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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-15-2014, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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suggestions for what tank to use and why

ok so I have a 5.5 gallon fully planted tank, and im planing on upgrading it to
one of my twenty gallon tanks,
the question is which one to use. one is longer the other is taller,
this is an unfiltered and open toped aquarium, Basically just the tank, water, plants, and fish. supprisingly waterchanges are not as bad as one would think, only a gallon a week keeps it fine,
not sure what plants i have in there besides the mountain of java fern, a bit of java moss, water wisteria, Brazilian pennywort and duckweed/salivina minima. only living things are three pea puffers, and they do get along extremely well.

not exactly sure how to aqua scape it either, could do like a small island, or like the edge of a river, or whatever else comes to mind, not sure if i want an area above water or not either, any suggestions are welcome

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I'm still struggling to make my tanks look nice. My scaping skills are still rubbish lol, so I can't help there. Mostly I just buy plants I think are pretty or I think my fish will like the best and stick them a tank...I'm working on that lol. But if you've got pea puffers then I would suggest you get the long tank. They don't really need the height like, say, an angelfish would. I LOVE puffers I've had some pea puffers before and even though they can get along well sometimes, they're still territorial fish by nature. Having their own territory will actually make them more peaceful because they won't feel threatened, so the more space you can give them, the better
A 20 gallon long worked very well for my pea puffers.

About using the space above the tank, like I said I'm not great at matching my plants myself yet, but I look at pictures a lot and think the open top tanks with plants growing out of them look SO cool!

Edit: Gah! Brazillian Pennywort! How come everyone can get that stuff to grow but me??!! lol love the leaves on that plant and yours look nice
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If it was me I would go for the long one. It has more bottom space for plants. It will also take less light. I really love the 40 breeder for it foot print and height. Very similar to 20 long.
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The 20 long has more of a footprint for plants, but the tall has more room for higher growing plants (pennywort, etc). Depends on how often you want to trim your plants. Though if you're not doing co2 you'll probably be fine with the long and not have to trim too often.

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