Custom tall tank

  1. risho Initiate Member

    It's safe to say that mass produced tanks come in standard dimensions where the length is proportionate to width and height. Actually you can get a 8 foot long tank that 24x24 (LxW). I've never seen a tank that is for example taller than wider and here is the point of my post. I wonder if the reason is the depth of streams and lakes where these fresh water fish come from? Still, you have fish, that are classified based on their primary zone of habitation such as bottom dwellers, mid range swimmer, and top swimmer. I've also knows that for some species of fish like Discus or Angels you should have a "taller" tank.

    With this intro in mind, I'd like to see if anyone has expertise and would like to share their view on larger tanks that are taller in proportions to their lengths. I just think an 8 foot long tank and 24x24 high/wide is too long and is aesthetically not pleasing a standard living room that's maybe 12x20 feet.

    I want a large fresh water tank of at least 200 gallons (or similar) with Angel as my specimen breed, and other community fish that's not more than 5 foot long and whatever the rest of the dimensions may it take. I would imagine that the natural environment that most of these fish live would be deeper than 2 or 3 feet. Thanks for reading my post!
  2. plantedtanksrcool Initiate Member

    Sadly I have no expertise In this department, but I'm really interested to see what others have to say. You would think it shouldn't really effect the fish much, but I have no idea. Lol.

  3. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    The most serious issue I can see with such a shape is the ratio of surface area to volume. Gas exchange takes place at the interface between the water's surface and the air so if you have a huge tank with a relatively small surface area you're going to end up with toxic water unless you take steps to ensure that the water is well aerated and filtered all the way to the bottom.
  4. risho Initiate Member

    Good point, I forgot to account for that.

  5. slayer5590 Well Known Member Member

    Cost is the main reason for it. Once you get over 30" in height the cost of the glass increases dramatically as well as the thickness of the glass.