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Old 12-04-2013, 04:11 AM   #1
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60 Cube...Upgrade or Downgrade?

So I have a 40 Breeder saltwater tank that measures 36x18x16. Actually water volume calculator says its a 45 gallon. Anyways, I have been toying with an idea of upgrading to a 60 gallon cube which is 24x24x24.
It's obvious that in terms of water volume the cube will hold more water. However, there is a drop in width by a foot that doesn't give fish as much room to swim. Bottom line questions are:
Is it worth it?
Will the fish be happier? Please see my profile for my current stock list.
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One thing that always keeps me puzzled is how many people say that a bristle tooth tang is ok in a 60 cube but not in a 3ft 40/50/65 gallons. Not really important but just a thought.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:17 AM   #2
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I wouldnt put any tang in a 60g cube. i happen to have one and its way way too small as far as swim room. I purchased it for small to medium sized fish and mostly for corals since you can make quite a rockscape in there with the 2 feet front to back space.
I would say go for a 60g if you like the room it offers but not as an Upgrade per se to hold a tang.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:19 AM   #3
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I won't put a tang. I like wrasses although I just have only one now. PS was just a side note.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:23 AM   #4
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I wouldnt put any tang in a 60g cube.
Do you have a mandarin goby named Mandy? I was watching a video of a 60 cube on YouTube today and the narrator's voice was similar to your voice in your 180 gallon video you posted a day or two ago.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:25 AM   #5
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I happen to have one and its way way too small as far as swim room.
This is what I meant to copy and paste.
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Yep, I have a mandarin named mandy. lol

Glad you arent considering a tang.

A wrasse or two might be good though
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:38 AM   #7
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I have an option to upgrade to a 65 gallon which has the same footprint as my 40 just taller. Only reason I am considering a 60 cube is I just got an Aqua Illumination Vega light and one would be enough for the cube. If I go 65 then I have to get another Vega ($$$$) or else deal with dark spots on each side of the tank if I go with one fixture.
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I have a standard 65 and if I had a choice as far as a reef tank is concerned, I would choose the cube as the extra space front to back would be much appreciated
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I purchased a standard 4ft 60 gallon tank.
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