Originally Posted by audioaficionado
I was thinking of getting some of those fire red roaches, but my LFS is closing their doors this year if the business doesn't sell. I have to have a humane outlet for the thousands of offspring. Amanos look like a much better bet even if I have to purchase replenishments instead of generating surplus.
Yea, they are nice in some ways, but if you ever want to remove the roaches......dang.........it's hard...........real hard to get them all..........Amanos, Nerite snails etc.....these are easy and rarely/never "pest".
So there's something to be said for that.
Since I view the culling and pruning as FARMING/SALES, I'm more likely to motivate myself to trim and net them out. This is an agreement with my own bad habits that gets me to do the needed work.
This tank now pays for itself and it's energy use.
I'll be moving in 1-2 years and will install some large solar panel banks and a few other energy saving things so I am a producer of both energy and aquarium plants/critters. An Electric car will also remove 90% of the gas usage I now incur.
But..it takes some energy and effort, money etc to do this. I view this as a business and less as a hobby, but at heart, it's still a hobby and has led to other considerations such as the home, energy usage, etc.
The plan is to switch out the lighting to all LED's and that will occur and be tested in the coming 2-3 months.