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40 gallon long tanks

Anyone on here have one of these tanks? Recently found a seller on craigslist that has a really great deal. 40 long with the stand for 60 bucks that's in really good shape.

Would it be worth investing in? It has interesting dimensions... 48x12x16? Seems like an odd shape for a tank, but the 16 inch height might be nice. I've found that tanks of that height are really easy to get your hands down in there.

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Totally up to you. If it's a good deal I would go for it. It should be easy to light a tank that size.

That tank is sort of right in between a 55 gallon (21 inches tall) and a 33 breeder (12 inches tall). I personally think the standard size tanks, like the 55 gallon, are usually too tall and too narrow to scape well. So I kind of like shorter deeper tanks.


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I have a 40 long and love it. IMO the height is perfect for a planted tank. It's easier to light and work in than a 55 gallon tank.
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I have a 40 long and love it. IMO the height is perfect for a planted tank. It's easier to light and work in than a 55 gallon tank.
Using a T5HO that's 48 inches... on a tank like that... usually being I think like 54 watts per bulb.. Wouldn't that be a lot of light?
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I have two 48" T5HO (54 Watts a piece), on my 40 gal long. It IS a LOT of light for the tank, aka I have CO2 going at an uncountable bubble rate. But I love the tank. Its not the best for scaping versus a 40 breeder, but lots of length for fish to zoom about, not annoyingly tall like a 55 (I'm short, have a 55 but rat tank not fish tank, and I hate cleaning it.). I really do love it though. Great length, decent amount of depth in relation to the height. It's my favorite tank.
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I used to have a 40 long, and wish I never sold it... I loved everything about it, was perfect for a planted shrimp tank!!!!

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I'm sorry but I hate tanks that size. For me it's the 12" width. Sound very similar to the 55 gallon there just to narrow. If you got the money a 75 gallon or the 40 breeder or better choice.
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Using a T5HO that's 48 inches... on a tank like that... usually being I think like 54 watts per bulb.. Wouldn't that be a lot of light?

It would be, but I don't have a T5HO light over it. Just a standard workshop light with T8 bulbs and low light plants. It's easy to maintain.

With respect to the width, a 40 breeder or 75 gallon is better but you'll probably pay more. The 75 will also require stronger lighting due to the increased height (versus a 40 long or 40 breeder).

Let us know what you get.
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Still tempted by this... the guy offered me 40 dollars on craigslist for it, the stand and the tank. And it's brand new. never been used.
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Still tempted by this... the guy offered me 40 dollars on craigslist for it, the stand and the tank. And it's brand new. never been used.
How could you go wrong. That's a great price!!
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Definitely! I think I'm gonna take the seller up on it. If I needed to, my 75 stand could fit this also on the bottom. Because both tanks are 48 inches, it'd have support on all corners would this be alright?
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