Opportunity I just can't pass up. But how to go about it?

Which tank should I keep/make a stand for

  • 155 gallon 4 foot

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  • 135 gallon 6 foot

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Quinn_Lamb98

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Hey everyone, first post here in a while.

Long story short, my wife is getting a significant amount of money back from her taxes and, after paying all our bills and putting some aside, I have gotten the golden opportunity to build a brand new stand and rebuild a tank. Problem is I'm not sure which tank to build the stand for, lol.

I have a 155 gallon (48Lx24WX31H) and a 135 gallon (72Lx18Wx24H) as well as a 90 gallon (48Lx18Wx24H). The 90 gallon isn't set up currently but the other 2 are.

This stand is going to have one of the tanks stacked on top of the 90 gallon and the other tank will be sold (can not really keep up with the 2 large tanks, much less all 3, life gets too busy at the moment, excluding the current pandemic). I have the wood and plans/design for the stand already, but I just can not decide which large tank to incorporate into it.

No matter which tank I end up using it will have to be taken apart and resealed. The 135 simply has too many scratches on the front pane of glass to ignore as well as a really ugly silicone job done by the last guy. If it is taken down and resealed it will be simply flipped onto is side to create the new dimensions 72Lx24Wx18H. The 155 has no issues whatsoever, but, if I do keep it I also want to flip it on its side to create the new dimensions 48Lx31Wx24H, 31 inches of height is just too darn high and I would really love the extra 6 inches of width to accommodate some larger fish.

Now here is the problem, I just don't know which to do, lol. There are costs and benefits to both. The width of the 155 would allow larger fish and could get into a smaller spot and the glass is in better condition, however the amount of weight is quite immense, the length of the 135 is very nice but can be difficult to position, it can't house particularly long species comfortably and the height is only 18 inches (not much).

What would you do? I also plan on building a couple filters for these tanks as time goes on.
 

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I would have to go with the 135 gallon. I like the extra length and would prefer a shorter tank. Much easier to reach the bottom without having to almost go swimming when I rearrange the decor or tend to plants.
 

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mattgirl said:
I would have to go with the 135 gallon. I like the extra length and would prefer a shorter tank. Much easier to reach the bottom without having to almost go swimming when I rearrange the decor or tend to plants.
I second this, 24” is about as deep a tank I would ever want. The larger footprint is also a big advantage
 

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I'd keep the 155. Although not particularly long, the depth and additional water volume allows for so many possibilities.
I picture a tall rock pile positioned in the middle of the tank, a little off center. Sort of like a reef. Fish being able to swim completely around the structure.
Plus the stand is probably a little easier to build.
 

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I too prefer length vs depth

my 36 bow front is a pain verses my 38 rectangle in terms of maintenance.
 
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Upon further inspection of the glass on the 6 foot aquarium while doing a water change I have come to the conclusion it would be a waste of time. The previous owners scratched every single pane of glass, it honestly looks like they took sandpaper to it, it is that bad. I will post a dedicated aquarium build thread to follow the entire build. Thanks for everyone's input.
 

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