So basically my brother has had his freshwater planted tanks up for 1-2 years now (he has an 8g, 15g, and 20g) and it seems like he's going to give up on them. I always really liked looking at his fish, so I'm kinda bummed about this - I have a reef tank, so I get my fairy share of pretty fish, but I do enjoy his freshwater tanks and think it would be kind of sad to have him get rid of all his fish (especially his 2yr old female betta!).
He seems really fed up with water changes - he does 50% once every Sunday on each of the tanks with a python, but it still takes a good hour or two and he has trouble doing it by himself. I guess this is too much for him because he's going into med school this summer and will be very busy. I think having 3 tanks is what's making it so difficult in particular, and it would be much easier for him to have only one tank up and running.
Problem is, I think to upgrade he would need a tank that's ~40-50g (for stability and for his fish to get along) - and I don't think he can afford this. He doesn't have a source for income, but I do (I own a small gold ring store online). I'm not super-duper interested in freshwater but a few things do interest me about it - particularly angelfish, discus, and rainbowfish
. I am thinking either:
1. I take all his fish for him and try to set up a tank for all of them. Problem is, I am still trying to set up a larger reef tank and it is kind of expensive.
2. Find a way for him to set up a larger tank as cheaply as possible with low maintenance.
Obviously I would prefer option 2, but I would be interested to hear input from anyone going through something similar - any college students who maintain planted tanks with little maintenance? How do you do it?
Perhaps on the flip side...if either of these options don't work, does anyone have any ideas on how to find a good home for his fish he has now
? I'm particularly worried about the betta - if she were to go back to a fish store, I'm afraid she would end up in a bowl.
Sorry for ranting and thanks for any input!