No I'm not getting rid of my fish.
I've decided that all the tanks are too much for me. Right now I have a 10 gallon divided, a 4 gallon, a 3 gallon, a 2.5 gallon, a 6 gallon divided, AND a 2 gallon snail tank (temporary). Thats 6 tanks! Its not the care or upkeep.. its just the sheer amount of space they take up... its making me feel very cluttered and disorganized and I hate it.
So I'm making plans to downsize. Nothing too drastic but I think it will make me much happier.
First of all I'm getting one of these
. Its going to have the 5 shelves but the one I'm looking at is only $46.. I guess its not on Target.com.
I'll be keeping my 10 gallon divided.. its my pride and joy right now and the one tank I've been working and saving for for the last 6 months and I think its gorgeous. I will also be keeping my minibow 2.5 because my roommate loves it and Freddie in it.
I'll be getting at least two more 10 gallon tanks (might be picking one up tomorrow). I'll be dividing them in 3 sections, cycling, and possibly planting them. Into those tanks will go Jasper, Phoebe, Chaos, and Damon. That leaves me with 2 open spaces for fish from the show I'm going to in May.
The 3 ten gallon tanks will go on the shelving unit (hopefully). The rest of the shelves I'll use for storage. The 2.5 will stay where it is.
I will also be setting up a 2 gallon hex in the kitchen for a female fish (hoping to get a pair at the show.. we'll see how it goes). I hope to be cycling that with a small whisper filter or a penn plax SWF.
My eclipse 3 I'm hoping to give to my Mom as a retirement present to house Fish. I hate to part with him but she really likes him and I think would take extra good care of him in his last year or so of life... I may give her Damon instead because thinking about giving up Fish breaks my heart. I wish I could find another Orange Dal male vt to give her. If I give her a fish that means I will have a total of 4 spaces open for show fish (3 spaces in the divided 10s and the 2 gal to house a female).
So to sum it up I would have 3 10 gallon tanks on a shelving unit in my bedroom, 2 of them would have 3 fish each to total 6, the third tank would have 2 fish and my shrimp/ snails. I would have a 2 gallon in the kitchen and a 4 gallon in the living room, bringing the total of fish up to 10 fish. Last but not least I would have my 2.5 on my desk in my room bringing the grand total of fish to 11 (check my math please).
I have 8 fish now but will be giving my Mom one which brings my current total down to 7.. meaning I could get 4 fish at the show.. OR I could order a pair from one of the breeders on my other forum.
Does this sound completely crazy? Adding 3 more fish when I'm already feeling at my limit? I really think if I consolidated my tanks into the 2 ten gallons it would help.. but now that I think about it I would still be adding 1 more tank no matter what way I slice it.. the only difference is I would only have to do 1 water change a week on the 10 gals whereas most of my current tanks require 2 weekly WCs.
I would also have opened up my desk and dresser as table space again which would be wonderful. I know it sounds chaotic but in my mind it makes perfect sense.
What do you think.. any suggestions? I can't decide if I want to keep Demetri's tank up or add him to one of the 10s (his is the 4 gallon).
To put this crazy plan into perspective.. theoretically I could set up two 3 gallons and 2 two gallons on this shelving unit as well.. giving me space for 5 more fish which I am not going to do.
Sorry for the book.. I just needed to get it all out and get some perspective from others.