Doing some planning for the future
Ok bored at work at have sketched up a 8' long fish rack for my future basement - yes I don't even have the house yet and I'm planning the fish wall.
Current thoughts are a 175 or 155 bowfront as main show tank up stairs while I had this rack in my man cave in the basement.
8' Long, by 2' deep and approx 6' tall. I would have approx 96" per shelf for tanks, and depending on weight I don't know if I'd need a center brace, just have 4 good posts with 8' long 2x4's doubled up as the shelves (with plywood though)
What would be best way to filter and heat all these, I planned on 6 4' long shop lights, and prob could do an aquaclear for each, but then add a sponge to supplement it? Would that be enough?
20L: Cardinal Tetra based tank
10g: Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
20L: Hillstream Loach river tank
30g Breeder: German Blue Ram Tank (prob 2 pair)
10g: Red Crystal Shrimp
30g Breeder: Apisto Tank - prob do two harems if it fit (2m, 6 f)
30g Breeder: Krib Tank
10g: Not sure yet
30g Breeder: Tiger Barb Tank
Thoughts and suggestions welcomed
It's not quite enough for space heating I'd say. I'd do seperate filters so you can fine tune water hardness. Sponges would work for tge 10g. For the bigger tanks I'd get some external s
Just working on a budget and came up with this - Total around $1200 not counting lumber for stand, plants, and actually stocking the tanks. Plus need the powerheads for hillstream tank. But I'm sure I could find better prices, these were all just what I found quick
Tanks: (assuming $1/gallon)
10g 3 $10.00 $30.00
20g 2 $20.00 $40.00
30G 4 $30.00 $120.00
AC20 3 $27.00 $81.00
AC50 2 $40.00 $80.00
AC70 4 $54.00 $216.00
Pro II 2 $10.00 $20.00
Pro III 2 $11.00 $22.00
Pro IV 4 $13.00 $52.00
10g 3 $20.00 $60.00
20g 1 $20.00 $20.00
30G 4 $20.00 $80.00
48" 2 Bulb 6 $15.00 $90.00
Turface 2 $22.00 $44.00
Sand 3 $12.00 $36.00
Rocks 1 $0.00 $-
10g 3 $11.00 $33.00
20g 2 $15.00 $30.00
30G 4 $32.00 $128.00
Keep in mind tanks have different heights to them, so having a mix on the same shelf of the rack will vary the amount of working space you'll have between the top of the tank and shelf above it. A friend of mine built a rack only to find out later that he had not left enough free above the tank to easily clean and maintain the tank.
With a lot of tanks you might find it cheaper to heat the room instead of each tank individually. The cost of buying all those heaters and then paying the electric bill to run them will add up. It took a while to realize this, now only have heaters in a few tanks, the rest stay at room temperature.
For filtration, I keep canisters on the 2 tanks, for the rest sponge filters are able to do the job. Again it was a matter of cost, buying hobs for all those tanks and then the cost of running them adds up. All my 2.5, 5, 10 and 20g tanks have sponge filters I do frequent water changes. Sponges are able to do a great job at biological filtration. Powerheads can be connected to sponge filters as well if you want more water movement. One large air pump can run all the sponge filters.
For saving money on glass lids, can always make your own.
If you can find others in your area that may have a fishroom and check it out. I've been to a few fishrooms and everyone has their own way of setting up their fish tanks and racks. Great way to learn what has worked for others, and what they wished they had done instead.
The reason I was think multiple heaters was b/c I'd like the rack to be viewable without having to go into a separate room (just a thought really).
What sort of fish room do you have set up?
I would plan to have 6-8" of clearance between top of tank and edge of wood. The tanks listed are all 12" tall too :)
Yea right now I have been able to squeeze 3 tanks into my house, 1 of them just being an empty qt tank. I'm tossing around the idea of having this many tanks or not.
I want a few different set ups and not just for breeding, I know I want my large tank to be a 155 or 175 bowfront general biotope (ex. only fish and plants from south america). I want a 20g long hillstream loach river tank, my 10 RCS tank, a 10g crystal shrimp tank, a 20g long for cardinal school, and then at least 2 30g breeders for rams / apistos
What I might do if I end up with this plan is to make the lowest level all 10g (fit 6 or 7 on the shelf) and have them be QT tanks and fry raising tanks if needed
Seeing as you are a planner much like myself, you may take advantage of sketch up.. Its a good program many aquarists use for their fishroom.