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Postby Vidockq » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:46 am

Hello cantrell00

I have watched your topic very closely and have to say you did a amazing job there.
Keep up the good job and i wish you the best in this en-devour.

I would also like to ask you about your heating system. Do you heat up the water in the above storage tanks ? If so doesn't it add up to a whole lot of a electrical bill ?

Or do you heat the water by having the room temperature up to lets say 29 degrees so the water temperature is 23-24 ?

Either way when winter is coming how do you cope then ?
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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:03 am

Vidockq wrote:Hello cantrell00

I have watched your topic very closely and have to say you did a amazing job there.
Keep up the good job and i wish you the best in this en-devour.


Thank you..

I would also like to ask you about your heating system. Do you heat up the water in the above storage tanks ? If so doesn't it add up to a whole lot of a electrical bill ?


Two things: One, I live in a very mild climate. For reference, it was 81 degrees here yesterday. Secondly, I do both... I heat the overhead storage tanks & heat the room as necessary. I heat the overhead water because I need it warmed faster than the room itself would warm it. I am constantly using it for water-changes


Either way when winter is coming how do you cope then ?


Winter here is almost over.
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Postby Cromak » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:17 pm

Must cost you a fortune to run all that :o
90g Yellow Labs,Red Zebras,Mainganos,Rustys,Powder Blue Socolofi,Multipunctatus,Bristlenose
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55g,bleeding heart Tetras,Neon Tetras, 4 Wild Caught Bolivian Rams,leopard cory,bristlenose
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Postby cantrell00 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:19 pm

Cromak wrote:Must cost you a fortune to run all that :o


$50.00 a month, maybe? Hasn't been that much and I have been pleasantly surprised.
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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:14 pm

Here is the fry tank with the dividers.. I ended up making a channel out of 1/4" strips - 1/2" wide. The fabricated 2X4/ply support is under it..

Please excuse the camera phone pics..

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In the room..

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My 11 year old "helper" screwing down the ply.. :D

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Second tank..

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I have more on my camera showing the feed and drain lines for the auto-drip. The dividers, etc.. Will post later.
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Postby Aulonocara_Freak » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:17 pm

Nice! Do you have holes in the divider or are you doing it so each one is separate?
10 gallon:
Wild Type (Class N) Endler's
5 x Otocinclus Catfsh
5 x Amano Shrimp

20 gallon long:
4 x Kribensis + Fry
3 x Amano Shrimp

2.5 gallon:
RCS Tank

65 gallon:
18 x Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi Lemon Jake
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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:26 pm

Aulonocara_Freak wrote:Nice! Do you have holes in the divider or are you doing it so each one is separate?


I drilled a series of holes in each acrylic divider so that each "cubicle" is sharing the same water from the auto drip and sponge filter.

I have pics of all that and will be in the next post..
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Postby Steveboos » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:29 pm

Your fry tanks are Identical to the tanks we have at petsmart. They are 3 tanks but a solid piece of acrylic on all 4 sides, 2 dividers in between, 4 small holes drilled near the back to let water flow through and everyone works on a overflow system.

I have a feeling you are going to have some nice happy fry!!!

Hows the breeding going along?
125 Gallon Tank: FX5(w/ DIY Spraybar) and AC110
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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:34 pm

Steveboos wrote:Your fry tanks are Identical to the tanks we have at petsmart. They are 3 tanks but a solid piece of acrylic on all 4 sides, 2 dividers in between, 4 small holes drilled near the back to let water flow through and everyone works on a overflow system.

I have a feeling you are going to have some nice happy fry!!!

Hows the breeding going along?


WOW... That is where I got the idea from. Mine are running on a continuous drip and sponge though..

The breeding has been prolific! :lol:

I have stopped stripping several species. Just too many!
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Postby Steveboos » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:58 pm

Yeah you need to have a method of filtration that is small enough so that's it's easy to maintain and keep in the house, but you also need it to do a good bit of water flow.

Our main system is 1675 gallons and the tanks are 10 gallon squares i believe.

This is the tank setup, your acrylic seems to be the same thickness also, 1/4"??

http://youtu.be/8Yzx9xrxY6I
125 Gallon Tank: FX5(w/ DIY Spraybar) and AC110
19x Pseudotropheus Demasoni, 20x Labidochromis Caeruleus, 4x Pseudotropheus Acei (Yellow Tail), 1 OB Peacock, 3 Bushynose Plecostomus (Ancistrus sp.)
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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:08 pm

Steveboos wrote:Yeah you need to have a method of filtration that is small enough so that's it's easy to maintain and keep in the house, but you also need it to do a good bit of water flow.

Our main system is 1675 gallons and the tanks are 10 gallon squares i believe.

This is the tank setup, your acrylic seems to be the same thickness also, 1/4"??

http://youtu.be/8Yzx9xrxY6I


1/4", yes..
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Postby Steveboos » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:14 pm

Nice, perfect for the size tank's you made and man you got it for dirt cheap. Even after 3 years, our tanks still look great and have little to no scratches!
125 Gallon Tank: FX5(w/ DIY Spraybar) and AC110
19x Pseudotropheus Demasoni, 20x Labidochromis Caeruleus, 4x Pseudotropheus Acei (Yellow Tail), 1 OB Peacock, 3 Bushynose Plecostomus (Ancistrus sp.)
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Postby E82M6 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:15 pm

Wow I just read the entire thread and I must say you are addicted to fish keeping lol. Keep up the good work.
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Postby cantrell00 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:24 pm

E82M6 wrote:Wow I just read the entire thread and I must say you are addicted to fish keeping lol. Keep up the good work.


I have a tendancy to take things to the extreme.. :D
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Postby Aulonocara_Freak » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:47 pm

cantrell00 wrote:
E82M6 wrote:Wow I just read the entire thread and I must say you are addicted to fish keeping lol. Keep up the good work.


I have a tendancy to take things to the extreme.. :D


I don't think extreme is a strong enough word! :lol:
10 gallon:
Wild Type (Class N) Endler's
5 x Otocinclus Catfsh
5 x Amano Shrimp

20 gallon long:
4 x Kribensis + Fry
3 x Amano Shrimp

2.5 gallon:
RCS Tank

65 gallon:
18 x Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi Lemon Jake
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