If I was going to do this, I'd certainly take the drywall out, and put up tile backer board and seal any seams that are visible. After tearing down my friends room and seeing where all the mold creeped into, I would probably tile the whole room!
Wow, fitting all that in a small room like that... I strongly agree with the Humidity issue. You have windows in the room, maybe make some sort of ventilation fan that would direct airflow out. Humidifiers are nice, but pretty loud.
I also agree with Tom on have a bunch of pretty, nice display tanks in a small cramped room, it may look great initially but later on your eyes will be going from tank to tank and will take away the viewing pleasure. With other nice tanks in the room it will distract you from the one you want to look at. I'm very interested in seeing what a few hundred pounds of seiryu stone looks like. Post more pics please!
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Just curious, how the heck are you going to fit all of those tanks in that tiny room? I'd think anything more than a 90 on the short wall (window) with 120's on the long walls would get to be a bit much.
I would just make sure the wall is alright with the humidity and fill the room up. Just get a dehumidifier and open the window when it isn't too hot out. We keep boxes of water, it gets evaporated and the room becomes humid thats life. As long as you don't mind the humidity who cares?
I totally agree with Plantbrain. If you having all these setups in one room it's a 'fish room' but if you incorporate them into lived in areas of your home then it's art. Did you have the talk with the wife that ADA setups are more 'Art' than 'Aquarium'? - Good luck!
I think you need to put the wife in that room and the tanks in the rest of the house.
Seriously, I would NOT use laminate flooring. Water will get in the seams if spilled and the boards will buckle. Just FYI, this is also true of cat urine/spray.
I think a fish room with breeding tanks would be pretty cool, but I second the thought that those beautiful tanks (I'm envious) should be spread throughout the home. There are ways to do it without them being so "intrusive" and really giving the home an art feel. Beats the heck outta a bunch of cheap framed prints and Ikea furniture all over the house.
Its give and take. What can you give your wife (i.e. chocolate, credit card for clothes supershop, etc.) to make her forget about the large amount of tanks that are going to be strewn about the house?
At one time, my tank in the kitchen had L. Aromatica as a center piece and the tops were really red, so my wife passed the tank one day and said, WOW, those flowers are beautiful. All I said was "Yes Dear" and several years later the tank remains in the kitchen, shhh!!
Hit up a hydro store for an exhaust fan, and you're good to go. I'd throw it up in the attic and have it vent out to the exterior. The humidity will not be as big of a deal as everyone is making it out to be if you run one.