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  1. Not usually the type of person who ask for help in this way, usually do research and trouble shoot problems. But I need to cut cost ASAP because if I don’t I will have to break down or at least minimize how many tanks I operate. The reason I have to do this I would most certainly make the sacrifice, but if I’m capable to keep what I have or even expand slowly would be my preference. ive recently had 3 of my grandchildren placed in my home and it seems like it will be long term. Their ages are 3,2,and 1 🤪crazy I know. Luckily we are in a financial situation I could retire to care for them. But we have to cut cost across the board, including the fish room of course because it is just a hobby. But if I can reduce cost and maybe make a little money from it… What I came up with so far: -heat the room instead of each tank. Will have to get a bigger dehumidifier and I guess a space heater? What type should be used that is safe for long term operating? -using more plants to cut down on water changes -cutting down light time on tanks that don’t have plants -selling fish, won’t have a lot of time to market and promote I’m limited time I can leave the house What are some ways you cut cost? Don’t wanna use cheap food really believe quality food is key to healthy fish. to be clear I’m not looking for any financial help I’m not in desperation mode and would give the hobby up before it ever came to that. And minimizing is always on the table.
  2. Hello! This is an updated picture of my fish room dedicated to shrimp for profit. I’m moving only as fast as cash will allow me. I know I could have done more 10s or some 20s, but I wanted my premium RCS in the 20L so that way I can monitor and cull easier. I might add another 10 gallon or a 20. Maybe down the road build another stand for below and put some more tanks on it. Nothing fancy, this is all I can afford currently. No fancy auto water changes or drains (though my washer and dryer are right by it and I could use that drain (TBD)). I have a stingray light coming as well as an Amazon basics long power strip for behind the tanks to clean things up. Just wanted to share what I’m up to. I’m really enjoying this and I love seeing the messages from people saying how they love my shrimp. you can clearly see aquarium coops influence on me. Seen are their sponge filters, I’m getting the finnex light, the Ned trio is sitting there ect. Haha.
  3. 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.
  4. Any advice on some ways I can make fish room more kid friendly? I have 3 grandchildren and when I have them all in there it’s a little crazy, and by a little I mean a lot 😜. My electric cords and hoses are already tucked really well. How could I install some sort or latch on the lower lids? Having them help feed is such a mess. Of coarse they love tapping on the glass and by tapping I mean banging. It sucks trying to take them in 1 at a time because the others really really need to be in there.lol
  5. He ask what I wanted for Mother's Day on Mother's Day. Not bad for 5 days progress. The most of the tanks are drilled in the yard.
  6. Let's kick off my fish room journal with an entry/update on my Blue Gularis breeding project for the Coop. What I enjoy most about operating a fish room focused on breeding is that there will be people in the store that see my fish, get excited, and want to take them home. Call it silly, but it's just something that really drives me, knowing that someone is going to enjoy my fish and bring them happiness. So, that being said, I asked @Cory what fish I should work with to make available in our retail store. His response was the Blue Gularis. I have kept Gardneri in the past and had great success breeding them, but the Blue Gularis is known to be more difficult. Well, I am up for the challenge. I started off by sourcing 30 eggs from Aquabid for the Blue Gularis "Loe" variety. The eggs arrived with instructions to sit on them for 7-8 weeks from the date of collection, which was about 1 week prior if I recall collectly. True to my self, I let my impatience win out and tried to hatch 10 eggs about 3 weeks in. Let's just say you should follow the seller's advice. 😆 From that botched attempt I wanted the remaining 4 weeks to hatch the rest. After putting the eggs in a shallow tupperware it took about 48 hours for the first fry to hatch. I think I got maybe 2 more natural hatches. I then used the vial pressurization method to force hatch the remaining eggs - picked this up from Gary Lange. The remaining eggs went in a vial with a little bit of water. Put the vial in the bottom of a 40 gallon breeder and loosened the lid to allow water pressure to enter the vial. From that, I had one more egg hatch. With several more eggs unhatched I decided to try the other method Gary talked about and that is to leave thee vial in your pocket and simply walk around. Sure enough this did the trick and all remaining eggs hatched. I raised the fry on BBS (via Ziss Brine Shrimp Hatcher) for the next several months. Currently the Blue Gularis are spread across several tanks in the fish room with only one tank having multiple occupants, 1 male and 3 females. I will probably spread these out too. The attached image is a shot from today (7/22/2020) of one of my males. Even if I don't have success breeding on my own I feel accomplished getting them to this point. Their looks certainly are worth it alone.
  7. I am so excited to share our fish keeping journey. My husband and I live in MN in a rental house and just made a purchase agreement on a home. We are currently in a cramped one bedroom rental and have 4 fish tanks. Our landlord said no cats/dogs so we decided to get a small 29 gallon fish tank and life has not been the same since. We, (but mostly me) are addicted now. I currently have a 20, 40, 75, & 125. I recently found a guy selling all his fish room tank/equipment so I made him an offer and we got 15 tanks from him in various sizes from 10 to 125 gallons. Our new home is much bigger and is a split level. I have already been trying to design on paper something in the lower level so we have an idea of where to put a few tanks right off. I am nervous about moving my 4 tanks and making sure everyone survives the event. We plan on keeping our rental an extra month so we wont be rushed. I want to set up 4 new tanks and get them cycled then move the fish over. Any ideas would be welcome. The new house is only about 40 minutes from our rental. I will post our journey as we move through this process.
  8. In a 10x12 below grade basement I wound up with 9 20 tall, 3 20 long, 6 29 gallon tanks, and space on the other wall for a big tank I’m still waiting for (a spare 55 is holding the space). Here is a rundown of what I used and some lessons I learned. For stands, the cinder block racks are super easy to set up and very sturdy. They are also modular if I decide to change things around. For tanks, I used solely Aqueon tanks from Petco’s dollar per gallon sale. Can’t really go wrong with cheap tanks in a fish room. Filtration- Central air pump connected to a 1 inch pvc pipe loop around the room. This is where I started making mistakes. I first dry fit the whole loop, which made it very hard to pull it all apart and glue the connections. This led to some leaking connections which I patched with silicone. I first bought the smallest linear piston air pump offered by Aquarium Co-Op, which was undersized for the size of the air loop I had running (that or the leaking connections) and got no airflow to the tanks. I lucked out and found a Jehmco LA-120, an air pump with enough flow to run 100+ tanks, which gave me way too much flow, which I solved by just adding a bunch of extra valves (I later discovered Jehmco sells a bleed off valve for exactly that situation...). All of the tanks are running sponge filters of various manufacturers to try out. The overflow system- oh boy here’s where things got complicated. The basement is below grade, and I couldn’t tap into the waste line or modify the existing plumbing. So I used a laundry sink sump basin and pump running into 1 inch flexible pipe routed out of a basement air vent to the back of the house, where the aquarium waste water will be used to water the garden. This could have been so much easier if I had been able to drill the foundation and run a 10ft section of pipe, but hey whatever works, works. I also ran a pex line from the washing machine connections by adding Y connector to each fitting for hot/cold water to a laundry sink without modifying the existing plumbing. The overflow on each tank is a simple bulkhead and pvc elbow with a barb fitting connected to a bit of flex pipe, which in turn drains to a length of 2” pipe into the sump. A few other lessons I learned here - use 3” for a drain line, I don’t think it will be a problem but I’ll have to limit the flow into the tanks. As far as the flex pipe- I originally used poly tubing, but getting the kinks out of the thick clear tubing is a nightmare-I found out that the 1/2 inch irrigation tubing for garden sprinklers is dirt cheap and way easier to work with. Also buy a quality hole saw to drill into the large PVC pipe, I ruined a few cheap bits. As far as drilling the tanks themselves, I originally used cheap diamond hole saw bits that took forever for each tank before just spending a bit extra on a decent bit that made it way faster. I used a bit of plywood with a hole drilled as a template, clamping it to the tank to start the hole in the same position on every tank. I then removed the template when the hole was started, used plumbers putty to make a dam around the hole and filled it with water - way quicker and easier on the bit if it’s lubricated full time. All of the tanks were drilled without more than minor chip out on the edges of the hole, it’s super easy. Lids for the tanks; I had a few glass lids, but I wound up using polycarbonate greenhouse panels, which worked out to about $6/lid. I used a table saw to make long cuts and a box cutter to cut the horizontal sections, and colored duct tape to seal the edges and form hinges or handles. All in, including renovating the room with insulation and paint and such, I probably spent about $2500-$3000 on the whole room, with probably $500 being wasted on mistakes or unnecessary things. I still need to add some reflective barrier to the ceiling and setup a sprinkler timer and lines to each tank for the auto water change system. I also need to find a lighting solution that won’t break the bank or take up all my outlets.
  9. I am lucky enough to be in a position where I am currently shopping around for a new house. Foremost on my mind is keeping an eye out for a place to put my fish room, so I am looking for a few tips. Ideally I'd love a basement, but unfortunately that just isn't common in my area. Right now we are looking for something that has a first floor bedroom so that I can commandeer it for the fishes. I know there have been a lot of talks on the forum about how much weight a floor can take/how many tanks; my understanding is that once you start going over 60 gallons, you need to be careful and make sure it doesn't fall right through the floor. Right now we haven't been finding a lot of options with first floor beds; I think this is super important. What do you guys think? Second question is flooring. It will depend on what kind of subfloor the building has, but I think concrete would be ideal. However, I remember Cory saying something about using gym mats. Does anyone know why that might be the case? Because it's easy to dry and is not slippery? Obviously I'll keep a look out for water and drainage access, I plan on using Gladiator shelving, and I plan to install a linear piston air pump. Still working out whether to install an auto water change system... Initially I want to say "I won't have THAT many tanks!" But we all know how that goes... Please let me know if you have any tips for things that are often forgotten when scouting out a new fish room.
  10. Hi gang: So there was a little discussion going on around my test results for an effective Battery Backup for the USB Nano Pump, and mid-chat, this idea popped in my head. It's not fully baked, but I hope it maybe has some potential? For folks with fish rooms or large numbers of tanks, what would a "Toolbox Pond" look like? I envision this as a pond or other large bin/tank that you could fill and maintain with useful "tools" and occupants to help keep the other tanks in top condition or otherwise handle emergencies. Yes, we already do this somewhat with a quarantine tank, but this idea is different. Consider: 1. Power Failure: Sponge Filters: I don't use sponge filters because, for me, they take up too much space in the tank. So, assuming I prefer to use hang-on-back, canister, or other powered types of filters, I could fill this pond with enough smallish sponge filters to match the number of power-filtered tanks. In the event of a power failure, I could drop one of these in each tank with a USB nano pump on battery backup, and resume filtering the affected tanks immediately. Figure $10 for the pump, $20 for the battery backup, and $10 for the sponge filter, you're talking about a $40-per-tank insurance policy to ensure uninterrupted filtration if the power goes out. 2. Housecall Algae Control: Cleanup Crew: For those sponge filters to be full of beneficial bacteria, they'll need a fish population to do their thing. I propose a diverse cleanup crew to live together in the Toolbox Pond that could handle all types of algae: bristlenose plecos for their rasping abilities on glass and decor, Siamese algae eaters for hair and blackbeard algae control, otocinclus for the glass and leaves, amano shrimp for the nooks and crannies, and big snails for everything else. This setup would consume a lot of food, but that's kind of the point. When you have a tank that needs some TLC, grab some of these guys from the Toolbox Pond and send them to work! Imagine what 20 Siamese algae eaters could do for a tank in 1-2 days? And when they're done, you send them home. 3. Inpatient Algae Control: Cleanup Crew: Even better, got a rock, plant, or piece of decor that needs a cleaning? Simply pluck it out of its home tank and drop it in the Toolbox Pond for a day or two and let the worker bees do their thing! 4. Contained Breeding: Green Water: It stands to reason that a pond like this could be set up to cultivate a large amount of green water, too. What about rigging a large fine-mesh breeder net/basket of some kind so that fry can be moved in there for the first few days of life where they need infusoria? Or, maybe just grab a cup of the good stuff and drop it in the tanks that need it? 5. Contained Food Cultures: Green Water: Again, maybe a tight mesh net or basket to house a daphnia culture in the pond? Haven't thought that one through yet. So, this Toolbox, this Utility Tank, this Workhorse Pond, whatever to call it...how would you build out such a tool? What other ways can we get a dedicated body of water to do some of the work we'd normally do tank-by-tank? Or maybe this is an old idea that's already been tried? Please post your ideas; I want to try this sometime, but I'll bet there's more that can be done! Thanks for reading, Bill
  11. Howdy Nerms! I have grown into a fish room and breeding and would like to start a auto water top off or change system soon, maybe. Do you have any pitfalls or suggestions to consider as I research/plan? I have 25 tanks currently with city water. What are thoughts on drip lines verses sumps filter? Is it ok with DIY overflows or should you really have bulkheads. I really don't want to get ahead of myself just looking for some wisdom to center my thoughts. Many thanks, Tedrock.
  12. I really like the idea of keeping a journal on the forum and figured I'd give it a shot. To start, my wife and I have an understanding that I will keep setups in the house to a single digit number (so I picked 9) and a "setup" consists of a stand of some sort up to 6', aquarium/aquariums, equipment and livestock. I maybe push that a bit here and there but here we go. I'm going to add the other ones as a reply to keep them separate. NUMBER ONE: total gallons 205 Tanks: Aqueon 125 gallon long (top), Aqueon 40 gallon breeder X2 (bottom) Lighting: 3X NICREW 20" Blue/White LEDs (top), 2X NICREW 30" RBG LEDs (bottom) Equipment : Cascade 1200 canister filter, 2 XL Co-op sponge filters, 2 USB pumps, 2 Aqueon 300watt heaters, Aqueon powerhead (top), 2 L Co-op sponge filters, 2 USB pumps, Aqueon 200watt heater (bottom) Substrate: Caribsea African cichlid mix (top), Caribsea Aragonite sand and bare (bottom) Livestock: OB Peacock X5, Dragonblood Peacock X2, German Red Shoulder Peacock X3, Lemon Jake Peacock X2, Electric Blue Ahii X2, Deepwater Hap X2, Blue Dolphin Moorii x3. Also my sub dominate male Venustus, some misc Electric Yellows and some common goldfish in the holding tank. This is my newest setup, and was possible due largely to a friend moving and giving me the 125 & stand and Petco's dollar per gallon sale. This bumped my old #1 setup down a couple notches after I had a tragic leak in my old 100gal shelly tank. The big tank on top is for Peacocks and Haps and finally has some fish in it from the various grow out tanks and quarantine. The breeders on the bottom were just being used for grow outs, but I have started converting them into display tanks since I made a new quarantine/grow out setup. The one with sand and decor is going to be for some Tanganyikans I have coming... Cips!
  13. 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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