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So my wants finally got the better of me and i decided that i needed to build myself a Fish Room and to do it properly to avoid disappointment in the future. First of all i have limited time for my hobby and while i love my fish, i wanted to ensurer that i kept things manageable. Six tanks + fry grow-out is the initial aim with the ability to add another two tanks (and only two tanks) in the future. The room is to be heavily automated to minimise maintenance and maximise viewing pleasure. Stock I'm Tropheus mad so that room will be designed for 5x2x2 tanks which i have come to believe is the perfect size for a colony of around 20 T's. Heating & Cooling Living in the western suburbs of Brisbane means that both heating and cooling are a necessary part of keeping African Cichlids. Knowing that the room will be heavily insulated once complete the obvious choice is a highly efficient reverse cycle inverter A/C. After much research i settled on the Daikin Ururu Sarara - One of the only 7 star energy efficient split systems on the market and with WiFi control to boot. Insulation I really didn't want to skimp in the insulation department so i ensured i had lots of wall depth and ceiling room and went with Bradford R5 batts (240mm thick) in the ceiling and EarthWool R3.5 batts (140mm thick) in the walls. There's a bit of capital cost involved in decent insulation, however i truly believe it pays for itself in both energy bills and room comfort. Internal Cladding Being a fish room i wanted to sheet the walls with something a little more moisture resistant than plasterboard, so went with Villaboard (fibro cement) on all four walls with plasterboard only on the ceiling. For paint i went with Dulux Wash and Wear Kitchen and Bathroom for it's anti-mould and anti-bacterial properties. Automation I'm hoping to completely automate water changes using a Neptune Apex and a few solonoid valves which i recently purchased from one of the brilliant sponsors here of QLDAF. I also purchased a 1,000L tank to stand in the corner of the room for pre-mixing water to ensure adequate hardness and temperature prior to water changes. Power I ensured that i had a least two GPO's on each wall with data wired through to where the Apex will be positioned. I also had an Isolator switch wired up outside to allow easy installation of the air-con when it comes time. So things are progressing fairly well, however as always there is still lots to do. A few progress photos below: Wall Insulation in and villaboard being installed with a little help from the father-in-law More sheeting installed Top-hat going up to fix the ceiling: R5 Bradford batts going in: The all-important power and data: Isolation switch for Air-Con: The AC unit that i am eagerly wanting to install ASAP: Water tank to go in corner of room: Paint - for when the time comes: I'll try to post some updates once the ceiling is in and the plastering complete. Then it's paint time and i can start moving in the tanks :-)
After much research into an energy efficient filter design and suitably sized tank for Tropheus i settled upon a few 5x2x2's and a two tier stand. Pete (PETFISH) was approached to put together the setup and has delivered two superb tanks and associated galvanised steel stand. Real pity that he is currently unable to source any more glass :-( I've still got quiet a bit of work to do this coming weekend to vinyl the back of the tanks and play around with how i want the air to enter the pipes, but the photo's below should give an understanding of the setup so far (please ignore the leopard print blanket)... For those interested in the concept at play here, i suggest checking out the following video: Im really hoping to get away with an LP20 or LP40 at most to adequately filter (mech and bio) both 5x2x2 tanks. Time will only tell.
So i am a long time fish enthusiast but have been away for the hobby for more than 10 years. My girlfriend's sister recently set up a 3ft Malawi display and upon each subsequent visit i got more and more jealous. The time has now come to re-enter the world of fish keeping and get an 8ft display tank up and running in the living room. I started on the cabinet a few weeks ago. Some progress pics below: The beginning... The frame starts to come together Hanging the doors Starting look like a piece of furniture The staining test The painting begins So another weekend or two and the cabinet should be complete :-) I have ordered the tank and sump (G&J Maher) and now it's time to sort out pumps, media, aquascaping, substrate, etc etc. Being that i have been away from the hobby for quite some time i will no doubt have some questions for all you knowledgeable folk out there so watch this space...
Just starting to set up a new 6x2x2 for my Fronnies. Tank ordered and purchased through Michael Ellis and very happy with the build quality. Installed a nice light blue vinyl background ordered via Graphic Art Mart. Drilled 5 holes in the tank for bulkheads. two suction and one return at the end of the tank where i am going to connect two Eheim canister filters and then another two bulkheads towards the centre back of the tank. One as a standpipe for simple plug and play water changes via the garden hose and the other as an air-line bulkhead. Ordered a heap of dual female threaded bulkheads from Jehmco, however they mistakenly sent the wrong type so i'm waiting for the replacements to arrive (hopefully next week). Painted the 1m high 40x40 steel stand that i ordered through Obeice. Going to cut some plywood to fit as a bottom shelf on the weekend. Can't wait to get the tank on it. Looks sturdy as a rock! Some pictures below to show progress thus far. Apologies if the image size is too large for your screen resolution. Haven't had a chance to resize. Oh and this little fella helped out by laying on the door mat most of the time...