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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-04-2009, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone with 36 inch deep tanks?

In thinking about my next tank, the only thing I have really settled upon is that it should be a cube, and due to space limitations, probably no more than 36 inches square. (Love to have a 240 but that requires more space than I am authorized to occupy, if you get my drift).

I admit, despite the extra expense, I am a little attracted to the idea of making it a real cube, IE 36 inches tall too. That would let me pile up the hardscape toward the back dramatically.

But I wonder, is that going too far? How will I reach the bottom to plant? Lighting would be limited to Metal Halides I guess.

Lots of people seem to have 29 or 30 inch tanks. Does anybody have one that is 36? Could you give us some benefit from your experience?

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36 inches deep? I have a 265 gallon, which I think is 31 or 32 inches deep, and I have to stand on a step stool to plant the middle and back of the tank. I'm a fairly tall guy too, at 6 foot 4 inches. My guess is at 36 inches you will have to plant with tools, unless you want to put on a pair of goggles. I prefer to plant with my hands though, so this may not be an issue for you.

I use power compacts, and I haven't had much luck with foreground plants. Though it really depends on what kind of plants you want to grow. At 36 inches, most crypts could act as foreground plants, and I think they would do fine without MH's. I've also grown E. tenellus.

I have next to no experience with MH's, but it seems like a 36 inch square would be an awkward space to find lighting for. Would one bulb do it?

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Perhaps you could train a small monkey to snorkel, and do the maintenance for you?


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You can do it with a step stool, and a pair of these: http://www.aquabotanicstore.com/18_a...ers_p/at18.htm
or these:
24 inch tweezers

It will require patience.


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My 180 is 31 inches deep. You can avoid wet armpits by coordinating maintenance and water changes. You will still have to stand on a step stool but if you wait until you have drained off water for a water change you can usually perform trimming/aquascaping without taking off your shirt.

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