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jnaz 06-01-2010 02:58 PM

ADA Room--60P Rescape page 21
I have finally purchased a home and can have a room devoted to my tanks. I have decided to devote the entire 10 x 12.5 room to ADA tanks. I have been collecting the equiptment and tanks for about a year now and have just about all that I need to get all of the tanks up and running.

Here is what I have so far:

TEK light
still need to make the stand
Eheim 2217
fishman's lily pipes
CO2 system

Tek light
still need to make the stand
Eheim 2217
Fishman's lily pipes
CO2 system
Chiller for SSS CRS

Tek light
ADA knock off stand
Eheim 2217
Fishman's Lily pipes
CO2 system

Tek light
ADA knock off stand
Fluval 405
Fishman's lily pipes
CO2 system

Solar II with solar arm
ADA knock off stand
Eheim 2213
CO2 system
ADA lily pipes in/out

Clip on light
tiny HOB filter

Mini M
Solar Mini M
Eheim 2213
CO2 system
ADA knock off stand
ADA lily pipes in/out

Mini L
Solar Mini M with modified base
Eheim 2213
CO2 System
ADA Knock off stand
ADA lily pipes in/out

I have a couple hundred pounds of Seiryu stones, a ton of driftwood, and all of the plants I need, except for another large bush of bolbitis, to get it going. I just have to finish the flooring in the room. I have had the 90P and 90H set up at another location for about a year now so they are ready to be moved into the room. I have had the mini m, mini L, and 60P set up for a couple of months now so they are also ready to be moved in.

Here are some shots of the room as of yesterday. They room has just been painted a light gray and I just tore up the carpet. I am putting in laminate bamboo flooring. The flooring will be put in this weekend.

Down_Shift 06-01-2010 03:02 PM

this sound dangerous!! post more pics!

dj2005 06-01-2010 03:05 PM

This should be a very enjoyable journal. Subscribed!

plantbrain 06-01-2010 03:11 PM

Tile, large flat stone=> it's going to be very wet and humid in there. Lots of open top warm tanks, small little room etc...........

I would suggest adding the tanks carefully throughout the home.
That's the point of the add to the living space, not cloistered off in one secret spot. If you have one large tank etc.......then this might be a good idea, but not with this many.

You'll also enjoy the lower humidity and not get mold or have to buy a dehumidifier. I promise you'll have to use one 1/2 the year if not more otherwise in the small room.

Everything in the room needs to be anti mold.
Well, you'll learn:cool:

Also, it's tough to take pics with too much overloaded stuff in one room.
You own a home(also known as a money pit) so use it and plan carefully before setting the tanks up. Hard plumb the tanks, add drains, collection cisterns for irrigating the landscaping. Add an RO reservoir tank somewhere remotely, have wastewater irrigate etc.

Do you enjoy looking at the tank while you are sitting for dinner? At the desk working? As you walk in the front front door etc? Do you really want the tanks all in one room?

This makes sense for some reasons, but mostly if you are breeder etc.
But not for display tanks....... which sounds like what you are doing.

Clutter is hardly the "ADA" way or sukiya living.
You have more space if you spread things out.

Tom Barr

brianS 06-01-2010 03:32 PM

I agree. Although I've never done a "fish room", but I certainly never will. A friend did this with his tanks, and it looked great at first, but then became a huge mess for the reasons Tom mentioned above. Mold was absolutely everywhere. I helped him clean it up. We had to pull drywall down, and re-frame the room.

jnaz 06-01-2010 03:41 PM

The wife says no tanks except in that one room. I would love to spread them throughout the house but she says no. She would love for me not to have any tanks.

bigstick120 06-01-2010 03:44 PM

That is going to be some cash.

mistergreen 06-01-2010 03:45 PM

the floor looks like it's concrete so it'll handle all the weight but as mentioned, humidity is a huge problem. Ventilation should be important.

You might want to rebuild the room like you would a bathroom with concrete backing and maybe tiles over the backing.

I don't know. 4 tanks could look pretty good.

jnaz 06-01-2010 03:59 PM


Originally Posted by bigstick120 (Post 1080239)
That is going to be some cash.

It has been some cash. All of the major purchases have been made.

The humidty is going to be an issue. If it gets to be too much of an issue I will move some of the tanks out. As long as I have my 120H and 120P in the same room I will be happy.

rountreesj 06-01-2010 04:02 PM

sounds cool, but take Tom's advice very seriously if you do this. I suggest very intense preventative mold/clutter/accident planning.

shane3fan 06-01-2010 04:13 PM

Not to derail the thread, it is actually on topic---how many tanks do you fine folks think would be OK in one room without causing tons of moisture issues? I want to have 2 in my living room ( a 50 and a 10 ) and 2 in my spare room ( a 29 and a 50 ). I never really considered the moisture issues until reading this thread.

Down_Shift 06-01-2010 04:22 PM

I have 4 nano tanks in my 1 bdroom apartment living room. Mini S, Mini M, 60P, and a shallow tray.

It gets humid when it gets hot outside. I usually leave the AC on though

AoxomoxoA 06-01-2010 04:51 PM

That flooring looks cool, laminate means it's water-proof right?

Really good ventilation is key obviously.

I understand about the wife, good luck with your tank-room :)

sick lid 06-01-2010 04:55 PM

I too regret putting my main tank in the one room that gets the least 'sit down and stare at it' time. When I get a chance to do it again, it will definitely be in a main living area so that I can truly enjoy it. Also, plus 4 or so on humidity issues. I've been in enough lfs that have water dripping off the windowsills.
And most laminate is not water proof.

Riverboa 06-01-2010 05:32 PM

ADA room indeed, good luck with your endeavor. I am sure you have put in a lot of effort into this, good luck!
Other than the precautions that Tom and others have brought up, have you thought about how you would place the tanks? 10x12.5 is a good size room but you want to put in 8 tanks with room to move around during maintenance and place to sit/stand and enjoy the tanks.

Good luck. Thanks for sharing and keep us updated please.

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