Tank size

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  1. Nickz

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    So, long story short, the wife finally wants to start her own softie tank... What is a realistic size for a first somewhat small tank for a few fish and softies? She is thinking 20 long, but I also know she wants/really likes seahorses/ pipe fish/ dragonets, or some combo in there, would 20 long even be worth it or would a 40 be more realistic?
     
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  2. David Grigor

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    20H for seahorse, otherwise 20L would be fine. Of course a 40g breeder even better.
     
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    The taller the better for that kind of livestock. A standard 29 would work prolly just fine. Or 60/cube if you want to go bigger. :)
     
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    I would go with a 125 :)
     
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    You could do nice things in a 20 gallon tank, but with any sort of growth it is going to fill quickly. If you have the space (and I gather you do have at least a couple tanks in your house already.... ;) ), I would argue that a 40 breeder would be the way to go.
     
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    Welcome to my world Amy!!!
     
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    Depending on your timing, I could have a 40B setup that might work for you
     
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    40 breeder is actually the perfect tank

    Take him up on it - maybe he could move it for you in thanks for past moving? lol
     
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    Fortunately I have a few months before I have to get one. I already tried to get her to use the 125 for salt, hell it has 80lbs of pukani and probably 100 lbs of tropic eden reef flakes substrate. But she is set on that being an African cichlid tank and doesn't want that big of a saltwater tank (yet).
     
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    I think I could probably handle a40 breeder....hopefully...lol
    And Angie I ain't there yet....
     
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    Wow post number one from her finally
     
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    Shut up honey
    As we're sitting across from each other...ROFLMAO
     
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    Let me know. I'm probably going to take it down the second week of June in preparation for the meeting we are hosting later that month
     

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