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New tank for birthday, is the size ok?

My wife was sick of me looking at tanks and never buying one so for my birthday today I got a tank. It is a 48x12x18, 50 gallon. I am concerned that this will be a difficult size to aquascape, due to its shallow depth. I can return it and get a different size if I want. I had been thinking about a 36x18x18, 50 gallon. Which of these, or another similar size, would be easier to aquascape and set up as a planted tank. This will be my first tank, so I am looking to remove at least that aspect of the difficulty.
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You can scape them fine they just lack the depth perspective. Personally I would go for either a 40 breeder or a 75 gal my self. The 36x18x18 also seems like a good choice.
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Another vote for the 36x18x18. Quite similar to the 40 breeder, which I LOVE, in dimensions.
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heck, be lucky you got any tank at all! .... but a 12" depth isn't so bad. takes some major sloping to create depth though.
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I have limited space in my apartment so I am really leaning toward the 36x18x18. Anything longer really eats up space. The extra few inches in depth however is inconsequetial. The 36" still allows me to use T5HO lighting also.
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I had fun with a 50 gal tank for a while. The only thing I did not like was the 12" depth. I skipped the foreground all together and concentrated on mid and background plants. I scaped mine several different ways over the course of 18 months, but the itch for a complete scape with front, mid and back finally over took me and I bought a 75 gal tank.
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If you can sacrifice the space, go with the 75g. You'll be glad you did. Even for non planted tanks, if people are looking at 55g I try to talk them into the 75.
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At this time, lighting a 48 inch tank is as cheap or cheaper than the 36 inch tank. This based on a catalina 4 bulb t5 fixture. Try to go with the 75 gallon (48x18x18) if you can.

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It is a 48x12x18, 50 gallon.

I had been thinking about a 36x18x18, 50 gallon.
I believe the 48" tank you listed is actually a 45g

Personally I would tend to agree with others, the difference in price between a 50G breeder(36") and the 75G(48") tank can be made up in the lighting as the Cataline fixture is a great deal. Either one is a nice tank, more so then the 12"deep tank.

I have a 55g(48x12.5x21), I like it, but it was free(tank/stand) and I'm cheap so I have a modded shoplight setup on it, If I were to buy one I would get a 75G hands down for the reasons mentioned and I would get that Catalina fixture.
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Another nice tank~58 Oceanic.
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I believe the 48" tank you listed is actually a 45g
You are right, I measured the interior dimensions and calculated that the tank will hold a maximum of 41 gal.


I may head to the store and see what they have and what the price differences are. I have to consider not only the tank but everything else. I expect I will need a larger filter than planned and it will need more substrate, plants and hardscape to fill it. The hardscape should not be an issue as I plan on collecting the rocks and possibly driftwood locally.

I was going to use an Eheim 2217 filter, would that still work with a 75gal or would I need something different.
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I had fun with a 50 gal tank for a while. The only thing I did not like was the 12" depth. I skipped the foreground all together and concentrated on mid and background plants. I scaped mine several different ways over the course of 18 months, but the itch for a complete scape with front, mid and back finally over took me and I bought a 75 gal tank.
If I stick with the one I have I will start with the foreground on one end and work to the background on the other end. I am imagining a kind of progression from desert on one end to forest in the middle to rain forest on the other end highlighting the different ecosystems on the planet.
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You are right, I measured the interior dimensions and calculated that the tank will hold a maximum of 41 gal.
Tanks are rated on displacement not volume they hold. % actual volume they hold goes down as tanks get larger because of increased glass thickness.
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Tanks are rated on displacement not volume they hold. % actual volume they hold goes down as tanks get larger because of increased glass thickness.
Interesting, that does put it at 50 gallons.
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