Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-29-2015, 02:26 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 24
Tank size diminishing returns?

I'm already planning my next SW tank, and planning on going Somewhere in the 2-300 gallon range. Obviously, if I'm going to do it, I'd rather just go as big as I can afford, but is there a point where big becomes too big? Obviously live rock and sand will be fairly proportional, but looking at everything else you need, lights, skimmers, pumps, is there a point where you need to make a massive jump in cost, or will that be a somewhat proportional move as well?
__________________

__________________
Pittenger5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2015, 06:41 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Andy Sager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lake Wales, Florida
Posts: 5,959
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
I'm already planning my next SW tank, and planning on going Somewhere in the 2-300 gallon range. Obviously, if I'm going to do it, I'd rather just go as big as I can afford, but is there a point where big becomes too big? Obviously live rock and sand will be fairly proportional, but looking at everything else you need, lights, skimmers, pumps, is there a point where you need to make a massive jump in cost, or will that be a somewhat proportional move as well?
For me, the question is for what kind of fish or inhabitants you want in the tank and then how much you can afford. To have a huge tank for just damsels and gobies for example, might be considered overkill HOWEVER, if your goal is to have a grand live reef and the fish are just accent pieces, then it's necessary. Just keep in mind that a properly set up 50 gal tank is a much better situation than a poorly set up 300 gal HOWEVER, if your goal is to keep fish species such as larger Tangs and Angels, then a properly set up 50 gal is not a good option and you need to have that larger tank. See how what you want in the tank plays the main part of your answer?

Hope this helps
__________________

__________________
Andy Sager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2015, 08:13 PM   #3
AA Member
Community Moderator
 
Delapool's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 13,585
I can't imagine a tank more than 2 and a half feet deep. I don't know how people work with deeper tanks without a lifeguard
__________________
Delapool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2015, 11:31 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 24
I know its a bit of a loaded question. I'm thinking of a predator type tank, I haven't looked into compatibility, but I just don't want the size of the tank to limit my choices. I just don't want to buy a 300 gallon tank which would require 3x of everything, where I bought a 250, it would only take 1x (I cant imagine that's the case, but such is why Im asking).
Oh, and I was a lifeguard in high school, so Ive been trained in the past. I should be good!
__________________
Pittenger5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2015, 12:09 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Andy Sager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lake Wales, Florida
Posts: 5,959
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
I know its a bit of a loaded question. I'm thinking of a predator type tank, I haven't looked into compatibility, but I just don't want the size of the tank to limit my choices. I just don't want to buy a 300 gallon tank which would require 3x of everything, where I bought a 250, it would only take 1x (I cant imagine that's the case, but such is why Im asking).
Oh, and I was a lifeguard in high school, so Ive been trained in the past. I should be good!
I don't really think that is the case anytime. You need appropriate filtration for the appropriate size of the aquarium and inhabitants. You wouldn't use a smaller filter for a 300 gal because you were keeping one type of fish over another however, you might need to use larger or extra equipment for some types. In this case, I prefer to keep predators in as large a tank as possible with heavier filtration because these types of fish generally grow larger, eat more protein based foods and crap a whole lot more than the "usual" fish do.
( side story )I had a customer years ago who bought a 975 gal tank and just had groupers. Every week he would come in to buy fish to feed them, which I loved because he would describe the fish by the pound not by the inch. It goes to show just how big some of these little fish do get to.

Hope this helps
__________________
Andy Sager is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dim, mini, size, tan, tank, tank size

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
diminishing silicon seal Da Squid General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 0 08-28-2010 11:09 AM
Anybody use bottom returns on their tanks? runway1 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 10-26-2005 04:17 PM
How do my returns and closed loop look? jamal-188 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 01-01-2005 05:53 PM
Fish killer returns for help. mother2kamryn Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 8 11-02-2004 11:57 AM
[OT] Winter Returns justDIY Show Off/Photography 9 11-26-2003 05:55 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.