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Hey Everyone,

I've begun researching tank sizes in anticipation of getting back into the hobby after 20 years.

I believe i'm going to attempt a low tech, tom barr style setup with heavy planting and a mix of apistos, schoolling fish and algae eaters.

The tank i'm looking at hard is a 60 gallon cube, which is 24" deep. has anyone had luck with a tank this deep, or is a shallower, 18" deep tank way better for a Low light, no CO2 setup.

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My current tank is 30" tall and the one before that was 37". At 37", I had problems with getting enough light to the bottom without getting algae at the top and front glass. 24" is a fairly manageable depth for a low tech tank in my experience.

Edited to add that my first tank when I got back into the hobby after a bit more than a decade away was a 24" tall 92 gallon corner tank. I lit that with a single 36" Beamswork DA and didn't have any trouble growing plants. They got thick enough that when I started my 280 gallon tank (72x24x37), I was able to move the plants from the 92 and not have the tank feel empty.
 
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I have a 60 inch cube myself-- not really a tank for schooling fish. Ive had several different schooling fish in this tank over the last 10 years. Most will go to the bottom of tank where they feel safer. The best fish for a tank like this would be a pair of discus or Angels. I do have Rummy nose in tank, but like I said, they go to bottom of tank as did blue neons, cardinals, and green neons.
At one point several years ago I had about 10 oto's in tank. The otos made for some lively movement in tank- especially in the morning and evening.

The apistos and algae eaters will both work out great.

The only plant that has actually grown well for me in this tank (low-tech) is valisneria which I got from @Blue Ridge Reef about 6 months ago. But, Im not too good with aquarium plants.
 

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I have a 60 inch cube myself-- not really a tank for schooling fish. Ive had several different schooling fish in this tank over the last 10 years. Most will go to the bottom of tank where they feel safer. The best fish for a tank like this would be a pair of discus or Angels. I do have Rummy nose in tank, but like I said, they go to bottom of tank as did blue neons, cardinals, and green neons.
At one point several years ago I had about 10 oto's in tank. The otos made for some lively movement in tank- especially in the morning and evening.

The apistos and algae eaters will both work out great.

The only plant that has actually grown well for me in this tank (low-tech) is valisneria which I got from @Blue Ridge Reef about 6 months ago. But, Im not too good with aquarium plants.
Thanks for the reply. I would love to keep discus, but I don’t have the time for multiple water charges per week. Also with the Tom Barr method I’m trying to minimize water changes/co2 spikes altogether

What would be a minimum tank length To keep a group of 15 or 20 small scooling fish happy?
 

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Thanks for the reply. I would love to keep discus, but I don’t have the time for multiple water charges per week. Also with the Tom Barr method I’m trying to minimize water changes/co2 spikes altogether

What would be a minimum tank length To keep a group of 15 or 20 small scooling fish happy?

This is only my experience with these fish in my own tank and conditions can often be different in aquariums. I have always had discus fish with them. It could be that the size difference between the discus and smaller fish made the tetras go to bottom of tank for cover.



You might try a tetra that you are partial to and see how it works out.



Or, you could try micro-fish like the smaller rasbora species or danios that need much less space.
 
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