01-08-2012, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by zof
Well if you don't mind a more crude urban look then look into cinder blocks and 2x4's (or 4x4s if you get really large tanks) the benefit to this type setup is its completely customizable and easy to reconfigure if you decide to grow down the line plus really cheap. And the only carpentry involved would be cutting the wood to the correct length that you want the shelf. And if your looking into efficiency rather than cosmetics a top drain sump system would work great with that shelving. Basically that means a sump at the bottom with 2-3 tanks above it, so the pump pumps the water to the top tank which then over flows the water from that tank into a drain pipe that leads to the next lower tank, and continues into the sump. In fact you can probably even put 4-6 tanks per sump in that setup with a large enough sump, just get a separate pump to each set of tanks. This way you will only need 1 really large heater instead of 4-6 smaller ones and when you only have to do 1 water change to cover all 4-6 tanks. The down side to a multiple tank sump system is you really have to make sure all new arrivals are quarantined in separate tank for 1-2 months to make sure they aren't carrying anything that could get to your other fish.
Let me know if you want more info or if you are looking for a more elegant solution I love stuff like this and one day when I get a garage I will have my own!
Thanks for all the info. The fish house now has walls and a roof; stucco goes on next week, then painting. Then the interior.
So I visited several large fish stores and looked at their setups. Some used power filters for each individual tank and some used wet/dry filters for individual tanks, some used wet/dry filters for a bank of tanks, and most had a mixture of these setups. Anybody have any recommendations as to what I should use for 20 tanks? I like fish, obviously, but I don't want to spend most of my time changing water on individual tanks. On the other hand I don't want to spread a disease around to six tanks because they are on the same filter system. Any suggestions?