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01-06-2020 07:26 AM
Old Dog 59 Your on the right track. take it slow and easy, and you won't have any problems. Don't second guess your self, ask all the questions and get your answers and then give it your very best. I know you'll do just fine and your tanks will be beautiful.
01-05-2020 10:49 PM
pnwbetta Yeah he's not the craziest cat we've ever had, but he can be trouble. Sits there all quiet, cute and innocent until he decides to start climbing on top of it or knocking things over. Then he goes back to sleeping on the little comfy stand next to the tank.
But Skylar, our female kitty, just.. no big deal. Which I'm grateful for all things considered. Juggling two cats and their tank shenanigans would be too stressful for the fish.

And thank you! Working on getting it to all live plants (only 1 silk left) until the larger tank arrives. :)
I ordered the 45 gallon and I'm debating between an upgraded 20-30 gallon for this smaller tank group. Felt like 60+ was just taking on too much. For now.
01-05-2020 07:09 AM
Old Dog 59 He does look like a hand full. LOL I know our other cat Nutmeg is 18 years old and is not inclined to do much of anything any more except climb up on us and get her scratches. She loves scratches. ( People not so much) LOL As she passes the tanks all she does is slow down and look. The movement attracts her to look, but that's it. Jack is a typical 2 year old and he loves to get into everything. He now gets up on my desk an d just stares at the fish. Until Mommy or I yell and then he gets down and goes to his box as if to say OK I'll be good, but I take a time out thank you. You could try a squirt bottle and every time you catch him up or even getting near the tank just soak his butt. Works with Jack and the Christmas Tree. LOL

Good looking tank by the way.
01-05-2020 12:53 AM
pnwbetta Oh that's so cute and looks so familiar. Thankfully our lady feline friend just sits on the back of my chair and watches them swim about, all while purring. But the little ginger demon has been testing his limits. I should get some of that sticky tape again, we tried it years ago with a cat who decided sticky tape was just a challenge to scratch the doors harder and longer until he covered them in fur and they were worthless. Those were not easy to get off of the doors when we moved out of the apartment! Fur covered sticky tape. :)
This cat is not that stubborn. In face he's already backing off (this doesn't mean I'm buying the not gonna mess with the tank attitude).

(I even used some of those pots I found with Russ's recommendation to block his easy tank climbing access. Until I figure out another setup/spot for Ori's tank anyhow.)
01-04-2020 12:30 PM
Old Dog 59 Oh this is the way our cat Jack is now looking at the tanks. I did the tape and it helped for awhile and then I took the top off and this is the result.

https://www.bettafish.com/attachment...1&d=1578158942

https://www.bettafish.com/attachment...1&d=1578158942
01-04-2020 12:23 PM
Old Dog 59
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Originally Posted by pnwbetta View Post
If I had that kind of basement setup I might consider that a much better option! As it is, if it falls through it's got a foot to go. Better than multiple floors but still worrisome on many levels.

All those tanks in one room must keep you very distracted. :)
I find myself staring over at them quite often, completely forgetting what I was working on, if anything at all given my desire to watch the fish.

Today I have to figure out what to do with the 5 gallon much sooner than I expected because one of the cats has decided that trying to climb ON it is his new favorite interest, the lid is see through so this doesn't help his curiosity - the lid is not too certain this is a good idea. Even if I move the Betta to a bigger setup I won't have that tank for several days.
Even only a foot drop will smash a tank and do damage to the structure under it. But like you said your putting in a 45 gallon and there really is no reason (unless there is no support under the tank ) to even be worried. Having a few tanks in the office is not as distracting as you may think . Each one of my betta tends to watch me work. They love just hovering and watching. Yes I do stop at times to watch what they are up to. (When my drivers come into my office they all stand there looking over the heard before they tell me why they are in my office. ( some of them just come in to see if I added any more fish.) (I have my own fleet of over the road trucks)

As for your cat and the getting on top of the tank. If you really want to see a very funny reaction and I know the cat would never get on it ever again take the top off and your betta out of it and let the cat jump on top of it. You will have one very wet scared cat. And I know he /she will never get on it again. But film it s it happens and you will enjoy that video for a life time. And only take the lid off and the fish out with out the cat ever seeing it. NO, Ok then take clear little rolls of packing tape about 2 inches in length and stick them to the top of the tank. Cats do not like it when they jump on something and they stick to it. It doesn't take long for them to get the message. (maybe a couple of times of getting stuck to learn this is no place I want to be compared to Taking the top off and them thinking nothing is wrong until they are chest deep in water which they will not come near again.) LOL
01-04-2020 11:59 AM
pnwbetta If I had that kind of basement setup I might consider that a much better option! As it is, if it falls through it's got a foot to go. Better than multiple floors but still worrisome on many levels.

All those tanks in one room must keep you very distracted. :)
I find myself staring over at them quite often, completely forgetting what I was working on, if anything at all given my desire to watch the fish.

Today I have to figure out what to do with the 5 gallon much sooner than I expected because one of the cats has decided that trying to climb ON it is his new favorite interest, the lid is see through so this doesn't help his curiosity - the lid is not too certain this is a good idea. Even if I move the Betta to a bigger setup I won't have that tank for several days.
01-04-2020 07:02 AM
Old Dog 59 Yes it is very different. You don't know how many people will impulse buy a tank and then get it home and it doesn't fit anywhere in the house, and with large tanks they don't realize they screwed up until the floor gives way to the weight and they have a loss of the tank and structural damage to the house or apt. When this happens it's too late to advise them to check thing out first. I heard one sales person tell a buyer of a 500 gallon tank that it would be fine in the house because they could put a refrigerator on the floor where they wanted to put the tank. ( Wrong, wrong , wrong ) Appliances do not weigh over 1000 lbs to start with and not even filled. Look at the width and length of a fridge, and then look at the size of a tank you are putting on that space. Yes the space will displace the weight to some extent. But if the floor is not reinforced to take the weight, Well then you have a disaster that won't take long to happen.

I think this is why I'm putting all my large tanks and breeders in the basement on a concrete floor and all shelving or racks will be designed to take at least 5000 lbs on each level. We have a house that was built back in 1900 it is now 120 years old. the construction at that time was done to last for ever, our foundation is brick and they are laid length wise end to end 4 bricks thick. This house will never come apart. Even so I would never put a tank larger than 29 gallon on a stand in one of our rooms up stairs. (plus my wife tells me I have enough tanks up stairs and I can't put any more in any other room but the office. )( I have now put 10 5.5 and 1 10 gallon in the office. Now I need to get busy and get the basement done before the spring comes. )) LOL.
01-03-2020 05:37 PM
pnwbetta
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You got it going on and sounds like a plan.
Definitely using your idea to map it out. It's such a big difference to "think" about a 60ish gallon tank vs "seeing" it.
01-03-2020 05:29 PM
Old Dog 59 You got it going on and sounds like a plan.
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