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    Sir Alex Dragon the eel (below)

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    I just got a tank out of my grandfather's basement which I was hopping to turn into a reef tank. I measured it and found that it's only 30 gallons, too small... :( I'm thinking of just starting from scratch. Should I go with 46 gallon bowfront, a 75 gallon rectangular tank, or a 72 gallon bowfront. I have a pretty tight budget...
     
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    What is the length of the 46 gallon bowfront?
     
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    Sir Alex Dragon the eel (below)

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    The 42 gallon bowfront is 4' feet long, I think. I haven't done a whole lot of research, I wanted to find out what I should be researching first.
     
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    No, its only 3 ft. I have a 46 bow, which is a good for a beginner reef because you can really fill it up without buying a lot of corals, but you have very limited fish options.
     
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    Sir Alex Dragon the eel (below)

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    Oops, I meant the 72 gallon. Would I be able to keep a tang in a tank that small?
     
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    You might be able to keep a yellow tang in there
     
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    I would go with the standard 75 gallon rectangular tank. Equipment will be easy to find for it, since it's a very common tank size. You also won't be as limited in your fish choices than if you went with the smaller tanks.
     
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    Sir Alex Dragon the eel (below)

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    Great! I'll have it all set up within a year or two! :grumble:
     
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    Sir Alex Dragon the eel (below)

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    One more thing, do I need an overflow and a sump or just HOB stuff?
     
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    You can do just HOB stuff, but you will find a sump is highly desirable. It puts all the unsightly equipment out of the way and increases your water volume with is very nice
     
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    Sir Alex Dragon the eel (below)

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    It is another $150 with the overflow, but in the long it would probably be worth it...
     
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    i would say so. Also, check out cragslist for cheap tanks. People are always getting out of the hobby and selling their stuff off for cheap
     
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    What about a HOB overflow?
     
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    72 bow
     
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    HOB overflows work great, many people use them, including myself :)
     
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    Yah, I think I'll go for a 72 or 75 gallon bowfront. Preferably with an overflow but if I can't get one then I'll get a HOB overflow. One question about them, little_fish. Do I need a return pump or does it send the water down then bring it back up? Do they use a pump or they just use gravity?
     
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    you get the water down to the sump via gravity, but you need a pump to get it back to the main tank
     
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    My tank is only 29g and I dont think its TOO small, I love it. I think rather than a one big huge tank I will probably end up with a couple small/medium ones.

    My next one is going to be seahorses and pipefish
     
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