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post #1 of 14 Old 05-09-2018, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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How Big is Too Big for a Novice?

Several (many) years ago I started up a 55 gallon planted tank with a few fish (the breeds escape me). It was going pretty well until I had to move suddenly and the new place would not allow tanks of that size.

Life is more steady now, and I'm thinking of getting back into fishkeeping. So, naturally I'm thinking of going big or going home with something like a 110 gallon. And from what I've seen a larger tank actually can make things easier. But is that... too large?

I'm thinking of a pair of angelfish. I'd also like to get a bristlenose pleco. And perhaps a pair of dwarf gourami and a rainbow shark (eventually). Then one or two schooling type species.

My plan is to consider the fish I'd like to get, then base the size on there, but right now around 100g or so is where I'm thinking. Am I biting off more than I can chew with a tank so large? And are there other "statement" fish I should consider?
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-09-2018, 08:26 PM
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Larger tanks are much more stable than small ones - itís not like at a certain size they become unmanageable. The big difference is going to be in $$$. If you can afford a large tank and the components to outfit it then go for as large as you can fit.


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Larger tanks are much more stable than small ones - itís not like at a certain size they become unmanageable. The big difference is going to be in $$$. If you can afford a large tank and the components to outfit it then go for as large as you can fit.
That's kinda what I figured but I wasn't sure if larger tanks had needs I wasn't aware of. I've been saving up some good cash for an aquarium, and plan on saving more to basically get my "dream" freshwater tank.

I'd rather drop $$$ on exactly what I want, as opposed to cutting corners and only being kinda happy.
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in my home 110 gallons is considered an average size

but to answer your question, really the only difference is cost, heaters, filters, etc are all more expensive, and a bit more maintanance,

also factor in added water usage, as water changes will take much more water then a smaller tank.....this may up your water bill a bit

larger tank are easier to maintain (in my experience) and they don't get dirty as quickly as smaller ones
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-10-2018, 10:38 AM
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too big is when the landlord says no. LOL
Best tank ever.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-10-2018, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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By a bit more maintenance, what is it that you mean? Just more volume of water for changes? Or something else?

Where I live in Canada we don't have metered water, so that is not an issue, fortunately. And I own my house, so I'm the landlord :D :D
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-10-2018, 01:21 PM
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I like the stability and easy of maintenance of planted tank. You might want to consider a planted setup.


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #8 of 14 Old 05-10-2018, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yes! A planted tank is not negotiable for what I want. I really love beautifully landscaped tanks that look "natural" (ish). Recreating the wild ecosystem as much as possible is #goals

Thanks for the link!
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By a bit more maintenance, what is it that you mean?
meaning you obviously will have more substrate to clean/vacuum....more water to change...more glass to clean, etc
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meaning you obviously will have more substrate to clean/vacuum....more water to change...more glass to clean, etc
Ahh, yes, of course. I just wondered if there was something actually different about a larger tank. I do know that everything I did with the 55g will just be... more of that. lol

With the 55g I used a 5g bucket to schlep the water... is there a better way?
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