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I spent 35 years keeping multi-tank syndrome at bay with a reasonable number of tanks.

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Now look what happened. I blame this site.

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I would do dirty, shameful things for a basement to fill with fish tanks.

I think you could do with a few more. :D


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Ummm I run between 20 and 30 tanks in my house! I have no basement :lol:

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I took over one room and half the garage with my tanks.

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oh God help me, see what you guys have done, the wife will never forgive me, I've already convinced her we needed to keep the 55 from the upgrade, now I am gonna have to get more tanks, hate that when that happens :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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I spent 35 years keeping multi-tank syndrome at bay with a reasonable number of tanks.

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But, but but, only one has fish :lol: :lol: :lol:


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i have a 15x26 room full of tanks and starting in another room, since i now want to grow out more species from breeders i need more growout tanks.

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i have a 15x26 room full of tanks and starting in another room, since i now want to grow out more species from breeders i need more growout tanks.




+1, I thinking the same, but I got 3 years and 2 months to go before I can kick the oldest out and have a fish room. Till then they are gonna have to share the dogs room. :D :D :D :D :D


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mine is actuall a sun room addition on the house. works out well.

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my 1 car garage is full, but i can squeeze in a few more. i just need to get rid of the junk in there like 2 bikes, small fridge, and what ever non fish crap is in there.

but it looks nice, good work on the stands. and yes your addiction is under control!!! :lol:

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Fern wrote:
Ummm I run between 20 and 30 tanks in my house! I have no basement :lol:

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I took over one room and half the garage with my tanks.

Just as I suspected...no sympathy here. :lol: I wish I had some water change automation to cut down on the time though. Reasonable to me was 15 tanks at 636 gallons. Mostly due to the cool new species from Germany, I'm up to 23 tanks and 956 gallons. In all seriousness (unlike my initial post), I have traditionally limited my tanks to avoid burnout. I've seen too many newbies go from 0 to 40 tanks and then leave the hobby in 3 or 4 years. But my kids are all grown and gone, so I have more time. Up and down those stairs building those simple racks killed my knees. I could hardly walk Monday.

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But, but but, only one has fish

There are fry growing out in all three tanks in the 15 gallon rack. A. alluaudi and M. lutea. The 55's aren't ready for fish just yet.

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Just as I suspected...no sympathy here. :lol: I wish I had some water change automation to cut down on the time though. Reasonable to me was 15 tanks at 636 gallons.
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I'll help you with your water changes. I have a system that works fairly good. The longest part is filling the tank's back up. I'll start a new thread on my water changes. I'm sure other people can help too that has MTS. Everyone that has MTS has tricks that will help everyone with water changes. It takes about 2&1/2 to 3 hours for for me to change the water in this room.
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Large pump with a 20' hose attached is my best friend!!!!! Run the end out the door and water the lawn :wink: Refill is done with the garden hose. All of my water manipulation is done in tank with either drift wood or coral.

But its just old fashioned siphon and 5g bucket to clean the substrate! :? Haven't managed to make that one easier.....


Ummm Kevin, My 240g with the planted plywood sump is 600 gallons alone. I'm almost afraid to add up how many gallons I have up and running :shock:

But I am pretty much a stay at home mom and I only work one day a week at my local fish store.....

All of my air is from one massive air pump so that helps immensely with my electricity bill. I do have extras for sale but they are not cheap because they are commercial grade work horses.

My boyfriend recently asked how many fish we had, I nearly fell on the floor laughing and told him to have fun counting!!

I will get pics of my fish room and garage and all the other random tanks soon.

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Theres a quick video of my fish room... There are more tanks in other parts of the house and 820 gallons worth out in the garage.

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My fish are in two different rooms. I have 5 tanks in the den on the main floor of the house (my computer is in that same room). Water changes there are very easy. I have a low sink at a wet bar (in the adjacent room) and use a 25 ft Python to drain the tanks (gravity only-no constantly running water) while I play on the computer. The Python makes the refill easy. I don't mind these water changes since I can do other things while it's emptying and refilling.

The rest of my tanks are in the basement. I have a single large air pump in that room to run mostly Poret filters. I have a 50 ft python in the basement and I hook up a small water pump to drain the tank quickly into a floor drain in the adjacent room. I have another 25 ft python I hook up to a hose bib on the water line and fill one tank while I'm draining the other. I use a spare 55 gallon tank as a reservoir to age the water for the fry tanks and use the pump to fill the fry tanks from the spare 55.

It all works well as long as I pay attention to what's going on. Multitasking water changes leads to floods when I lose my train of thought. But still it takes too much time for a lazy guy like me.

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