When to go bigger

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Whoknows, Sep 2, 2019.

Voter count: 21
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When to go bigger?

  1. Less then 1 year

    12 vote(s)
    57.1%
  2. 1-2 years

    5 vote(s)
    23.8%
  3. 2-5 years

    3 vote(s)
    14.3%
  4. More then 5 years

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    4.8%
  1. Whoknows

    Whoknows

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    Good afternoon all,

    I'm curious how long TASA members keep there tanks before going bigger (see poll) :thumbup:

    Have a great afternoon
     
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  3. pierreschoonraad

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    Shouldn't it be more and not bigger?

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    Yup, for me it’s about when to get another tank not when to get a bigger tank :lol:
     
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    Whoknows

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    If that works for you awesome, you're so lucky to have space for more tanks :thumbup:
     
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    Whoknows

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    I've had my current 4 foot tank about a year and I'm feeling the need for a 6 foot now. At least I'm not the only one that wants to go bigger after one year:cool:
     
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    Haha, well I only got my 30l in December, and by March I had a 3ft, and I'm already keen to move up :lol:
     
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    Hendre Polypterus freak

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    Started with my 250l and a 20l 3.5 years ago... Since space was an issue I set up 2x 60l on a rack and 3x 30l tanks on my desk :D

    Go big when you have the space, money and interest :)
     
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    rednox CA Cichlids

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    Went from 250L to 700L tank because of my cichlids hahaha.
     
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    I just went smaller ,having a 4ft for 12 years i just wanted something different ..... really enjoying it so far !!!
     
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    Depends what you want to do. If you want to do an aquascape - dont go bigger than a 4ft. If you want to breed - more smaller tanks for spawning/raising fry are better than a large tank. If you just want a lot of fish or bigger fish - then bigger is always better.
     
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  12. TetraJacques

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    LOL, bought my first 60l in 2017, 4 months later went bigger to my sump system and shortly after that I got a 120l long that I'm using now. The 60l is being used by my GF for her one Malawi she has and the sump is gathering dust in the spare room.
    But I agree with @TheGrissom, It all depends on the purpose you want it for. My opinion is, that's where the first lesson starts in keeping fish. Don't buy species if you cant raise them to their full growth. Don't buy if you need 7 or more in a school and its a large species but your tanks size isn't sufficient. I wanted clown loaches, did all my research and went against the idea because none of my tanks are big enough for them.
     
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    Whoknows

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    Now that's the dream upgrade path :thumbup:
     
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    Whoknows

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    That M word seems to get in the way of everyone's plans :lol:
     
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    Curious - why not go bigger than 4ft for an aquascape? I'd love to have a 500l + aquascaped beast
     
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    Whoknows

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    The 5 foot is 700 liters??

    Different but enjoy, don't hear that too often
     
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    Whoknows

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    This is good info, sounds like you've tried all those things :cool:

    That's criminal, you can't let it gather dust :lol:

    If only people would realise that, Unfortantantly people buy it small and don't realise how big some fish get:( although I did that with clown loaches I know they get massive but I also know they take many years ;)
     
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    Getting a quality substrate is important for aquascaping - which then works out very costly. CO2 is not required but very, very beneficial and also ensures that the plants take full advantage of the substrate. And then ferts need to be added often (daily or every 2nd day) so a larger tank ends up costing a small fortune.
     
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    I have done aquascaping - I enjoyed it but the maintenance become a bit much. Now I just do planted tanks with slow growers. I am currently breeding 4 species of fish - about 500 fish a year. These work well with my planted tanks as I keep the plants on the sides giving me plenty of space to catch and move fish easily.

    Havent tried a bigger tank than a 4ft. Too much electricity and would rather use the space for breeding.
     
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    Whoknows

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    I don't know how you keep up with breeding fish, I've had fish breed and raising the fry tanks months :) seems like lots of work to me for minimal returns :tt2:
     
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    I have a six x 30l tank setup on a sump. Along with this is 4 spawning tanks in which I place a pair into each tank. The fish are egg scatters - I move the eggs into a 30 l tank over a spawning period of 2 weeks. Usually 30 to 50 fish per tank hatch. Then its just feeding vinegar eels and when they get older banana worms. Then when they are about 6 weeks old they get what the adults eat. At 3 months I sell them. Takes about 10 minutes a day for feeding. When spawning it takes me about 30 minutes a day looking for eggs. I love it so it really isnt any work.
     
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