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  1. Building a fish room in my garage. Planning and installing electric Hi All! I am in the process of building a fish room in a kickout area of my garage. Lots to do and we are starting basically from scratch. I would love your thoughts and feedback on what I’m doing and let me know if you have any suggestions. Thank you, I appreciate it!
  2. Ok so I'm going to be getting a shed built as a small fish room. It's only going to be 7' x 8' as that's all I have room for. Seeing as I'm having it built from scratch, is there anything I should take into consideration to tell the carpenter? I've mentioned a solid foundation, insulation, ventilation and electricity but is there anything else I should mention now or make him aware of? I've mentioned it's for a fish room but I expect it will be the first fish room specific build he's done. As an aside, is it possible to provide enough lights for plants just from overhead room lights in the shed without having a light on each tank? I'm worried about having enough outlets. It will mostly be epiphytes and pothos I think.
  3. So I might be able to build a dedicated fish room if I can get management to approve the whole thing. I have a big finished area in my basement not being used. The downside is only way up and down are stairs (had tiny basement windows, I might plan on having one setup for egress for safety and possibly for another way in for big objects like tanks lol). I don't know how big I want to go, I have probably 300 to 400 sq ft I can work with without having to tear down existing walls. Of course being a basement means I have the supports to work around. So my dilemma is all the planning. Probably won't completed until 2022 but I need to think of all the caveats in a design. Any ground up helpful information y'all can point me to? I know Michael's Fish Room/Cory from Aquarium Coop has great resources on his setup that I will be studying greatly, but I really want to get all the "I wish I had done xyz" before designing too much. I can do a lot of the work myself, and some I can hire out very affordably. Also I want to make sure I can service all the tanks easily... I'm a slightly bigger guy so need to account for tummy space lol.
  4. Hey fish nerds, I wanted to start a informal journal to chronicle my fish room I think my situation might be interesting enough to follow for any aspiring breeding for profit fishrooms out there, and its always helpful to have other inputs on future decisions I make for the room. Without writing out a whole autobiography here basically between me and my wife, we have a combined 16 years and counting in the fish industry. I worked in aquarium maintenance and for a fish store here in Tampa. I met my wife at said fish store where she was in charge of the freshwater department for the majority of the time we were there. She now works for a local fish wholesaler. So long story short I'm a stay at home dad these days so as of 2 months ago I dusted off my collection of tanks and re set up the fish room in my garage. If I'm going to be home all day I may as well breed some fish for profit! I've already had a deal worked out with the buyer at the local fish wholesaler to buy anything I make (freight costs a fortune these days so wholesalers much like fish stores would rather have local sourced fish) So since I'm approaching breeding for profit form a different angle than a lot of fishrooms you'll see and because I'm in Florida I can, and plan to, expand into a partial outdoor fishroom I hope this will be interesting enough to follow!
  5. I love the minimalist style the Coop's racks. So I set out to do a similar setup, and it's coming together well. I planned on doing a couple 55 gallon tanks mixed with 20 gallon ones since they are the same width. Now that the $1 sale has started, I looked at my local Petco, and they have no 55s right now, but there were 75s. So now I'm thinking about the added width/weight. Cory has said the weight with glass tanks are carried on the corners. I think if I use thicker or two bolts at each corner it'd be alright. An alternative would be to double up the vertical 2x4s. Thoughts?
  6. I’ve been working on getting my fish room set up here in Japan. I’ve got this garage-like room to work with. My grandfather used to work in this room fixing heavy machinery and equipment as a living. Since his passing about 10 years ago, this room hasn’t been touched except from the occasional entrance of my uncle who keeps some of his VW spare parts in there. I should mention that I’ve lived abroad in Singapore previous to this and in 2019, I moved back to my home country of Japan. So that is when I decided to try my best to convert this beat up garage room into a fish room. Here, you can see how it looked like before I started working on it. My first racking system arrived before I even started painting 😅 I really wanted to set tanks up asap but I had to be patient and clean the room up a little. I have been posting videos on my YouTube channel too. Still need to make a playlist for this fish room. Lots of painting 😰 It’s not that easy as I’m a little OCD and I like having things as close to perfect. Also notice there are windows by the tanks. We do get a little sunlight coming in but it’s really no problem at all. Some people commented in my videos that it’s a bad idea putting tanks by the window because I will get lots of algae issues. To me, it’s about balancing everything. If you have lots of sunlight, then maybe lessen the hours of artificial lighting. But I plan to put curtains up in the future so that I can control the amount of light that comes in. Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green Gecko, some Rotala sp. bangladesh, and Cryptocoryne Wendtii Brown towards the back. Cryptocoryne Wendtii Tropica and Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green towards the back. Cryptocoryne Lucens and Cryptocoryne Undulatus Red towards the back. My favorite species of Anubias on the driftwood. Anubias Coffeefolia! All these plants are still relatively new so I’ll be enjoying watching them grow and develop 😃 So this is currently where I’m at. Still a long ways to go and I’m kind of hoping that this build never ends because it’s the process that I enjoy the most. I’ve planted a variety of crypts in the tanks above and I’m planning to add more in the future. Cryptocorynes have become one of my favorite plants because of how easy they are to care for. They don’t need strong lighting, don’t require Co2, and they’ll look beautiful in a couple of months. I’m also hoping to add another rack system on the right side of the room. Not sure of what fish/plants to keep yet, but I’m sure I will find something that will excite me. Breeding small fish is something I’d also love to try. Also, some people have asked me why I didn’t fix up (renovate) the entire room first before setting the aquariums and that’s because it would be nearly impossible. As I mentioned earlier, this room is also a storage room for my uncles car parts as well as storage for some of my grandmothers stuff so I’ve just got to work with the space that I’ve been given 😅 Oh yeah! I forgot to mention that I’m also working on a smaller fish room inside the house that I call the mini studio. That room will only have 2 display aquascaped aquariums. I’m very passionate about planted/aquascaped aquariums. Maybe I can make another post talking about that room sometime. Thank you if you’ve made it this far. I hope this was interesting to some of you and I hope to learn more from this forum 🙂
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