So many interesting points all.
Majerah - I don't really like bettas... but I love gouramis... probably a mental thing cus I liked the ones in the photos in your thread. Maybe one.... (in my MTS patch)
Big B - Ummm, I don't have a 50" tv in the house... wait a minute... I don't have a tv in the house. I'd rather have another tank.
Kalyke - ponds seem like so much work - and too expensive to build... and even here in Rose Bowl country the water gets too cold in the winter.
Mr. Bandit - Fish will breed, I just don't go out of my way to do so. I would like to get an R.O. unit so I can seriously give apistos another try. (I miss Seattle's very soft 7.0 water!) And I've always liked rams... and L. Curviceps.... And with R.O. water I could make decent saltwater
too... I've never got around to the salty side of the hobby... and I have always wanted moray eels...
As for the 180s, one will be for my clown loaches/rainbows/eartheaters/syno petri & polli along with some new friends for them... more rainbows and eartheaters and synos. That is definite! One 180 will be for more eartheaters (Retroculus lapidifer and R. Xinguensis if I can find some! and angels and festivums and a bunch of kubotai and or sidthemunki loaches. Maybe.
I would like to do an African tank with tropheus... but a 180? or a 75? I would love to have a chocolate cichlid. (Hypselecara temporalis) The list goes on.... one 30g will be a hillstream loach tank - no doubt about it. Ooooh - I need a shrimp tank....
300g? I thought about a 240... I'm trying to think small. *cough cough* What size Alita would you suggest for 12 tanks - 900 gallons or so. I prefer powerheads on sponges... and was planning on good ol' fashioned Aquaclears on everything.
I'm thinking 3 180s, 2-3 75s, and 6 30s.
So I guess my next question is - 12 tanks... how much work is that? (plus 3 15g in the house) Is that a good start to a fish room without getting in over my head? I'm still a working stiff, or I wouldn't even be asking. What intangibles am I missing? Things like needing a dedicated circuit - can't have all the heaters going on while the laundry is going....
For some great eartheater footage - check this his other videos too