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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:15 am 
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My fish room and garage where the majority of my tanks are located are both 4" lower than the rest of the house and either concrete or tile floors. This makes the oops moments in there less tragic. They are both within reach of the garden hose and my draining pump reaches out one of the doors from every tank.
Now the random tanks scattered throughout the house are over carpet and require the bucket method.... a bit of a pain... But 2 well planted betta tanks buy the front door is very nice. The 90g discus in the living room is gorgeous. And the kids each have a 10g betta tank in their room.....

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KevinB wrote:
It all works well as long as I pay attention to what's going on. Multitasking water changes leads to floods when I lose my train of thought. Kevin


That's where I run into trouble too! I no longer attempt any other tasks while cooking or during water changes.


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Ya no more multitasking for me either, last time I did that I forgot to add the prime.... Killed 2 tanks worth of fish :?

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Now the random tanks scattered throughout the house are over carpet and require the bucket method.... a bit of a pain...


Wow. You have my sympathy and some admiration as well.

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The 90g planted discus show tank truly deserves to be in the living room and I have gotten enough 'oohs and ahhs' to make the toting of buckets worth it!

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Here is the pump I use in the fish room in the house. I have a 120 show tank in the living room. I have 2x135, 1x150, 4x180, and fry tanks.

Here is the pump.
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It would be great to build something like this:

http://www.brianstropicals.com/pages/My-basement.html

And this guy is right here in the Columbus area.

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I see one very large flaw in that build, he has no traps on the drain lines, sewage gasses can and will come up without traps.
Other than that its really cool!

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I may have posted this before. The water change system is about my favorite. It is an open system.
Water changes happen at night. A timer on a pressurized emitter system similar to a drip agriculture system does the deed. Fresh well water, ~10% volume of each tank, is slowly dripped in each night, automatically. So that is ~ 70% water changed a week. The tanks overflow out the standpipe in each tank, collected in a drain that goes out to the garden. Mulm is still sucked out with a siphon and bucket and added to a compost pile for the garden.
Another system is more of a closed system and used in an aquaculture setup. It is a large central system with a gravel/ceramic bead filter and green water system. The water is passed through the media in which plants are grown. The gravel/beads hold the particulates and the effluent flows to a green water algae tank that finishes the nitrates and feed his tilapia, which are harvested for food.
I would like to keep an open system and marry the first system to a hydroponic soil based indoor garden for year round aquaculture. I think that pulling fresh well water into the system will be better for the fish, and the aquaculture set up will clean the water better before returning it to the aquifer.


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I have had the same thought as the open system. Personally I would run it during the day though, stand pipes can clog from time to time......

The closed system is kinda sorta what I have going on with my C mooriis the tank is 240g and the sump on it is huge ad planted, roughly 360g with a residency time of around 15 minutes. Very low maintenance set up!

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Refill is done with the garden hose.


It's safe to use a garden hose, then? I bought a new garden hose to drain my tanks for water changes a while ago, but I've only recently come into some python parts for refilling. The vinyl hose that came with the python was long gone. I thought I'd use the garden hose with it, but I'm suspicious of the metal fitting.. (I cut one end off to go in the tank when I thought I'd only use it for draining.)


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Been using a garden hose for 2 years now, never had any issues with it. Even refill the discus tank with it :wink:
I do purge the line every time by running it for about a minute before I fill tanks with it.

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Bangarang. No more buckets!! 8)


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KevinB wrote:
It would be great to build something like this:

http://www.brianstropicals.com/pages/My-basement.html

And this guy is right here in the Columbus area.

Kevin

I would love to have that in my fish room.

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Ha! I just convinced my wife into getting another 125 gallon tank and showed her how I can keep breeding tanks below it too. :lol: So glad my wife loves cichlids, otherwise I might have to get rid of something. ;) j/k


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