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post #1 of 8 Old 08-05-2007, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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questions about going from 55 to 240+

I had to beg, and plead for a 55 gallon tank. I grew up with a fish tank and I always wanted one in our house. Well we finally got our "own place" and we could have one. After much begging I got a 55 gallon tank (he wanted to get a 29) for my birthday back in April. Well I set it up, got it cycled, and he has picked just about every fish out that is in there (I love the choices that he has made, he always asks me, "will this work in our tank?"). I do all the cleaning to the tank though. Not a big deal I get it done "my way". Now he is talking about wanting to get at least a 240 gallon. YES I had to beg him for a 55 gallon just a little over three months ago. LOL He is wanting to turn our 55 into a saltwater and get the 240 for a tropical community tank.

My question is how much MORE work (other than taking a little longer for cleaning) am I looking at with a 240 than I already put into a 55. I do weekly water changes/vac. the whole nine yards that goes into keeping a nice tank and fish alive and healthy.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-05-2007, 11:03 PM
Good for him. You folks must decide on what type of community tank you wish. African cichlids would be a good choice as they have diverse color. The tank would be similar to a salt tank in that there should be rockwork galore for the fish.
A true community tank would be impressive with plants, wood,rocks, and fish such as tetras, danios, dwarf South American cichlids and catfish like cories, farowellas, and dwarf bagrids. If you have the opportunity pick up some magazines, Tropical Fish Hobbiest is a real good one, and do some research.
You have joined the forum and that is a good thing. Check out some the other members' tanks for a few ideas.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-06-2007, 06:54 AM
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If you are interested in a tank that large you dont only have to do a small fish community tank you can do a larger community say with silver dollars, tinfoil barbs brown or black ghost knifes the possibilities depend on what you want in the tank. If you like the smaller fish then you can make a spectacular tank with them or you can go bigger. the choice is up to you.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-06-2007, 07:11 AM
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-07-2007, 07:28 PM
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If I had a 240, I'd think long and hard about an Arowana or 3.

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post #6 of 8 Old 08-07-2007, 08:03 PM
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I have seen them setup BEAUTIFULLY with a silver arow, a clown knife, 6 silver dollars, 2 (but i would go with at least 4) bala sharks, a chanel cat, and a another catfish (not sure what kind?)

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-09-2007, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input guys. My main question is how much more time and I going to have to put into it? Is it harder to keep a 240+ than it is to keep a 55 or is it about the same as far as keeping water in check goes? I have heard bigger is easier, it is true? 55 has been pretty easy for us.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-09-2007, 07:04 PM
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It really depends on what you do. If you just have fish rocks wood then it wont be any different and maybe even less than you do now. But you will spend a lot more on the filtration and every other aspect of the set up. If you go from just fish to a planted 240 then you will have a lot more work.

3 arowanas in a 240... bit small for a single silver.
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