Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Oil City PA. USA
I know you would be very pleased with what you can do with a 45 gallon as far as a planted tank goes. However with the 1.00 a gallon sale going on at Petco and Petsmart it is only on certain size tanks The tank sizes this applies to are 10, 20 High, 20 long, and 29 gallon for Petco any Aqueon tank over those sizes they carry in store would be 1/2 off the price. I'm pretty sure Petsmart is the same. Having a good amount of space in your office is a really great thin ( I know If I want space I have to go to the basement LOL) If you really have the space and since you are looking at the same length and width I would suggest a 75 gallon You may be surprised at how the size really does work. However it's not the space I worry about with larger tanks. It's the weight a 45 gallon tank weighs in the neighborhood of 376 pounds with just water in the tank this would not be with any substrate. With at the very least 2" of substrate in a 45 gallon you would need 90 pounds so that would increase the weight to 466 pounds, and then you would have other weight of decor so say 500 pounds total weight on a regular floor of a home You would need to make sure the floor could hold that weight. If you have an apartment you better ask the land lord for permission to have the tank and tell them what the weight is. Just in case the person living below you one day has a 500 pound aquarium in their apartment that they didn't want. If you have a cement floor under the tank you have no worries. (this is why I have all my large tanks in the basement I know the floor will hold the weight.
Just somethings to think about before you go to any expense. By putting a tank on a stand you also must know what that stand weight is combined with the total tank weight and make sure the stand will support the weight. I made a mistake like this years ago with a 55 gallon and it wasn't pretty when the stand collapsed under the weight and the apartment manager was not happy for the damage to our apartment and the one below us. It was an insurance claim on my part of over $15,000.00 that woke me up and also being thrown out of my apartment.