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post #1 of 165 Old 02-09-2015, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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My new fish room

A few months I found a great deal in a used 125 tank. But my problem was I don't have room to set it up in my room. So I decided to redesign my fish room. I had 4 tanks set up on some shelves but nothing super because I knew I would be changing the room at some point

So I started with a list of what tanks I had sitting around and the size of my room. What I found out is I have a lot of stuff sitting around not being used. It took me about 3 weeks to work out how I wanted to build my rack system so I could use most of my current tanks and not have wasted space. In the end I'm very happy with how it turned out, I will have to buy a few more tanks to fill up the rack but no big deal.


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The shelf is 12'8" long the bottom shelf has two 20g tall and two 55g tanks. The middle shelf has a 30g long and two 20g long (has room for another) and the top shelf has seven 10g tank. I don't have any of the tanks hooked together but I have the rack off the wall so I could run plumbing down the back if I wanted to.

This week I'm hoping to build the next rack that will hold the 125g tank. I will be running new electrical next week. All the equipment doesn't need that much power but it's a lot of cords and I want it to look clean/neat.


I still have some work to do to clean it up and remove the HOB filters. Next on my list is to get a large air pump I can use to power all the sponge filters in the tanks. Right now I have 3 normal ones running and they are doing a fine job but again want it to be clean and neat. Also thinking about changing the 10g tanks for five 20g long tanks on the top shelf. That would give me some nice grow out tanks for fry.

So far I have 6 tanks set up plus my quarantine tank. Ran out of heaters and fish for the other tanks. But I will be breeding fish from my own stock to fill up the other tanks I want a BN pleco in every tank and maybe some cherry shrimp.
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Same here. Looks like the beginning of a nice setup, one thing I learned is always allow for expansion. Don't skimp on the electrical, have a look at Jehmco for commercial grade power strips, I'm running a couple 4' strips & a 6' strip in my setup. Take humidity control into consideration, as things get bigger this gets to be a bigger concern.
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Same here. Looks like the beginning of a nice setup, one thing I learned is always allow for expansion. Don't skimp on the electrical, have a look at Jehmco for commercial grade power strips, I'm running a couple 4' strips & a 6' strip in my setup. Take humidity control into consideration, as things get bigger this gets to be a bigger concern.

At first I wasn't thinking about electrical at all but then I ran out of plugs. Then I started looking at what I have plugged and what they draw.

My air pumps only use 3.5 watts each so that's nothing. But I have 3 plugged in and will be adding 2 more so that means I need 5 outlets or I could just get a big pump and only need one.

My lights will be 10 T8 fixtures on timers. Each are 32 watts so again not a lot of power just a lot of outlets.

My heaters are the biggest draw my unheated tanks are 70 degrees, I keep the room closed and the air tempature is 75+ but not sure why my tanks do get there also. I'm going to pick up a small space heater this summer so I can get the room a little warmer next winter.

When I started putting things on paper I need a lot of outlets so I talked to a buddy and we are going to put a new 20 amp circuit in my box(its already in the room) so I can put enough outlets for all the stuff. The 20 amp should be big enough for expansion down the road. I might leave the lights on the current circuit, the air pump will be in a different room and just plumb it into the fish room, so that leaves the heaters plus any extra stuff on the new circuit.


As for the humidity I keep all the tanks covered and over the years I never noticed a increase but I have thought about that. If it starts to be a issues I'm going to put a exhaust fan in the wall to pull out some and get a dehumidifier to sit in the middle of the room.

My room is only 9x13 so I can only really add one more rack of tanks. I'm thinking about changing the 10g for 20g long so then I can build a rack to hold just 10g tanks. Then use them to hold fry and start sizing them for moving to the larger tanks. Or might just put the 10g in the yard sale and buy 20g long for everything. But that's many months down the road.


I have already
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It has been super busy so not much time to work on my electrical, I got the outlet boxes installed, conduit and wire run and got half the outlets wired up over the last week or so. I need to finish the outlets and have the guy come attach it to the breaker box.

If I would stop buying more fish I might be able to get the room done. I keep spending my fish room time doing water changes or doing small stuff on the tanks. It's fun but need to finish the room.
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There is always a project in my fish room haha not sure if mine will ever be "done"
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I agree it might not ever be done. I want new fish but I'm making my self wait until I have more tanks ready. While I can set up a 2 more QT very easy I want to have a place to move the new guys first.

If the weather would warm up a little I could bring in my 125 from the garage. It's so cold I don't want to move it and risk cracking the glass.
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There is always a project in my fish room haha not sure if mine will ever be "done"
They never are, you'll always come up with ideas for new & better stuff.
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post #9 of 165 Old 03-12-2015, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Got my electrical all done. I lost count of how many trips to the store to get just one more thing.

Turns out my screw up buying the wrong wire and being too lazy to take it back so I worked with it was a blessing. I bought 14-3 wire thinking it was three 14 gauge wires but it was four 14 gauge wires. Not a huge deal I was just going to leave the one empty but my electrician said we could run it as two 15amp breakers not just one. So that is what he did, I have lots of outlets now with 30 amps so I can add lots of tanks no problem.


My wife also asked if I would move her Beard Dragon down to the room. I moved him down last night and he looks much happier now.
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post #10 of 165 Old 03-12-2015, 01:50 PM
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where was the bearded dragon,and why wasn't he happy ?
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when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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