With the arrival of my new pairs yesterday, the 1.5m rack in my bedroom is now completely full. I lose some space because I prefer to have my tanks positioned with the longest side facing the front. However, it does make it easier to see my fish, and it means I don't have to reach right in when I am doing maintenance.
Presently the rack holds eight species of wild betta. The tanks range in size from 13.5L (breeding pair of Betta sp. cf. rutilans green) up to 45L (Betta persephone group). The green bucket on the sideboard is where I age my water for water changes, while the small tank in the back corner is my BBS hatchery. On the shelf beneath those, are my live food cultures.
I'm hoping to squeeze in another two tanks on the sideboard. The tank that is up there currently is going to be torn down and the fish inside of it sold in the next week or so, leaving the perfect space for some more wild bettas.
The plan is to replace the two lamps on the bottom shelf with single fluorescent light to not only free up a power point, but also to provide more light than is currently available. I'm going to order the light this weekend, so it should hopefully arrive next week.
My set-up is by no means perfect, and there is so much I would change if I could. However, it is nice when the first thing I see in the morning is my fish, and I am certainly going to miss them when they are moved downstairs.
It's unfortunate I could not convince my mum to knock out the walls between my bedroom and the spare bedroom and use one as a purpose-built fish room. Alas, she likes my fish... but not that much.