Multiple fishtanks vs single

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    Hi
    If I want start a fishroom or rack system

    If on one tier you need 3 or 4 small tanks why would younyou just use same size large tank and put permanent dividers in?
    What is the pros and cons of having say 3 x 2 foot tanks vs only one 6 foot but with permanent glas divider already built in?

    Multiple tanks vs one tank with dividers

    Please and thank you
     
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    It might be more practical having multiple tanks 1 because you could have varying water parameters for fish with different needs, and 2 if you decide to move 1 tank to a lower rack of different part of the room for whatever reason, you can move the tank itself instead of having to try setup a new tank the same way in a different spot.
    Also if you end up with an unhealthy fish in 1 tank you won't risk it spreading to the others if they're separate
    Also it'll be easier to maintain different temperatures in each of they're not right against each other
     
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    Thanks noted
    But that is why I thought to put permanent glass dividers in when I build the tank? To stop the spreading
    Hut yhe moving around make sense
    Thanks
     
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    What is the goal you are trying to achieve? As that will guide you as to what to use.

    Breeding multiple species, Just keeping lots of tanks and fish, Keeping only one species?

    I have a mix of both divided tanks and single tanks in my shrimp room, and there is pro's and cons to both, it just depends on what you want to do and what will work out better for the livestock. Shrimp love stable parameters, so split tanks are nice for them, but they also have a bunch of different water, so split tanks are also needed.
     
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    Still very new to the fish thing

    4x tanks running just over 2 years now

    But it's a lot of wires and a lot of pumps and filters and stuff have not started reading anything yet

    Was thinking of putting like a racking system a two-tier one big display tank and then smaller ones at the bottom for maybe more species orientated?

    yes I don't want it to be too high so that i must use a ladder to get to the to clean it etc

    Also not to know that you can't really see the fish properly

    By the sounds of it I will have space at the bottom for a sump
    and enough space on the side to put the wires and the air etc

    I just want low noise, cheap / cost effective but stunning tanks next to TV and sound system that won't distract with all the wires and stuff inside and out the tanks
    If that make sense?
     
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    Sounds to me like you want tanks that share filters, heaters etc.. Don't see how dividers makes them separate tanks then Its the same water isn'
    t it. Have i missed something.

    My advise would be: If you do not plan on having different parameters and you want easy maintenance then you go one tank divided. I agree with Gamma though, it really depends what you weant out of it. There are pros and cons to both setups.
     
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    Yes try to explain above what I need / want
    Thanks all the advice
     
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    Might be ok once you start out. The longer you go on the more species you gonna want which might need more space and therefore bigger tanks.
     
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    Yes and I would just add another rack of tanks the sizes I would then require but if I can get the basics right the first time it would be a great help thank you
     
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    The best would be a sump then as you said. Your plumbing should just be done correctly and the sump should have enough space for extra water if the power goes out. Just be careful, if one tank has sick fish you have the risk of them all getting sick.
     
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    Noted thanks so much
     
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    What are you planning on keeping?
     
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    Not sure still very new to the fish thing assume some community tank and trying to breed something?
    was looking for a cost effective silent two-tier option for maybe three tanks one big one two smaller ones or something like that
     
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    I think its a cost thing also. 2 x 3 foot tanks probably only going to cost around R1200 maybe less. Where's a single 6 foot tank can be alot more probably around 4K but it all depends on the dimensions
     
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    Oh ok thanks I thought it would be cheaper because you're using less glass but I haven't done that costing thing yet sorry thanks for reply
     
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    You'd think it would be cheaper, but the bigger the tank the thicker the glass needs to be, plus depending how big it would need bracing etc
     
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    Ok yes it makes sense thank you
     
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    Someone wrote the other day, build the tank/environment you want and then decide what can live in there or decide what you want to keep in terms of livestock and then make the environment, thought it made alot of sense at the time, either way, exciting times, keep us posted:thumbup:
     
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    Hahaha yes but I am still learning all the different fishes and just as I think ok this is it then someone post a pic of another fish.....
    So many options..... hahaha
     
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    It’s kindof like Sim City, trying to build a great community ito water parameters, temprament compatibility, habitat needs etc. I like it!
    Lots of research then use the forum as sound board
     

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