View Full Version : 125 or 150 Gal?

01-23-2005, 08:32 PM
I'm about to buy a new tank and I'm looking for some opinions on which one to get

125 Gal 72x18x22
150 Gal 72x18x29

I have the space but is there a practicality or fish living space issue to consider. I've read that heigt of the tank is not such a concern for the fish but I like the look. I have a mixed bag of cichlids-1 Large Front, 2-Peacocks, 2-Haps of some sort, and 2-Mbuna that are currently in a 75.

Any suggestions?

01-23-2005, 08:55 PM
i would go with the 125 if it were me.both tanks have the same footprint so you're not getting any more territory with the 150.i think the main reason i would go with the 125 is i like short wide tanks instead of tall tanks from an aesthetic view point.in my opinion the extra 25 gallons of water would not sway me towards the 150 either.

01-23-2005, 09:00 PM
The 150g tank will give you more stability in your water conditions. The more water volume you have, the longer it takes for things to go wrong. Strictly from a water quality point of view, bigger is always better.

z rock
01-24-2005, 04:33 PM
Depends on the price difference. If thats not an issue go with the 150g.

01-24-2005, 04:51 PM
the bigger the better, IMO

01-24-2005, 09:20 PM
Personally I would opt for the 125. Jonah makes a very valid point about better water quality with the 150, but my problem with that tank is the height of the glass makes it a total pain in the rear when it comes cleaning time.

I have the 210 Oceanic that's 24 inches tall and it can be a stretch. The 150 I have with those additional inches in height really is annoying. Hey it may just be my short arms....

I guess it's really just what you want to do with the tank. If my plan were to keep discus or angelfish the 150 would be the optimal choice. If it's africans then the 125 would be the one for me.

01-24-2005, 09:31 PM
Would not the frontosa make good use of the extra open water space that the 150 would provide?

z rock
01-24-2005, 11:16 PM
It would take a 500g to get close to duplicating the amount of breeding territory a mbuna would occupy in the wild. I wouldn't pay a whole lot extra just for 25g more water though.

The hight of the stand would be the trick with the hight of the 150 and arm length.

They have a 150 tall up at Petsmart. It's been in there for years. Thing must be at least 3' high. It would make a great reef tank, but I don't know how anybody would reach the bottom of it! I guess I could get diving mask and stick my head in the water!:lol: Still a person could get some awesome rock formations going on in there.

Really after putting the sand, rocks, and algae eaters in, and get one of those long handled kent scrapers it wouldn't be to bad.