gillmanjr wrote:Guys, I have a quick question for you. It has nothing to do with this thread but I figured it wasn't worth another thread:
Is there any substantial difference in stocking options between a 48x24" tank vs. a 48x18"?
I have actually been considering a 48" tank, there is a place that I could just barely squeeze one, but the width of the tank would be the more crucial deciding factor. I'd prefer wider but a 24" wide tank is going to stick out substantially in the place I will be putting it. If the options for stocking aren't that different I figure just go with an 18" tank. Based on my observations of my tank so far I would think the 24" dimension vs only 18" would make a difference.
So it would make a difference, but the 48x18 is a fine footprint and will allow you to keep many of the Mbuna species available in the hobby. If you're filtering only with canisters you can get the tank pretty tight to the wall. The advantage of additional depth is that your stocking options open up, but it also makes scaping the tank with larger boulders/rockwork easier.