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Old 01/09/2008, 12:03 PM
Goldleaf Reef Goldleaf Reef is offline
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1 large tank or 2 Smaller Tanks

I have room for a tank 96 inches long, 40 inches wide. I was thinking in your opinion would it be better to do 1 Tank or 2 48 inch long tanks ? To me seems that it would be better, and possibly a litte cheaper. I could keep two completly looking reefs in the same area . Do you forsee any downsides to doing this ?
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Old 01/09/2008, 12:19 PM
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maybe electricity usage differences?

do you like 2 hondas on your driveway or one big truck?

do you want 2 ok wives or 1 super cool wife?

do you want 2 stacks of $500 or 1 big stack of $1000?

ok, I'm not helping any am I? =)
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Old 01/09/2008, 12:27 PM
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I've never seen such a 2-tank arrangement but it seems to me that it could look odd in the center where the 2 abut. If either glass pane was dirty there would be an obvious visible partition. If both panes were clean, there might be odd reflections still making a visible partition.

On the other hand, this arrangement could allow you to keep some animals that you otherwise might not keep in a full reef.
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Old 01/09/2008, 12:47 PM
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Yeah you both have pointed out All of My issues that I had originaly came up with.. But I do like the Idea of have 2 ok wives...Haveing 1 cool wife is not as cool as having 2 ok wives that are cool with you having two wives...

I was concerned about the seams in the middle also, where they abut. I have been tossing this idea around for a while and I am finally ready to buy. I figure the cost's would be only a fraction difffrence to run them both . I can get 2 48 inch tanks for 2200 and the 1 96 inch tank will cost over 3300 and be heavy as heck to move.

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Old 01/09/2008, 02:48 PM
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id personally get the 2 48" tanks. in one you could keep your rare corals and reef safe fish in the other you could keep some questionable fish and corals that you have grown out from the other. you could also hook them up to the same sump to help cut down cost as well
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Old 01/09/2008, 03:37 PM
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I had a similar thought. The one hang up of mine is if one of the corners should leak where the two tanks meet. That would be a major problem try to get to the leak if it is low. I like to be able to get to all four corners of my tanks just in case. You may want to space them if you can to get in between them in case of an emergency.
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Old 01/09/2008, 04:51 PM
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2 tanks increase your options, BUT, remember it will also restrict your choices of fish when looking at comfort and size.
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Old 01/09/2008, 06:14 PM
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I would go with the one big one. Lots of tangs like at least 6 feet in length to swim. I think the big fish always look cool in a nice big reef.
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Old 01/09/2008, 10:46 PM
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My wife is as cool as they come but, there's no way I would want two of her.
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Old 01/10/2008, 09:51 AM
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One big one. More room for fishies to swim. Two smaller tanks only if in seperate parts of the house. Just my $.02
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Old 01/10/2008, 10:19 AM
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I had this same problems a little while ago and i played with it a long time. I ended up have a two tanks one Fresh water planted tank and a reef sitting next to it. It's really cool because I get best of both worlds-just me though
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Old 01/10/2008, 01:28 PM
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2 tank will take more time to maintant than 1. You can do 1 big tank and 1 small frag tank next to it to store your frag.

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Old 01/10/2008, 03:40 PM
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Thanks I appreciate the Input. But I am still Stuck...


Ycnibrc.. I like that set up Mine will be similar... what's the dimensions on that ?

Giga will you post a pic so I can get an idea of what it looks like
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Old 01/10/2008, 04:09 PM
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well what would you do if you had two tanks?

If its just a question of having different kinds of corals, then get the one 8' tank and have two islands of rock.

If you want different kinds of fish, then I would consider exactly what fish you want and let that be your deciding factor.

Personally i would say go with one tank, just makes everything easier.
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Old 01/10/2008, 05:22 PM
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Im on the 1 big tank club. More fun, less work, more visual impact, more stocking option etc, etc...........
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Old 01/10/2008, 05:26 PM
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it's a 265gal 84''X30''X24'' starphire LeeMar glass tank.
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Old 01/11/2008, 11:46 AM
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Thanks for the Help Going with 1 Tank

96 L X 37 1/2 W X 36 H Going Glass cages route
 

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