Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Garden City, KS
Need suggestions on what to do with 45 Tall
Okay, so I've had this tank in my garage for over a year now, and due to unforeseen circumstances, I've been unable to do anything with it before now. At any rate, I am moving into a new house in 3 short weeks, and once I move in, my brother will help me build a stand and canopy for it so I can finally turn it into something!
It's a 45g tall. That means it's 3ft by 1ft footprint, and something like 25" tall. So it's rather long and skinny, and tall (kinda like me!). Due to obvious reasons, regarding the footprint, this is not the easiest tank in the world to aquascape. So I am appealing to all of my brethren and sistren here at the Planted Tank...
...What should I do with this tank? I was thinking about making it an angel tank, but once they got big enough I would only be able to have a pair in there, so that might not be the best choice. I was thinking of also trying to make it a 2-sided tank, since the floorplan at my new place has the dining room and living room running right into each other, so I was thinking I could set the tank up as a "partition" of sorts. But the tank is so skinny I don't know how feasible that is, creating depth from both sides. If I put it up against the wall, though, and do a typical front-view-only type of scape, I would probably have more options.
I don't know, can anyone offer me any suggestions, advice, photos, anecdotes, etc., about similar sized tanks you or your friend(s) have owned or setup?
I just don't know what to do with this tank, and I have to admit, I like the idea of having a tall tank! It just sucks that it's so skinny. I was probably going to just go with a pair of those infamous Coralife 2x18 t5 fixtures. That would be 72w, on a tall tank, so hopefully I could do this low-tech like, with no CO2.
Thanks in advance. I really need some help here!