I have been daydreaming lately about having a fish room. I don't know if everything a dream about will actually happen but anything is possible.
I would like to setup a room that could, after time, help fund some of my fish tank purchases. I am wanting to setup emersed plant setups, shrimp tanks, fish breeding tanks, and maybe some aquaponic setups.
For overall ease of maintenance, would regular aquarium gravel be recommended? I think regular gravel would be nice just because you can vacuum it easier than sand. In planted tanks I would use pool filter sand, black diamond with top soil underneath.
I could see having a sump would be the most efficient but different things need different parameters so that would probably not work. The most cost effective way to filter a lot of tanks would probably be sponge filters or UGFs. I could also start to collect cheap HOB filters to put on the tanks.
I think shop lights would be the most effective. Some tanks could also use CFL bulbs. When LEDs start to go down in price they will probably be the best bet though.
This is where I would guess things would start to get a little bit more expensive. A 10 gallon tank usually needs a 50watt heater. This is also where a sump would come in handy. I could use one or two large heaters. I wonder if I could just acclimate the fish to room temp water. If I could keep a stable temp in the room like 72 degrees I don't think most fish would have a problem. I could just have a few heaters I could move from tank to tank if I wanted to induce breeding.
Variety in food is key to healthy fish so I can't just get bulk flake and think they will be happy. I probably need to have 3 or 4 different kinds of dry foods and a couple different kinds of frozen food. I could also start a wingless fruit fly culture.
Let me know what you think. Any suggestions are highly welcome.