03-13-2009, 10:43 PM
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I think that's a great idea, but before you do it, let me ask how you plan to clean the bottom of the tank? I'm 6'2, and I have a 110 Extra high that, if I am standing on a stool to get my armpit level with the top of the tank I can just barely touch the bottom. And I always soak my sleeves doing it. That's 31" tall. What are you going to do with a 48" tall tank? Swim? A 9x3x2 to 2 1/2' tank should be plenty for most fish, unless you had something specic in mind for which you need a 4' tall tank.
Also, bear in mind that, if you are going to plant a 48" deep tank, you will need MASSIVE amounts of light, as the intensity will be down to around a third or so by the time it gets to the bottom of the tank.
Now, another thing to keep in mind, that's going to be about 550 gallons if it's only 2' front to back. So almost 3 tons. Make sure your floor can handle it.