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Old 04-26-2015, 06:47 PM   #1
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240 or 300 for Reef tank?

Alright so I decided to break down and buy the upgrade to my current 120 reef tank.
The choices are the 240 gallon (72x24x30) ***LxWxH***
and the other choice 300 gallon (96x24x30)

I have 2 spots for the tank depending on which tank I get.

If I get the 240 gallon it will go in the same spot where the 120 is right now in picture 1. I will probably invest the extra money into starphire glass.

If get the 300 gallon it will be a room separate and I will do a little work to blend it with the walls in picture 2. I won't put the extra money into the starphire glass most likely if I go this route.

This is probably a stupid question because I feel like I know the answer to it
Will the extra 2 feet of the 300 gallon tank be that much better?

As far as fish stocking I won't be adding many more fish when I get the new tank.
I am more interested in the corals. I love corals and I want to have more of a display tank. But I also want the fish to have a nice swimming area.

Current Tank Dimensions: 120 gallon (60x18x26)
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:49 PM   #2
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I will be purchasing the tank 2 weeks later~~~ this next week is my last week and I have FINALS...... So I'm going to use this as my summer project to keep me occupied while I'm not working~~~

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Any other tank size suggestions are also welcome! I find that it's best to hear from people who have experienced certain tank dimensions. Thank you!
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:48 PM   #4
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I currently have a 180g as my largest tank and if I had a choice I would probably go with the 300 only because of the extra length. Those extra feet could mean the world to tangs which are my favorite, not sure what you currently have tho.

Also consider if this is gonna be a full blown reef that you will have to get to the bottom of the tank, if it is too tall it will be a real pain in the butt to get to the sandbed. I have this issue with my 90 which is super cool but a pain to work on inside. I also happen to be like 5 foot 3 so if you are tall and have longer arms it might not be so much of an issue.
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I'd go with the 300. The aquascaping for your Corals would be the bomb in that tank!
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Sounds like the 300 haha. I guess my main concern is trying to match it up with the wall. there will be about 3-4 inches on each side between the walls and the ends of the tank. So I'm wondering if I can match it up and make it look nice and discrete. After all it is my parents house and I am 19 years old with very basic carpentry skills.

As far as matching it with the top of the white border in the picture. I will build a canopy that will fit flush with the ceiling up there.

Just like I said. Worried about the extra 3-4 inches that will be left open on both ends of the tank. It probably won't be that big of a problem. I guess I should just take the plunge and do it? Any input on starfire glass?
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I currently have 2 yellow tangs, a blue tang, and a male blue chin trigger. Which is another reason that I'm looking into the upgrade.
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Would they be fine in a 240? Would I still have a bit of room for a couple more smaller fish? I love the 180 size. I have for years now. But I would love the 30 inch height. I am 5'10 and I don't mind sticking my shoulder in everyday. For the love of the reef
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Hey Zach,

just wanted to share that I am along for the ride! It sounds like a fun project over the summer.
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Thanks redsea! I'll definitely keep everyone updated!! I'm going to break it to my parents after finals.
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