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post #121 of 167 Old 01-28-2016, 02:26 PM
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I'm an electrician to. I was thinking the exact same thing, but I'm up here in northern Michigan, so your not very close by. You got quite a setup though I plan on doing something similar in the near future. I've got three tanks now, 75, 29, and a 2.5 for a couple of plants. So I guess I'm already working on it.
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post #122 of 167 Old 01-28-2016, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Warhawk, followed the link on your sig here and mighty impressed, looks like if I wanted to learn a bit about modern day fishkeeping I could do a lot worse than pop in here now and then to see what you are up to with your tanks--Im an electrician by trade so could maybe chip in with some tricks of the trade if required. good luck in your aquatic endeavours !--billy ( Bilbo)

Thanks it has been a huge work in progress for a long time. Your welcome to follow along and see how I do things, might not always be the right way but I am always doing something in the room. My fish room is a little different than most I set my fish up to be watched and I'm setting my tanks to be pretty not just functional. I really do spend 15-20 hours a week in my fish room, my family knows where to find me if I'm not at work. I'm also want to start doing a few videos of my set up to help show how I do things just need to get that started.

I'm hoping I won't need a electrician again but if I do I will be sure to run my thoughts past the guys here. I have 3 circuits in the room right now (two 15 amp and one 20 amp) but I'm only pulling less than 10 amps max right now.


Thanks again and good luck with your new tank also.


You can follow Old Fort Exotics on You Tube and on my Fish room thread.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5l...KdIa-pb3K2zb7A
https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...h-room-517930/

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post #123 of 167 Old 02-08-2016, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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To keep this thread about the building and DIY of my fish room I started a thread to track my fish keeping. Here is link for those interested.

https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...6/#post7043202


You can follow Old Fort Exotics on You Tube and on my Fish room thread.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5l...KdIa-pb3K2zb7A
https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...h-room-517930/

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post #124 of 167 Old 02-10-2016, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Last month I ordered new filters for my new tanks, and yes it took them 4 weeks to get to me but I have to say I really like the filters. I'm sure most of you have seen the duel sponge filters with lift tube on online. Most of the time they are $4-5 each and locally I can get a nice triangle blue sponge filter for $4 so I have been buying those for all my tanks. But after getting these I wish I had gotten them sooner. I thought the filters where 3-4" long but the foam is closer to 6" and the lift tube can go up to 10"

Here is a pic of the filter and the ones I was using.

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I put one in my 30g long tank to seed the media, the next morning the black foam was a brown color. At first I was worried something was wrong with the filter but after looking closer it was junk from the bottom of the tank it had pulled up. I used the gravel vac to suck the dirt off and they cleaned right up. I only had the air set to about half but it really draws more water thru it than my older style. I plan on ordering 10-12 more of these filters in a few months.


You can follow Old Fort Exotics on You Tube and on my Fish room thread.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5l...KdIa-pb3K2zb7A
https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...h-room-517930/

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post #125 of 167 Old 02-25-2016, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Why do fish rooms never end?

I have empty tanks in my room right now but I caught myself last night with graph paper drawing out my room and working on a way to add more tanks. Good news is I think I can add four 75g tanks and maybe 10-12 more 20g or maybe 40g breeders.

This weekend I plan to get 4 more 48" lights for my tanks and replace all the T8 bulbs with new one for the plants.

Also hoping to get some new cichlids to put in the empty tanks I have right now.


You can follow Old Fort Exotics on You Tube and on my Fish room thread.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5l...KdIa-pb3K2zb7A
https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...h-room-517930/

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post #126 of 167 Old 02-29-2016, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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Update from this weekend.

I bought 4 new T8 lights for my main rack and 1 for my Oscar tank, moved the lights old lights to the very top shelf but those are still empty tanks.

Did some rewiring of my lights and heaters so I can access them easy to turn them off if I need to. Still need a hour or two to get all the wires hidden and safely away from any water.

Also I made my first fish room video and posted it. Not real comfortable yet but at least I finally got it done.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZVO0Bxjg3w


You can follow Old Fort Exotics on You Tube and on my Fish room thread.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5l...KdIa-pb3K2zb7A
https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...h-room-517930/

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post #127 of 167 Old 02-29-2016, 11:11 AM
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Holy. Cow.

That is so awesome.

I'd say you definitely qualify to be on the Reference Team here.

You need to start a business.

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Holy. Cow.

That is so awesome.

Thank you. It has been a long time building and I will be adding more tanks this summer. Trying to get four 75g and some 40g tanks added.

I have started breeding some fish to sale and this summer I hope to start shipping fish.


You can follow Old Fort Exotics on You Tube and on my Fish room thread.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5l...KdIa-pb3K2zb7A
https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...h-room-517930/

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post #129 of 167 Old 02-29-2016, 11:21 AM
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I can't stop watching this video lol

OMG I am so small time compared to you! This is like the dream fish room. You must be filthy rich can I move in LOL

Here is my GREAT BIG TANK LOL
https://youtu.be/y2BfCsktjBI

I currently have three 5.5G in the house and it feels like WORK lol my fish want to come to your fishes house.

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I can't stop watching this video lol

OMG I am so small time compared to you! This is like the dream fish room. You must be filthy rich can I move in LOL

Here is my GREAT BIG TANK LOL
https://youtu.be/y2BfCsktjBI

I currently have three 5.5G in the house and it feels like WORK lol my fish want to come to your fishes house.

Enjoy it I will be making a video on the Oscar tank later in the week.

My first tank was a 20g H a friend gave my son, it started snowballing out of control from there. As for being rich I'm a long way from that. I buy a lot of used tanks and $1 per gallon tanks. When I find a deal I will store it for a while until I find a use for it.

Nice looking tank you have, my room isn't as much work as most people think. If I'm just doing maintenance I can do that is less than 2 hours a week and 10 mins every day. I spend a lot more time then that watching the fish and just checking on everyone. Last night I took a book (about fish) to the room because it was the warmest room in the house(got to love Indiana winters).


You can follow Old Fort Exotics on You Tube and on my Fish room thread.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5l...KdIa-pb3K2zb7A
https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...h-room-517930/

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