Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: South of Houston Tx.
Found myself in the same predicament recently. Seems the older I get the more I have to work. 55 gallon I have had for 20+ yrs was in sad shape due to I couldn't find the time to do proper maint. that it needed. Seemed like eat, sleep & work is all I was doing. Was fighting the dreaded blue green algae when We sprung a leak. I had to break it down instead of sleeping that day, set it out on the back porch. For Fathers day this year the chillen brought me a 26 gallon cube and stand. It sat there for over a month before I was able to do anything with it but it has been up and running for a couple months now and looking good. It only takes about 30 min. a couple times a month to clean and 1/2 water change. Stocked it with a big enough cleaning crew (nerites, amano's, hermits, otos and corys) don't need much cleaning. Getting close enough o retirement now and will be fixing the 55 and thinking about leaving it on the back porch and putting in native cichlids (redear) and raising vegetables on top.