A combination of an itch for a new project and the fact that my biggest tank is really on its last legs (and the room it's in needs to be redecorated and recarpeted at some point!) was fluttering around in my mind as I sat down to watch the cricket. The itch is in part due to RallyMatt's amazing confection, which I've been watching from the sidelines with mounting envy. But mainly it's due to all FM's who are setting up and/or doing new stuff with various kinds of ingenuity and taunting me with their reportage!
I would like to simplify things a bit, tankwise. I'll probably replace the 'display' tank once its room is redecorated but overall I see my fishkeeping future with fewer tanks. Anyway I continued mulling over my options and then …
My racking came into focus. Wouldn't it be nice (I thought) to replace its motley collection of small tanks, some of which house invertebrates, with more practically-sized tanks to house fish? And wouldn't it be nice to incorporate one or two of the tank features that were once experimental but which I've grown to like? Yes, it would!
The cricket didn't start ; in fact it was rained off altogether. There must surely have been some devil noticing my idle hands because I find myself a few hours later with a rather coarse (and not to scale) cardboard mock-up of my ideal design. The major obstacle to it becoming a reality is one of cost - in particular the fabricating of some plastic bits.
I don't mind a semi-extravagant financial committment : I don't have other expensive hobbies, nor do I take holidays or spend oodles on car or clothing. And looking at my 'household spending' spreadsheet I see that my outlay on fishy stuff is peanuts compared with what some other family members spend (Mrs.V! and multiple foreign travellages - I'm looking at you!). However if these plastic bits were to cost as much as I think they might ... well, I have a Plan B ready, though it's not as satisfying and not quite as effective.
It may all come to naught of course! But the fact that I've been wrestling with maths today suggests it's an ambition with at least some level of robustness. More news as I get it, as they say!
I know people will rightly complain if I don't add a piccie - so here's one with some relevance
[Edit: Ah! I tried Imgur independently and, after a bit of a rigmarole, was able to add the pic I'd originally wanted to attach to the post].