Limited funds is always a problem! Even if you chuck everything at it, it always needs more!
You have enough tanks that this may be of use to you;
In my house the biggest saving I made in the last 12 months was de chlorinator. Ok I had the background equipment in place so it wasn't too costly to transition but I'm saving the food bill and replacement water filter costs every year! Find a cheaper way to dechlorinate and that will free up significant funds for you.
(If you have ammonia free water, a 25litre container and an air stone should be sufficient but heavy metals may still pose a problem, some type of HMA resin through a filter should work but I'm unsure of the cycle times, it would vary by volume, perhaps a small tank (or one with an appropriate volume) using a canister with resin in a bag, that will be cheaper per year)
If you don't fancy that set up or an RO
, maybe you have soft water or your tap water is fine, you can get a pond style pre filter set that fits to a tap but you need to be using volumes of water to make it worthwhile, anything over 500 litres a week I'd say do it. It looks similar to an RO
device, prefilter, CCB, resin bed, just with hosetails and no RO
(You could hide that from the landlord and plug it on as needed
Even if you need to pay out now, in six months you'll be saving.
Good growth is a good sign! It's good you make something from your effort too! That helps out a bit.
I'm still waiting for my next money project! I'm trying to settle my new Cory in, if they breed as often as my paleatus I will be very happy for a few years.
They eat, they seem happy but still a bit flighty, hopefully they will settle a bit soon, the puffer on the other hand is clearly settled!