I have to totally agree with your assessment of your fish situation. Now some people say that the behavior they show of not liking things moved around in the tank, and not liking change is crap. But I have noticed with all of mine if anything is out of placed or moved these boys pout and tend to have to re-explore their tank. Every one of my boys do this. two even let you know if anything is amiss. Little bee My black and yellow Mustard Gas rose tail will through a hissy fit if his thermometer comes loose and floats at the top of the tank. If I change a plant or move his rocks around even a little he pouts and hides for a couple of days until he realizes that nothing more was done. and he explores the tank for another couple of days. There is something to this and it's not crap. It's us knowing our betta and how they will react.
You now there could be more tanks (hint , hint) no you can never have too many tanks. Leaving this question to my wife her answer is always if you get one more tank I'm leaving. My response to her is always I'll help ya pack. She hasn't left yet and she never will because as much as she complains about my tanks She loves them too. especially when we get company and they comment on how much they like the tanks and fish. She'll tell them which are her favorite and the names she picked for all the boys. LOL And since I have a basement to fill she has no more complaints.
Well its good you can never have too many tanks because I just bought another 45g. It was on sale.. (oh gawd) and at such a reasonable price.. I could have bought 3 for the price I paid for the one arriving tomorrow! Not that I should give myself ideas. Anyhow...
I have the table/stand/desk space for it in my office but it might be boxed while I get the first one set up. And tell my hubby, lol.
I'm going to stop looking at tanks. It's just too tempting.
Today was a little better for Ori with some adjustments I made, but I took out his big silk plant and put in a medium Anubias. This was not ok with him. He went behind the heater and tried to hide himself. I freaked out. I put in a medium silk plant in the 'bare' spot to see if it was just the lack of coverage/water flow blockage. He went in to the far bottom corner and wedged himself there. Eeek! What the heck? Ok.. I took out the silk, left in the Anubias, and put the large silk plant back in.
Now everything is cool and he's back to strutting around the tank.
But how would that go in a 45?! You better believe more than a plant is going to be changed here and there.
The 2 rams and the angelfish when I messed with their tank today? I mean a complete redo of nearly all of the plants.. They thought it was great and have been checking it all out. Even GG is pretty calm with tank changes.
To each fish their own.. as you know, some of them really do notice their home setup more than others.
I hope hubby is as cool with this as your wife is, down the line. If we had a different setup I know we'd love something custom in the living area but.. no, that's a hard line for me. Way too much work and worry, especially when I'm gone for a few days.
At least for now, packages arrive, "More fishy stuff?" yeah... and it's all good. :D