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Old 04-17-2006, 07:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning to purchase a large aquarium with a 30" depth (120" x 24" x 30") and would like to get some input from hobbyists who have experience working with plants in an aquarium of this depth or greater. Does the awkwardness of servicing become too much over time? Do the benefits outweigh the difficulties? With the plants available is it difficult to create an aesthetically pleasing effect in that top 6 inches? - I haven't seen many plants listed as attaining heights of greater than 24". I would prefer not to overcome the depth problem by adding to the substrate depth.
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Light penetration to the bottom is the only problem I encounter with my 100 gal (48x18x30"). I'm using 2 175 watt MH and 2 40 watt fluorescents on my tank. Rooted plants do well, stem plants have a tendency to be small, leggy and poorly colored near the bottom and improve in appearance as they reach the surface. I'm looking at upgrading my MH's to 2-250 watt fixtures. A member of GWAPA has a 30" deep 215 gal tank that is gorgeous.

Check out Ghazanfar's tank at:
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I had a 75 gallon hex that was 30" deep. I "upgraded" to a 78 cube that is 26". Much more managable as far as maintenance. I ruptured a disc last fall (maybe from maintaining the 30"). I have a coralife aqualight combo -2 65 watt with 150 watt metal halide. Great light for those depths.

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I have a 48"W & 30"Deep X 24" braceless tank. the first 90 days are here, with subsequent posts detailing the first 12 months MH's to T5 HO's and a few pictures

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Good luck you will need long arms.

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I worry enough about getting a 24". I imagine that its ok it you use longer foreceps to plant & re-arrange things. Sometimes it just helps to be able to use your hands to get down to the level of the substrate. At 30 inches that would be impossible for me without going diving, especially in the back corners.
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I have pretty much adapted to my 30" acrylic cube. I use Hagen aquatongs and a product that I found at Walgreens called the "Gopher" to reach the bottom. I think making the tank low-maintenance also helps. You don't want to constantly be pruning and uprooting plants. With 140 watts of pc's I have kept chain swords, glosso, blyxa, pellia, and crypts on the bottom without much trouble. I think it helps to have plants that will spread on their own without overshadowing.

BTW, fish love the depth. You'll see behavior that's impossible in a shallow tank.
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Gonz is right, and I should have mentioned, I have no stem plants in my tank just Crypts, Anubias, and Swords. I planted the lowest maintenance plants in the hardest to reach places. One corner has an Anubias that hasn't seen a pruner in 7 years.

And with the depth, you really get to see some variation in the habits and layers of the different fish. No hatchets or glass cats among the harlequins in my tank.

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YES!! Go with low maintenance plants. You dont want to have to prune and replant all the time. Crypts, Blyxa's, Cyperus Helferi. Make use of driftwoods with Java ferns attached.
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