Community Tank....thinking out loud

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Of course I like the option 2.. but you should be able to come in well under 2500. Tank here is 800, shouldnt be much dif for you. 300 for the FX5. How bout this.. 2FX5's, put one in your 150, bring the xp4 to the 220 and add the other FX5. Tank and filters 1400, another few hun for deco, substrate,heater and assorted goodies. I'm sure you can still come in well under 2g's. And I still like the CA stock idea.


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in a 220 gallon, realistically, you're looking at three large fish, maybe four with quite some work (three only if you're thinking fish larger than 12 inches, maybe even only one if you go for a really big guy). Not yet an enormous community tank, but could be a very nice way to keep a few select cichlids. But you could also be looking at 200 neon tetras, if that's more your thing.
Or, depending on footprint, a really busy african tank :)

If you do the 75 gallon, you'll perpetually stare at it wondering why it looks so small :P
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And.. if you are thinking CA, consult Bassetman for options, he got lots.


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Nina_W wrote: If you do the 75 gallon, you'll perpetually stare at it wondering why it looks so small :P


Damn. You are right......again.

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Suprd71 wrote: Of course I like the option 2.. but you should be able to come in well under 2500. Tank here is 800, shouldnt be much dif for you. 300 for the FX5. How bout this.. 2FX5's, put one in your 150, bring the xp4 to the 220 and add the other FX5. Tank and filters 1400, another few hun for deco, substrate,heater and assorted goodies. I'm sure you can still come in well under 2g's. And I still like the CA stock idea.



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I'll need some sort of stand. Could build one myself for a hun or so...probably.

I am liking option 2 more and more. Filters can be moved around, that is not a problem.

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Get more width than height 72x30x24, most of the time they make the aquarium anyways.

CA's are more aggressive than SA's.
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Rocksor wrote: Get more width than height 72x30x24, most of the time they make the aquarium anyways.


Good point. Glasscages sells a 280 gallon 72x36x25 (glass) for $1201 (tax + shipping not included).

Biggest thing they have in acrylic (non custom) that will fit between my columns is a 240 gallon 72x30x24 with eurobracing for $2k.

Of course, like you pointed out, I imagine most tanks this large are built to order anyway. I doubt any manufacturer keeps them sitting around in a warehouse.

Once we get to tanks this size, I start to get nervous about glass and silicone.

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Goranothos wrote:
Once we get to tanks this size, I start to get nervous about glass and silicone.


ironically, glass and silicone is less likely to warp or buckle at those sizes, especially as you get deeper in tank size.

Glass is just really, really heavy.
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Once we get to tanks this size, I start to get nervous about glass and silicone.


ironically, glass and silicone is less likely to warp or buckle at those sizes, especially as you get deeper in tank size.


Really? I've always thought, perhaps wrongly, that acrylic tanks were much less likely to leak, shatter, etc. I've never owned one because of the expense and because I've heard they are much easier to scratch.

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each has their own weaknesses and strengths - glass is more likely to shatter, acrylic to shear apart. Acrylic typically is not recommended for tanks over 30'' high, the pressure makes it buckle. Glass, on the other hand, has to be very thick, which can cause optical distortion. Of course, buckled acrylic distorts even more.
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