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RLHam3 09-11-2008 03:55 PM

aquarium size help?
hey i've got a 10 gal tank. it measurments are 20x10x12. problem is that i want i largee tank. is there a standard a tank that would still have a base of 20x10 and just be taller? (15 gal?)

if not then is it ok for me to put a 15-20gal on the stand even if a little overhangs. is that bad for the aquarium? i just know how expensive stands usually are

willow 09-11-2008 04:45 PM

i can't help with measurements,the thing that would concern me
will be overhang,it can cause stress on the tank,and it may crack
under the strain,i don't know if putting a board underneath
would even things out some.

iamntbatman 09-11-2008 07:42 PM

15 gallon high tanks and 20 gallon extra high tanks have those same dimensions.

However, even though you're adding water volume, you can't really stock a whole lot more fish in tall tanks like that because there's still the same amount of horizontal swimming space.

If you're looking to have a bigger tank to hold more or bigger fish, you could try getting a stand second hand (such as off of craigslist) or building your own DIY stand. There are threads relating to building your own tank stand in the DIY section of this site.

I agree with willow though - trying to place a tank on a stand that's too small for it is definitely a bad idea, as it will eventually lead to your tank failing.

okiemavis 09-12-2008 04:07 PM

The entire basis of support for a fish tank is that plastic edge around the bottom. The actual glass bottom should never be touching a solid surface as it causes uneven pressure which can result in cracks and such. So no, overhang won't work. However, it's very easy to build your own stand, or purchase a tank on craigslist that comes with a stand (which is very common).

I do disagree with batman a bit, you should be able to stock more fish in the tank, provided you have a balance of bottom, middle and top dwellers. HOWEVER, you won't be able to add any fish that size or activity wise would not fit in a 10G. So you'll have more flexibility in the amount of fish, but not really the types of fish.

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