Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Station, NY
Photos to follow during setup ;^)
Not looking forward to all the extra work of breaking things down and then having to set things up again. I'm very happy to be doing this before spring hits though, since a number of them have been shut down for the winter.
Fingers are crossed that I don't break anything during transit, while I have access to an SUV it would take about 20 trips to move the equipment down. Uhaul seems to be the best bet. Using a box truck would mean 2 trips.
It might be more than what a local fish store might have but the location is still going to be shut down to the public.
Maintaining that number of tanks requires someone available 5-6 days per week.
I have been blessed in the past by having family take care of my tanks while away on vacation/away on trips etc.
The question of maintaining all the tanks is a good one, I have a set routine regarding feeding/ferts/water changes. It doesn't take much to mind alot of tanks, you just have to be a little crazy. The tanks aren't high tech, just lazy Gordon Tech.
I am not retired but working twords retirement. I am not independently wealthy and work about 40 hours a week in an office as well as 10 hours per week for another. I also moonlight as a program designer and currently pushing for 12 contracts with the State of New York and a number of Municipalities. Aside from all that work I also dabble on the side working through amazon.com and sell plants/shrimp to help cover my tanks. Not retired at all, just burning the candle at both ends and in the middle. I have no time to socialize in my life and have burned many bridges which is pretty depressing.
Sometimes it gets to be a bit too much, but the new location will help keep a level of organization in the apartment. It would just be a quick stop on the way home Monday/Tuesday/Friday for packing so it will work out well.
Even dirted tanks require more water exchange than once every 3 months unless your tank is filled with plants.
Bed time for me!