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Old 08-25-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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55G vs 40B

Looking to dive into the world of saltwater and was debating on which tank to go with. From the research I've done, I'm aware that the 55G will give me more water volume and therefore better stability but on the downside it is a bit narrower than the 40B and can affect scaping and swimming room for fish. Planning on it being a reef tank. (I have a 55G freshwater that I can convert but also eyeing a 40B on CL). Please chime in with you opinions/experience so I can get a feel for which way to go.
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I'd say 55. Saltwater fish need a lot of room for swimming. There is also a longer length given. What kind of fish are you thinking about having?
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:50 PM   #3
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For right now the only fish that come to mind are a pair of clowns, a firefish, and maybe a goby. Not that savvy with saltwater fish yet. Thanks for the info. I was really looking into the 40B tanks because they are so much wider and scaping will be so much easier as you can have more room behind the rocks.
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If you want smaller fish, and more coral...go with the 40. Better for aquascaping. But, bigger is almost ALWAYS better!
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Thanks GBoy...I was kinda thinking along the same lines. I've seen a couple 40B online that had pretty awesome scaping and nice open swimming room in the middle. I could just go Rick James and just up to a 75G. Aren't those as wide as the 40B?
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Thanks GBoy...I was kinda thinking along the same lines. I've seen a couple 40B online that had pretty awesome scaping and nice open swimming room in the middle. I could just go Rick James and just up to a 75G. Aren't those as wide as the 40B?
Yes i do think they are roughly the same width. Go to live aquaria, pick out some species you like, and report back! Bigger/more active the fish, bigger the tank is recommended!!
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I thought 40Bs were about 36" and 55s were 48". I'm probably off. It's been a long time since I last saw a 40B.
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40B is longer front to back than a 55G.
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You'll have a bigger selection of fish that need a 50gal or more. Less selection if u go under 50g. And you can get more fish in a 55 than a 40. Once you start lookin at fish, there'll be a lot fish u wanna get.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #10
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Imo either go 40b or 75 no 55.... Just my opinion
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