29-30g Long Tank For Loaches?

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Hey everyone,

The itch for a second tank is definitely getting to me. Ideally I'd buy a 29/30 hex tank to place near my 45g tall, but I worry about the stress on the floor in that room (It's a small, study-like space). So, the second tank has to go in a large nook in my foyer hallway (I live in a prewar apartment with large open spaces/closets) that has outlets nearby and a closet I can use for aquarium storage. However, the tank has to be clean and visually attractive from all sides, since it'd really be right in my entryway. I'm thinking a long, short tank (30 long, if that size exists?) solely for small loaches, with sand, plenty of driftwood, and fast moving water. I'd use a powerful canister filter as it's less obtrusive than a HOB model, and would otherwise keep decorations to a minimum. No live plants. Does this sound workable?
 

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A tank in your entryway is never a good idea... too much movement around will cause stress in the fish.

Lately I haven't seen 30 gallon long aquariums... maybe from your local craigslist (just make sure that it is suitable for fish).

Do check the loaches profile for the needed surface area...
 

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I don't see a problem, except that loaches cover a large number of species. For example, for your plans, Khulis or Peppereds would absolutely work. Clowns, no. That's just a few.
 
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Cool, thank you. And sorry, I should have specified--I meant smaller loaches that max out at 4", and no more than six of them with nothing else in the tank.
 

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Some of the hill stream loaches would suit this type of setup, along with a small group of minnows/danios. You may inadvertently find that plants would greatly increase the visual appeal of the tank, whether it's just with mosses, couple of strategically placed anubias/ferns or bucephlandra.
 
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That's exactly what I'm going for. Thanks for the thoughts.
 
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So I couldn't resist and ended up coming home with a 36G bowfront today. It may be a bit short for loaches, at 30" long, but it's a beautiful display tank and will look great with white sand substrate. If anyone has any further thoughts about a loach tank, please feel free to chime in!
 

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nbalaw2016 said:
So I couldn't resist and ended up coming home with a 36G bowfront today. It may be a bit short for loaches, at 30" long, but it's a beautiful display tank and will look great with white sand substrate. If anyone has any further thoughts about a loach tank, please feel free to chime in!
You could do Panda Garra.
 

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