Getting back into it...37g vs 29g?

  1. xraychick01 Initiate Member

    Hello. I am new here. About 10 years ago I had a 37 gallon tropical aquarium. I loved it but moved and got rid of it. Now I want to get back into the hobby. I still have my old 37 gallon tank but I've been considering a 29 gallon instead. Would one be better than the other? I know the 37 gallon is taller and I've heard mixed things on tall tanks. Thanks!
     
  2. Adam55 Well Known Member Member

    Hi xray, and welcome to FL.

    Do you have an idea what kind of stock you're interested in? Some fish might need the extra space, and some may not. My general rule of thumb is that bigger is usually better. And if you still have the 37 then you save some cash.
     

  3. Jim Well Known Member Member

    IMO, I'd go with the 29. As you know they both have the same footprint. If you go planted, it will be easier getting light to the substrate. PAR drops off significantly after an 18 inch depth
     

  4. xraychick01 Initiate Member

    I'm not sure just yet. I would like a small school of small fish like zebra danios or something similar and few larger fish. I know that's pretty vague right now. I live in a small town and have only one very small store. I need to check and see what they have available.
     

  5. Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    I would say bigger is better, but Jim makes a good point about the effectiveness of your light should you choose to grow plants. Of course, you could always spend the money on an upgraded light instead of a new tank...
     
  6. xraychick01 Initiate Member

    I've never grown plants before so I'll probably just stick with artificial.