Building a Fishroom
1. Rather than building your own fishroom, help someone else build theirs
-find out the mistakes that can be made and what equipment is essential
-practice drilling glass aquariums with someone else’s tanks
2. Re-locate your house to be closer to a hardware store
-at least know how far away the stores are and write down the store hours
3. Plan on servicing everything so make it accessible!!!
- you will need to get at things without taking the whole system apart
-expect constant maintenance (tinkering) to keep the system running
4. Marry a patient and forgiving spouse
5. You can’t have too many shut off valves in the water system
6. Put in more airline valves then you think you will ever need
7. It is unlikely that you can have too many electrical outlets
8. It is going to cost more than you budgeted, accept it.
9. Solid PVC piping and joints are great for the air system but not for the water system
-you will have to take the water system apart frequently
-the air system will need infrequent work (twice in three years, myself)
10. Time spent researching equipment, other peoples’ fishroom designs, advice etc. online is never wasted
1. The size of tank dictates the shelving plan and the floor plan.
2. The type of fish you wish to keep dictates the size of tanks.
3. Stand alone tanks, central sump water system or a flow through water system?
4. Drain locations are essential.
5. Place electrical outlets high on the wall.
6. Leave more space than you think you need. You will need it. Floor space for buckets, radiators, de-humidifiers, etc.
7. Leave as much space a possible between the lid of tank and the shelf above you. Remember you may want to add or remove aquarium decoration, wood, and try and catch fish.
Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
1. Insulation saves money
2. Venting is essential (aquariums = water = humidity = mold & fungus)
3. Cheap dehumidifiers are very noisy
4. Make sure the dehumidifier has a hose outlet for condensate
5. Will the dehumidifier restart by itself after a power loss?
Central Air System
1. If you are using a blower, plan for noise abatement (blower in garage, etc)
2. Make sure the air pump is accessible to allow air filter cleaning.
3. Remember that linear piston pumps run quite hot, so leave air space around it.
4. Only glue one PVC joint at a time. Let it dry 15 – 60’ then see if it will fit in place.
5. Buy a large (>1” diameter) PVC cutter. It’s much easier and cleaner than a hacksaw.
6. You may not be able to glue all the pvc assembly together away from the system. You may need to build it in parts, then glue it together when it is in place
Automated Water System
1. keep hose diameter large (3/4”) to enable good flowrate with a reduced pressure
2. Keep system pressure low to avoid leaks. At tap it can be up to 120 psi, in water system try for 15 – 20 psi.
1. Use smaller diameter tubing (½”) to reduce amount of water in line and space concerns
2. Use pressure compensating drip valves
3. Drip valves are cheap, buy lots (they clog)
1. Although the piping likely will not need to >3/4” in diameter, the access holes for drain hoses should be as large as possible (2-3” is good)
2. Try to include a sump, to catch fry, snails and debris before the water goes down the drain.
3. Remember, water runs downhill, so slant the piping
4. When laying out the drain system, try to put the drain valves directly behind the tank overflow bulkheads. It reduces bending of hoses.
5. Snails get everywhere
Fishroom Supplies and Equipment
Jehmco (gives discount for AKA members)http://www.jehmco.com/
Almost Everything! Water and air pumps, fishroom tools, plumbing and airline equipment, valves, diamond drill bits, storage tanks, etc.
Drip systems, water timers, hoses, drip valves, connections, guageswww.dripworksusa.com
Air Water and Ice (sponsor of Oklahoma Aquarium Association)http://theh2oguru.zoovy.com/
Water system supplies. Canisters, carbon cartidges, DI resin, gauges, many accesories
Aquarium Hobbyist Supplyhttp://www.ahsupply.com/
Retrofit compact fluorescent lighting kits and equipment, bulbs.
Equipment for small to large scale aquaculture, plumbing supplies, etc.
Clean Water Store Waterhttp://www.cleanwaterstore.com/index.html
RO and DI systems, canisters, cartridges and supplies
Sea Tech Incorporatedhttp://www.seatechinc.com/
Watts quick connect line, connections, vavles, etc.
Watts product information (quick connect valves)
Internet Allergy Storehttp://www.iallergy.com
Presentation documents Available Online
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