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multi-tank water share system?

I want to organize and grow out my plant stock (kept separately from show tanks).

My question is this:
If appearance is not at all important (this is not for show) and I want to have space for growing out the plants I use in my tanks, is it easier/more cost effective to set up one or two very large tanks with light/co2/ferts...
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Is it more cost effective/easier to set up many cheap 10G tanks side by side (with a single light above them) and pipe them together so that CO2/ferts are shared among the tanks similar to a large tank.

I want to grow out my stock in a utilitarian setting, and then use this stock in my show tanks rather than use my show tanks as the only place to grow plants.

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it can be done. its not really very difficult to do. most people who breed fish or have growout systems avoid it though, since breeding groups/pairs are valuable have a lot of time invested. keeping them in seperate systems protects you from losing your entire breeding stock all at once to a bug or some sort of crash in the water. I run a 20 tank fish room, each tank is seperate, and each tank has a diy Matten Foam filter, its really the way to go in my mind.
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I should have made my intentions more clear and just asked a more general question.
I'll edit my OP.
Thank you @Kampo, if you were using the tanks for plants exclusively rather than fish, I'd be asking you details.

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If I were doing plants only I might consider the plastic tubs and drilling/diy bulkheads to share the water. A pump at the end to recirc water back to the beginning.
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Thank you @GraphicGr8s, do you have any experience with that?

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Uniseals + Plastic tubs would be pretty easy for plants only.
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A place I used to frequent did that for his plants. He also had wooden raceways wrapped in pond liner for plants. And fish.

Ron Bowes a member here, and a friend of mine, did something along these lines for his stock water for auto water changes.

Nothing new under the sun really. Most of the things we (myself included) think up have been done in one form or another before.

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