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How to best insulate a shed for breeding set up?

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We are hoping to convert either our small garden shed OR a garage bay (1 of 4) into a breeding set up area. Has anyone had any experience insulating a small shed (walls are metal, a few mm thick)? We are worried it will get to hot in summer and to cold in winter, and would like to come up with a solution to insulate the shed. If that's not possible, we may be able to turn 1 bay of a 4 bay garage into a breeding area with a racking system.

We feel a little bit uncomfortable about the garage set up because there is no way for us to insulate the entire garage however it has three brick walls, 4 aluminium sliding garage doors and a tiled roof.

I guess we're just wondering what the best materials would be for insulating a garden shed, considering that we'll be exposed to it as we'd like to keep the project as cost friendly as possible.

We plan on having around 9 tanks in the garden shed.

Any information, tips, hints or help would be greatly appreciated!

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If you type "insulation" in the search box at the top right hand corner of the page and hit the enter key, you will come up with a few pages of threads dealing with insulation of tanks and fishrooms :

http://www.qldaf.com/forums/search.php?searchid=4341750

Lots of good ideas and information in these threads :)

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Yeah despite my best efforts it is almost impossible to fully insulate the garage(panel) doors, the seal around the sides and top and bottom bleeds cold air in and the exposed metal lips of the panels that are not covered transfer cold. Thinking about using some sort of bitumen/rubber on those bits. As a result last night the ambient temp at the front of garage was around 9 degrees and 15 degrees at the back where tanks are. Air above the tanks was still at 20 degrees. Glad I am only running about 50% tropical tanks and the rest are Rhads.

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If you want to insulate part of an open shed or under a house, it's quite simple to build a smaller room from polystyrene sheets. Either using tank racks themselves or some light wood framing. It doesn't need to be a structural wall.

Even plastic sheet (to stop air drafts) will make a significant difference.

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Thank you everyone for your ideas and suggestions. We are still tossing up between the garden shed or garage... leaning more towards the garage with an inbuilt insulated pseudo room as aquaholic99 suggested! The car spot will be taken out by the tanks but the shed itself is about 1.5 - 2 times the length of a normal car so we could fit a big 'room' in there if we were able to clear enough space. The big question on my mind now is the air-conditioning/heating requirements... we have spent A LOT of time reading over various posts in the 'insulation' search (thank you DFishKeeper) and it's brought a lot of information to our attention that we weren't aware of before.

If the shed doesn't work out it looks like we'll have a small room inside of our house within the next few months to turn into a breeding room. It's 3m x 4m approximately... carpeted, insulated... with the exception of one window. There is a ceiling fan though! So that's a start, right?

Thank you again for all of your input, if anyone has any different ideas we are still very much open to suggestion and we'll post our progress!

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