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Old 06-16-2005, 10:31 PM   #1
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Consensus on Tall tanks?

My wife hates the size of our 120, and so I was looking for a smaller tank, perhaps a 75.

I saw a real good deal on a 70 combo with an overflow, but it was a tall version.

I plan on doing a FOWLR with maybe a few shrooms, leathers and similar. I have MH lighting but it is waaaaay too much light (blows our circuit breaker), so I will likely be downgrading to VHOs (also this canopy is much shorter than the tall 120g canopy, so MH lighting won't really work.)

Is the tall not good enough? Should I plop down the extra 100 for a normal tank?

Thanks.
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:41 AM   #2
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Tall tanks do present a problem. Light penetration being one of them. They also have a dereased surface area and do not allow for as good of gas exchange. This can lead to Ph problems. Also, most fish prefer horizontal swimming space. This is hamppered in a "tall" tank. A standard 75gal would get my vote.
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My first salttank was a 150 gallon cube. It was quite difficult to light. I had VHO bulbs across the top and the things on the bottom half of the tank never got enough light. The tank was 31 inches tall.
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Thanks, I ended up with a standard 75g. Now to build the canopy (they wanted $800 for a nice one, screw that I'll build it myself) and somehow figure out how to do a trashcan sump.
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