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Dreaming of Large Tank with Lots of Schooling Fish


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So I'm very new to the aquarium hobby and I am enjoying my travels in the rabbit hole.

My tank is only 10G and I'm already imagining larger tanks. I'll wait until I can prove to myself that I can handle my current tank.

So my question is in the title: does anyone here have any experience with a relatively large tank (55G+) stocked mostly with small schooling fish? Is it viable? Are there any special considerations? To me, the schooling of these kinds of fish are beautiful!

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On 6/23/2021 at 10:32 AM, Ceej said:

So I'm very new to the aquarium hobby and I am enjoying my travels in the rabbit hole.

My tank is only 10G and I'm already imagining larger tanks. I'll wait until I can prove to myself that I can handle my current tank.

So my question is in the title: does anyone here have any experience with a relatively large tank (55G+) stocked mostly with small schooling fish? Is it viable? Are there any special considerations? To me, the schooling of these kinds of fish are beautiful!

I think this kind of tank is the way to go. So peaceful and enjoyable.

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On 6/23/2021 at 8:32 AM, Ceej said:

So I'm very new to the aquarium hobby and I am enjoying my travels in the rabbit hole.

My tank is only 10G and I'm already imagining larger tanks. I'll wait until I can prove to myself that I can handle my current tank.

So my question is in the title: does anyone here have any experience with a relatively large tank (55G+) stocked mostly with small schooling fish? Is it viable? Are there any special considerations? To me, the schooling of these kinds of fish are beautiful!

It’s the best way to see natural behaviors.  That’s my current plan, once I convince my neat/tidy husband that it will look great in our front room with the other tanks! I don’t have a dedicated fish room! Lol 

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Welcome into the rabbit snail hole.

 

Soon you will find that no tank is truly big enough and you will have pages upon pages of notes on how to construct aquarium grade acrylic tanks that are so big you refer to them by the dimensions instead of the gallons. Or like many you will convert an entire room or basement into rows upon rows of glass. 

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Firstly a bigger tank equals easier stability. Not as wide of swings in the beginning and over time much more stable. You have a matured 10 g so you can take a little hardscape and substrate as well as filter media. 

I have green neons, von rio tetras, black phantoms and cherry barbs in my 45 g display. I love it. So much action and super peaceful. 

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On 6/23/2021 at 12:51 PM, Ceej said:

I've been reading and hearing this about larger tanks as well - that because of the larger volume of water the tank can be more stable. Found this youtube video: 

Silvertips are beautiful!

its more so that there is more surface are for bacteria to do the good things it does. larger volume of water helps, but all the surface area of substrate, sides of glass etc are really the kicker for making life easier.

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On 6/23/2021 at 2:24 PM, lefty o said:

its more so that there is more surface are for bacteria to do the good things it does. larger volume of water helps, but all the surface area of substrate, sides of glass etc are really the kicker for making life easier.

Think of it as a pond, as opposed to a lake, as opposed to an ocean.

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