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Well, we finally got a nice break in the weather this weekend, so we decided to start what was coming...

Phase 2!

Here are some details and pics. We are taking over our garage. We need more room, and 80 aquariums is not enough! So, we sectioned off about 80% of the garage, leaving us with a space of about : 23' 6" long by 13' 9" wide and 10' 6" tall. We started constructing walls, and have one wall done and framed the others (mostly) this weekend. Ran some electrical, insulation, and got the plans ready as to what tanks are going where and about how many there will be. I will be posting pics each time we make progress. The expected completion date will be sometime in June of 05, and running at full capacity hopefully by early 2006. Full capacity being an estimated 200-250 tanks, depending on how we decide to lay them out. We will not have all of the tanks right away of course, we'll probably only be starting off with closer to 100-125 or so. Anyways, here are some pics! Enjoy!



We have a lot more of the framing done, will post more pics next weekend! (and that board came down, too!)
 

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hahaha... it was cold in the garage... I work for Ford, and do some construction type stuff, electrical, plumbing... Also run Fishthoughts, ALSO design web sites, and somewhere in there still find time to sleep :)

We're both pretty handy, but I promise when it gets warmer outside there'll be more beer bottles on the table :lol:
 

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If its cold why are you drinking beer ?
You need a bottle of Johnny Walker to keep you warm and to influence creative thoughts.
 

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If its cold why are you drinking beer ?
You need a bottle of Johnny Walker to keep you warm and to influence creative thoughts.
yeah...I tried that once. I gets hard to get good 90 degree angles when you keep falling over.

Very nice work Fishthoughts! Keep it up and keep us posted!
 

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:) Thanks. Ill keep putting up pics when we make more progress.

See, whiskey would keep you nice and warm, but I prefer the nails to go into the studs and not my hand :)
 

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Yeah, but if you hit your hand, at least your not going to care much. :D

Looking good. I will deffintaly be following your progress in this.
 

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:) Well, for one the moisture is taking its toll on some parts of the house -- 76 aquariums in the basement is getting to be a bit much....

The garage was perfect, we jsut have a few mowers and bunch of other **** we dont ever use, and in the 8 years we've had the house we never put a car in the thing! So, why not? We're doing good, but with an updated and nicer larger facility, we can do even better, plus what would be cooler than walking into a room with 200+ aquariums :)

If everyone in the hobby had the time and chance to do something like this, Id recommend it! Its a ton of fun, both building the room and raising the fish :)
 

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Ahhhh...... Beer and fish, when can I move in? :D (Won't take up much room only need a cot. :lol: )
 

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With the size of that fishroom you could rent spaces for cots and offset the cost of the upkeep of the fishroom. :wink:
 

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Will clean glass for beer. :roll:
 

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Well, more pics will come tomorrow, Easter Sunday...

We got the last 2 walls done and bought most of the drywall (the expensive water resistant kind, of course... and by the way that stuffs HEAVY! -- as the **** cart tipped and fell on me!) we need to finish the walls.

We are running the rest of the electrical tomorrow, hanging the door, finishing some minor details with the framing, and putting up drywall and we should have about 40% total completion after tomorrow!!

So, keep checking back, more pics are comin soon!

Happy Easter!
Steve
 

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Lumber $300
Electrical $200
Insulation $150

Doing what you want w/ a hobby you love (and a spouse that loves it too)
PRICELESS!

Killer plans, we're all drooling :)
 

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PICS PICS PICS!
Okay. Well, here's the pics!! Guys, I have to say this is bigger than I thought it would be... We estimated room enough for almost 350-400 TANKS!!! I dont think we'll have quite that many... but :) :lol:

Here's a pic of the front wall (wall 2) framed in.


And here's a pic of that same wall insulated.


Water-Resistant drywall going up now... (eating dinner and posting pics!)


A view of my handy-work... :D


And finally, a quick view of the room from the door going into the house. Its not much yet. I get my new camera (Verse914's old one - Cybershot 828) Tuesday, so I will just go ahead and shoot video or something and show you the whole room...



ENJOY!!! More updates coming later. Before we do much we have to do the plumbing and the bagging station :)
Adios!
 

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Remember to staple that Romex within 12" of those boxes. :wink:
It is looking very good you are going to be making a lot of people green with envy here.
I think there will be a sudden surge in construction of fish rooms.
I can't wait for the pics of this room up and running.
What kind of filtration system are you planning for the 400 tanks in this room ??

I have to give it to you, you are absolutely out of your mind and need to be checked out by a shrink.
But I can't lie I love it!!!!!!!
 

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LOL! Well, we can "fit" 400 or so in there... we are planning on only operating with between 200-300.

we have to finalize everything as far as the fine details go (wiring and what not) but thanks for the input :)

As far as filtration we are thinking all air... we run the current hatchery on a 1/8hp sweetwater and it does nicely... Now, I know Ill need a bigger blower than that, so what I think Im going to do is the outer perimeter will be all the breeders and a few show tanks. The inner rows will be all 10, 20, 30 gallon tanks setup for fry growout. Im pretty sure we're going to run all air powered filters... centrals would be too much work and have too many risks involved for a project like this.

Probably about 50% of the room to start will be all acrylic tanks which have air powered filters built into them, so that'll be nice. All black back too.
 
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