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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V6 #123


       Isnt it wonderful to dream of the wonderful, but sadly non - existant, 
"perfect set up." Ive wanted this for quite some time, drew up plans, etc. 
The problem with this is that we never quite get to enjoy what we have. It 
either has a little to much spot algae, or the foreground isnt quite right. 
We all want fishrooms, someday, when we have the money, or the time, or 
something else that never quite seems to be there. 
The best investment I've ever made is 30 minutes or an hour just to shut up, 
stop thinking, and enjoy my tanks.

-Zach in Ohio who will need more tanks because I just signed up for a 2 yr 
species maintenance gig for N. whitei. =)

In a message dated 4/16/2003 7:18:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

> Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 22:13:16 -0500
> From: "Steven Pituch" <spituch at ev1_net>
> Subject: Aquarium Size Questions
> I am considering upping the size of my aquarium.  If I go through with this
> I would sell my 75 and 30 gallon setups and replace them with one larger
> tank.  Why larger?  Well actually I'm not sure, but it seems throughout my
> life I've always been going to a bigger tank.  First when I was about 10
> years old I got a 10 gallon tank.  In college I got a  29 gallon tank.  I
> then went through two 55 gallon tanks over the next twenty years.  When I
> moved to Texas five years ago I wanted something with more depth (front to
> rear) for better aquascaping possibilities.  So I got a 75 gallon tank and
> eventually started growing aquatic plants successfully.
> I've moved once more (hopfully for the last time) and now have a sunroom at
> the back of the house, half of which I use for an office.  The other half 
> of
> the room is begging to become a fish room.
> The reason I think I may want one larger tank instead of a couple of 
> smaller
> ones is that it is seems to me to be easier to maintain one tank than two 
> or
> three tanks, especially when its time to measure and add the chemical
> fertilizers.  Also providing the proper light, CO2, etc to one bigger tank
> seems less complicated than providing it to several tanks.  And I guess
> there is just something exciting about larger tanks.  Just looking at a 125
> gallon tank in the LFS next to a 75 gallon tank, well that extra two feet 
> of
> real estate looks so good.  Anyway I have been asking myself if I bought a
> 125 gallon tank whether it would stop there or would I again want something
> bigger in the future?  So I have been thinking of what would be the 
> ultimate
> tank for me.  A tank that I would never want to get rid of.   I was also
> looking around at the stock sizes of glass tanks and it appears to me that
> they aren't geared for the planted aquaria enthusiast.  As the sizes get
> bigger in gallons they also get higher.  This makes it really hard to
> aquascape when the depth of the tank is greater than the length of one's
> arms.  The 22 inch height of a 125 gallon tank is about as deep as I dare 
> to
> go but I would certainly accept a tank that was wider than the 18 inch 
> width
> of a 125 gallon tank.  In fact 20 to 24 inches in width would add quite a
> bit of real estate to the tank, and the extra space would still be
> accessible if you could walk around to the rear side of the tank.   Also I
> can fit a seven foot long tank in the alloted space.  An 84"x24"x22" tank
> would give a nominal 192 gallons, and is probably as big as I could ever
> dare to go.  But I guess since it is a custom size I would either have to
> build it out of plywood or buy a custom acrylic tank.
> How many of you have had both glass and acrylic large tanks and prefer the
> acrylic tanks?  Why?
> Has anyone on the list successfully built a plywood tank?
> Am I out of line wanting a lower, wider, longer tank?  Any comments on what
> would be your perfect tank?
> Regards,
> Steve Pituch

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