Dioaquatics’ Fishroom

DioAquatics

Long post coming, so here we go. As some of you may know, my parents have blessed me with allowing me to start a fishroom in my basement. There is some work that has to get done to make the basement fish ready. We have to reinsulate some parts of the basement, put up some sheetrock up on the ceiling, and lastly, we have to paint the walls and floors with FlexSeal paint. Today we finally got to cleaning the some of basement. We almost cleared out the area that my racks/tanks will be going in. There was a bunch of random stuff we got rid of. We still have 3/4 of the basement to clean up but that will continue on Monday. I also decided to go through my fish stuff and boy did I have a lot. I kept most of the things like extra filters, bubblers, working lights, decor and other working equipment. I got rid of a good amount of stuff though, mainly things that were broken or I didn't trust.

I also found someone who was closing down their fishroom and was selling some tanks. They were only 15 minutes away from me so I ended up buying 3x20 longs and 2 sponge filters from them today. That's all they had that I really needed so it's a start... for now lol. Everything came up to $60 which I don't think is bad at all. They're all in perfect condition, they just need a good cleaning.


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Next steps are to continue cleaning and prepping the basement, find someone who can tap into my water lines so I can put a utility sink next to my racks for water changes, draw up a solid plan for my rack system, and go to Home Depot to buy some 2x4 and cinder blocks to build the racking system. I will post pictures of the plans later today. Any input will be accepted. Thanks for reading everyone

For everyone that I remember that wanted to be tagged el337 stella1979 Bruxes and Bubbles Flowingfins Lchi87 bizaliz3 Five 97
 

Kenny777

Congratulations I KNOW your fishroom and tanks gonna look good! Are you planning to breed fish or just to watch? It will be cool to see someone start a breeding operations like breeding fish and inverts.
 

DioAquatics

Thank you! I plan on making it an nice as possible. I am going to be keeping them personally and breeding to sell.
 

Kenny777

Thank you! I plan on making it an nice as possible. I am going to be keeping them personally and breeding to sell.
To sell you should do RCS they go for quite a few or bettas would be cool to breed but is extremely difficult I'm planning to give it a try later down the road.

What are some fish planning are you thinking of doing?
 

stella1979

Congratulations KingD !!!! I'm super happy for you, it's going to be so great! Thanks for tagging me. I'm excited to see your fish room come together.
 

DioAquatics

To sell you should do RCS they go for quite a few or bettas would be cool to breed but is extremely difficult I'm planning to give it a try later down the road.
What are some fish planning are you thinking of doing?

RCS are one of the species on my list. I will also be trying to breed Apistogramma Cacatuoides Triple Red, Nebula Steel Guppies, Long Fin Lemon Bristlenose Plecos, Apistogramma Hongsloi, Long Fin Super Red Bristlenose Plecos, Neolamprologus Similis, and Apistogramma Trifasciata. Not all of these will be bred at the same time. I only want to breed 2-3 species at the same time. There's always room to add more fish to the list too lol

Congratulations KingD !!!! I'm super happy for you, it's going to be so great! Thanks for tagging me. I'm excited to see your fish room come together.

Thank you for wanting to follow along
 

Kenny777

RCS are one of the species on my list. I will also be trying to breed Apistogramma Cacatuoides Triple Red, Nebula Steel Guppies, Long Fin Lemon Bristlenose Plecos, Apistogramma Hongsloi, Long Fin Super Red Bristlenose Plecos, Neolamprologus Similis, and Apistogramma Trifasciata. Not all of these will be bred at the same time. I only want to breed 2-3 species at the same time. There's always room to add more fish to the list too lol
Lol well good luck Fish Breeder God KingD
 

DioAquatics

Lol well good luck Fish Breeder God KingD

Haha I'm flattered but I'm no god lol. Only thing I've ever really bred are guppies and assassin snails and there's nothing special about that. Hopefully this all goes well
 

stella1979

RCS are one of the species on my list. I will also be trying to breed Apistogramma Cacatuoides Triple Red, Nebula Steel Guppies, Long Fin Lemon Bristlenose Plecos, Apistogramma Hongsloi, Long Fin Super Red Bristlenose Plecos, Neolamprologus Similis, and Apistogramma Trifasciata. Not all of these will be bred at the same time. I only want to breed 2-3 species at the same time. There's always room to add more fish to the list too lol

Now I'm really excited.. I love guppies! And RCS! And apistos and Neos. Plecos are growing on me though I've never had one.
 

Kenny777

Haha I'm flattered but I'm no god lol. Only thing I've ever really bred are guppies and assassin snails and there's nothing special about that. Hopefully this all goes well
Lolz wow cool I never bred any fish almost bred a King male and crowntail female however my neighbors took them away from me so I lost them.
 

DioAquatics

Now I'm really excited.. I love guppies! And RCS! And apistos and Neos. Plecos are growing on me though I've never had one.

Imagine how I excited I am lol. I love guppies also and I really want to get into specific strains instead of just mutts in my main tank lol. All the other fish are ones I've always wanted to keep (2 of them I already do) and breed. You should definitely get a BN pleco. They're awesome little guys

Lolz wow cool I never bred any fish almost bred a King male and crowntail female however my neighbors took them away from me so I lost them.

Aw man that sucks. Breeding betta is something I'd like to try when I have my own place to set up a betta barracks system. I'd love to breed platinum white half moon betta
 

Kenny777

Aw man that sucks. Breeding betta is something I'd like to try when I have my own place to set up a betta barracks system. I'd love to breed platinum white half moon betta
Yeah it does but stuff happens like that. Oh that would be cool good luck on your future breeding!
 

vikingkirken

Following, can't wait to see how this turns out!
 

Flowingfins

So happy to see this finally happening!
 

Lchi87

You must be besides yourself with excitement; I know I would be! Excited to see these lovely tanks come together.
 

DioAquatics

You must be besides yourself with excitement; I know I would be! Excited to see these lovely tanks come together.

Oh I most definitely am lol. This is like a dream come true
 

Jocelyn Adelman

So exciting! Can wait to see the progress....

I believe the dollar per gallon sale is currently going on at petco if you needed some more tanks...
 

DioAquatics

So exciting! Can wait to see the progress....

I believe the dollar per gallon sale is currently going on at petco if you needed some more tanks...

Oh more tanks will be coming my way haha. The DPG sale is going to be a very good friend of mine haha

Anyone wanna take a guess?


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el337

Yay! Congrats on the start of your fish room! This will be a very exciting journey and I'm happy to follow along.

Hmm... as for the package, I'm guessing it can't be fish already, can it??
 

DioAquatics

Yay! Congrats on the start of your fish room! This will be a very exciting journey and I'm happy to follow along.

Hmm... as for the package, I'm guessing it can't be fish already, can it??

Thanks for following along

Oh it sure is fish already lol
 

el337

Oh gosh... you listed a bunch of fish and inverts in your previous post. I have no clue!
 

DioAquatics

Haha things did escalate rather quick
 

el337

Or could you possibly have gotten them all at once?? lol OK, are you waiting for some more people to guess or are you going to show us what you got??
 

DioAquatics

No not all at once lol I wish I was at that step in the fishroom. No one else seems to be guessing so I'll just tell you, I got 5 more apistogramma cacatuoides triple reds. 1 adult female, 3 juvenile females, and 1 juvenile male. The adult female is about 1 3/4 inches. The juvies are all super small at about 3/4 of an inch. The seller had reassured me that they are what he says so let's see how they sex out when they're older.

Here's the adult female, she was a nice bright yellow in the bag so I'm sure that's a female.

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Here are the 4 juvies. Very small but very cute lol

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el337

Very exciting!!
 

MongooseALaMode

I am definitely following this!
 

DioAquatics

Thanks for following!
 

NightShade

Following!! I'll be interested in those apisto babies when they come around!
 

NavigatorBlack

Having a fishroom is a non stop adventure. You will need two tanks for these Apistos, for example. If they breed, you'll need three, or maybe four. You'll be arranging things, moving them around - it's fun.
I have never seen Apistogramma shipped in the same bag, except from South America. Usually, shippers single bag them for panic aggression in transit.
What kind of water will you have for your fishroom, hardness and pH-wise?
 

DioAquatics

Following!! I'll be interested in those apisto babies when they come around!

Hopefully they breed well for me and I'll be able to share these guys with all of you on here

Having a fishroom is a non stop adventure. You will need two tanks for these Apistos, for example. If they breed, you'll need three, or maybe four. You'll be arranging things, moving them around - it's fun.
I have never seen Apistogramma shipped in the same bag, except from South America. Usually, shippers single bag them for panic aggression in transit.
What kind of water will you have for your fishroom, hardness and pH-wise?

I'm so excited for this adventure. I'm constantly looking for something new to do with my 75 but I never can find anything so this fishroom will definitely keep me busy. I'm going to have a total of 13 tanks (so far), 10x 20L and 3x40B.

The adult female was shipped in her own bag. The 4 juvies were in the same bag and I'm assuming it's because of how small they are. I'm not sure but I know they came in looking great so thankfully there wasn't much aggression in the bag with the juvies.
If I'm not mistaken, my pH is around 7.4-7.6, I'd have to test my hardest which I can do today and let you know.

Do you have tips or any advice when it comes to breeding apistogramma?
 

tyguy7760

looking forward to following along
 

DioAquatics

Well with the help of my mom and grandma, my basement is finally cleaned and organized. All I have left to do, is wait till either 9th or 16th of this month to throw out all the junk we had in the basement. Once we throw all that stuff out, I'll have a lot more space and I can start getting the materials for the rack systems after I come up with a solid design.

The next step is to insulate the rest of the ceiling that's missing insulation and put up the drywall on the ceiling too.

Now I'm wondering, should I build the racks completely out of wood or should I use cinderblocks too? My basement can get pretty humid at times so I worry about using only wood and then having it rot.

Also thought I'd share some pictures of the new female apistogramma. Boy oh boy, she flipping gorgeous looks at that yellow! Imaging how vibrant she's gonna look when she's with Big Boy

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You can see how much larger she is compared to the juvies I got with her (bottom left of the picture).

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cichlid234

Have you thought about composite materials instead of wood
 

DioAquatics

Have you thought about composite materials instead of wood

What would you have in mind for something like that?
 

cichlid234

Maybe something like that for the platforms, and metal studs for support and what not.
 

DioAquatics

Hmmm, that would be an interesting stand. I'll definitely look more into that. Thank you!
 

cichlid234

Yea just an idea that to me sounds mister resistant. I honestly don't think you have any trouble with treated wood
 

DioAquatics

Another long post coming. After struggling with getting the design for the racks and getting everything at the right height, I think I got it right.

This is the basic layout of how I want the tanks to be placed on the racks. In drawing it out, I realized that cinder blocks (labeled CB) come in 8 inch heights. If I use them to build the legs and risers for each shelf, I will be around 74 inches tall, give or take an inch or 2. That's too tall for my basement. So what I did was change out some of the cinder blocks on each riser and put in a piece of 4x4 right on top of the cinder blocks. Here's what I mean.

Old design

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Slightly modified design. You can see that 4 of the cinder blocks used as risers are changed to pieces of 4x4. With these few changes, the height is now 66 inches which is much more realistic.

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I think this new design is what's going to be happening with the fish room. If anyone has any tips or ideas or sees anything that can be improved, please let me know.
 

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cichlid234

How are you planing to filter, separately or centrally? Just curious really lol.
 

JLeeM

Definitely watching and following. Keeping an eye on your Apistos as well.
 

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