanks. There is no such thing as MTS and everyone here knows that.
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I'm sorry, but you are all horrible people...

got me rearranging furniture on a monday night trying to figure out if it will "all work"...

Geeez, don't you know I gotta go to work tomorrow?
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Thank you for the compliment.
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