One 55 gallon tank has the floor space of about four 10 gallon tanks.
55 gallon tank is aproximately equal to...
- (3.5 X 10Gal.),
- (1.25 X 40Gal. Breeder),
- (1.75 X 20Gal. Long)
40 gallon breeder tank is aproximately equal to...
- (1.25 x 20Gal. Long)
- (2 X 10Gal.)
20 gallon long tank is aproximately equal to...
- (1.5 X 10Gal.)
55Gal. tank $99.00
40Gal. breeder tank $70.00
20Gal. long tank $45.00
10Gal. tank $10.00
For the price of one 55Gal. tank you can get nine 10Gal. tanks.
Nine 10Gal. tanks is like having 2.5 55Gal. tanks with the added bonus of nine seporate areas. Only use eight as occupied tanks, and use the last one as a quarenteen, or a waiting cell while thier tank is being cleaned.
Realistically, Buy five 10Gal. tanks, and a 55Gal. open stand. That will hold four tanks and all accesories needed to run them. Keep the oddball tank seporate for the above mentioned situations. Communal living is OK, but having your own pad is better all around. (No pun intended)
Remember, exotic = expensive... you can't have an exotic-cheap tank, only cheap. If you can't afford exotic then stick with basic. Basic doesn't have to be bland or stereo-typical. There are many "COMMON" and "ORIGINAL" pets that can occupy a tank with little upkeep.
I don't have an Exotic-Cheap tank, I have a Basic-Expensive tank. The diffrence is about -$50.00 a month in electricity, -$25.00 a month in food, -$600.00 up-front in setup, and -28 days a month (of 30) in effort for up-keep. In the end, I have one of the best basic tank, not a make-shift exotic tank. Now if I could just make up my mind on how I want it decorated... (That is what really uses up my two days a month!)
I am now using my 20Gal. Long as a green-house for plants that will end up in my 55Gal. vivarium. The plants seem to last longer when they get a chance to grow without getting hopped on, or plowed over. By the way, does any-one here know how to split ferns? Does clipping work?