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Old 10-16-2009, 10:31 AM   #1
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Switch tanks and take one down

Alright well.. i have a plan to be able to keep a SW tank going with very little money, but i need some suggestions and feedback on how to go about doing it.

I have a 55G right now.. that is a pure mess. From the start, it never really looked all that good, because i was never able to do what i wanted with the rocks because of the whole width thing only being 13 or 14 inches. Which sucks. But now.. i just want to start over. Nice, new, clean white sand.. i can use the rocks that i cleaned off and look awesome now etc..

It's just that everyday i come in my room and look in to my tank, i see something new everyday. Like today.. lol. A significantly large beetle-type buy was flying around my room and pissing me off about a week ago.. it fell in to my tank and drowned and died and fell to the sandbed. It was about a few inches away from my huge chaeto forest growing in my tank. I wake up and look in the tank today(a week later), and these two clear worm-like apandages have wrapped around the beetles body and are slowly dragging it in to the chaeto forest. The body also had like little bugs and such crawling in and out of it.. Was easily the coolest and grossest thing i ever saw.

Anyways, i have 5 pieces of coral that are just plain amazing.. and i really don't want to give them up. Plus of all the awesome things i have been seeing over the past few weeks just make me want to give it away less and less. But now im at a loss..

I have a gigantic tank.. a ridiculously expensive light fixture and a skimmer that was a decent amount of money. I don't know what to do with them in order to get the other equipment i need to start a smaller tank.

Another thing; What size tank should i move down to? I was thinking about something like a 40G breeder or a 35G. Something that has all around good dimensions but does not go over 40G. Need some suggestions/opinions on that. Also.. what would be the best way to go about stopping so much evaporation from happening.. My evaporation rate on my 55G is pretty ridiculous and i have to top off daily. It's getting to be quite anoying now.

Well, that's all for now so thanks to anyone who inputs ideas and suggestions as to how i should go about doing this "downgrade" or whatever you want to call it lol.
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50 gallons have a better footprint. They are wider and you wouldn't have to get new equipment.
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Yeah a 50g has the dimensions of 36"L x 15"W x 20"H.
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There is also a 36"x19"x19" 50g that is very similar to the 40 breeder, just taller (and an inch wider). I would go that route. The price should be the same. I was gonna use that tank as my reef, but the lfs couldn't get it in fast enough for me. 40br would work too though, if that's all you can find (or want).
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There is also a 36"x19"x19" 50g that is very similar to the 40 breeder, just taller (and an inch wider). I would go that route. The price should be the same. I was gonna use that tank as my reef, but the lfs couldn't get it in fast enough for me. 40br would work too though, if that's all you can find (or want).
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Yeah, i was considering the 50G's.. but that still may be too large for what i want. The 40G breeder is smaller.. but wider. I like the whole small idea lol.
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What is your exact problem with the 55g? I mean i know you don't like that it is not so deep but what makes you want to downgrade?
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It's not the depth, it's the width (from front to back), makes it hard to aquascape with LR.
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You'd be amazed at how much less maintenance a 3ft tank is compared to a 4ft tank. I haven't had a 4ft long reef, but I've had a 4ft long planted and finally got rid of my 55g. My 40 breeder is so much easier to clean, scrape algae...prune....etc. I can imagine cleaning the glass and such on a 4ft long reef is more work.
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