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Where to find an retailer commercial Aquarium system?
Old 05-26-2009, 02:41 PM   #11
 
I would build wood or wrought iron racks with individual tanks.
Each with its own filter - I prefer one large sponge filter in each tank with one hang-on filter as well, or two or more large sponge filters.
Depending on your maint plan, you could drill them and plumb them into a central drain, and setup a drip system so you are getting a small constant water change in every tank every day, or leave them "stand alone" and vac them each indivually.
Having done both of the above (as well as using large centrally filtered units, both Marineland and seaclear) - I'd go with individual tanks with overflows and a drip. Less labor, less chance of disease spreading throughout the system.

Disease in a LFS isn't an "if ?" - I'm not even sure its a "when ?", its more of a "how bad?"
In centrally filtered systems, you're depending on a UV sterilizer to prevent a bad batch of fish from infecting your whole system. The problem is, sooner or later somebody forgets to change the bulb on time (or the bulb blows and nobody notices) and instead of one tank of unsaleable livestock, you have 30. When I worked with the marineland system we were constantly medicating entire racks of fish and marking the whole rack "not for sale". Now that I'm in a store with individual non-connected tanks, we may get a single batch of fish in, but only that tank is medicated and held off sale.

In the store I currently work, we use powerfilters on each tank and a slow drip of filtered (ie dechlorinated) water.
I'm not a big fan of the power filters alone - I like to add a sponge filter - just because I think we loose too much bacteria when we change carts. A friend owns a store with lots of sponge filters in each tank, and his costs are lower because he doesn't have to pay for replacement carts, but he's not setup for a drip/drain system so he has to do lots of manual water changes (bleh).

In the Marineland system I used to work on, there wasn't enough flow in each section (IMO) to prevent solid waste from settling into the gravel, and we were not allowed enough time to gravel vac frequently enough - so the marine tanks (with crushed coral ugggh) always had nasty slime algae on the gravel etc.
If I had to use a marineland system again, I'd probably retrofit a reverse-flow undergravel into each section just to get the detritus out of the gravel bed.

Have you looked at jehmco.com ? He has everything to setup a fishroom, and a retail store is just a prettied up fishroom IMO. If you want a central filtration system, he has the equipment, and you could use stock 15g or 20g tanks for your smaller racks and standard 40g breeder or 75g tanks for your larger racks (for bigger fish, goldfish, etc).
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:27 PM   #12
 
hey, cant you make connected systems and just create a separate quarantine system for new fish? I feel like hooking a bunch of tanks up to a single huge filter would be cheaper to maintain and create. You could only medicate the quarantine for new fish before adding them to the main tank. However, it would extend your turnover period, but it seems better than takign a whole row of tanks off the market.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:06 AM   #13
 
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Strange that the Marineland system is so bad, considering their products for home use are pretty ace.

What with the economy and all, I really wouldn't be surprised if small pet/fish stores weren't going out of business left and right. When they do, they tend to sell off their entire systems at a huge discount. You could do the scouting yourself or, as others have mentioned, keep an eye on eBay and Aquabid.

SinCrisis: the best local fish store in my area (maybe yours, too?) is Scales in Cloverly, MD. They run a centralized system but have individual quarantine tanks in the back for all new stock. The store isn't 100% free of disease/dead fish, but it's definitely the best I've seen.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:46 AM   #14
 
Hmm, i dont know where Cloverly is but i definitely need to find a good LFS in DC. I;m currently in jersey but i go to school in DC so ill go exploring when august rolls around.

Yea just theoretically a central system would be more effective than individual system. Would save so much on power alone.
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:18 PM   #15
 
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Cloverly isn't exactly the largest of places and I had never been there myself until I read about that fish store online and checked it out. It's pretty much the area around the intersection of Briggs Cheney road and New Hampshire Avenue near the north end of Silver Spring.
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:32 PM   #16
 
OHHH... i go to silver springs quite often actually and a friend of mine has a car there. definitely going to google this place. Do they have a website?
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:27 PM   #17
 
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OH NO!

I just went to look up their site for you, and apparently they're going out of business!

Such a tragedy, considering how good of a store it was. I guess I wasn't the only one who had never heard of Cloverly. It sounds like they're going to have a nice liquidation sale though. Maybe I'll pick up some tanks!

Anyway, here's the website:
Aquarium Store, Freshwater, Saltwater-SCALES Tropical Fish Warehouse
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:05 PM   #18
 
NO! im not in the DC area... epic fail on my part... aww they dont do online sales either... well maybe they will be like linens and things and be going out of business for like 3 months... then i might be able to buy some leftovers in august...
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