Here's the dilemma. Although they are young and small, I understand that they can grow into sizable fish.
I am told they require a minimum 29-55gal environment or more. For now, I may be able to get away with a 20gal Long tank: 30x12.5x12.
Problem is, I still can't figure out where to put it. No area I found accommodates the length unless I go with a vertical tank with a smaller footprint that will fit in a corner.
Further I am in an earthquake prone area and I feel that an acrylic tank is essential. That is more costly and possibly beyond my budget especially when it requires a proper stand/cabinet specifically designed to support it.
I can't afford any water damage and the tank must be of a quality and reliability that is warranted against leakage and breakage in normal use. I will absolutely need a tank-specific stand to avert any potential issues with my landlord and most certainly support the tank warranty that is involved.
Secondly, I understand that the fish need as much horizontal swimming room as possible and will be happier with a longer shallower tank of the dimensions above rather than a more vertical one. They should be entitled to thrive in a minimally ideal environment - not a column tank.
The only place I can put anything is in a wall corner if I go with a smaller footprint like an acrylic pentagon, hexagon or cube and, as you know, the cost escalates dramatically with these shapes and stands.
Finally, I have purchased a glass Aqueon tank (a 20gal) provisionally in the dollar-a-gallon Petco sale along with an inexpensive Petco Brooklyn 29/20L gal
sturdy metal frame stand (that requires assembly) at clearance to have something on hand temporarily, but I can't find space for them. I realized I don't have any space for a 20gal Long tank anywhere in my place. Since it is glass, I don't want to use it temporarily even.
I have an acrylic Marineland System Crescent 5gal on sale for $25 from Petsmart to house them temporarily - it is better than a styrofoam cup - but, as you know, it isn't ideal in the short and especially long term. The maintenance is ridiculous on the smaller tank and I need a minimal maintenance setup that meets my requirements.
Since you are all more experienced hands than I, maybe you know of something that'll work and fit my situation? Help?