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Advantage of 20G Long?
Old 02-23-2009, 07:19 PM   #1
 
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Advantage of 20G Long?

After only a few weeks of having a 10 gallon, I've decided I want a 20. That's really as big as I can get considering my home.
I'd really like to get a kit because of how much cheaper it would make the package of the tank, filter, heater, and hood. I'm having trouble, however, finding a 20 gallon long in a kit. Those are the dimensions I much prefer over high.

I'm wondering though since long appears to be more popular (granted, I can get a long tank separately) is there some sort of advantage I cannot conceive? I would think it would be better for fish to have a distance to swim, rather than having the option to ascend or descend the depths.

Also, when transferring to the 20 gallon, how do I go about doing it? Here's my theory... some one tell me if it's sound.
Transfer everything in the 10 gallon, including water, into the new one adding about a gallon to 1.5 gallons of dechlorinated tap water. After about a week or 10 days, add another solution of water to the tank. Repeat until the 20 gallon is full.
How does all that sound?
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:34 PM   #2
 
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After only a few weeks of having a 10 gallon, I've decided I want a 20. That's really as big as I can get considering my home.
I'd really like to get a kit because of how much cheaper it would make the package of the tank, filter, heater, and hood. I'm having trouble, however, finding a 20 gallon long in a kit. Those are the dimensions I much prefer over high.

I'm wondering though since long appears to be more popular (granted, I can get a long tank separately) is there some sort of advantage I cannot conceive? I would think it would be better for fish to have a distance to swim, rather than having the option to ascend or descend the depths.

Also, when transferring to the 20 gallon, how do I go about doing it? Here's my theory... some one tell me if it's sound.
Transfer everything in the 10 gallon, including water, into the new one adding about a gallon to 1.5 gallons of dechlorinated tap water. After about a week or 10 days, add another solution of water to the tank. Repeat until the 20 gallon is full.
How does all that sound?
lol, no...use all your old tank water (10 gallons) into your new tank,

Then fill it up the rest of the way with de-clorinated sink water. It'll be fine :)
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
 
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Oops.. I mistyped. It would seem there's an advantage of 20 HIGH. I suppose my first post was confusing. (I still want long.)
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:43 PM   #4
 
20 longs are better than highs.

They offer more swimming space.
They offer more surface area.
They offer more room to place decorations.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:05 PM   #5
 
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I'm buying a 37g tank (same length/width as a 20 long)
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:14 PM   #6
 
Because of the better surface area in a long there is more oxygen and thus happier fish.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:16 PM   #7
 
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More surface area, more territory, more swimming room.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:30 PM   #8
 
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You wouldn't have to put the water in the new 20g. Just switch the filter, decor, substrate to the new tank and you should be fine.
I had a 30g high and it drove me nuts, I finally got rid of it and bought a 20g long. Way better!
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:49 PM   #9
 
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I have a 20L right now too. You may need a bigger filter of course depending on how big your 10G filter is. I have a Penguin Bio-Wheel 200 on my tank....it works great!!!

20L was a great choice, I had a 20 High, after about a month, I gave it to my brother!
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