Moving Up Tanks

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Hey guys, I'm planning on upgrading to my biggest tank yet(currently a 40 gallon breeder), which will be a 55 gallon(48Lx14Wx21H). I currently have a tidal 75 gallon filter along with 200W heater that is controlled outside of the tank(Hygger Titanium Tube Submersible Pinpoint Aquarium Heater With Digital Thermostat, IC Temp Controller). My light is a AquaSky Fluval app controlled, substrate is ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia Light(Normal Type). I also have a bubbler/light that goes on the back side of my tank if that's anything important.

Now to the questions about such a big tank!
-Will I need two heaters for both sides of tank for even tank temperature throughout the tank?
-Will I need to invest in a second filter if I'm looking for a nicely stocked tank?
-Is the 55 gallon footprint the same as a 40 gallon footprint?
-What exactly does the footprint of a tank mean?(I'm relatively new)
-Do I have good quality substrate for a heavily planted tank?
-Is my one light on top enough?

Thank you all for the help in advance! :)

And please check out my other thread on stocking it!
 

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I have a 200w heater in my 55 and it keeps it 81* no problem. I wouldn't worry about another heater unless you have issues keeping temp.

I have a Aquasky also which seems to be doing well. Mine is a 48 inch.

I use a air stone purely for biofilm on the surface. Otherwise it is decoration.

I don't have any experience with your substrate. It will probably be fine. Not sure on 2 filters either. I only have one.
 

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I have a single 200W heater on the left side of my 53g and its enough to heat my tank well. You can try out the 200W yourself and see how it does, I have enough flow that the heat is dispersed pretty evenly.

I don't use HOB filters so I'm unsure if your filter is good enough for the tank, but I like to overfilter my tanks. I had a canister rated for up to 75 gallons on my 53g and it didn't seem to be enough for me. Now I have one rated for up to around 180g I believe. Much better. There are better people to answer this question for you, I personally wouldn't want just a single 75 gallon HOB on my tank. I'm sure it will do fine for you.

If the tank was a 40 long then it would have the same footprint. If it was a 40 breeder then the 55 would have a larger footprint. The footprint of the tank is the length x the width of the tank, how big the tank is not including height. So, essentially the room on the bottom of the tank is the footprint.

I don't use that substrate, so I can't answer you there. I just use sand and gravel and my plants do just fine.

I have had a single aquasky on my 53g tank for a year and my plants do amazingly. Just recently I got a second one, just so I can have more light on the front of the tank as the previous one was positioned towards the rear. But one was more than enough for my tank and plants.
 
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StarGirl15 Thank you so much!
Feohw would you suggest canister over HOB filter and if so what price range would I be looking at, thank you!
 

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AGentJ2468 said:
StarGirl15 Thank you so much!
Feohw would you suggest canister over HOB filter and if so what price range would I be looking at, thank you!
Personally I'm not a fan of HOBs, I currently have one on my 6g. I used to have a few more on other tanks but replaced them. I'm a cansiter and sponge filter guy. My 75 gallon canister was 100 euro and my 180g was around 150 euro I believe. I'm not sure how they would be priced for an American.

But that's just me. There are plenty out there that would choose a HOB over a canister. If I were to go the HOB route for a 55 I would probably do two tidal 75s. As you have the HOB already this may be the best route for you.
 

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I like canisters and HOBs for different things - I feel like canisters provide better filtration and bacterial culture, but HOBs turn water over at a higher rate. I'm upgrading like you and my plan is to keep my EHEIM canister and supplement with HOBs.

Most canisters at my LFS cost 100+ dollars, but prices run high there because it's a local business. An EHEIM 2211, which is what I have (it's too small for a 55 on its own), is about 80 bucks on Amazon.
 
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Loachland ya, only reason I'm not thinking of getting a canister filter is the cost and I think a second HOB would be cheaper lol. Heard their pretty good on cleaning the water though...:)
 

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I totally hear you on the money, my mom bought the canister for me a while ago - otherwise I likely wouldn't have it. Ultimately, both styles are pretty good. I think it's a bit of a quality vs quantity thing - you really can't go wrong. Two HOBs of that size seems like a good plan to me, so long as you have fish that like moderate water flow :)
 

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