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My Fishroom

Due to a very understanding wife, owning my own house and 2 little boys that think this is "cool" I have been able to set up my own fishroom.

Rack of 6 20s



Rack of 6 10s and a 60 long



One of the 10s



Another of the 10s



72 Bowfront



135 plexi end



135 plexi side



Wall of tanks

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just bloody awesome! What kind of shelving are you using?
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Very nice!
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Nice setup. Your kids are lucky to have that experience and you are lucky to have such an understanding wife.

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what is the plant on the bottom right of the 72 bowfront ?
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Many plants...little time
 
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I'm jealous. And I just got popped by my wife who is looking over my shoulder...


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WOW. Filtration? Heating? Maintenance?

Details, man!!!


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Thanks for the compliments. This room gets me through the winter when it is cold and dark (it is Canada).

I only have 1 high tech tank and that is the 72 bowfront. In the Summer I don't add ferts and I kill the CO2 as I spend alot of time with the family camping and I am not a big fan of the "jungle" look. There are 2 10,000K 65W bulbs and 2 6700 65W bulbs. Currently it houses Rainbows.

The rack of 20s is from 2 Gorilla racks put together.

I purchased this stuff (sponge filters, heaters, and aquaruims)



And simple 48" T12 shop lights from Home Depot. The power bar came from Canadian Tire. The lights are pretty well anything that is cheap and as close to the 6700K spectrum as I can get. The current bulbs are considered "daylight" and are rated at 5000K.


I took 2 of these



Painted and replaced the particle board with 3/4" plywood



Installed the power bars. These bars are perfect as they accept any size of adapter and they cover the whole back of the rack so the receptacles are easy to reach



Secured the racks to the wall



Fill with water



With fish and plants.

I am breeding a strain of Moscows right now. So I am using the 10 gallons for the fry. The other 10s now have Painted Red Fire Shrimp, Golden Bee Shrimp, and a mix of wild cherry and blue shrimp.

Moscow Male (3 months)



the large female (breeding for size)



the more colourful female (breeding for colour)

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I have taken down the 135 as I was having problems with it. I am recycling it right now. I am struggling with the practicality of a bigger tank. I find it very hard to scape but that may be due to the fact that I have not worked with something that big before and I am having problems with keeping things to scale.
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what is the plant on the bottom right of the 72 bowfront ?
I don't know but here are some additional photos. I have had this plant for years. Twice it has completely melted. A couple of months ago it sent up a spike with a bunch of flowers on it. The flowers died away and were replaced by leaves. I would love to know what it is. Here are some photos that I just shot of it.





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The 2nd rack is also a rebranded Gorilla rack from Costco but has a depth of 24" instead of the first rack which is 18". The 10 gallon tanks are 24" long so they fit perfectly side by side. I have an assortment of coralife fixtures with T5s and PC 65 W. What ever I have lying around. All the tanks are filtered with sponge filters due to the fact they are inexpensive, easy to maintain and provide food for shrimp and small fry.

Here are some of the occupants of these tanks

Painted Fire Red Shrimp enjoying sweet potato



Baby Blue and Wild Cherry Shrimp



Golden Bee

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wow man thats a lot of tanks lol. I would deffinately breed fish/plants and sell em. To be honest Im not even sure I would want that many tanks lol. I find having 3 small tanks taxing enough.

But they do look good and cool to actually see. All I know is if I had that many tanks I would probably find out what the stores use to filter all their tanks and use the same system lol.


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So cool!
Theres a guy I know who has one just like it behind his house, it's his own little business during retirement and much better to see a person that clearly loves keeping aquatic life!
Real jealous, I love you Canadians!


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FYI that big plant looks a lot like my melon sword.


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I agree - Melon Sword seems right.

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FYI that big plant looks a lot like my melon sword.
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