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Why should we build fish rooms?

So I'm curious about those of you who has fish rooms. I just saw a picture of Bugman's collection of 24 10g tanks and I'm intrigued.


I was wondering if you fortunate ones could share some of the benefits and inconveniences of having a fish room with those of us still dreaming of it? Is it a lot of extra work? or pretty easy compared to maintaining 3 tanks in 3 different rooms?

Thanks for the insight in advance
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I don't really have a fish room now, but all my tanks and equipment are in one room of my house, so that sort of qualifies. Decades ago I had a "fish basement". I like having all the tanks in one place because I can sit and gaze at them for hours. I have a little mobile laptop cart and a desk chair so I can work in there, which I do several hours each night. I'm not a television watcher.

For me, a tank is like a breadboard project to an electronics hack. The area around the tank probably does not look like much, with wires and tubes going every which way and buckets sitting around everywhere. So putting it in the civilized part of the house is problematic (at least, to my spouse, who has normal middle-class aspirations about her living space).

It is also handy if the tanks will share services, like filtration, air or CO2 supply.

I also like having a place where I can be messy. For me, any tank maintenance at all means at least some water on the floor, so I need a place with a concrete or vinyl type floor.


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I don't have a fish room, but i get a corner of the basement... It's nice because I can organize everything how i want, move it where i want, and leave a little mess every once in a while. My tanks are flanked on either side with plastic storage cabinets, and it's really nice to be able to see both my tanks at the same time from the lounge area in my basement. The biggest problem i have is lugging buckets up and down the stairs for water changes... there's no plumbing in the basement, so i'm stuck doing it the manual way
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I move water from my bath area to my tank area, about 35 feet, using long pieces of polyvinyl tubing and pond pumps. You could probably move it up and down the basement the same way. Might need a bigger pump to go up is all. Not only is it easier than carrying buckets, there is also less chance of spillage.


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I've thought about that sort of thing, but the boss (el padre), frowns upon the idea of running lines from the sink to the tanks, even temporarily. "It'll break and dump gallons of water on my nice kitchen floor!"
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redfalconf35 you need a 100 foot python and a couple extension pieces!
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I've had tanks all over my house my whole life (OK, they were Mom's tanks when I was a kid). I've never had a fish room, or you could argue that every room in my house is a fish room. I have a two story house, and all the water for the 6 tanks downstairs comes from the bathroom upstairs. I have a 55 gallon upstairs about 35 feet from the bathroom. I use a few 5 gallon buckets for used water, and about 20 one gallon Hawaiian Punch jugs for clean water. I fill them up in the bath tub (talk about back breaking). I'm not getting any younger. I buy my food in bulk and divide it up all over the house to save trips to other fish tanks.

I am constantly getting scolded about a fish tank that's a little low on water, making it hard to hear the TV, or my jugs being left on the bedroom floor (hee hee), set up one more tank and I'm leaving you, blah blah blah.

I dream of the day when I have the space to put all my fish tanks in one space, along with a laundry sink for water changes, filter cleanings, etc. A rack for my fish, a rack for my crap, a sink that no one cares has fish poop rinsed down it! If you just have a few tanks, you don't need a fish room. If you start out with a few tanks and then attempt to realize a dream of conquering every species, a fish room is necessary to save tons of work, time, materials, and your marriage.
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Oh, I'd love it, personally. Especially if it means tanks can be serviced with a dedicated water supply, central CO2, etc. I set something like this up when I set up a very serious home brewery and micro lab (yeast and bacterial culturing, microbiological quality control, CO2 concentration and O2 levels, etc.) - everything together in one place. Including 6 taps, and 2 beer engines. In other words, bliss.

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...everything together in one place. Including 6 taps, and 2 beer engines. In other words, bliss.
You read my mind...mmmmmm...shrimp...and beer! Woo hooo! That's reason enough to make a shrimp room! Invite your buddies over to watch your shrimp and drink beer!! I'll bring my guitar.
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I'll bring my guitar.
Great! I'll bring, um,



(Man, I do miss brewing...)

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to get away from the wife.
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Ironically, I have an appreciation for that photo since I used to drive a beer truck, and I had a cold plate on tap in my master bathroom, so no one would touch my beer. I told you...I am dedicated!
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Ironically, I have an appreciation for that photo since I used to drive a beer truck, and I had a cold plate on tap in my master bathroom, so no one would touch my beer. I told you...I am dedicated!
HAHAHAH - that's awesome, beats me!

On the other hand, whether as chef or brewer, I'm nuts. The above pic is of my 1/2 bbl DIY system, which I built on a farm in Wisconsin, while we lived there. Best night/best disaster? "Hellenback Bock." German decoction (boil a portion of the mash to raise mash temps - builds melanoidins, the malty, darker notes as in Bavarian brews). 15 below zero, outside - 2 in the morning, I get a crazy idea for a recipe, have to brew it then and there - start my 15 hour brew day, middle of the night, in that bitter cold. Sometime during the vorlauf/lauter (recirc and run-off, for the layperson/beer lover!), I notice my runoff isn't clear as I always demand....I can't figure it out until my lauter screen floats to the top and I realize I have to start all over.

Insane day of over 24 hours of brewing, all outdoors. My wife gave the name "Hellenback Bock" to the best lager I ever brewed.

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I used to brew beer in my "fish basement" too, but I was a bachelor then. I can't imagine doing it now. Besides, brewing my own beer really put the pounds on me.


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You're supposed to only drink it with brew buddies. Who's wives won't let them brew. That's what keeps it from becoming a beer belly bonanza. ;-)

Sigh, I'm diabetic now and can't enjoy beer as much as I'd like. Oh, well.
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