I've been starting to look at larger tanks. My BF really wants another reef tank for himself. Though I think it would be fun now that I think I've finally gotten the hang of it, to make a larger planted tank.
I've been mostly looking at glasscages tanks, I've always had AGA tanks (now Aqueon), but their prices are good, and I've heard good things about their tanks.
I much prefer a 4 foot long tank versus a 6 foot tank, so I've been looking at their "wide versions". I have space for depth, but not so much for extra length. I probably won't get another tank for another year or two until I get a job in place, but I want to start learning about what it takes to jump to a larger tank. In particular, if I went with a bigger tank, I'd want to go with a sump. I think for the price of a proper sized filter, I could make a sump, and a sump would be way more beneficial for the tank, especially since it would add more water to the system.
I really like their 95 gallon - 4 Wide 48 x 24 x 17 Tall, and their 120 Gal. 48 x 24 x 25 Tall. Their 125 wide 48 x 36 x 17 tall, would be a blast to play with, but it's a steep price jump, and it would probably be really difficult to maintain with all the depth, despite the short height.
If you had a choice, what would you go with?
I'd probably go with a predrilled tank, cause drilling glass scares me, but what would developing an overflow and sump setup entail?
Is it worth going for a sump setup? What are the pros and cons vs a sump or a canister filter setup? Whats the most cost effective?
Lastly does anyone have any advice regarding going for a larger tank?
Their is a really nice acrylic 100 gal tank with a full wet/dry setup on the rear of the tank, full T5 lighting system (set up for corals, would change the bulbs), stand and canopy, but the acrylic needs to be buffed and I've never dealt with acrylic. Is it easier dealing with an acrylic tank? I've only ever dealt with glass, and prefer it for the most part look wise, but are their noticeable advantages?
I want to research all of this first before going ahead with starting to buy materials.
Also would it be possible to use the 40 gallon long I have as the sump tank? Would it be too difficult to build a stand to accommodate two 4 foot long tanks?
Thanks in advance