I am however planning on moving it to (or getting a larger- don't tell my wife) my finished basement in the next year or two.
Is the basement already finished? If not, build the basement around your tank requirements! I have a finished basement with an office which shares a wall with the laundry room. This is fantastic, and is secretely the reason I agreed to buy this house
I cut a whole in the wall, and sent all plumbing into the laundry room. I have a holding tank, room for a sump, air pumps are far enough away not to be a noise problem, and a sink just feet away. I went FW
, put canisters there, but will switch to a sump when I get a tank with built in overflows.
OK. I hate water changes too. I am currently building a system that only reguires me to flip one switch for water out, and one switch for water in from a holding tank. then I have to fill the holding tank. It is simply a submersible magdrive pump in the holding tank with a hose to an outflow tube in the displaytank. I then have another outflow tube in the display tank that I am connecting to another magdrive pump that will have plumbing run to a drain sink in the laundry room. Turn one on, watch the water go down, turn off when desired. Turn the other on, watch the water go up, turn off when desired. connect hose to sink, replenish holding tank. Thats it! Takes about 10 minutes. Not as fancy as an automated computer controlled system, but what the heck. When I get tired of running a hose to the holding tank, I will hire a plumber to run a pipe and spigot over to it! I even found what looks like an extension cord, but is actually a remote on off switch with a plug on one end, which I ran over to the display tank so I could operate the pumps while I watched the water level. I am really satisfied with this, especially since I used to use buckets.
Start planning now, make modifications to the basement at your leisure, and your wife might not figure out what you are up to until you bring home the new tank
Edit: Duh. I just read the second post more carefully and It is exactly what I have built, except I don't have a sump and I use a pump to send water to the drain. Well, great minds think alike? Anyway the system is up and running and here is a link to my full description. Not automated, no patents, but water changes effortlessly in 5 or ten minutes.