The fish room expansion

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The fish room expansion

Post by Tim Craig » Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:13 pm

It started out as little more than a designated storage space during the basement finishing project.
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I cleared the space, ordered the acrylic, and got set up to build some tanks and sumps.
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I put together a work table with hold down bars to make it easy to router trim the acrylic pieces.
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Here I’ve put together the sides.
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Securing the sides to the top.
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The finished units set up for sealing the inner seams.
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With the tanks and sumps complete, I began work on the racking. I first installed separate circuits for the electrical.
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Racking complete and ready for finishing.
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Racks finished, tanks and sumps in place for fill testing. Each sump was to service both tanks above it.
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Painting the backs and sides of the tanks.
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Finished tanks in place.
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Drip trays for the wet/dry systems.
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I installed LED light ropes in a pine box. I later swapped the LED’s out for fluorescent fixtures because they were cheaper to run.
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The boxes were mounted so they could be swung up out of the way.
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Next, I started the plumping. I used external durso’s for drains.
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Internal drain with strainer.
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There’s also a center drain that does some skimming and sets the water level.
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The returns are pvc with three sets of holes drilled to direct the return to the top, middle, and lower levels.
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The sumps were fitted with drain and fill lines to make water changes easy.
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I valved off the tank returns so that I could adjust the flow to each level.
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The tank return line was taken up above both tanks and then split off to each from there.
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I used a set of valves off of the sump pump to direct the flow to either the tanks or the floor drain.
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Finished units with tank plumbing in place.
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The sump drains were all directed to one floor drain.
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A 70 gallon storage tank is used to refill sumps after draining. 70 gallons is enough to do two racks at once.
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The electrical switches for the fill pump, circulation pump, and heater.
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The storage tank is filled with a ¾” supply line tapped right from the house main supply. It fills the tank in about 4 minutes.
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The finished room.
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Complete with computer system.
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Here’s a video after initial stocking


It’s been up and running since November 2009. All is still going well. Other than occasionally tightening up a bulkhead fitting, no problems or issues.

Thanks for looking.
Tim Craig

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Re: The fish room expansion

Post by slimbolen99 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:45 pm

WOW.

Thanks for sharing. Wish I would have seen your stand construction before I started mine. I went with single 2x6, for the front and back beams...wish I would have gone with your double 2x4 construction.

Looks like a fun setup to have!

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Re: The fish room expansion

Post by Dan Woodland » Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:05 pm

Sweet looking set up Tim. Great Work. :shock:

I'll have to pick your brain about working with acrylic at the next meeting. Dan

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Re: The fish room expansion

Post by Tim Craig » Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:20 pm

Thanks, yeah, height was critical, so I went with the doubled 2x4's. I've done that with all of my basement racks now.

Acrylic is great to work with, very easy, just not cheap. Happy to help if I can.
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Re: The fish room expansion

Post by Piotr Koba » Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:17 pm

This is really really nice. Great job done, and Tanganyika themed setups make it even better looking. If there were bunch of planted tanks it wouldn't look that nice. :)
BTW I always envy people who are able to do some DIY for their fishroom... :lol: (as I'm all fingers and thumbs in that matter)
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Re: The fish room expansion

Post by Marko Lenac » Sun May 01, 2011 8:26 am

nice job! I only wonder if a copper tube is ok to use for the fishes? thank you for your info!
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Re: The fish room expansion

Post by Tim Craig » Sun May 01, 2011 8:48 am

Thanks, copper pipe is fine. If it wasn't, we probably couldn't keep fish as most homes nowadays have copper supply lines.
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Re: The fish room expansion

Post by Bas Pels » Sun May 01, 2011 11:37 am

copper is fine - but in case the water has been still for a while- you're just back after a vacation, for instance - I will drain the first few liters

My fishhouse has warm water coming from the top floor, through a copper tube. This is approx 7 meters, and will contain (I estimate the tube @ 9 mm) approximately half a liter of water. I rather flush this after a hollyday

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Re: The fish room expansion

Post by matthew1884 » Sun May 01, 2011 8:07 pm

How long did it take you to finish this project. and can you most more pictures of your stand construction?

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Re: The fish room expansion

Post by Tim Craig » Tue May 03, 2011 3:45 pm

matthew1884 wrote:How long did it take you to finish this project. and can you most more pictures of your stand construction?
I started in Sept 2008 and finished and filled and stocked in Nov 2009. Here's all the pics I have. (In no particular order.)

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Re: The fish room expansion

Post by Violet » Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:56 am

OMG Tim it looks unbelievable! Great job, I wish I could handle a hammer and nails as cool as you do...

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