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    Just curious, would you rather have a 30-gallon tank or a 30-gallon breeder tank?

    ..........INCHES..........length.....horizontal depth.....vertical height

    30 gallon 36 12 16

    30 gallon breeder 36 18 10.7

    40 gallon long 48 12 16


    I like the depth of the 30-gallon breeder, but it's only about 11 inches high which isn't enough room for plants. I like the height of the regular 30-gallon, but I miss the depth that 18 inches of depth really adds a lot to an aquarium.. I don't really want to go to 40 gallons, because the extra 100 pounds worries me since the tank will be on the second floor upon a non-load bearing wall. Also, I have (will have) my desk next to it. The desk weighs 200 pounds and my fat body also weighs 200 pounds (errr, well, in 2 weeks it will weigh 200 pounds). So I have the tank on my left, and the desk at a right-angle to it, choosing to distrubute the desk and *my* weight over the load-bearing wall joists. (I think I'm getting off topic here).

    (load-bearing wall along this direction with the joists
    running from the top of the screen to the bottom.

    Tank Desk
    _____ _________
    | | | |
    | | |________|
    | | me
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    _____|

    anyway, ever thought which is nicer, the regular 30 gallon or the 30 gallon breeder? Or maybe, what is your favorite size tank that isn't too large? I really like the 40 gallon tank, for example, but........well, I'm blabbering. better stop typing now before I bring up politics or something.





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    Well obviously that picture didn't work out too well.

    ***
    ***___**********
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    ***---....I sit here
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    stars on the left are the tank, whether it be the 30 breeder or 30 regular.

    Horizontal stars are that 200lb thing which holds my papers

    The "I sit here* is where you probably believe I will be sitting (you would be right).

    Joists run like this: |.....|......|.....|

    not that any of this changes the initial question: whidh do you like better?



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    How about a 40 breeder? Same footprint as the 30 breeder but 1/3 taller.

    What do you plan to put in it?
    '...and if you want to hear God laugh tell Him your plans.'

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    Even the 30 breeder should be 12inches high - or is it a custom tank ?

    If you go planted i'd always get the deeper (front to back) tank because that way you can create aquascapes with more depth.

    I'd go with unca brets idea and consider the 40 breeder.
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    Of the options listed, I like the 30 gallon breeder. Use the dwaft anubias and trim everything else. But then, I'm a loach person and the bigger footprint gives my bottom dwellers more room and the shorter height means its easier to light.



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    I have had a lot of success with aponegetons. I buy the bulbs and put them in a damp paper towel in a plastic bag someplace warm. After a few days they should start to sprout, just drop them in. I have two in my 20g high that are doing great. The leaves are about 6-7 inches long and they are constantly sending bloom shoots up to the surface. About the time one shoot dies another takes its place. And my fish eat the remains!
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    BTW, I don't think you should have to worry about the weight issue. Could you use some large screws to attach the stand to the wall studs for extra security?

    Another choice would be a 33 long, same footprint as a 55 but 3/5 the height.
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    I just purchased a 40 gallon breeder and absolutely LOVE IT! You said you liked the 30 gallon breeder, but it was only 10.5" tall. The 40 gallon breeder is 36x18x16. It's a long tank, and the thing I love most about it is the fact of how wide it is. I won't buy a tank from now on unless it's at least 18" wide. I never knew how nice it was to have a 'big footprint'. It's also almost as tall as my 29 gallon, so plant away!

    Hope this helps your decision.



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    I've heard that 'breeder' tanks are often sold cheaper due to having a weaker, non-tempered glass bottom, the idea being they'd be used for bare-bottom breeding tanks with no substrate or decor. It's something to consider, anyways.



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    Oh yeah baby!!! I looked at the 40gallon breeder today, and I think the size is perfect. Without a doubt, that is the one.



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