Originally Posted by Pitluvs
I personally believe the difference between breeder and pet owner and tank sizes is self explanatory. Breeders do this as a job, which means they spend at least 8h a day with their fish. It's their bread and butter. Pet owners have other jobs and life, that 8h a day is not spent with their fish. That's just Tue way I see it. If I could spend 8h a day tending to my fish, I'd have smaller tanks and more fish. But I have kids and a life I tend to, so my guys get larger spaces. I don't have the time to do water changes ever day. Also, breeder fish don't spend their lives in these systems, they go to homes. I know our local breeder has a betta wall that is divided 5g for her males, I think there is 20 tanks? She also has 60g+ grow outs. The males are housed in beanie baby jars until they go to their forever home.
I totally agree. XD
It was much easier for me to keep up with my water changing schdule for my 1 gallon set up when I was in college. Now that I have a 8AM-4PM job, I lose a lot of my fish care time. If all I had to do with my life was care for fish, I would have 200 fish in 0.25 gallon cups by preforming 100% water changes twice a day. But fish aren't my source of income, so I have 2 bettas in seperate 5 gallon cycled tanks that need very little maintance. The less time you have to be elbow deep in a tank, the bigger your tank should be, imo. Well, within reason of course. I wouldn't go so big as 55 gallons per fish.
But I do miss the free time I had in college. I would love to have nothing better to do at 3:46PM than to chill in a dorm room and partial water change fish tanks. Their tanks would sparkle...algae would be nothing more than a faint memory....*continues day dreaming* X3