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post #1 of 17 Old 05-02-2007, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Which is easier, larger or smaller tank?

Being new to this hobby I'm still on the learning curve.

Just wondering whether to ditch my 2ft tank for a bigger tank as I've heard that bigger tanks are easier to deal with the chemistry side of things than smaller tanks.

Is this correct?
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-02-2007, 01:21 PM
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Larger tanks are more forgiving to a degree. Small numbers of fish will have less impact on the bioload making larger tanks easier to cycle. If you overload the large tank, it can be just as bad as a small tank. And speaking from experience, the urge to overload a larger tank is higher as it looks like there's less in the tank. I would recommend a 65g to start with. Though you probably want to keep the 2'. Is there any such thing as too many tanks? :P
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post #3 of 17 Old 05-02-2007, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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How many litres is 65g?
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Roughly 250L. The conversion is 3.8L to the US gallon.
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post #5 of 17 Old 05-02-2007, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Think mine is about 65 - 70 litres. 2ft by 1ft by 1.2ft approx

So the 65g one being quite a bit bigger, like over 3 times the volume?
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post #6 of 17 Old 05-02-2007, 02:41 PM
Larger tanks are indeed much more forgiving.

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Think mine is about 65 - 70 litres. 2ft by 1ft by 1.2ft approx

So the 65g one being quite a bit bigger, like over 3 times the volume?
My 65g is 36" x 24" and is 24" deep. ~70L, yeah, that's about 3 times the water with a 65g.
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larger tanks are more forgiving indeed.....until you need to move i go for cube shaped nano type tanks they run up to 50g but are still eiser to move than traditional tanks

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post #9 of 17 Old 05-03-2007, 02:46 AM
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Yea moving is no fun, I am a big fan of larger tanks (in fact I am working on a larger setup right now). You do have to realize that the larger and larger the tank gets the cost increases significantly.

The larger the tank the more heating, filtration, lighting, power, etc... you will need to run it.

Also, depending on how much algae you are abel to cultivate cleaning the tank could get a little hairy. BUT

A large tank needs less water changes (if you hold your bioload constant), is much more buffered than smaller tanks when it comes to any facet of water chemistry, and they are more fun for the fish (bigger house = better right? )
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post #10 of 17 Old 05-03-2007, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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I was told by a self-proclaimed "expert" that I know that I need to master the cycle on a small tank to be able to cope with a larger tank.

My understanding is that its the other way round?
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