Originally Posted by HUKIT
Welcome to AA,
I would spend some time searching Craigslist for a tank there are some great deals to be had, especially in this economy. Stay away from prepackaged kits since the quality of the componments are lacking and you'll spend more in the long run after upgrading things like heaters/filters. I like to buy everything individually since then I can get what I want.
As fas as size I would start with a 75g as well since it carries the footprint of a 55g just deeper, more stocking options and easier to maintain water quality with less flucuations.
Have to agree with Hukit ... plenty of good craigslist deals. Concentrate on the tank and stand ... then get the other components. I suppose if you run across an insane deal that almost seems to good to be true ... let us know ... post the link and members here will be honest with you.
Also a 75gal is a good choice over a 55 ... it's practically the perfect size tank IMO
.. plenty big enough for most fish, good room for nice aqua-scaping, but not so large it eats up half a wall space.
75g Planted Barbs Denison, BlackRuby, Tiger, Albino Tiger, Green Tiger, Cherry, Gold, Checkered, Odessa.
NonBarbs Cardinal, Neon, RummyNose, Bloodfin Tetras, Z. Danios. 1RTS. Amano, Bamboo, Ghost & RCS. 20g Long Shrimp Tank RCS, Tiger, Amano.