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View Poll Results: What is your preference for height in a aquarium ??
18 inches high 15 7.43%
24 inches high 102 50.50%
30 inches high 73 36.14%
Other please specify 12 5.94%
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:05 PM
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My 8 footer is 20" tall, very easy for cleaning and dealing with large bolders !
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:40 PM
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I'd say between 18" and 24"....

Beyond 24" is really hard to clean... but sometimes you just gotta deal with it like I do with my 265 that is about 30" tall... (what a PITA to reach into to clean and re-arrange stuff).
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:35 PM
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I like taller tanks and if the depth is there fronts will use use it ime. Yes, mine spend a lot of time in the lower half of the tank but they're hardly bottom dwellers and also spend time midwater and higher. 24" is an easy reach for me, tallest I've had, but I could go taller with no problem reaching it.

I agree they need enough footprint space, but they're also deep water fish, so to my eyes a deeper tank is a more natural look for them.
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:50 PM
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I cant stand hunching over to look in my tank I need it to be between 35 and 40" I made a stand that is flush with my counter so when I lean on my counter to eat some cereal its like im in the tank I still need to finish the stand but its comming along nice oh and by the way this is where all the wussie fish go like a group of kitumba cyps some sand sifters and 2 a. dewiti's cause they would be tore up in the moba, kipli, or burundi tank

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Old 01-18-2011, 01:55 AM
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I voted for the 18" due to it being easier to rearrange compared to deeper tanks. The one I keep my Fronts in is a 24" so I talk from experience regarding it being difficult to work on. If my arms were the length of a orangutan the 30" would be easy to work on and the best looking.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:43 AM
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I vote for 24 inch but it depends on the height of the stand or counter. Maybe I'd be fine with the 30 inch if the stand were not so high.
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:41 AM
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I voted 30" because my 265 is 31" tall on a 36" stand and I love the way it looks. Luckily for me my genetics include chimpanzee-like arms which come in handy when trying to reach the bottom of the tank.
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Mine is 27.5" tall, and might look really nice, but reaching everywhere to clean or maintain is a B***C !

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Old 07-15-2011, 11:27 PM
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For me a 30" is the tank of choice. It's not about maintenance, it's about set up and aquascaping. When you place rocks in the tank or want to change things around, it becomes very difficult. I have long arms and it's still a chore to reach the bottom. I had a 110 high for a while and nothing but a PITA. Height is important for a deep water fish IMO. 24+" is ideal for me.
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24 may be 30 as anything deeper make it hard to clean the bottom of the tank.
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