Originally Posted by mr_X
The last thing before you commented was talk of a 75. I disagreed because a 75 is easier to light and reach the bottom-long arms or not.
The fish don't swim up and down so the extra 15 gallons isn't going to help with stocking. Even considering a 55, what fish do you think would be ok for a 90 but not for a 55? I don't think a 90 is suitable for a tang long term.
You can place monti caps half way up in a 75 just like a 90. The tank you linked has 2 x 400 watt halides over it. Not necessary for a 75 IME.
There's the personal taste aspect which I do respect, but there are other aspects to consider, like the lighting requirements, and reaching the bottom. The shallower the tank, the cheaper it is to light.
Excuse my brief reply earlier, I was on my phone. I will use my laptop from now on so I can take my time and be more clear.
I agree stocking options don't really change from 75-90, I should have quoted the original poster's comment.
Though from a 55 to a 90 you could add more fish and thus have more options for fish. Also there are some tangs that will fit in a 90g given enough swimming area that I would never put in a 55.
If you want to argue for ease of tank maintenance and cost then yah def. 75>90.
For a better long term product and over all appearance 90>75.
Depends on your definition of "best" I guess.
I haven't seen a grown up 75 with softies LPS
That tank would be sweet! But a few things you should be reminded of:
1. Reef tanks are not recommended for SW beginners
2. I am five feet tall. 125 or 180 gallons is far too much
3. Maintenance. Having to empty 35%+ every week is a lot of water, and then I have to purchase a RO/DI system.
4. I am 13. Coming up with upwards of $5,000.00 is no piece of cake for anyone. (Best deal on Craigslist is $2,500 for a 180 gallon SW tank.)
Then yah I wouldn't get a 90g, it's mostly a personal preference.
What do you want to put in your tank? The best tank for you really depends on what you want.