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Post by jcunningham0295 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:16 am

Hi, my name is Josh Cunningham. I am trying to get back into the fish breeding business, I was in it for a while and then got out of it and now hopefully back to stay. I am looking at building a fishroom in my basement to breed cichlids mostly from Lake Malwai, Lake Tanganyika, and some from Lake Victoria. Currently I have laid out my space and am working on my tank footprint. I would like some advice from those in the hobby. My current tank footprint will be approx 65+ aquariums ranging from 20 to 125 gallons. Here is my tank size structure:

16 - 125 gallon
20 - 20L gallon
3 - 55 gallon
28 - 30L and 40/50 breeders

Am I missing something or do I also need tanks smaller than 20L for example 5.5 gallons or 10-15 gallons?
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Post by Dan Woodland » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:44 pm

I always try to keep more "fry" tanks than "breeder" tanks, that way you can pull fry and have somewhere to put them.

That being said, my own fish room has very few smaller tanks (9) because my focus is on breeding and leaving fry with the parents. When I was mainly into breeding I tried to keep a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio with the 2/3 being fry/grow out tanks.

Hopefully that is information you were looking for.... also you can have any and all tanks sizes it's really a matter of how you utilize them.

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Post by dogofwar » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:38 pm

You can also divide larger tanks (e.g. 4' 55g) with Poret foam to grow out fry / separate breeders...

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Post by jcunningham0295 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:56 pm

Thanks for the posts. My thought was to use the 20L as fry/growout tanks with the 55 gallons. This would give me around 23 fry/growout tanks and 42 breeder tanks some with two to three species. Does it make since to reduce by one 125 gallon tank and two 30L tanks and use this room for an additional three 20L and a rack for fifteen 5.5 gallons?
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Post by jcunningham0295 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:29 pm

[quote="dogofwar"]You can also divide larger tanks (e.g. 4' 55g) with Poret foam to grow out fry / separate breeders...

Where do you get Poret foam from?
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Post by deeda » Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:39 pm

Poret foam is available from swisstropicals.com. I've ordered from him before through his online store. Very good product and Stephan ships very quickly.
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Post by jcunningham0295 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:52 am

In using this foam as a divider do you need to have two sponge filters, one on each side or does water move through the foam ok to where one is enough? I wanted to put this in a 30 gallon to split up my hequi pairs.
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Post by deeda » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:54 pm

I think you would need two pieces, separated by an inch or so, with enough room to house the uplift tubes. You can check out his website to see what he recommends or send him a direct email with your question.
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Post by jcunningham0295 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:36 am

Ok thanks. Would that move enough water back and forth for the heater or whould you put the heater between the two dividers?
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Post by deeda » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:37 pm

I would put the heater in between the 2 pieces of foam with the uplift tubes.

Did you contact Stephan on his website for verification that I gave you the correct advice?
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Post by jcunningham0295 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:29 pm

Yes, this is the same advice he gave me. Thanks Dee.
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Post by Jshakour » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:57 pm

jcunningham0295 wrote:In using this foam as a divider do you need to have two sponge filters, one on each side or does water move through the foam ok to where one is enough? I wanted to put this in a 30 gallon to split up my hequi pairs.

You can have one piece of foam directly in center of the tank (depending on the tanks size) and have two pieces of PVC in the foam, one pvc going left and one going right. If you are interested, PM me and I can send you pics and prices if you would like.
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