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Old 01-21-2007, 06:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm not necisarily saying 18" tall is best but much over 20" (somewhere around there, not sure the actual #) and you start having light hitting the bottom issues.
Another point - much over 20" and I need a snorkle and facemask; I also have to shower and be sure to skip the underarm deodorant!
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Old 01-21-2007, 01:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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good point. That made me laugh.

Say it with me.

WE WANT WIDE TANKS! WE WANT WIDE TANKS! WE WANT WIDE TANKS!
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Old 01-21-2007, 08:34 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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There are some "standard" wide tanks available, but they tend to be smaller in gallonage - breeder tanks. From All Glass Aquarium's website here are some comparison dimensions (all in inches):

29 Gallon
30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 18 3/4

30 Gallon
36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 16 3/4

30 Breeder
36 3/16 x 18 1/4 x 12 15/16


40 Breeder
36 3/16 x 18 1/4 x 16 15/16


40 Long
48 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 16 7/8

45 Gallon
36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 23 3/4

50 Gallon
36 3/8 x 18 3/8 x 19


55 Gallon
48 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 21

Only the breeders are wider than they are tall. I also highlight the 50 gallon because I think those dimensions are pretty good as well. But beyond the 50 gallon, they all stay pretty thin, relatively speaking.

If you want one of these, odds are you will have to order it. And while they will be cheaper than a custom aquarium, they are more expensive than the mass production sizes. You definately don't have the options in terms of elegance and grace, these are your standard glass box, no starphire, no European styling, no edgeless Amano. If I had a fish room, I'd have it set up with 40 breeders. I really like that size.
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Thats all well and good, and those are some really good tanks. The 40 breeder is one of the better ones, but I like big tanks. What would your ideal dimensions be? I really like the 4 foot tanks myself. If I were to tip my tank on its side, it would be my ideal tank. 48"L x 24"W x 18T wich would be 90G, the standard size of the actual 90G is 48"L x 18"W x 24"T if you didn't allready know. Perhaps add 2" to the height to make it an even 100G.

So what do you think, whats your ideal tank dimensions. Barring tank dimensions of public aquarium proportions. Lets say average size home, above average income, realistically. Lets say living room show tank, non wall mounted.

Would 24" wide be ideal? How much wide could it go before it would be difficult to scape, beyond going dutch?
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Oceanic was pretty good about making tanks that catered more towards reef and planted tanks. My Oceanic 50gal is 30x18x22 and I couldn't ask for anything better. Unfortunately, Oceanic is going back to purely custom tanks once AGA completely dissolves them, and I have my doubts about AGA continuing the "odd" sizes Oceanic made.
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Thats a major bummer about Oceanic.
I love mine and was hoping to get a larger one when I finally get around to putting my "BIG" tank in downstairs.
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Oceanic was pretty good about making tanks that catered more towards reef and planted tanks. My Oceanic 50gal is 30x18x22 and I couldn't ask for anything better. Unfortunately, Oceanic is going back to purely custom tanks once AGA completely dissolves them, and I have my doubts about AGA continuing the "odd" sizes Oceanic made.
AGA moved Oceanic from Dallas to Wisconsin. However, there is good news: the guys who founded Oceanic have opened a brand new aquarium manufacturing company here in Dallas!!! I have been told that they plan to focus on really high quality top of the line aquariums, just like when they started Oceanic. I think they are calling themselves Blue Sea Aquariums? Not sure about the name. And sorry, no website yet. Believe me, I will post more as I learn more.
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I like big tanks. What would your ideal dimensions be? I really like the 4 foot tanks myself.

So what do you think, whats your ideal tank dimensions. Barring tank dimensions of public aquarium proportions. Lets say average size home, above average income, realistically. Lets say living room show tank, non wall mounted.

Would 24" wide be ideal? How much wide could it go before it would be difficult to scape, beyond going dutch?
I like my 110 gallon Oceanic, 60" x 18.5" x 23". The only bad thing is the length is not standard so all the lighting is retrofit. But the 18" front to back is pretty nice.

Now I'm going to break your rules and post my dream aquarium. Of course, I would need a pair of these aquariums, one for my reef and one for my planted aquarium. But I like the dimensions of 72" x 90" x 30" - you know having six feet of viewing space and then seven and a half feet from front to back, kinda gives the illusion of depth. If you mount your lights into a sliding rack like he did, maintenance is easy. Just slide the lights aside and go right to it!

I cannot imagine what that cost. $20,000? Probably more. But that is my dream aquarium. All I have to do now is win lotto.
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Wow thats pretty insane. I think his electric bill, would be able to buy me a new tank every month! Holy crap 5800 watts. Thats not lighting, thats a nuclear reactor. The lottory would probably be my only chance.
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Any news on the tank makers in Dallas? I'm located in DFW and I just got into law school and was looking to do a custom rimless tank for an acceptance present to myself. 75 G sounds about right and I've got a best friend who owns a stereo shop which equals access to a 20' table saw to make my own Amano style stand.

Just need to find myself a tank maker...
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