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Only half of my tanks have HOB's or canisters running on them, the rest have sponge filters, yes it saves a bunch.

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I'm about the same all my fry tanks have sponge filters. All my breeding tanks have 2 sponge filters and a HOB's on them.

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The Spooky_Fish Hatchery has all sponge filters and each tank gets an automatic 10% water "addition" every night. The excess water exits a stand pipe in each tank to a drain to the yard.

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I have thought about creating a system like that.... Just not sure if its worth building with only 20 some odd tanks... I do have all the needed material though....

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<---over 20 tanks...just 1 air pump all spoonge filters. I use heaters in some tanks but not all. Sometimes in the winter I plug in a stand up heater to keep the area warm. Most of them are fry tanks so they are kept around 75-78. Breeders 81-83


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Fern";p="4294 wrote:
I have thought about creating a system like that.... Just not sure if its worth building with only 20 some odd tanks... I do have all the needed material though....
Read KMX's post above. This is the setup without the waterchange system.

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Do you find that the temerature of the breeder's water has any effect on the proportions of male to female of the spawn? I have suspected this with my Malawis and have been told it is a fact with Victorians.

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My air pump could run hundreds of tanks if I had the room to set them up :lol: I just like to use HOB's on some of the tanks, again its a Fern-ism.
I also plug in a space heater on cold nights.

I can tell you with red jewels the warmer the water the more eggs you get.

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I try to have at least one back up filtration system in all my tanks as I am sure many others do. Power outages and systems failures being the main reason, though more filtration is never a bad thing :!:


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I have about a dozen of the battery operated aerators on hand in case of power outages.... I need to invest in a generator though.

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I'm looking for generator too. I wanted a battery back up for the solar but it cost to much.

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anyone ever seen those little solar panels that connect to your car battery to ensure it starts in cold weather, or if you have a drain on your system? I wonder how long you could run some air pumps on a charged car battery, using the solar charge method during the day... maybe not practical, but I always wonder about these things.


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I would think using a deep cycle marine battery will last much much longer as I run them all day when I am fishing. There was a solar panel they made to charge the battery while you were using it to keep the charge topped off and it wasn't that big. It was not one of those trickle chargers used to keep the battery charged during long idle periods of no use as those would not provide enough amps to comphensate for the current amp draw


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Interesting, Do you know what the total cost for the marine battery and charger would be Iseefish, or maybe have a link to a site that provides it?


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Me,
Deep cycle batteries start around $60 up to a couple of hundred dollars. It depends on how big and brand you get. I am not sure what the solar charger will cost as I never got one. They were advertising the solar charger that will charge the battery while you are on the water fishing. Not sure if you would really need one as long as you keep the battery topped off. I run a 12/24 volt system on my 18' boat and can be on the 24 volt trolling motor all day with no problems and fish the next day without recharging. These days they run a 36 Volt system. Three 12 Volt batteries wired together.


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The Amish folks use that battery and solar panal rig to charge their battery for the flashers on the horse carts they drive.

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