40 gallon breeder or 55 gallon tank

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I currently have a 20G long and am looking to get a larger 2nd tank.

I bought a 40 gallon breeder (still brand new, not used yet) but am thinking about returning it an exchange for a 55g.

I have purchased a Fluval 306 (rated up to 75g) and have a 250w heater both purchased for the new 40b. I am also picking up 80lbs of sand (Black Beauty) this week. The only thing I have not purchased is the lights. I have a table for the breeder but would have no problem building a DIY stand for the 55. So all in all cost isn't a major factor between the two because of the Petco $1 per gallon sale right now and I believe I have most of the equipment that would be suitable for either or.

Either way it would be a community tank with plants and driftwood. Stocking as follows (5) Bleeding Heart Tetras*, (4)Zebra Loaches, Possibly (5) Cory's, pair of GBR's, a few male guppies* and platies* (*)means from the 20L.

My question is what are your opinions of the tanks themselves? I kind of like the shape of the 40b but like the thought of having an extra 15 gallons to work with as far as stocking and general water care.

Thanks for any advice.
 

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The 40b actually has .5 sq foot more of a footprint than the 55g. The extra gallonage on the 55 gallon is nice, but the 40b has a much nicer footprint for planting and aquascaping. Since you aren't keeping large fish I wouldn't worry about the difference in gallons.
 
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Thanks, Yeah I am trying to keep the fish sizes down. My father has an 80 that has 3 kissing gouramis and 3 silver dollars that have been in for 8+ years and they are huge and they really prevent him from getting smaller fish be cause of the aggression of the bigger fish. I don't want that problem.

I like my 20 long because I get that bigger surface area and footprint to to aquascape in then other tanks with the same gallon size.
 

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I personally like the 40B over the 55. IT is also easier to work in as it is a bit shorter. The only downfall I have found is that with live plants some of them that get nice and tall are not quite as happy, thou the fish seem to appreciate the larger tank space.
 

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I like the 40b better too. I just broke down my 55 gallon in preference to the 40gb. The 40 gallon has more space for my plants.
 

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I like 40b better also I find it easier to light evenly for live plants.
 

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If you wanted to keep larger schooling fish, then I would say the 55. But for smaller fish, I suppose the 40 will be fine. I agree, the number of gallons isn't all that important - it's the dimensions. While the footprints are almost the same, some kinds of fish won't use the extra width like they would the extra length.
 

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