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new fishroom build

So, rather than going nice and slow one tank at a time; I decided to go big or go home. Well as big as my home will allow for now anyway. Setting up the basement fishroom which is still a work in progress and is mid-build.

I've been posting a few videos to youtube if anyone's interested in checking that out: https://www.youtube.com/user/lksdrinker

So far I've got a 72 gallon bowfront, 2 x 55 gallons, 2 x 20 high, 20 long, a 29 gallon, a 30 gallon, 6 x 10 gallons, a 5 gallon, and a 7(?) gallon cube.


Here is a bit of an overview shot showing one half of the room. As you can see, space is very limited down here and I'm fitting tanks into some nooks and cranies!



Here is the 72 Bowfront with 2 AC 110s and a Home Depot 48" 2 bulb T5HO with a before and after of the homemade reflector i fabbed up. Dirt substrate (MGOC) capped with pool filter sand and some gravel:





The 20 long with a Fluval canister (305 maybe?) and a finnex planted +; (which I've since added a pressurized co2 setup). Dirt substrate (MGOC) capped with pool filter sand and a little pile of gravel:


The 29 gallon which is bare bottomed with some potted swords. Its got an AC50 along with a sponge filter. Plan is to use this as a growout tank for discus and it currently has 2 red turks along with 3 GBR:



One of the 55's (the other will be bare bottomed to grow out discus and will be directly below this one). This has an ac 70 and a (leaking) fluval 405 soon to be swapped out for a sun sun. Lighting is a 48" Finnex planted + (although I might swap the t5ho from the 72 gallon to this and vice versa). Dirt substrate capped only with gravel and no sand in this one:


And then this rack is holding 6 10 gallons, the 30 breeder and a 20 tall. The 10's up top are dirted and capped with pool filter sand (one on the right also has gravel); the second row going from left to right is just pool fiilter sand, just gravel, then an empty/bare bottom in the photo now has oil dri and the last one on the right is just gravel and plastic decorations. The 30 breeder and 20 tall are bare bottom at the moment and I'm not sure if they'll stay that way to act as qurantine and growout tanks or not yet. The majority of these tanks all have sponge filters and nothing else right not except for the gravel/plastic deco tank which has an ac50 on it right now.




Progressing along at a steady pace and hope to continue building, growing, collecting, updating, etc!

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Your 29g looks like my 10g right now.


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This is awesome!

Another addict in the fold!!!!

I've got 680G in 24 tanks in a 9 X 12 room. Yeah, there's some on the floor too.
I built and oversized finished stand for the 180G in the den and there's 3 29g's under it. The 25G (?) cube in the corner puts me just shy of the 1,000G mark. But I'm about finished with the greenhouse project and I'll FLY past that by the end of the summer, lol!

Not sure of how you do your water changes, but the absolute life-saver for me has been remote outlet controllers. I can turn pumps on and off without moving a step. Cheap as dirt too.

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This can be an addicting hobby.....only if you're willing to admit to being an addict. I like to think of it more as being an enthusiast!

I hadn't yet totaled up my gallonage....seems to be 361 gallons spread out over 14 tanks right now. I'm close to being at max capacity in the basement (if only I could remove that stupid furnace, washer, dryer, etc) and I still have an empty 23 gallon flat back hex; as well as a spot in the living room where I'd like to eventually have a nice display tank. I've got a 4 foot length limit there and am hoping to find a 150 extra high for that spot eventually!

As far as water changes go, I'm using a python (well a no name water bed filler actually) and have a pvc setup going up and over the tanks to help make it a bit more "automated". I'll have to look into the remote outlet controllers as a possible future upgrade.

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Some brief updates. I'll see if I can focus on one tank at a time here.

The 20L after the first planting. photo 1/25/15:


This is on 1/28/15:


2/3/15: Added pressurized co2


2/8/15: safestart in photo is to be added to my fishless cycle in a bucket(s)!


And just for the fun of it, some close ups of the plants pearling on 2/8/15. I've had planted tanks before but never added co2 so this is the first time I've had this happen in my own tank! Its the little things in life that put smile on your face right?!




And then of course I forgot to take photos last night when I added a few new plants and trimmed some of what was already in there!

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Damn! Those tanks look nice, but that looks like a lot of maintenance! Do you ever find time to leave your house anymore?

I have an AQUARIUM.
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Damn! Those tanks look nice, but that looks like a lot of maintenance! Do you ever find time to leave your house anymore?
Thanks! and LOL....there have been a few late nights. But thats really just the setting up phase. Most of these tanks dont even have fish yet so I do see quite a bit of maintenance in my future

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A few months ago, I saw a add on craigslist with 2 standing retail aquarium towers and he was pretty much giving them away (it was like $100 per tower if I remember correctly). I think each tower had 9 or 10 tanks ranging from 30 gallons on the bottom to 10 gallons across the top and it was all pre plumbed in the back. If I had the space I would have bought them both, but I rent a room and already have trouble finding space for the 5 tanks I have...

One day, I hope I can have a fish room...
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Few Updated shots of the 20L. Everything else is pretty much the same right now. Trying to work through fishless cycles in most of the tanks and just waiting that out!






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Some brief updates. I'll see if I can focus on one tank at a time here.

The 20L after the first planting. photo 1/25/15:


This is on 1/28/15:


2/3/15: Added pressurized co2


2/8/15: safestart in photo is to be added to my fishless cycle in a bucket(s)!


And just for the fun of it, some close ups of the plants pearling on 2/8/15. I've had planted tanks before but never added co2 so this is the first time I've had this happen in my own tank! Its the little things in life that put smile on your face right?!




And then of course I forgot to take photos last night when I added a few new plants and trimmed some of what was already in there!


Here is the newest shot of this 20 long.


The rest of the tanks are sort of just trudging along right now. Got some plants in a few but they're all still in a state of flux as I'm trying to cycle everything and just get it all read for fish!

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Most recent full tank shot of the 20 Long:

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Just an FYI, those fluval tank heaters are not meant to be submerged if I have the correct model. It looks like the same model I have heating my reef tank. Not meant to be submerged.
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They actually can be submerged

https://ca-en.hagen.com/Aquatic/Heating/Heaters/A781

"submersible"

IIRC they had to label them as not submersible originally because of some restriction in Canada
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They actually can be submerged

https://ca-en.hagen.com/Aquatic/Heating/Heaters/A781

"submersible"

IIRC they had to label them as not submersible originally because of some restriction in Canada
Submersible and fully submersible are two different things. You might want to read the instruction manual, Line #8 in the second page " For CSA/North America version: Water must not rise above the MAX WATER LINE indicated"

So I imagine, if you have a max water line indicator on your heater, I would advise against submerging it all the way.
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By definition submersible is fully submersible.

Again, it is the same heater sold around the globe, the only difference was labeling restrictions in Canada.
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