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Old 04-02-2011, 07:26 PM   #1
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Hey everyone....looking for opinions on this tank and stand from Petsmart. It is skinny and tall, but 60 gallons. Will the reduced surface area affect water quality? Will it be difficult to maintain for a total newcomer to the hobby? Looking to keep Platys, tetras, and similar schooling fish....will they be happier in a shallower tank? Looking for any and all opinions. I just don't always understand why like this 60 gal with a stand and hood is way cheper than other 40 or 55 gal with just a hood and no stand? Makes me think there is a reason its cheap, like its not a desirable tank. Let me know what you guys think, its on sale for another week
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:11 PM   #2
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I have no direct experience with it, but it looks ok and has decent reviews.
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:17 AM   #3
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Something is strange
Looking it the dimensions it says the tank is taller than it is long, but the tank pictured is longer than it is tall
Crunching the dimensions given I come up with 153.8 gallons
I am thinking that the height listed is from the floor to the top of the tank when it is on the stand

This tank doesn't come with a filter
The more expensive smaller tank kits probably have some kind of filter and an air pump
Make sure you are not comparing apples to oranges

A long aquarium provides more surface area for gas exchange
Tall tanks are good for fish like Angelfish and Discus

The more water you have in the tank the easier it will be to keep the water chemistry stable

If the tank really is almost 60" (5') tall you will need scuba gear to work in it
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:24 AM   #4
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Something is strange
Looking it the dimensions it says the tank is taller than it is long, but the tank pictured is longer than it is tall

This tank doesn't come with a filter
The more expensive smaller tank kits probably have some kind of filter and an air pump
Make sure you are not comparing apples to oranges

A long aquarium provides more surface area for gas exchange
Tall tanks are good for fish like Angelfish and Discus

The more water you have in the tank the easier it will be to keep the water chemistry stable

If the tank really is almost 60" (5') tall you will need scuba gear to work in it
The sizing includes the stand/topper too lol. It's sold as a kit (stand/tank/topper) so they have to tell you how much total space it takes up.

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Old 04-03-2011, 03:30 AM   #5
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LOL, yeah, the 60" is with the stand, but the tank is still taller than normal, and I can't reach the bottom of it when its on the stand.
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:37 AM   #6
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LOL, yeah, the 60" is with the stand, but the tank is still taller than normal, and I can't reach the bottom of it when its on the stand.
Yep with it on the stand, I think you'd need a step ladder to get in there even with the topper out of the way. Good looking setup though and really good price for brand new.

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LOL, yeah, the 60" is with the stand, but the tank is still taller than normal, and I can't reach the bottom of it when its on the stand.

Try cleaning 2 tanks that are 31 inches deep and being a 5'7 female (short arms) :censor:
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I AM a 5'7" female with short arms!! LOLOL so what you're saying is as a total newcomer I should probably pass on this one and stick with a shorter tank so I don't get frustrated?
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nah, you should be ok with it. The tank dimensions are actually
48 3/4 long 12 7/8 front to back 23 7/8 deep


Our 120 is is about 25 inches and I can do it fine on a small step stool
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:04 AM   #10
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I AM a 5'7" female with short arms!! LOLOL so what you're saying is as a total newcomer I should probably pass on this one and stick with a shorter tank so I don't get frustrated?
Not at all, I have a 37g tall and although not as tall as this one I still have to plan it out. If I have to do a lot of work at the bottom I just have to do a big PWC. Granted you'd have to be on a step stool/ladder but with planning, IMO it can be done. You can make a great tank out of it and I'd think about it too for my new SW setup if I had the room.

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