Anyone have experience with making a "dry" basement "wet?"
Unfortunately, mine is not plumbed. No sinks, toilets, nothing. Years ago, I ran a 55g native tank in my basement. Carrying 5 gallon buckets filled with water up and downstairs was a drag. I thought I was being clever when I bought a pump and pumped water out a basement window and ran water from an outdoor spigot through a hose (drinking water safe) through the same window. This was still such a major production that I (gasp) took the tank down and have had it in storage ever since.
After a many-year hiatus, I am back to keeping an aquarium. This time upstairs, where space is at a premium. I only have room for a 29 gallon (high tech) and am salivating over some of the a-ma-za-zing larger aquariums in these forums. (Thanks for making this such a fun and informative place, by the way.)
A DIY automatic water changer system I read about yesterday got me thinking about keeping aquariums in the basement again.
There are many pros: utility carpet covered cement floor, plenty of power outlets, lots of wall (and floor) space, small windows that don't let in direct sunlight, an awesome sectional couch to sit/lay on when viewing the aquariums... (besides being right next to my PC for easy uploading of gorgeous pictures with my posts...)
The cons (as far as I can see) are:
1. No water access. My guess is that a plumber and $$$ could make short work of this.
2. No drain. Again, I bet a plumber could resolve. Water would ultimately have to be pumped about 6 feet up (if at the floor level) to the main drain pipe located in the wall behind my computer. I know this is where my dishwasher and washing machine discharge goes.
3. Heavy tanks plus stairs equals a PITA when new tanks come home to live.
4. Plumber$ are expen$ive.
Anyone have any experience with bringing water into their "dry" basements? Any suggestions? I would love to hear anyone's story (or saga), but am especially interested in DIY solutions.
Thanks in advance! (By the way, this is my first real post after lots an lots of lurking. OK, its really my second, but my first was only 2 sentences long in praise of my beloved kuhli loach...)