What I'm learning about fish tanks in small apartments

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1) The gap you need to leave behind a tank to allow for a HOB filter can cause a tank to take up more room then you ever suspected.
2) The same gap complained about in #1 can make for a sneaky storage spot
3) After much debate I still believe that replacing the HOB for a canister/ sump or something that can tuck under the tank is the way to go.
4) Extension Cords can be a wonderful way to put tanks where they need to go even if the electrition didn't think of it and put an outlet there.
5) You'll quickly learn what your tolerance for the sound of running water is.
6) Organization is key, start with labeling which cord goes with what thing.

More likely to follow soon..
 

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Aw Red, I hope it all goes much smoother from now on, but I'll keep this in mind if I ever need it!
Please continue to vent here if you need to, this is also what we're here for!
 
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Hehe oh I'm sure I'll come up with more yet I've unpacked enough to be able to move with some ease around the place now, hopefully I'll be able to make the final video tour that I promised soon
 

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The cord thing is a good point no matter what size house you have. I hate going through trying to figure out which cord I need to unplug without unplugging everything.
So I am assuming #1 is more important to fix than #2 had benefits...
 

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I hear you on the cord confusion! One thing that's really helped me is to use a label maker. You can just tape it around the cord so that you can read the words and it's so much easier, lol. The downside is that the label cartridges are really expensive! Good luck!
 
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kcarmartinez said:
The cord thing is a good point no matter what size house you have. I hate going through trying to figure out which cord I need to unplug without unplugging everything.
So I am assuming #1 is more important to fix than #2 had benefits...
Lol I've got two HOB filters and it's a problem with both tanks. The 56 is the only one with the sneaky storage but I'm pretty sure that I could find another spot for the card table so the benefits of the canister outweigh the benefits of the hiding spot. That being said I spent a large part of last night looking at the stand and contemplating what modifications I would need to do to it to fit a sump in it instead
 

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It definitely helps to have a system for cords. I have the filters and heaters on power strips and the lights are seperate, so I can just flip the switch while leaving the lights on.
 
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My set ups always end up looking like something out of an electritions nightmare
 

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My 75 had a HOB that wasn't enough for chiclids so I added a Cascade 1000. It is BIG!!! It doesn't fit in my furniture like stand and has to sit on the floor next to it. And the original bio-wheel filter is still on the tank... so I get tank away from the wall AND stuff next to the tank.
But I love the canister filter. It is quiet, has a spray bar, and has cleaned up the tank well. And if I ever decide to switch to a planted tank I can just take off the HOB.
With goldfish I am guessing you are going to need a BIG canister filter as well. ;D

Is the running water sound from the HOB or just amplified from the closeness of the space?
 
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The sound has always come from the HOB (water return) but the smaller space probably amplifies it as well. I'm one of the few fish keepers I know of who can't stand the sound of falling water. It grates on my nerves lol

I'm also running a Fluvel 203 canister on it right now just to hold the cycle until I get my 32 gallon tank repaired. I don't really like HOB filters but they're just so darn cheap!
 

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