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Thread: Long or Tall?

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    I'm currently looking to add another tank and am wondering about the pros and cons of long tanks versus tall. My current is a 45 gallon tall (36 x 13 x 24). I'm looking at the following:

    72 x 18 x 17 (100 gallon long)
    60 x 18 x 25 (125 gallon tall)

    I'm not 100% sure on my new stocking list other than I really would like several bolivian rams and a nice school of neon rainbowfish and cory cats. I have a lot more research to do on compatibility and tank setup since I don't want a highly planted tank, just java fern and anubias attached to wood.

    I have the room so I could easily go with the larger footprint and taller than 17" if necessary,
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    Wow. I was going to say for those fish you should always go long rather than tall - but at that size I don't think it'll matter too much. Choose the one that fits your room best. Let's have a photo when you get it!
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    For most people, it is a question of available space or what tank stand they have or can afford (longer stands cost more but in the future, can often handle greater volume tanks.) All else being equal, a longer tank gives most fish more room (exceptions are angels and discus or similar tall growing fish.) For most types, especially schooling fish, I'd go with the longer tank. Really, more to what looks best to you.

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    Well with the 125G you get relatively long and relatively tall. It has a good length for shoaling species but it is tall enough to grow taller plants and just look visibly better. Tall aquariums typically offer a greater visual appeal than short tanks and vertical space can be especially useful in layering groups of fish by level in the tank.
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    Thanks for your opinions, I do agree longer is better and since I have the room I may as well go for the longest I can. I measured 17" height against my tank and with gravel/sand I would only end up with about 15" of height for the fish. I think I'm going to go with a 72 x 18 x 25, especially since I like to have some manzanita with ferns attached and as MCHRKiller stated it would be useful in layering groups of fish by level.

    I'm going to start a journal once everything is figured out on paper since I'll be trying new things like sand for the substrate and sump filtration instead of canisters. So exciting!!!
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    Good luck with this new tank. I look forward to seeing pictures, maybe start a journal?
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    steeler1, yes I will start a journal. I was going to wait until I had things more solidified in my head with what exactly I was going to do but maybe it would be best to start now so I could benefit from all the feedback and advice from everyone here. My head is already starting to spin just thinking about the stocking options!!!!
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    Like they say "go big or go home". I can't wait to see what your going to stock. Maybe start with that big school of Celestial Pearl Danio's you've always wanted?

    Six foot tank I am so jealous LOL!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler1 View Post
    Like they say "go big or go home". I can't wait to see what your going to stock. Maybe start with that big school of Celestial Pearl Danio's you've always wanted?

    Six foot tank I am so jealous LOL!!
    I would love to see this. A huge, huge tank, full of tiny, tiny fish. Heaven!
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