I am going to run a siphon out the window for water changes. I have done it that way for years and it has worked just fine. The window faces the side of the house and will drain onto the lawn in front so the water will not be wasted and it will fertilize it. I have a 100 ft line on my RO/DI unit that I will run from outside through the window to fill them back up. I might try storing a couple of 50g drums outside the window and fill them up with RO/DI.
Sounds good then.
Also, the Dehumidifier can be used and they have pumps that can add the water back, which is like RO grade.
Tom, as far as the temps go, I don't keep fish so I don't have to worry about temps. I don't run heaters because my cherry and Amano shrimp don't require them. There is nothing wrong with having ADA in the garage. I have a three car garage and one side of it is already tanks. I have a 100g Lee Mar, empty 120g, and a 50g in there right now and it is where I spend a lot of my time. The tanks are there for my enjoyment so why not have them in a place where I spend a lot of my time. Sure, I spend a lot of times inside the house and would like to be able to stare at them as I sit on my couch or eat dinner, but I would rather have them in a place where I can get away and destress. It seems like everytime I am inside the house the wife wants me to do something off of the honey-do list. Having them in the garage lets me get away and do my own thing. She can't tell what I am doing when I am in there. Maybe I am doing something important, maybe not. She doesn't know and she leaves me alone when I am in there. If all of my tanks are in the ADA Room she will know what I am doing and probably come bother me. I am reading every word that you write so don't think that I am ignoring your input. I value what you have to say and am taking it all into consideration.
I know exactly where you are coming from, make the garage into a palace!
I'd make that one room into a nice 1-2 top of the line ADA tanks.
A nice chair, desk, laptop etc, minimalist. Then the rest out in the garage.
If that room looks nice, she will like it and sit in there etc, you can as well etc.
She will not care much outside the home....as long as the place is not too messy, she can store her stuff etc and get at it. But inside the house, that's hers, you just live there
Making deals, compromises etc vary couple to couple, but sounds like you need a nice work shop and fish room, so the garage it is. Good thing there's no heat issue, this should make most of the issues go away, I'd vent the garage and then run a small very quiet fan in the room inside with 1-2 tanks, blowing the air out. Crack the window also as often as you can in that room.
This seems like the best solution.
A small little fan for the garage is all you need, have it run at night on a photocell night timer. If you see any condensation, run it 24/7. Mostly in the winter.
I think if the inside room is done nice and she can also use it, it's not some eye sore than guest coming over might see, rather, the opposite, this will put you in better, and also allow more time in the Man Cave outside.
You have to get ahead of the game and stay there.
I think that would make you happier.
See what you can come up with for the garage and think long and hard about what you really want out there.
Go first class and be patient, buy slowly the higher grade stuff. Not not clutter. Cultter is the enemy. Man cave can be techy, but you want place where you can oogle the tank with a cold one. Get a really nice comfy swivel chair also for the garage. Tell the wife you spilled paint thinner on it and it might stain her cloths. She will not sit in it and give you directions in the Cave.
I'd also think about racks and good storage in the Garage. This is well worth the time and $$. Storage lockers ain't cheap and clutter and no access to the stuff is no better.
I have 55ft of two tier racks 36" tall each in my home and ladder racks etc.
Bins, storage boxes etc etc. About once every 3 months, I go through and clean out and reorganize a section, maybe 1/4.
I toss excess stuff I likely will not use. Declutter, sell it off, give it away etc.
They make those small exhaust fan systems for laundry rooms, that would be ideal.
I'm lucky the place I have is tile and dual pane windows, and I can place a tank in each room for the most part. I resist the urge to get more tanks, but this is easy, since I do not have the time/motivation for more than I have.
Something we must all ponder, some cannot stop, some end up with 100's of tanks, stuff everywhere. To each their own, but that's not even close to what I wanna end up with.
Better to have a fewer but nicer tanks, make the wife happy, throw her a bone or two to get ahead, avoid mold(good excuse to tell her that you are thinking of her also and this will allow you a quid pro quo to do more for the ADA Man Cave)..... I think?
This should hedge the relationship tally in your favor, and get what you want still.
"Good plan, have you" says Yoda.