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Organized Aquarium Stuff

As is with most hobbies, I'm starting to get quite a collection of "stuff" for managing aquariums: chemicals, scales, glassware, testers, tools, regulator parts, fertilizers, etc, etc.

If there is already a thread where people show how they organize their aquarium "stuff", can someone point me in the right direction? Otherwise, I'd love to see how you keep organized -- pics or descriptions.

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Haven't seen a thread related to this. Btw, welcome to the forum fellow NC-ian.

I have 3 rubbermaid/sterlite type storage boxes I keep stuff in and those go inside my tank cabinets. Food and fertilizers sit on cabinet shelves because I use these items most. Tools like scissors, tweezers, nets, measuring spoons I keep hanging on nails I put into the back of the cabinet doors.


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I have 2 fairly stuffed drawers full of things like ferts, filter sponges/floss, unused tubing and equipment as well asone empty 55 gallon tank in the garage holding different hardscaping stuff...
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Pretty much everything is in a few rubber maid totes in the fish dungeon. I have two small dropper bottle with some ferts in them in a basket under my 40 display in the living room so I don't have to run to the basement to put 40 drops in that tank. Also, less chance for a spill on the new carpet when using the sm. bottle & dropper.

In the totes I have a small plastic box the bottle stuff is in just in case of a loose cap or spill. MTS dirt building supplies are in their own tote.

Water change stuff is together in a 5gl pail. hose, prime, a matt I lay down in front of the tank etc.

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My tanks are scattered thru three rooms of my apartment, but the majority of the fish stuff is clustered around the main tank, it's stand, and the IKEA low bookshelf that my secondary tank and the main tank filters/chiller sit on.

The main tank stand has the majority of the fish food on the top shelf, along with a wicker basket for things like the snap on cleaning heads to my multi-use tool (it hangs from a hook off the side of the stand), and the lower shelf holds nets and ferts in a multi-compartment plastic bin.

The low bookshelf has four sections. One's filled by a wicker box insert that holds the big and bothersome things: extra filters/media, lights, pumps, glass covers, extra hoses, etc. One has my jugs of used aquarium water (saved for watering plants, rinsing filters and such) and one holds water jugs prepped for top-offs and wc's. The last has two, 2-drawer units that hold all the small stuff that would otherwise end up lost-including those all important equipment manuals and order sheets, meds and ferts. Water conditioner stays on a shelf above the kitchen sink--right where I need it.

There's more water (distilled and RO) jugs under my open kitchen shelves, along with a kitty litter box I use for rinsing substrate and sorting cuttings. My balcony storage closet holds any empty tanks (2.5-5g quarantine tanks, a spare 10, etc) and a rubbermade tote of wood, rocks and substrate.

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I actually remember seeing a thread or two about this. But I have no idea in what forum. I'd check in the DIY forum and look through the DIY stands - I'm sure plenty of folks have that kinda stuff built into them.
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I use big rubber Maids with smaller ones inside to separate things out. I sort by food, conditioners, plants, substrate, rocks, decorations, user manuals and notes I've taken, hardware (airline tubing, filters etc!). I keep the bins under my dining room table as my two tanks are on top.

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I have a bin in the basement full of crap I'll probably never use - old filters and hoses and airlines and pumps - basically junk.

I have an old antique jelly cabinet in my dining room where I keep stuff I use often such as meds/salt/dechlor, vege clips, small bits of decor and rocks, supplies for my nano tanks, and I also keep some dog supplies in there too.

The food I keep in a wicker basket on a bookshelf in the dining room, and nets, vacs and the 1 gallon jugs I use to fill my nanos I keep in the stand of my big tank. I also have a fake plant - about 3 feet high and very full & leafy - next to my big tank and I have my huge tweezers and my very long handled algae scraper hidden in there amongst the foliage

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My stand is better organized than it ever has been which isn't saying a whole lot.

Wire drawer organizers from the $ store are hung on the doors of the stand, one holds food and I can drop tools through the large openings on the other. The pill minder with the daily fertilizer dose goes in there as well.

Then I have my old sump bin with the python coiled inside and as luck had it a stray shallow bin fits just inside that one and that one has two small bins in that hold stuff I might use week to week like fertilizer containers and water tests.

Then there are several small boxes in the front closet holding odds and ends I don't use much. Seems to work, I do only go in there and dig around every once in a while when I am changing something. My giant 5.5 gallon QT sits on that shelf as well.

I have organized the cords and ballasts and power cords this time as well. Nothing is built in fancy but the power strips are attached to boards and those boards are hung from the sides of the stand on easy to use right angle hooks. Ditto with the ballasts. I attempted to make the cords look neat but the best thing you can say about that is they are out of the way.


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Thanks for the organization ideas. Do any of you guys own cameras?

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I had a cardboard box but that was a mess so I just use rubber maid boxes.

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Pretty much everything is in a few rubber maid totes in the fish dungeon. I have two small dropper bottle with some ferts in them in a basket under my 40 display in the living room so I don't have to run to the basement to put 40 drops in that tank. Also, less dance for a spill on the new carpet when using the sm. bottle & dropper.

In the totes I have a small plastic box the bottle stuff is in just in case of a loose cap or spill. MTS dirt building supplies are in their own tote.

Water change stuff is together in a 5gl pail. hose, prime, a matt I lay down in front of the tank etc.
Dogfish what do you use for a mat when doing tank maintenance. I'm thinking I should get something to help protect my hardwood floors from drips/spills.

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Thanks for the organization ideas. Do any of you guys own cameras?
My wife has a canon I use when I want good/better pictures. Other wise I use my cell phone for quick shots.


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Dogfish what do you use for a mat when doing tank maintenance. I'm thinking I should get something to help protect my hardwood floors from drips/spills.
The best I've found so far is a cheap bathroom type rugs with a rubber-type backing. These are designed to go into the washing machine. The rubber back won't let water through to the floor. The plush carpet top holds water pretty good and it can be washed.

I found sone on a roll that's sold for cut to fit application in bath rooms. I installed some in one of our bathrooms and the cut-out scrape pc (were the tub is my tank maine. mat.

I tried a pc. of blue tarp with an old beach towel on it, but that was too much to deal with.
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The best I've found so far is a cheap bathroom type rugs with a rubber-type backing. These are designed to go into the washing machine. The rubber back won't let water through to the floor. The plush carpet top holds water pretty good and it can be washed.

I found sone on a roll that's sold for cut to fit application in bath rooms. I installed some in one of our bathrooms and the cut-out scrape pc (were the tub is my tank maine. mat.

I tried a pc. of blue tarp with an old beach towel on it, but that was too much to deal with.
I use a black yoga mat. Wipe it off if there is water and roll.


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