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Old 12-03-2011, 04:18 PM
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I have had a betta for about 6 months. And now, I really, really want another aquarium. Last time it started with a betta, then I got a 10 gallon, then I got a 20 gallon, and that was as big as I could have in the dorms.

Again, it's starting with a betta lol.

I REALLY REALLY want a 30gal hex. Or a bowfront. Or something tall and approximately 30 gallons lol. I'm not a big fan of the longer, shallower tanks. I used to be, but this time I have been eyeing the deeper ones.

To make it worse, last week on Craigslist there was a 30 gallon hex with stand, pump, and everything (except fish) for $50. And I missed it

Someone tell me I don't need more fish...
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Old 12-03-2011, 04:49 PM
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I'll be the first one to tell you to resist the urge for a hex. They're a pita to clean and more seams mean more things that can go wonky at the worst possible moment.

Also the deeper tanks can present a cleaning challenge because if you use a simple hanging filter you're going to need to make sure the bottom doesn't become problem. The way I did this was I ended up getting a far bigger filter than I would normally need and adjusting it so we'd get movement at the bottom and not a jet engine going at the top.

My favorite tank sizes are the 60 and 100 gal breeder tanks. Loads of room for adjustment and decorating and lots of fish and still able to use fairly conventional filtration without an issue.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:35 PM
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But you dooooooo need more fish.

LOL! I have 3 aquariums right now, and I'm asking for a 29 for Christmas. I <3 fish.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:52 PM
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Kat, that's good to know. I didn't even really think about that.

Dixie...you're SOOOOO not helping
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Kat, that's good to know. I didn't even really think about that.

Dixie...you're SOOOOO not helping
I took my 55 gallon corner tank out and shot it a couple months ago. It was just too big to store and it was such a pain to clean since my arms were too short to reach the gravel. It did however look spectacular when it was up and running.
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I actually just gave away a 42 gallon with a stand. DH liked the idea of a bug tank but wanted to leave the maintenance to me, which I just wasn't willing to do. I'm a fan of the smaller tanks...
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:15 PM
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I agree with Kat - hex tanks are a huge PITA and you have to be selective with the fish you put in them. I remember my neighbour having one and I always felt bad for the fish in it because it was primarily up/down movement and they never got to swim 'normally' per say.

I get the bug though... Fishkeeping is addictive :P
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:21 PM
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What do you guys think of a half moon or a bowfront? I think depthwise half moons might have some of the same problems as hexes. IF I get a tank it'll just have small fish in it like guppies, tetras, corydoras, and similar sized fish.
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What do you guys think of a half moon or a bowfront? I think depthwise half moons might have some of the same problems as hexes. IF I get a tank it'll just have small fish in it like guppies, tetras, corydoras, and similar sized fish.
I think bowfronts are the way to go if you're bound and determined not to have a square tank. For really big tanks I like acrylics. Otherwise, save yourself some money and just go with a 20 - 29 gallon kit.

The main concern is waterflow and avoiding stagnant spots while providing enough hiding areas for your fish. A well decorated tank with a ton of hiding spots makes for happy fish.

I think when I get to my next big tank project I'm going to have one in my library/study that is a 300 gallon freshwater community tank.

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PSA: I am *NOT* a fan of saltwater aquatics. The deathtoll of wildlife involved with the saltwater tank industry I find utterly unacceptable.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:10 PM
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PSA: I am *NOT* a fan of saltwater aquatics. The deathtoll of wildlife involved with the saltwater tank industry I find utterly unacceptable.
All of the corals I ever bought were fragged from established colonies. NONE were ever taken from the ocean (well I suppose the mother colony years and years ago).

All of the fish I bought were farm raised (other than the frog fish). The saltwater community is really pulling to stop the collection of wild corals and fish to preserve the environment and most reputable fish stores limit importation. Petco however does not.
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