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ReluctantHippy 10-16-2012 03:50 AM

Fish room set-up journal
I've been slowly gathering more and more tanks and it's about time I start to organize.

Currently filled in this room are the following:
-10g Mosquito fish & guppy tank
-20L Crypt grow out tank with shrimp
-28g Goldfish tank
-40g breeder planted community tank
-55g planted CA biotope tank with sunfish

I just received/need to incorporate:
-100g, will be a community planted tank
-60g? long divided tank, will be used for killifish breeding
-32g? Maybe a sump?
-40g cube, again maybe a sump?

Currently the 40b is being filtered with a canister, the 55g with two HOB filters, and the 10, 28, and 20L all have single HOB filters. I just received a very large canister filter as well an a very large inline pump which I hope to use to circulate water throughout all of my tanks in order to eliminate all of the HOB filters.

I appreciate any feedback/recommendations.

Here are current pics of where things are but all tank placement is now up in the air.

Current layout. Tanks in the middle of the floor are the new unfilled ones.

Actual room pics are a bit messier. Like I said, this room needs to be organized :)

10, 20L and 28



New tanks, filter, pump:

ReluctantHippy 10-16-2012 11:29 PM

So this is along the lines of what I'm thinking:

I'll move the 55g over to the desk, put the 40 in its place along side the 100g, both on cinder-blocks capped with double wide 2x6's. The long breeder will go on the far wall and I guess the other three smaller stay where they are. The 55g will not be connected to the rest so at this point I guess it'll just be the 100g, 40g, and 60g attached to the industrial filter.

Any problem with putting tanks on 2x6's supported by cinder-blocks? Weight not being an issue, should I pad the tanks somehow? The 40g is glass but the 100 and 60 are acrylic.

Bjielsl 10-16-2012 11:35 PM

what kind of flooring are you going to have? I am working on a tank room, still in the drawing stage but I have carpet in the room; was thinking about leaving the bare concrete any thoughts?

Neatfish 10-16-2012 11:47 PM

If you clean it up it will look nice.

ReluctantHippy 10-17-2012 01:22 AM

Floors are bare concrete so I really don't need to worry about making a mess :) But I'm messy and don't mind concrete so that might be a personal choice.

So I'm trying to figure out how I'll run the filtration. This is what I'm thinking: The 100g has a build in overflow which I will have plumbed to dump into the 40g cube under the desk the 55g is on. The 40g will have a DIY HOB overflow again leading to the 40g sump and the 60L is drilled for an overflow which will also lead to the sump. The sump is drilled with an overflow as well which I guess will be plumbed to the inline pump which will go to the canister and then return to the tank.

Question: Does the above make sense? And secondly, does it matter if I go sump > pump > canister versus sump > canister > pump ?

Neatfish 10-17-2012 01:37 AM

Are you going to open a little store or is this at home?

ReluctantHippy 10-17-2012 01:58 AM

Haha. :) This is at home just for personal pleasure. Although I have to say that so far I've funded most all of this by trading killifish I've been hatching. The plan for the divided 60L is more killies which will hopefully continue to help keep my wife off my back regarding expenses.

ReluctantHippy 10-17-2012 03:32 AM

Couple questions:

What are the pro's and cons to an inline heater versus heaters in each tank? And if I were to go with an inline approximately what wattage would I need for the ~240g of water? (All tanks will be covered.)

And same question with CO2 injection - assuming I want the same concentrations of CO2 in each tank would I be better off with an inline injector or just use my 6 way regulator and inject into each tank individually?

ReluctantHippy 10-22-2012 02:43 AM

Half way there. Still need to plumb the tanks, add some lights, and of course fill em up. But we're getting there and the filled 55g and 40g seemed to mostly survive their moves.

Very short vid -

andrewss 10-22-2012 06:35 AM

looks like you enjoy the hobby thoroughly :D

ReluctantHippy 10-22-2012 08:56 PM

Baby steps:

deeda 10-22-2012 09:47 PM

What brand and model pump will you be using as the return from the sump?

I think you will have difficulty controlling the volume of water added to the 3 different tanks using one pump.

I also wouldn't recommend using a separate pump to return water to or from a canister filter unless you aren't using that canister filter with a power source.

What brand/model canister filter is it?

ReluctantHippy 10-22-2012 10:04 PM

The pump is a 1/3hp dolphin pump and the filter is an aquanetics 340. I will have four ball valves on the system controlling flow rate - one for the entire system and one at each branch of the return to control the flow rate each tank receives. The canister is not powered - it relies on there being a powerful inline pump to be part of the system.

GMYukonon24s 10-24-2012 04:31 PM

Wow that looks great

ReluctantHippy 10-24-2012 05:01 PM


Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s (Post 2055012)
Wow that looks great

Thank you. I'm waiting on bulkheads and lights and it's killing me.

Hmmm, I should probably start looking for large driftwood as well.

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