First Serious Tank - Opinions?
Okay, forgive me if this is a pointless question, but, I'm trying to figure out which way to go, and, being new to the hobby, I figured I'd put it here...
I want to make a moderate/large tank setup for my first foray into fishkeeping as a hobby... Should I go for a 30-35 gallon tall, or a 46 gallon bowfront?
Naturally, I'd want to go with the larger setup, but, as my staging area is currently arranged, I'd have to place it in the corner of a room, not far from an air conditioner. That being said, would using the air conditioner in the summer affect the tank, even with a heater? I'm not trying to have a disaster on my hands, having set up the tank in the winter months, without worrying about the possible a/c effect.
Also, would anyone suggest going even larger with the tank? I have a possibile area that I could clear out for a slightly larger tank (or the 46, if the a/c would be that much of an issue), but, would a bigger tank make things easier or more difficuly for me, a newbie?
Based on my experiences, I'd get as big a tank as you can fit and can afford. I started with a small tank, then got a slightly bigger one, then got a bigger one.... You have greater choices of fish in a bigger tank, so you don't come up against so many options that you can't fit in your tank. The big tank takes a bit longer for the water to drain and fill when doing water changes and you use more water conditioner, but otherwise maintenance is similar on the big tank and the smaller tanks.
I think bigger is always better. Bigger tanks are better because an issue such as ammonia doesn't affect things as much in a bigger tank as it would with a small tank... compare it to cooking. A spoonful of hot sauce will make a small pot of chili spicier than if you put the same sized spoonful of hot sauce in a giant stockpot of chili. Same goes with the water in your fish tank - if you have ammonia in a small tank, that'll affect your fish more than if you have the same amount of ammonia in a much larger tank. And you're not as limited with your stocking options with a big tank as you would be with a smaller tank. Maintenance is a bit more of a hassle, but I think I prefer the extra time required for water changes over only being able to keep a few small fish.
Go as big as you can more fish selection and to my understanding their much easier to keep clean etc once cycled and setup.
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