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I also vote for the 56 gallon or the 50 gallon tank. Remember that contrary to the one inch of fish per gallon, the surface area determines how many fish your aquarium can contain. So the 50 gallon is 684 square inches (36 by 19) and the 56 "tall" is 540 (30 by 18) square inches. The formula for this method is every 10 square inches of surface area supports one inch of mature fish. So the 50 can hold 68 inches of fish whereas the 56 will hold 54 inches of fish. This sounds like I'm putting down the 56 gallon, but its one I almost bought. I think it is a wonderful smaller room aquarium (like my bedroom) or a smaller living room tank.

The depth is really important in a tank if you are going to have it planted - you have more room in the back for plants with more room up front for your fish to swim, and you get a better 3 dimensional effect with a deeper tank. I personally think the Petsmart tank is a great buy BUT the canopy s_cks so be prepared to add an additional light for plants, even so the tank and stand and glass top alone are worth the price.

In the Canadian Petsmart, there is a hot sale on for the 56 gallon combo & it comes with a better looking stand than the one shown in the picture.

Thanks, and I agree with you. If it was not for this particular spot, I would not even hesitate to go with the 50 gallon. It is just the wrong spot. I will think about it some more and then decide by Monday. It is the light switch thing and the location that henders me even though I "could" still do it.

The 55/56 gallon is on sale right now at Petsmart for $249 (it may also be $239...can't remember now) with the stand....different than the one in the pic but the same tank. I do know that the ones that are a little more ecconomical price wise never come with the best canopy. I will have to deal with that when I get to it. Not 100% sure yet if I will go the live plant route.

Thanks again! I cannot wait to get one set up!

~Holly
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My buddy got one from his wife for Xmas, it was something like $15 and there are only two wires to hook up (turn off the power) and it won't matter which wire goes to which screw as the current is AC (alternating current).
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