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Apartment/other landlord tank limits?

Well...what have you guys commonly run into for this? I am planning on moving into an apartment in the near future and am going to be cutting back on tanks to aid with that. I am hoping to cut back to my ten gallon licorice gourami tank, a five gallon for breeding/quarantine purposes, and a couple small live food cultures (which, excluding the brine shrimp hatchery, are split between a number of 6 by 4 inch tupperware containers).
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Well...what have you guys commonly run into for this? I am planning on moving into an apartment in the near future and am going to be cutting back on tanks to aid with that. I am hoping to cut back to my ten gallon licorice gourami tank, a five gallon for breeding/quarantine purposes, and a couple small live food cultures (which, excluding the brine shrimp hatchery, are split between a number of 6 by 4 inch tupperware containers).
Carpeted apartments usually don't allow aquariums.

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I got lucky with my landlord. He specifically put on the lease about having no pets in the apartment. But when I spoke with him about having a fish tank, he was all for it. Just make sure you're ready to deal with any emergency leaks/breaks and have the proper rental insurance as well. Also speak with your landlord to see whats okay and whats not.


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I got lucky with my landlord. He specifically put on the lease about having no pets in the apartment. But when I spoke with him about having a fish tank, he was all for it. Just make sure you're ready to deal with any emergency leaks/breaks and have the proper rental insurance as well. Also speak with your landlord to see whats okay and whats not.
This has been my experience also. Legally, it is what is in your lease agreement that counts. My current apartment lease agreement is about 100 pages long! But, the house I am moving into has about a 4 page lease agreement. That one I have read. And, I actually read most of the apartment lease too.
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This has been my experience also. Legally, it is what is in your lease agreement that counts. My current apartment lease agreement is about 100 pages long! But, the house I am moving into has about a 4 page lease agreement. That one I have read. And, I actually read most of the apartment lease too.
100 pages?! Our lease agreement was 2 pages front and back luckily. I can't wait to buy a house. No more leasing, no more landlords and no more paying other peoples mortgages


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This has been my experience also. Legally, it is what is in your lease agreement that counts. My current apartment lease agreement is about 100 pages long! But, the house I am moving into has about a 4 page lease agreement. That one I have read. And, I actually read most of the apartment lease too.
Hope the move goes well, Hoppy! Looking forward to hearing about your eventual new setup.
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100 pages?! Our lease agreement was 2 pages front and back luckily. I can't wait to buy a house. No more leasing, no more landlords and no more paying other peoples mortgages
You'd think life gets easier.... Had a 6 meter piece of ceiling fall down on me and my tanks this morning... well I broke the fall and the tanks survived.
Judgeing by the weight of that piece of plaster of paris board, it is going to be a hard job redoing it... though not terribly expensive.
Not rich enough to pay someone to do it. Will have to buy beer and rope friends in.

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You'd think life gets easier.... Had a 6 meter piece of ceiling fall down on me and my tanks this morning... well I broke the fall and the tanks survived.
Judgeing by the weight of that piece of plaster of paris board, it is going to be a hard job redoing it... though not terribly expensive.
Not rich enough to pay someone to do it. Will have to buy beer and rope friends in.
Beer = Universal form of payment. Food is readily accepted as well. Yea but at the end of it all, that place is yours. Don't have to worry about a lease or a landlord, you make the rules. If you want a tank in every corner of the house, by all means, weight permitting of course haha.


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From my experience I had 2 55g tanks and a 40breeder in my apartment and one day I was bringing home a 10 from petco and the apartment manager saw me and told me I wasn't allowed to have aquariums I grinned and said i was actually a gift and was gonna be given away. Sure enough she was at my door the next day claiming she was doing inspection on he fire alarms and made me take down all my tanks or she would terminate my lease. Prior to this I've had my tanks for 2 years but I slipped up and got caught
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She was so worried about 10G tank doing damage, what a jerk, but seriously your apt mgr can just knock on your door without any notice and walk in?
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From my experience I had 2 55g tanks and a 40breeder in my apartment and one day I was bringing home a 10 from petco and the apartment manager saw me and told me I wasn't allowed to have aquariums I grinned and said i was actually a gift and was gonna be given away. Sure enough she was at my door the next day claiming she was doing inspection on he fire alarms and made me take down all my tanks or she would terminate my lease. Prior to this I've had my tanks for 2 years but I slipped up and got caught
Technically she has to give written 24 hours notice on entry, but that's kind of academic in this case.

I made sure to ask my landlady upon moving in and she said it was fine as long as it wasn't heavy enough to crack the tile.
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When I had an apartment, in the lease it said fishtanks under X many gallons were fine. I think it was maybe 40g limit.

As to someone with a 2 page lease. I'm both a landlord and a renter. You want the lease to lay out all the details of what you can and cant do. Without proper legal documents, everything is fine until it is not and when push comes to shove, depending on state, you might get screwed on a silly issue. Although many states will side with the tenant before the landlord, it just depends...

I'm one of the few people that allows pets in their rental, however I do charge pet rent, and a pet deposit. If someone asked me about a fish tank, I would limit it to 29g on the main floors. basement would be whatever since under the flooring its concrete. I wouldnt charge a pet rent for the fish lol.

With the house we are currently renting, our lease had nothing in it about fish tanks. I setup our Edge tank, when the landlord first saw it, he looked at it the same way anyone else does, and kept walking.

Not in the lease so... =)

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From my experience I had 2 55g tanks and a 40breeder in my apartment and one day I was bringing home a 10 from petco and the apartment manager saw me and told me I wasn't allowed to have aquariums I grinned and said i was actually a gift and was gonna be given away. Sure enough she was at my door the next day claiming she was doing inspection on he fire alarms and made me take down all my tanks or she would terminate my lease. Prior to this I've had my tanks for 2 years but I slipped up and got caught

Was it in the lease that you could not have fishtanks? If not, you could tell her she can't break the lease, if she tried you could sue her over it. Unexpected moving cost, time, and stress have a value. The lease is there to protect both of you. If it's not in there, it would be a straight forward court case. IMO she would have backed down as soon as you asked her where it said no fish, in the lease.

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From my experience I had 2 55g tanks and a 40breeder in my apartment and one day I was bringing home a 10 from petco and the apartment manager saw me and told me I wasn't allowed to have aquariums I grinned and said i was actually a gift and was gonna be given away. Sure enough she was at my door the next day claiming she was doing inspection on he fire alarms and made me take down all my tanks or she would terminate my lease. Prior to this I've had my tanks for 2 years but I slipped up and got caught
Man that sucks. It's always better to play it safe and get permission ahead of time. That must have been a pain to tear down all your hard work.


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