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Old 01-14-2014, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Just want to add to the OP, whatever you do, don't buy a goldfish. I know we have all seen and heard of them in bowls and small tanks, but they are babies when you buy them. They will quickly grow to a foot or more in length, or simply die in a small tank.
Comets and commons grow to a foot and are very hardy. One comet can fill out a 20-gallon tank. Orandas end up very round and fat.
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:17 PM
 
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Comets and commons grow to a foot and are very hardy. One comet can fill out a 20-gallon tank. Orandas end up very round and fat.
Yes, and up to a foot long, they get really big. One oranda was recorded to reach 15" in length.

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Old 01-16-2014, 10:05 PM
 
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I wouldn't even recommend Bettas for a one gallon. 2.5 minimum. My boys have a divided 10 gallon.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:25 PM
 
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Orandas are sold in small, medium, large, and extra large at my local fish store in Daly City. They are not far apart in age. The better breeds are larger. Some orandas need a 30-gallon tank and others need 10 gallons adult-sized.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:40 PM
 
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I go with larger tanks since smaller tanks require more frequent maintenance. Also, a larger tank is more stable than a small tank.
Bottom line, nothing less than 10 gallons and preferably a 29 gallon, with easier fishes in it.
Personally I would not own anything less than 29.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:17 AM
 
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I go with larger tanks since smaller tanks require more frequent maintenance. Also, a larger tank is more stable than a small tank.
Bottom line, nothing less than 10 gallons and preferably a 29 gallon, with easier fishes in it.
Personally I would not own anything less than 29.

I saw online fish tanks in the 29 or 30 gallon sizes for around 180 bucks made out of acrylic so they are lighter and stronger. At what size do you think the cost and space issues come into play? 55 gallons? 65 gallons? No way will I get a 100 gallon tank.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:34 PM
 
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I saw online fish tanks in the 29 or 30 gallon sizes for around 180 bucks made out of acrylic so they are lighter and stronger. At what size do you think the cost and space issues come into play? 55 gallons? 65 gallons? No way will I get a 100 gallon tank.
I went from a 55 gal tank to a 125 gal salt tank. Oh boy! The maintenance upkeep was phenomenal! Imagine... doing a 10%-20% water change weekly. Adding salt and testing each time.
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:09 PM
 
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I think a 55 is a great size to do pretty much anything you want without being "too much" in terms of maintence.
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:05 PM
 
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I think a 55 is a great size to do pretty much anything you want without being "too much" in terms of maintenance.
Thoughts on a 36 gallon bow-shaped aquarium from Aqueon versus a standard rectangular 55-gallon?
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:33 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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the biggest difference is simply volume and realy would depend on your goals for the tank...I love bowfronts for building some realy nice 3 dimensional rockwork great for cichlids and salt tanks...but they remove the longer footprint to make up for the depth of the bow. if your going to be doing longer bodied fast moving fish id go with a standard rectangular tank, if your going to be doing deep bodied/rounded fish, or lots of inverts or smaller fish, the bowfront can look realy cool
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