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Old 06-09-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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Talking (Another) noob with questions about tanks...

When I was a kid we had a 20 gallon tank with many wonderful fish. My mother always cleaned the tank and hated it. All she needed was a single reason to get out of the hobby. That happened the day after my brother and I saw these really cool Japanese looking fish. I got the red beta and he got the blue. The next day all the fish were dead except for by red beta and the front half of the blue one.

So a lady at work got a small goldfish about a year ago and had it in a bowl. A week ago she bought a 10 gallon kit and the fish seems happy to be able to move around.

Now I'm interested again.

So I've been looking around and found out about SeaClear and their plastic aquariums. I prefer that over glass.

Here is what I have been looking at:

SeaClear 29 Gallon Show Tank
SeaClear 29 Gallon Show Tanks - Aquariums - Fish - PetSmart

SeaClear 30 Gallon Show Tank and Hood
SeaClear 30 Gallon Show Tank and Hood - Aquariums - Fish - PetSmart

SeaClear 30 Gallon Eclipse 3 Compatible Aquarium
SeaClear 30 Gallon Eclipse 3 Compatible Aquariums - Aquariums - Fish - PetSmart

A couple of questions come to mind...

1. What the heck is the difference between a 29 gallon tank and a 30?! (I mean, other than one gallon!)

2. Why would I want anything but a clear tank (versus blue or black)?

3. Is it better to get the hood and tank as a set or something else?

4. What is the "Eclipse 3"? Is that a pump? I can't find it on the site.

Any recommendations on a good set up using one of these tanks? Money IS an object but I don't want cheap crap either. Middle of the road is good.

Thanks gang!

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Old 06-12-2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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1. The 29 gallon seems to be a "tall" tank...its only 30 inches wide... the 30 gallon seems to be a "wide" tank..at 36"wide..
2 im not 100% sure on the question, are you referring to the actual glass (acrylic) color? If so, going with a tinted glass will obviously give the tank a tinted color..other than that, I would think it'd be strictly for looks.
3. I always say its better to buy the parts separately , partly because you can generally get the parts cheaper and also because not all the parts in a tank set are the best or what you need.
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the blue and black is a background and black makes everything pop out.
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