02-13-2013, 10:18 AM
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Ha ha!! You made me laugh!!
Then... take a look at the tank "footprints"... the length and width or the base/stand for the tanks. Some of the foot prints are a standard size and that way you can go taller without going longer. For example I think the 35 gallon and the 45 tall (36" x 12" I think) are the same stand/foot print. I have a 75 who's base is 48 x 18 but I know I can upgrade to the 90 which is just taller on the same stand.
Your budget might not allow the bigger tank right now but it can work to your advantage down the road. I am the only person I know who looks at a tank leak as a way to upgrade and plans for it.
If you can get to the 48' length it opens a world of fish that you can keep as many require more length of swim room than 36". The next jump after that is 72" long.
Look for 2nd hand on your local Craigslist/Kijiji/E-bay or ask around... you'd be amazed at what is sitting empty in people's basements.
Gosh I feel like a pusher...