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  1. There are bonuses to both kinds of aquariums With nano tanks, there small and can fit on desks, are easily moved, and IMO a lot more fun. Lots of the time stocking will be with small personable fish like pea puffers, bettas, sparkilng gourami, etc. All though with the smaller tanks = less stocking options. With bigger tanks you have the option for more plants, fish, hardscape, and can start housing big fish. Or do you like nano tanks because of the fish, but like bigger tanks because of the space? So would you perfer a 30 gallon with a sparkiling gourami group, and other small tetras? So which do you perfer? Explain your reasoning:
  2. So I see this popping up in a lot of threads and I don't want to hijack those threads. There seem to be 2 schools of thought about tank sizes--some people are in the Bigger Is Better camp, some people are in the Small Is Beautiful camp. I see pros and cons to both, and thought we could bat ideas and tips for each around here. I like little because I live in a small space, I don't have a lot of money, and I mostly like small fish. In defense of the Small Is Beautiful camp: Tiny tanks can easily be disrupted by small things--like ONE dead snail--but they can also be corrected rapidly. A 30-50% water change takes minutes, you aren't too tired to tackle it after work. Fish, plants, and equipment are (or can be) cheaper. FINDING that dead snail is not a herculean task. Big, static tanks can become a chore, and people leave the hobby for that reason also. To be fair, if I had the space I would LOVE a giant tank. I would also like a Victorian conservatory attached to the side of my house. A maid, and perhaps a view of something other than the highway. But until I strike it rich, I am really good at making tiny work. The learning curve may be steep, I may have a lot of frustrations at times, but if the only option is between a 55 gallon or nothing I would be forced to choose nothing. Some fish>no fish. So the question for me is not what size tank to offer newbies, but how to lower the bar for anyone who is interested.
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