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So I'm planning on setting up a tank sometime soon for Cherry Shrimp. I'm trying to have a decent sized tank... around 40 gallons or so. But I'm stuck on which tank to go with. here are the few I'm considering...

40 long - 48x12x16

40 breeder - 36x18x16

38/40 tall - 36x12x20

What do you guys think? I know popular opinion will probably most likely say the 40b tank though, but I did found a local company where I can get a brand new 40 long with the stand for 100 bucks... so I'm having a hard time deciding!

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A 48x18x16 and a 36x18x16 cannot both be 40 gallon tanks

In general if you want to plant you want the biggest footprint possible and height is less significant and in some instances can be a detriment
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Oh yeahh! Sorry about that! I meant 48x12x16

I would actually prefer a tank that is shorter though... Easier to work in!
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The 40 breeder is going to give you a lot more room to plan out a foreground, midground, and background. It will also be more forgiving of stocking larger fish, though that's not usually a concern here. The 40 gallon long will allow you to do more of a panorama style scape. The 38 tall would be good at being a headache (my opinion). Tall tanks are good for putting emphasis on top, middle, and bottom-dwelling species, but they're difficult to reach into, and you're going to need much stronger lighting to reach the bottom of the tank, which will make maintaining a carpet very difficult.

A lot of it depends on the style of tank that you prefer. In my opinion, a 40 breeder is good for Dutch style planted tanks with a large focus on variety, and the long tank will be better for a more Japanese style tank, such as the iwagumi scapes.
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go with the breeder, more surface area for them to run around on.
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I'd go for the 40 long over the 40b, love long shallow aspect tanks and they have the same floor area.

Think about how it will work in the room though. Is there room for the extra depth of the 40b or would you be almost bumping it all the time? Would a 4' or 3' tank look nicer on that wall? My first planted tank was 15" deep and that was too much for that spot, 12" would have been much better even though I hated the lack of planting depth.

What about plants? Would the less wide 40L work with the ones going in this tank or do you need 16" front to back to achieve your goal?

A 5' tank looked stumpy on my 10' wall, 8' was a bit big and 7' would likely be perfect but I settled for 6' with houseplants around it.


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Always go with a shorter and longer tank. If you need to light it, it makes things much easier. Not to mention easier to work in for decorating, planting, filtration (gas exchange), you name it.

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petco is suppose to be doing another $1 gal sale after christmas. id probably just go 40b but i do love the long shallow look. was at petsmart yesterday and liked the 50gal tank they had but was a little tall for me. if i had the space and guts i probably would of bought it taken it apart and trimmed some off the top to make it 12-16" tall.
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I won't be buying any tanks from Petco due to them in my region switching to crappy Tetra brand tanks.

If they still had Aqueon tanks, I would definitely buy a 40b. Maybe 2 lol
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oo ok just wanted to pass it around.

if thats the case you might be able to find some one custom make one.
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Idk about that.

I asked a LFS by me about special ordering an Aqueon branded 40b... Ridiculous amount of money. They wanted almost 200 just for the tank alone.
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