For months and months I've been saving up for a new corner tank, my first choice being in the 160 liter size. My parents won't let me have it. If there was a good reason I would just let it go, but after a month of politely asking, begging, pleading, arguing and downright debating my case they will not, under any circumstances, allow me to go to the aquarium shop to look at the tanks and provide no valid reason for it. Some of the excuses they have fired my way include: * You already have enough tanks (I have one 65 liter tank, I offered to sell it or give it away once the new tank is set up. They shot this idea down quicker than a clay pigeon) * You don't have enough space (I have plenty of space, There is a "dead corner" in my room where I want to place the tank, there is a bedside table there filled with fish equipment. I plan to take the fish equipment out and store them in a plastic storage tub underneath my desk or my bed, and then place the empty table in my wardrobe.) * You only have one yabby (crayfish) you don't need a bigger tank (yabbies can grow to 30 cm long if they live long enough (that is rare both in the wild and in captivity) so the notion that I will never need a bigger tank is false. I would also buy more fish *after* the new tank is set up and cycled if that adds to the justification.) * You don't need it ( this is true, technically. But conversely, I don't *need* to go to school, I don't *need* to drive a car, I don't *need* to wear clothing every day but I'm still expected to. It's a question of wanting, not needing. I've tried pointing out Dads collection of painting (which is worth tens of thousands of dollars) but apparently that's different.) * It's our money ( It's not, it's mine. I have a job and I earned it. I Just because they gave me some of the money in exchange for my work does not mean that they have the right to control it. I'm 18 years old, in my country that makes me a legal adult.) * It's too much work to maintain, and you need to work for uni. (once again, wrong. I do have sufficient time to care for it, that's what weekends and afternoons are for. Further more, this is from a person who keeps a goldfish in a 7 liter aquarium, I think I might be the more knowledgeable person in this particular field) * We do not want you to get another tank (this is the argument they dish out when I shoot the others down. I can't really say anything against this one except asking why, to which they repeat the question. This has driven me well up the wall but next week my mum and dad are leaving town for a few days and one of my closest friend has his P plates. If you were in my position, would you go ahead and buy it? After all the hard work I did to save up my money and the time spent planning out the set up and stock I am sorely tempted to do so, but by the same token I don't want to cause irreparable damage to my relationship with my parents. Advice would be appreciated.