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Tank width

So I was checking widths of tanks lately. It seems as if the 40 breeder at 18" is the most until you get to a 120 gallon. My Idea of a nice planted tank might be 36 length 24 width and 18 high.

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What is your Ideal tank size?
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Hello scape...

The ideal tank is likely a standard 55 gallon. 48 inches long, 21 high and 12 wide. This size is easy to light with shop lights from the hardware store and short enough for you to reach in it to work. Larger tanks will also give you the best chance for success in this hobby.

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A company called glasscages will build custom sizes.(within reason)
But they get a little pricy.
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I don't find there is any ideal size for me as it depends on what I want with that particular thank. I find 75 is nice for many fish but I also like my 125 and I have just started a 10 gallon for ease of control and working without a lot of hassle. Sometimes I like a stick that would be lost in 125 but other times I find a stick that would never fit a ten? Same goes with fish and plants. Some need big space, some need small.
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I like wide. A 55 is just not wide enough for me. 75 are just 55s with more width. I like that.
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I never liked tanks less than 18" wide. Hard to scape them.

I am always amazed at the variety of tanks on Craigslist. You can find a lot of odd sized tanks there if you shuffle through the ads.

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I like 40 gallon tanks. All of them. I know on here the most popular is the 40b, but I generally think the 40 gallon capacity tanks are ideal for me unless I wanna do much bigger fish which I generally don't. I was looking at purchasing a 40 tall (or 37) recently, which s 30x12x22 or somewhere around there, and it was just bit weird looking for me.
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I hate my 40 tall, so much wasted space. I really want to try and get a 30g with the same footprint so I can keep my eclipse hood with filter and 2x t8.


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Once I went from my 135(18") to my 180(24") I just think even deeper would be cooler.
The 3x3 cube?Ya baby!
A 6x3,liking this as next(already got [email protected] 48x24{120g}) and love them!
Nothing less then 24" anymore for me unless it is a breeder(under 100g).

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I'm a big fan of 75s. The extra width gives me more layering options with my plants and allows me more room for more fish.
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I hate my 40 tall, so much wasted space.
I could be wrong, but it also seems like the variations depend on the brand. I've seen all different sizes, 30x20, 30x22 and also 30x24.

One strange tank I've seen before is a tank that Marineland makes. I think it's 30x18x16. Never seen a tank size made by anyone else like that before. I think it's a 34 gallon.

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In relation to height/width/depth...20L, 40B, 75g, and 125g. Each has a ratio that gives great perspective and ease of reach. Tall tanks are harder to reach into, skinny tanks lack perception of depth. I prefer the 75g and 125g, not into smaller tanks. Not to say I don't have any, as they do have some use as specialty tanks. A 29g works well for breeding angels, 10g is a great betta tank. A 55g is great for stem plant propagation as it's easy to light, also makes a good guppy breeder at the same time.


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For small tanks, a 40g. Outside of a 40g I think the next best is the 75g until you go bigger. Deeper is better. It's really all about the foot print as this gives you more real estate for scaping. A 55g is a descent starter but its limited. If you have the space, I think the perfect tank is the 180g. It has it all, length, depth and height.

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I could be wrong, but it also seems like the variations depend on the brand. I've seen all different sizes, 30x20, 30x22 and also 30x24.

One strange tank I've seen before is a tank that Marineland makes. I think it's 30x18x16. Never seen a tank size made by anyone else like that before. I think it's a 34 gallon.

The Marineland I have is 30x12.5x25, it's basically 2 20g long tanks stacked on top of each other. The hood It came with has a x2 T8 with an 18w limit per tube. It won't really grow anything and I am using it as a breeding tank for my calico convicts. I would rather have a 30x12x18 (I think that's the size) tank for my hood so my sword will grow like they should.


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Cool tank size

Sounds like everyone likes something different. As always.
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