When 10 tanks aren't enough -or- My fishroom build in progress

9 years 8 months ago #26244 by Jim in Michiana
Built some lids from the poly styrene sheets....  They're a little thin, but I won't have to remove them often (only to vacuum) once the tanks are up and running.  I drilled a 1 1/4" hole centered left/right and about 2" back from the from of the tank.  This will serve as a "grab" hole when lid removal is necessary, and it also serves as access for everyday feeding.

Thanks to RM-Slover for some cycled sponge filters, I was able to get a few tanks up and running.  He also sold me several colonies of very nice looking and healthy fish.  It's a shame he's closing his fishroom, but I'm sure it'll only be a short while until he's back at it.

I ran into a snag with the fittings for my drip system, so I'm dead in the water on that until at least Wednesday.  Tank drains are in place for more than half of the tanks, and the remainder should take less than a day.

So far, I'm able to maintain room temp at 82F and tank temp at 78F using a single heater set at 2/3rds power (1000W)......  I'm very pleased with this and happy that installing all of that itchy insulation is paying dividends already.

Placed a large order for mainly sponge filters from Kensfish a couple days ago......  When they get here, I'll have to fill a few more tanks and start cycling sponges. Things are progressing at an OK pace.... More updates when something exciting happens !!!

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9 years 9 months ago #26083 by rm-slover
I have them on 15's 20L, 30 br, 55's and a 75 without any problems.

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9 years 9 months ago #26077 by dgarnier
I also tried these tops, and for tens they worked ok, but any bigger then that that the sag too much.  I went to glass, no sag, keeps heat in the tank and just looks more finished

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9 years 9 months ago #26069 by rm-slover
gcca.net/howto/tank_covers.htm

I have covers like this on almost all of my 40+ tanks they work really well..

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9 years 9 months ago #26068 by Jim in Michiana
Update 4-15

Things are moving, albeit a little slow.......

Bought a couple pieces of eggcrate for he 125.....

Caught a 50% off sale at the local pool store for sand........  Ordered 50 bags @ $5 each DELIVERED (50 lb'ers)......  I think I should call and add a few bags to the order...........

Originally, I was going to build my own lights using upside down rain gutters, double lampholders and spiral cfl's.......  Then, on a trip to Lowe's, I found 4 ft shoplights with electronic ballasts (for T-8's) in black finish for $13 each.  I need about 30 of these, and once I did the math, I figured the costs between this option and my DIY's to be pretty close, not to mention the time involved in the DIY project.  I chose the easy way out.  Naturally the store only had 8 in stock, but being in no huge hurry, I ordered the remainder. 

I still need to get fittings for my "drip" system and drip emitters, but the whole room is starting to come together. 

20 tanks still need cleaning.

If anyone is looking for inexpensive bulkheads, I encourage you to check out the electrical aisle at your local Lowe's or Menard's.  The grey PVC fittings used for electrical conduit work perfectly at a cost of less than $1 for a male/female set, and tie in perfectly with standard PVC piping.

Sorry to talk so much about costs, but when you're putting together 60 tanks, costs add up FAST !!!

Now.......  If I can find tank lids, I'll be one step further along......

Until next time, Thanks for your interest,  Jim

P.P.  I do have 5 tanks cycling, and I'm bummed that I won't have tanks ready in time for this weekends auction,  but that's the way it goes.......  Almost 4 months into this project, and I FINALLY have a tank with water in it !!!!

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9 years 9 months ago #26018 by dragonkeeper

I think what Jim meant was applying it to the inside of the foundation walls which depending on how you look at it could be called the outer walls of the home


all I know is Jim and I could sit and party and talk for hours :D


Only because he would be willing to share his Beer wares!

DragonKeeper
~Retired President~

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9 years 9 months ago #25982 by nuth88

all I know is Jim and I could sit and party and talk for hours :D


Get in line Old Man.......Maybe is he does those old world bait fish....Yet I derail.....

Excellent Post! Progress Jim??

Nuthman~

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"I guess that's the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuatin' itself."

(The Stranger - 6/1998)

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9 years 9 months ago #25960 by Kegger22
I think what Jim meant was applying it to the inside of the foundation walls which depending on how you look at it could be called the outer walls of the home


all I know is Jim and I could sit and party and talk for hours :D

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9 years 9 months ago #25959 by fishinmn
Jim, Can you describe the process of applying the AGL to the exterior walls ???

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9 years 9 months ago #25954 by baldtaxguy
Now that is the way to do it.  Nice work and thanks for sharing.

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