A tour of my fishrooms

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Postby WaterChangeWarrior » 2006-11-11 18:55

After nearly 35 years of keeping "some" fish, 5 years ago my wife and I were able to purchase a house that had a garage with an attached woodworking shop. There is also a 2-car carport on the property....so one of the first things we did upon moving here was to get all my tanks (I had about 5 or 6 at the time) set up out in the garage, and it officially became my "fish room". Now there was no "master plan" for putting this together...I didn't really know what size or how many tanks I was going to end up with. In fact, most of my tanks came from yard sales or I otherwise bought secondhand.

I give you all this "background info" because, while this probably isn't what most people would call a good looking room (the non-fishhead kind of people), it's my favorite place in the world to be. Gots me a refrigerator (to keep frozen fish food, but it comes in handy for "beverages" also) and my cd player, a stressful day at work just kinda disappears after an hour or so out here.

First pic is gonna be what you would see as you walk in the front door. Notice the 55 metalframe tank...picked it up at a yard sale, re-sealed it, it is now home to a group of convict cichlids and 3 clown loaches. To the right of that was my Tanganyikan tank, housing leleupis and brichardis, that tank currently houses South American cichlids and a pacu. In the background you can see a stack of empty 15 gallons, cleaning and setting these up as I need them.

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This picture is of the same room, but if you looked to the right as you were coming in the door, you would see this, my 125 gallon saltwater tank. I think at the time this was taken, I still had my tasseled filefish (an absolute favorite of mine), also a stars and stripes puffer, bird wrasse, yellow tang, pearlscale butterfly, and a couple blue damsels. The fifty breeder next to that has since been converted to saltwater also. The fifty breeder closest to the left edge of the picture is where my brichardis eventually ended up being moved to. They have spawned several times in this tank. All the tanks underneath the 125 are currently empty.

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These tanks are in the same room, but along the wall to the left as you walk in (behind the tanks in the first picture). There are two 29 gallon tanks here, with a 15 sandwiched between them. I don't remember what was in them at the time this picture was taken, there are currently electric yellow labs in one of the tanks, a senegal bichir and an albino senegal living in another of the tanks, and a growout batch of highfin blue parrot variatus platys in one of the others.

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Facing the tanks in the last picture (butted up behind the tanks in the first pic) is my writing desk and this 55 gallon growout tank of more hifin blue parrot variatus. There is also a 40 gallon underneath this tank, which just recently became vacant, not sure what I will end up putting here.

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Postby WaterChangeWarrior » 2006-11-11 19:06

OK, that is pretty much everything that there is to see in the former garage, now as we go to the workshop area, this would be the head on view of that room. There are shelves to the left, countertops to the right, all holding tanks, then along the back wall there tanks on regular stands, down the middle are tanks on lumber and cinderblock shelving stuff that I put together.

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A shot of the left side of this room, these are all tenners turned short side out. I have fancy guppies, endler's livebearers, goodeids, several kinds of cory cats, shelldweller cichlids, medaka, and other small fish in these tanks.

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Here is a view of the right side of the room, more tenners. The water level on these tanks is kept low on purpose, this is where I keep my killies...and they are notorious jumpers! albino gardneri, australe orange, and rachovii. The tank to the far right of the picture, with the gravel piled halfway up the side of the tank, was an early attempt at a paladarium for my fire-bellied toads. They are still here, but I have changed the setup of the tank.

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I have more pics, but need to get some current ones. I have changed so many tanks around in the last six months, the pictures aren't even relevant anymore.
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Postby railinsp » 2006-11-11 20:02

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Postby sharkdude » 2006-11-11 20:21

What a great house man! are you working on US galls now?
you should get a raised section above teh killi's tanks so tehy can jump in with each otehr :P
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Postby Kev » 2006-11-11 20:41

Just what I like to see, plenty of wires and tubes. You really are a lucky guy to have room for doing something like that. So how many tanks is that in total? :P
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Postby smiley » 2006-11-11 21:03

:o :o :o :o
oh my god!!!!

water changes must take you hours! lol

one quick question though- do you use separate heaters and filters for all the tanks, or are they drilled ?

looks pretty darn cool tho ! :tup:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-11-11 22:56

I hope you'd understand and I hope I'm justified in being terribly envious! :D
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Postby WaterChangeWarrior » 2006-11-11 23:01

Water changes aren't too bad. If I didn't thoroughly enjoy this hobby, they might be. But if you're into your fish, you want the best for them. And if that involves regular partial water changes...then you become the waterchangewarrior! ^_^

No heaters on any of the tanks, just heat the room. Most of the smaller tanks are filtered with box or sponge (air-driven) filters. Some of the 29s I have are box filters, some are power filters, generally anything above a 29 is power filtered though.

Currently 45 tanks up and running. Lots of ten gallons (these are all US gallons....is this a UK forum?), a few 15s, some 20s, several 29s, a 40, couple of 50s, several 55s, and a 125 gallon.
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Postby sharkdude » 2006-11-12 14:07

yes this is a more or less UK forum but everyones welcome, we have members from all over the world US, Bulgaria, Australia, Germany....
what outside temp do you have? in the summer and winter.
if i was to heat teh room it would cost alot in teh winter...with-10C lurking
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-11-12 22:54

Yes, but you're Welsh SD - it's warmer up thataway.
You from Kansas too Gary?

45 tanks... blimey, that's proper MTS there! :D
If you ever think you have too many, let me know - I'm sure I can find room somewhere lol!
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Postby WaterChangeWarrior » 2006-11-12 23:13

In the big scheme of things, you're close :D ....I'm from Indiana. If you were to draw a line from Indianapolis to Chicago Illinois, I'd be right in the middle. If you have heard of Purdue University, that's where I am from....Lafayette, IN. Temperatures here go from lows of -28C to highs of 38C (we mostly use Fahrenheit here, -20 F to 100F)....but those are the extremes, they usually don't last long. Have lots of insulation, which helps, but yes, it is not an inexpensive thing to heat my fishrooms (or run the air conditioner in the summer). We have already had a couple mornings of -7C (19F)


IndigoBlueFish....yes, I've got a few tanks...guess you could call it MTS ;) ....only time I might think I have too many, though, is when I need to upgrade to a larger tank and all these small ones are in the way :P
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-11-13 20:35

My partner asks: "Why is the tank at the end on the end so full of blue stones?"

For the size of the stones, I'd say it was one of you're 'Phibian tanks?
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Postby Kev » 2006-11-13 21:19

Yup, I would guess that's what the FBTs are in :P
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-11-14 00:47

Nice one hun! What about more individual pics? :P
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Postby WaterChangeWarrior » 2006-11-14 02:38

:) Yes, you guys are right....it is just a partial shot of the tank, my first attempt at a paladarium for my fire belly toads. Didn't really like the way it turned out, so I soon renovated it....and I think the frogs actually like the new set up better too. I had a great big pile of stones at one end, so that the water could be deep on the other end....found out that the frogs don't really care about depth....


KK, I'll try and get more individuals posted....most of what I keep are smaller fish, though, and I have a heck of a time getting good shots of them. I would love to share some photos of my killies with you guys, but they never turn out. I felt very fortunate to get the pictures of the blue gularis, but they are larger than the other killies I keep.
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