I am slowly getting the fish room up and going. I have a few 10-gal tanks on shelving and filled just in case I can’t refuse a few fish. My counter work table is in place as are a few rolling carts. I have installed a couple of 6-foot tall cabinets on either side of the counter for easy access to some of the things I will need. I plan to add a shelf across the top of the two cabinets for additional storage, probably of a few smaller styros.
The next major step will be to clear the center of the room to begin to build a double-wide stand primarily for 20-high and 30-gallon tanks … I can place 18 tanks on this planned design and allow me to work with some alternative species of fish I decide I want. I am certain I will breed some angels at the very least. Following that I expect to add a stand for 5- and 10-gallon tanks. I am not certain how many tanks and/ or levels I will have. Most likely the tanks will be set in sideways which means I can have about 20 5-gallon tanks and maybe 8 to 16 ten-gallon tanks. So the max size will be 36 tanks added to the 18 larger tanks, plus the 20 tanks already set up will give me 56 tanks as a starter design. This does not count an undetermined number of 2-1/2 – gallon tanks.
I have a 1/8th hp blower to set up. I am considering a 2-inch PVC above the top level of tanks and then creating an H-style connection with 1-inch PVC for each row of tanks. Obviously, plastic airline tubing would go from the one-inch PVC to the filters. I am going to need an electrician to come in to install some 4-plug boxes for my lights.
I am also going to put a few 30-gallon Rubbermaid bins in my backyard and add plants to them. Hopefully, I will get good growth of things like java moss and some floating plants. Later I may add some fish to those bins also.
Obviously, I have a lot of work planned.