From small to big, why?

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  1. Seabass

    Seabass

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    Contemplating going bigger but I am not convinced.

    What were/are the overwhelming factors to consider before going bigger?

    When I say big I mean 4, 5, or 6 foot max.

    I don’t want to be restricted by the size of the fish but will mainly be a highly stocked coral tank, the works.

    Anyone feel to give your own input on this matter.

    Space is a problem and this tank will be in the garage linked to a propagation tank.

    Thank you for you input.

    PS. I think that I am not convinced as it is almost year end and don’t want to tackle something new. But I can start getting things together for the New Year. Have a nice 4 foot lined up at the moment, but will need a lot of work.
     
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  3. ziyaadb

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    Main Factor is cost. If you can afford the constant costs to run a bigger tank you have so many options in the livestock that you can keep.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    4ft tanks are the answer if you want to fill it quickly, it can handle a fair amount of fish and coral as well as variety but some planning will be needed to allow fo your fishes needs, i find wider than the norm the better.. 5ft becomes a little too much although it is a lovley sized tank to work with.. im personally juggling between the 2 for my next built..
    i suppose it would come down to your proposed fish list and their maximum growth sizes..
     
  5. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    I agree with Leslie, 4ft tanks seem to be the perfect size, nice and manageable, especially if you have a tight budget. As the size of the tank increases so do the costs, such as substrate, live rock, salt, lights, additives. bigger pumps etc. etc. it all adds up. However, the bigger you go the more stability you get due to the extra water volume, if something goes wrong the effect tends to take a lot longer than if it was a small tank.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i agree, i have a 4ft and its perfect, i have aload of fish and corals, see my thread
     
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    Guys also remember its not just the length but the width and height as well. MY current 1m tank has the same water capacity as a 1,8M tank i had. Also if you have the space a Leka 80*80*60 cube is awesome as well.
     
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    I have a slightly different opinion having worked in the aquarium trade for many years I find that the 5Ft tank is the best size if you look at the cost of your equipment most of it will run an aquarium of 600L that is 1.5m X 0.6m X 0.6m plus your sump less rock etc. 4ft t5's fit perfectly on this size system and you are not wasting money as the equipment will still handle this volume of water. I believe the bigger the better, lower concentration of waste etc. The smaller the volume of water the quicker things go wrong ie. temperature, waste etc. Have a look at our sponsor page Nemo's Janitor the two aquariums there are this size and slightly larger. Any question on either I will gladly assist.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    perhaps its just that i had such success with my 4ft but i do agree that the 5ft is as suitable if not slightly better from a stocking (fish) point of view.. i think it comes down to your fish, a naso for example would not really do well long term in a 1.2 but better in a 1.5 (my opinion) so it really comes down to what you want to achieve.

    perhaps post pictures of systems simular to those that you are trying to replicate and we can better assist.
     
  10. Seabass

    Seabass Thread Starter

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    Thanks all

    Will ask if I think of something specific, but going for more coral than fish type of system.

    Shot.
     
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    I have the same size tank as Dallas. We both put out height at 450 so that we can get the light right to the bottom easily. Fully agree with what everyone has said!
     
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    I don't know why, but I thought the other day of going 4 foot again, and my 6 foot an external sump. The 4 foot would then be full of corals, the only thing is I do want a few tangs, and I feel even the 6 foot is too small for a adult regal tang.
    The bigger the tank the more stable for a newb also,
     
  13. Kunhardt

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    Hey Pierre

    You say that now, but trust me I know from my experience there is always that pretty fish that catches ones eye. :p

    If you can afford it then I would go 6ft if you want to keep tangs...just the things to consider are skimmers...the bigger the tank the bigger the skimmer needed and lighting, the longer the tank and the deeper the tank the more lighting required. Other things like pumps would all depend on what corals you would be looking at specialising in....just my input.

    Good luck to you! ;)
     
  14. Seabass

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    Actual tank size is 140mm l x 45mm w x 50mm h. Had another look at the tank yesterday. That should be about 250l?
     
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    315L to be exact... simple multiplication V = L x W x H ;)
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    boet go wider at least .600 you will need the width more than length and height..
     
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    "the bigger the tank the bigger the skimmer"
    Huh?
    The more you feed and the more fish you have the bigger the skimmer right?
    If i have a 1000L tank with no fish in it, just live rock and one Anemone, would i need a big skimmer? <Scratches his head>
     
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    :lol::lol:
     
  19. Pugsly

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    cost of equipment aside - I have a 2000x600x720 and let me tell you aditives such as bactor7 and stability coral liquid etc costs an arm and a leg for this size tank! one 500ml bottle only lasts like 4 days!!!

    but looking at a bigger tank and seeing it work for you is the greatest feeling ever!
     
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