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    I guess depth would definitely serve more purpose but I personally like the look of a tall aquarium. I have a 37 gallon now that I love. anyhow still on the hunt and yes LeoDiaz I did see the 75 gallon with hood at petsmart. would have to go to lowes this weekend and price materials to make stand.
     
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    If you are planning on doing small-ish fish (maybe 6 inch or less) then depth wouldn't be too critical. But if you are doing fish that are any bigger than that you probably want the deeper tank.
     
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    I'm planning an Mbuna cichlid tank. Besides the appeal to me of a taller tank my only concern about it is if its sturdy. I do have kids so width would make me feel more comfortable..... awwww decisions, decisions. LOL.

    I mean depth.
     
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    Well mbunas do love there rockwork i will find hard doing rockscaping on tank with 12 depth but 27in height. Also mbunas like to stay near there rockwork so if u cant really stack rocks that heigh on 60g they will just stay in the bottom half most of the time.
     
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    true true, I should just stick to my original game plan and to the 75!!! LOL. I will drive yall nuts with me until then. hahaha!
     
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    75 or if you like extra height wat about a 90g? Is like 3inches taller.
     
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    I do appreciate everyones input on here so far in helping me make a decision. Everyone has been very helpful in pointing out certain issues that I would not have thought of . x
     
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    Np thats we like doing helping others.
     
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    90gallons!!! jeesh.... I don't know.....I might end up with a hole in my floor! lol
     
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    Hole in the floor even better turn it into indoor pond lol.
     
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    more like a fire escape! :eek:
     
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    You can never have to many fire escape lol. Do you live in condo/apartment?
     
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    No I live on the beach so my house is built on stilts in case of hurricanes and such. However it should be able to hold the 75 so as long as I distribute the weight of it on the rafters evenly. Anything bigger than id say a 125gallon I would probably have to add some support underneath but 75 gallons should be fine.
     
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    So a 90g should be fine if you can find one cheap.
     
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    yes I was just kidding about the hole in the floor. lol but I think 75 is all I really need. that was my original game plan.

    I did see a 100 gallon on craigslist though.. I'm new at keeping aquariums so I don't know what it was but it looked like it had pipes and stuff on the bottom to hook up, who knows..... anyhow it looked very intimidating to me. LOL!!!
     
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    true keep us update with anything you find or get.

    Proably a sump with overflow those are the ones that usually have pipework.
     
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    I purchased my last used tank. (Current Tank) My next tank will be new.
    Just a preference for me at this point... Minimum 90 gallon, I'm thinking 125.

    I've got a hankerin' for crystal clear glass (acrylic).

    That being said, you can find some decent used tanks out there, just take your time.
     
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    Well its a done deal. My LFS was able to get me a 75 gallon for $100 dollars cheaper than the one on sale at petsmart. So I went for it. At least its new and I don't have to worry about that part. Will be in next week. So excited and Ill have many questions on here once its in as far as cycling and substrate and things like that. Also went ahead and ordered a glass top and got a LED light strip with adjustable controller. Gna get this one just like I want it as opposed to buying a kit like my other 3 aquariums and then having to purchase better filters and stuff anyways cause they usually come with underrated ones. This will be my last aquarium for a while... LOL
     
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    That's what I said about my 75 like 4month ago now I want a bigger tank lol.
     
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    LOL!!!! Hope your around next week when I set mine up. I have questions as to what type of substrate is best for cichlids. I've heard they prefer none but I'd like to put something in there for looks wise. Also I'd like to know what other fish along with mbunas I may be able to put in there or am I just limited to mbunas? I've seen some type of catfish may work. Cant remember what they were called at the moment. Also what does assorted Africans mean? I've seen them at my LFS. I've researched the type of mbunas there are but I will not be able to remember all those names...... guess I can make a list when I go shopping for em just don't want to end up with something else. Hofefully my LFS will just special order me some. Oh and cycling. I've read its best to add all your mbunas at once and therefore a cycle using minnows would be best that way when you add your cichlids they just eat the minnows, therefore replacing them and you don't have a huge ammonia spike. Is that correct? Thanks in advance.
     
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