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Reducing Number of Tanks

Driftless

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All of my aquariums are at my office and over the last year I have been reducing the number from 6 to 3. The tanks that remain are my largest ones, all three are heavily planted, 2 Angelfish and 1 Discus tanks, these are the tanks that I look at the most. I am not leaving the hobby, I am just simplifying it. I only wish that my Discus tank was larger, it is 75 gallon; I have my eye on an UNS 114 gallon tank.
 
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Baarks

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9 Jul 2021
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Yes, at one point I had 4 On the run, but I do think one or two that you really like is worth more than loads that you dont feel you have the time to keep to the desired standard. I found myself feeling burnt out with the hobby. Trouble is, there is always more you want to try!
 

Wolf6

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18 Dec 2014
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At the peak of my MTS I had about 6 tanks, but that becomes extremely exhausting after some time. Drains the fun so to speak. I currently have 2, and I think thats my optimum. Although I am upgrading one tank to a larger tank with sump and refugium, does that count as a third? :) But I have already been in doubt over tearing down the smaller tank as even 2 tanks is a lot of work.
 

mort

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I had mts bad at one point. It was when I was working in a lfs and there were lots of rescues of weird critters (marine hitchhikers). At one point I had 11 small marine tanks linked together housing mostly single mantis shrimps, pistol shrimps and also some Sepia bandensis. These were connected to my reef tank and I was gradually able to reduce the number as things passed on (mantis average about 3-4 years and the cuttlefish die after they breed, following a truely heartbreaking process called senescence).

Over the last few years I've really reduced things so I only have a couple of tanks. I think two is the optimal number because it means you can fiddle with one but leave the other to do its thing, which is normally better for it.
 

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