Time For A New Tank?

Castiel*

Landlord just gave me the okay to set up bigger tanks, his "limit" when I moved in was a 40g. We modified the lease and there is no limit on tank size, but I do live on the second story.

I'm conflicted about what I should get though, should I play it safe and just get a 55g? (Less weight, easier to maneuver when I move, and still gives me plenty of stocking room) or should I go a little bigger and just do the 75?

I know when I get a house (not really in the near future) I'm going to have at least a 120 or bigger. Since I'm already planning a monster tank when I move I feel like the 55 gallon would be more applicable now. I just don't know what to do yet. I plan on taking down my 30 gallon Hex for this upgrade so the tank will be stocked with 10 buneos aries tetra, a krib, and two bristlenose to start.
 

Fashooga

I would opt for a 75 gallon if your allowed. 55 gallon doesn’t allow you the depth you need to get certain fish.

55g I think are great for community tetras and small cichlids. 75 gallon are great for bigger cichlids.
 

Nataku

I'd go for the 75 personally. Just make sure you've spoken with the landlord and are sure that the structure can handle that much weight in a single area.

You can just do so much more with the foot print of a 75 than you can with a 55. So many fish really like and/or need that extra depth.
 

Castiel*

It's a 1940s complex, all walls are load bearing and concrete. Couldn't look at the joists myself but I'm willing to bet they are pretty heafty also. He didn't state how big was too big, left that up for me to decide (renters insurance). But personally I limited myself to 75 gallon just for ease of moving the tank when I do eventually move and the stairs are centrally located in our building so anything bigger then that would be a pain to lift over the railing to go down
 

Nataku

Ah they built solid in the 1940s. You should be good then.
And agreed, a 75 isn't too bad to get up and down stairs. When you start getting into 6 foot long tanks its another matter entirely.
 

Castiel*

Agreed, when we were talking about it I asked him which interior walls were load bearing and he said they all were with the buildings design and roof structure this place is pretty much built like a fortress or castle.

So looks like its leaning towards the 75 gallon so far, I know my tetras would love the footprint and depth as they are active buggers.
 

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