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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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the no more tanks tank!

I've been thinking about what tank would make me stop wanting to buy more tanks, but I realized that buying another tank is buying another tank, not not buying another tank. Sort of like when the girlfriend goes clothes shopping and comes back with the reciept and says " look I saved $500", yeah and you only had to drop a grand to do it!

Anyway, just for kicks. What is the set up that would keep you happy scaping and rescaping instead of constantly looking to upgrade?
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people are greedy monsters... always want more!

I have a 125 now and its still not big enough.
Also have 2x75, 40, 6x20, 4x10 and 2x5...

I want more and bigger


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What I see as the limiting factor for me isn't so much money or space, it's how much time do I want to spend working on tanks. Personally, I'd rather have a few tanks that look really good verses a lot of tanks that look only fair.
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personally i would adore a 120-P or even something with more depth.

that being said i have a 75, 57, 20, 18, 15, 5 x 10
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i would be perfectly content with a 75 gallon right now. decent depth, good width. enough that i could have a good various assorment of plants and hardscape and pleny of room for a good school of dwarf rainbowfish to swim all day

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I'd go with a 55 or a 75, seems like a good dimension and enough room for my needs, just have to get the wife to approve


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Got 2 75's and a 125 and I want another 125. I THINK then I would be set!


Probably not...
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I have a 40 breeder that has kept me content for a little over a year. I am in the process of building a stand in anticipation for a move up to a 75 in the next month or so. So the new 75 should keep me busy for another year or so from now. I think after the 75 runs its course, I will be 100% content when i have upgraded to any tank with a length of 72" and minimum height and width of 18". That size would be my ultimate personal goal.
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An ultimate planted tank would be a 125 gallon tank that is six feet long. It has a profile making it great for aqua scaping.
Once you get into something over 100 g, there is no turning back, if you have the space.
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I have a 57 Gallon 36x21x18 Oceanic. I wouldn't mind setting up my unused 20 long for a grow out tank. No aqua scaping, plants planted in pots or bowls. I don't have the urge or time to spend truly maintaining another tank. I think when you admire your work after the trim, cleaning and water change of one tank and then look in the other corner and go, oh now I have to work on the other one...., it becomes work and less fun. Then I'm thinking of a bike ride.
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Been there done that and now I'm cutting way back. When the work and effort begins to become a job, I quit. With me it was a matter of how to deal with all the fish I was getting. Selling fish from the house is normally a fun deal but then the idiots start showing up. No matter how good the deal they want more, so I quit!

I'm now doing four tanks and plan to cut back to two-three.
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Having a kid was definitely the thing that kept me from building too many tanks. (In fact, initially I got rid of everything I own). Back to one simple tank.

My "one tank" would ideally be a long, low tank that's low maintenance.... someday...
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I have a 2, 10, 40, 46, and 125 now. What I really want is an acrylic 180 with sump, built in over flows, and a canopy and stand. At first I wanted the 210 but I think it's too deep. I would have to get in the tank to clean the bottom (I'm only 5'2") After graduates school we plan on buying a larger house, and I would wait till then to buy this tank.

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Ideally here is what I would have, money and space no object.
29 amazon community tank (have this already)
40 breeder asian/pacific realm tank (have a 37 acrylic, this is just a matter of switch tanks)
40 or 75 north american native (don't have space for either of these)
10 or 20 tall paludarium/riparium (I have a 10 sitting empty, would have to come up with a place to put it and get the wife's permission to set up another tank)
2 shrimp bowls (have these already)
1.5 gallon betta tank (have this already)


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If I answer my own question, I am looking for basically 3 or 4 water loops, but I tend to try to upgrade all the time.

Harder cooler water for cories, rasboras and rainbows. This is probably a longer tank.
A shrimp tank.
A warm soft water tank for south American chiclids, schooling tetras, and loaches. I get mixed reviews on the necessary tank height, but it neems like 18" minimum for angels, 21" for discus, and 30" for altums.

I'd also like to run an aquaponics system, but this can easily be combined with the rainbow tank since they're hardy and the parameter ranges have a broad overlap. I've actually done this before, and have a current project that is being abused. If I ever get a backyard big enough in socal, I'll do a pond with a greenhouse filter.
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