Fish Tank Size Decision... Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Tank Equipment' started by AlexAlex, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    I will be upgrading from my 75 Gallon to a much bigger tank. I have been researching and attempting to make a decision on what size, etc.

    This is my scenario of options and what I need to know -

    I have my 75 Gallon where my upgrade will be. It's pretty sturdy where it is. The only thing is, the level of the water is very slightly going towards the back of the tank making the water level just a hair lower on the front side. Would it balance out or at least a little bit with a wider fish tank? It's 18" Wide now, but the ones I have been interested in are 24" Wide, but around 4-10 inches taller. But, the stand would be only 24" tall (The one I have now is a custom made 36" stand, which is too tall IMO).

    I saw some square fish tanks (around 36" x 36" x 25") too, but not sure about those. Never had one.

    All in all, what scenario is best? Tall and not so wide? Short and wide?

    Note: It is the Mbuna tank. I have heard longer is better for some fish. Not sure about the Mbunas, though, on that specific part.

    And - Acrylic vs. Glass vs. Starphire Glass?

    Thanks for any help in advance.

    Alex :)
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012
  2. RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember

    Longer is always better for Mbuna.

  3. AmazonPassionModeratorModerator Member

    Longer is definitely better.

    You can get mixture on glass (starphire is the front glass and regular glass for the other three sides).

  4. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    Since longer is better - How about the width (not the length, but how far it comes out from the wall)?

  5. RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember

    Min width for Mbunas is like 1.5ft but I'd go with as wide and long as possible. Height isn't a huge factor for them.
  6. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks, AP & Rogue! :)
  7. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    I need some help - Which one is best?

    What I have now: 75 Gallon - 48L x 18W x 21T

    These are my options for the room I have:

    95 Gallon (4 Wide) - 48L x 24W x 17T
    120 Gallon - 48L x 24W x 25T
    125 Gallon Tall - 60L x 18W x 25T

    It'll have to be one of those three. The website I am getting it from is a custom fish tank website.

    The fish tank stands and canopies are pure Oak Wood.
  8. RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember

    I'd go with the 120. It's wider and gives you more room to make larger rockwork for the Mbuna. But I do like the length of the 125... :)
  9. AquaristFishlore LegendMember



    Glass vs Acrylic links above.

  10. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    I was thinking the 120 for more floor stability and for the purpose of rocks as you stated. And yes, I like the length of the 125, but it would still be thin.

    I have 18" Width now, so I wanted something wider. It is cheaper for the 120 than the 125 because of the length differences. And, if I get the 120, I can still use my lights as the custom tank and stand do not come with that - only the lids.

    Ken - I definitely (even more so now after reading those links) will go with glass over acrylic.
  11. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Hi Alex,

    I'm glad the links helped you to make a decision. I prefer glass myself.

  12. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    I definitely now want glass. I'm going to see if I can get a custom tank that is still 48" in length but even wider than 24", because I really want the Width more than the length (somewhat), because it will not wobble as much with that kind of width.
  13. AquaristFishlore LegendMember


    I see a 120g High 48x24x24

    150g Extra High 48x24x30

    Maybe something along those lines?

  14. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    That 150 EH is sure gonna be a pain to clean! lol
  15. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    teehee :)

    All you need is a step stool and XL gravel vacuum and 36" long Tongs. :) My 265g is 30" tall and even on the step stool I can't reach the bottom with my hand and not fall in. lol :)

  16. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    LOL! My Mbunas might like me falling in with them! Not sure if my Cats would, though.

    I can get a custom tank made, but with extra costs. I think it may be worth it. The best for me would be something along the lines of this:

    60"L x 30"W x 18"H (The best size for what room I have) - This would be around a 140 Gallon Tank, I believe. :)
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012

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